Legal Secretary– Criminal Law & Police Section

The Dallas City Attorney’s Office is seeking an energetic, organized legal secretary with at least three to five years of experience to fill a full-time position in the Criminal Law & Police Section. The section provides legal advice and counsel to the Dallas Police Department (DPD) and Public Safety Committee on various legal issues, including the daily operations, legislative updates, Texas Public Information Act, expunction and non-disclosure law, and the US and Texas Constitutions, including search and seizure laws. In addition, the section researches and drafts legal opinions related to DPD operations, drafts responsive motions to third party discovery (subpoena), and drafts requests for letter ruling from the Attorney General on exempted open records requests.

The successful candidate must be proficient in preparing pleadings, motions, briefs, discovery, and other legal documents for e-filing in state and federal court, and must be able to format briefs, including marking and preparation of tables of contents and authorities. The successful candidate must also be proficient in organizing large sets of documents for production in litigation cases, including making necessary redactions and labels and separating and combining large files. The candidate must be able to maintain calendars, schedule appointments, meetings, hearings, and conferences for attorneys; establish and maintain files of assignments, projects, and other work assigned to attorneys; work independently; draft routine, standard correspondence; communicate with attorneys, city departments, and other members of the legal system to provide, receive, and facilitate the transfer of information; proofread various documents; archive files in accordance with the City of Dallas’ records management policy; review and distribute incoming mail and process outgoing mail; and manage various reports. Other duties may be assigned.

Candidates must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Adobe Acrobat Professional and must have the ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing. Applicants must also be able to multi-task and work well under pressure. Candidates must have strong organizational skills, with attention to detail. Candidates must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of management, city officials, vendors, other government agencies, other employees, and the public.

Salary is commensurate with experience. The city’s comprehensive benefits package comes with the position. This position is exempt from the provisions applicable to civil service, pursuant to Chapter XVI, Section 9 of the Dallas City Charter. Details concerning the Dallas City Attorney’s Office are available at

If interested, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to: [email protected]

No phone calls, please.