Senior Assistant District Attorney

Office of the District Attorney, 293rd Judicial District

LOCATION:        District Attorney’s Office
                               458 Madison Street, Eagle Pass, TX  78852

This is a three-county district, with the main office in the border city of Eagle Pass, two and a half hours southwest of San Antonio.

SUPERVISOR:         District Attorney Roberto Serna
HOURS:                     8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday (Additional hours may be required.)
SALARY:                  From $90,000 to $110,000 based on experience and qualifications (Plus county benefits including health insurance after 90 days, retirement and other benefits after county probationary period, two weeks paid vacation after one year)
Posting Date:             December 9, 2019
Closing Date:             Until filled.

►  GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

The Senior Assistant District Attorney will serve as lead prosecutor for one of the two district courts that each have felony jurisdiction in the three counties in the district. 

Communicates with the judge of that court concerning court procedures and/or administrative issues; communicates those questions/issues to the District Attorney for further action or directions.

Another key role is assisting the District Attorney with the overall management of the entire District Attorney’s Office and prosecuting cases with the District Attorney. 

►  ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

Has primary responsibility as lead counsel for trial preparation, contested motions, trials including jury trials, and other hearings in the assigned court.  Oversees prosecution of cases, including staffing of cases, to ensure the policies of the office are enforced.

Reviews and intakes assigned cases and makes charging decisions; determines the necessity of further investigation; directs investigation, including gathering evidence from law enforcement agencies or civilian sources, interviewing potential witnesses, and traveling to crime scenes; prepares pleadings; presents witnesses and evidence before the grand jury; attends court for all docket calls; responds to defense motions or pleadings.  Represents the State in jury trials, including preparing jury charges and instructions.  Supervises the work of assigned attorneys, investigators, and support staff; reviews and approves non-charging and dismissal decisions. 

Assists the district attorney and other assistant district attorneys with the prosecution of major cases.

Assists other attorneys with issues, hearings or trial.

Acts as liaison with other law enforcement agencies and county offices.

Communicates with law enforcement agencies for the purposes of advice or legal research on arrest, search and seizure, and other crime suppression or investigation issues.

Reviews and assists in the preparation and approval of arrest and search warrants, records subpoenas, including those for cellular telephone data and the like.

Assists in preparing and managing the District Attorney’s budget.

Maintains current knowledge of relevant issues in criminal law and appellate decisions of the Court of Criminal Appeals, Courts of Appeals, US Supreme Court, and other relevant courts; shares information with other attorneys.

Prepares appellate briefs, responses to applications for writ of habeas corpus, motions for rehearing, petitions for discretionary review, oral arguments, and handles motion practice related to direct appeals and writs.

Works closely with the District Attorney to perform other functions as directed.

►  ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

Must be able to manage a diverse group of professionals, including attorneys and support staff.

Must possess excellent communication skills.

Must be of extremely high integrity and professional demeanor.

Must have the ability to analyze facts and case precedents, apply them to the prosecution of cases in the office, and present them effectively in court.

Must be able to conduct self in a professional manner and develop and maintain good working relationships with visitors, clients, co-workers, attorneys, judges and county officials.

Must take initiative in performing duties of the office.

►  MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Must have significant experience in felony criminal law practice.

Must have significant experience in managing attorneys and support staff.

Experience working with a governmental entity budget is a plus.

Must have knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation computer programs.

Must be able to work overtime or extended hours when necessary.

Must be able to pass a thorough background investigation.

Must be a graduate of an A.B.A. accredited law school.

Must have a license to practice law in the State of Texas and be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas.

►  APPLY TO:

District Attorney Roberto Serna
458 Madison Street
Eagle Pass, Texas 78852
or by e-mail to: [email protected]