Managing Attorney II (Conviction Integrity)

Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney

Job Description

Grade: 78

Salary:  $126,214.92 Annually

To Apply:  Resumes, cover letters, and supplemental questions should be sent to  [email protected]

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS: (Responses MUST be submitted to apply)

* 1. Do you have any specific experience presenting testimony, or challenging forensic disciplines, or any specialized training relating to any forensic science? If so, please describe.  Yes No

* 2. Do you have any experience in criminal defense? If so, please describe. Yes No

* 3. Do you have any law enforcement experience? Yes No

* 4. Do you have any experience researching and writing appellate briefs or post-conviction writs of habeas corpus? If so, please describe and attach a writing exemplar.

*5. Do you have supervisory experience? If so, how many employees?

SUMMARY:

Manage a medium size group of attorneys involved in the complex litigation of all manner of criminal matters.  Coordinate team response to complex legal issues.  Prosecute and defend all manner of matters in various levels of trial and appellate courts and administrative forums.  Provide written or verbal legal advice to individual or government clients, and draft legal instruments or other written documents with legal implications.  Investigate facts giving rise to legal issues and bring about solutions to their clients’ legal problems in a variety of forums. 

This licensed attorney regularly handles criminal matters of great complexity and gravity and advises less experienced attorneys.  Attorney has achieved expert knowledge and experience in their specific areas of practice and works under supervision of higher level managing attorney.  Must continually supervise, advise, mentor and develop less experience attorneys.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Assigns workload to each attorney and supervises progress and performance.
  2. Drafts and files pleadings, answers, motions, briefs, and responses necessary to conduct litigation and proceedings in related forums.
  3. Appears in court and forums to select juries, present and cross-examine evidence, make legal arguments, and act as an advocate.
  4. Answers questions and advises attorneys.
  5. Observes, critiques and evaluates performance of attorneys and completes an annual performance evaluation for each.
  6. Directs the preparation of cases and organization of evidence.
  7. Incorporates and develops new methods and techniques to ensure proper presentation of cases.
  8. Researches case law and remains informed on current case law through readying legal opinions.
  9. May advise local police or other agencies in pending investigations.
  10. May render legal advice to the county, police or other officials.
  11. Recommends policies, procedures, practices and specific actions to best deal with critical issues.
  12. Provides input on annual budgetary needs and expenditures for specific area of supervision.
  13. Interacts with the highest level of public officials.
  14. Performs all other related duties, as assigned or required.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Juris Doctorate (JD) degree required.  Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and be a member in good standing of the State Bar of Texas.  Admission to federal courts may be required.  Board Certification in respective area of law is preferred.  Prior experience in the relevant area of law is required.  Excellent working knowledge, understanding and ability to apply current applicable laws, procedures, case holdings and departmental policies, is essential, and proficient ability to apply such to decision making.  Ability to work efficiently and effectively in all high-pressure situations and excellent, advanced verbal and written communication is required evidenced by courtroom pleading/arguing skills.  Possesses advanced professional level of analytical ability, be diplomatic and tactful, and use good judgment and common sense.  Possesses excellent professional verbal and written skills to communicate information and directions to courts, attorneys, investigators, police agencies and citizens.  Attorney is responsible for working in a cooperative manner with support staff and investigators.  Attorney must be computer literate.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBLITIES:

This position manages and assigns the work of attorneys and support staff.  Evaluates attorneys and provides guidance and expertise to less experienced attorneys.  Performs formal yearly evaluations of attorneys and makes recommendations for promotions and disciplinary actions to more senior management attorneys and to the Criminal District Attorney.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

While performing the duties of this position, the attorney is regularly required to walk, sit, stand, bend, stoop, grasp, lift, reach, pull and push.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

Regular attendance is required.  Attorney must arrive at work on time, prepared to perform assigned duties and work assigned schedule.  Attorney must have the ability to work well with others.  Attorney must be able to perform the essential functions of the position without posing a direct threat to the health and safety of themselves and others. Tarrant County will conduct background checks that will include a criminal background check and may include credit reports, motor vehicle records, employment records or educational attainment.

DECISION MAKING:

This attorney constantly exercises advanced managerial discretion and independence under the general direction of higher level managing attorney.  The attorney provides input into certain policy-making decisions.