Protective Order Attorney

HCDAO is currently accepting applicants for our Protective Order Attorney Position. This position will assist our Domestic Violence Division, Special Victims & Mental Health Bureau. We’d love to have you all post this position on your TDCAA platform if possible. The deadline to apply is Tuesday April 18th by 5pm.

Link to Apply: https://hctxdao.clearcompany.com/careers/jobs/0ec4334c-309d-d41f-931c-808a035a38e9/apply?source=2010151-CJB-0

General Summary 

The Protective Order Attorney is responsible for the screening of Family Violence Protective Orders filed by this office; reviewing and discussing information obtained by social service staff to make a determination of the eligibility of victims of family violence to obtain a protective order (under Chapter 71 and 85 of the Family Code); contacting victims of family violence regarding eligibility; and for the drafting of all protective orders and legal documents relating to the prosecution of such orders. The Protective Order Attorney is also responsible for representing protective order applicants in court during protective order hearings. The Protective Order Attorney shall be available during working hours for consultations with court personnel, defense attorneys, and witnesses. This prosecutor works closely with family violence law enforcement units for intake on Interference of Child Custody, Bigamy and any other calls that may be appropriate. 

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

Screening Family Violence Protective Orders 

Representing protective order applicants in court during protective order hearings

Court consultations

Criminal charge consultations

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

Knowledge of Texas criminal and civil law and procedure

Ability to work independently with minimal direction 

Ability to analyze complex evidence

Ability to handle a case from filing through disposition by dismissal, plea, or trial

Ability to communicate effectively with other stakeholders

Ability to communicate compassionately and effectively with victims of domestic violence

Required Education, Experience

Prior experience with civil practice preferred.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Please submit an application if you are interested in the position by Tuesday, April 18, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.