Senior Trial Attorney

EL PASO COUNTY JOB DESCRIPTION

SENIOR TRIAL ATTORNEY (MULTIPLE POSITIONS AVAILABLE)

Summary of Position

The Senior Trial Attorney under general supervision, and depending on area of assignment: provides complex general counsel for various County Offices and staff, depending on area assigned the incumbent; prosecutes criminal, civil and family law cases; provides representation in matters, including civil, or prosecutorial; defends, and advocates for clients accused of a crime; performs complex non-supervisory legal work.

This is the second in a series of three non-supervisory attorney-related job classifications within the Attorneys job family. 

There are four positions open within the Border Prosecution Unit, prosecuting transnational crimes.

Sr. Trial Attorney starts at $76,234.17 – salary D.O.E. Please see the El Paso County Attorney FY21 Pay Scale for further information.

Organizational Relationships

Reports to:   Trial Team Chief, Division Chief, Senior Division Chief 

Directs:       This is a non-supervisory position

Other:          Has contact with department heads and/or staff in order to coordinate and complete assigned responsibilities, attorney’s, investigators, judiciary and court staff, law enforcement, witnesses, social work agencies, vendors, contractors, other county employees, and the general public.

Essential Duties

Reviews case facts for legal sufficiency, drafts motion statements and prepares required legal documents;

Researches statutes and case law issues and revises legal documents to reflect new legislation;

Examines video, file and physical case evidence;

Confers with attorneys regarding case information and pleadings, law enforcement agencies regarding case investigation and trial preparation, and witnesses regarding case preparation and testimony;

Edits legal documents prepared by support staff;

Responsible for litigating routine to complex hearings, trials and appeals;

Prepares and presents oral arguments for routine to complex cases;

Frequent handling of confidential legal information and documents;

Attends and participates in meetings, training and information sessions; 

Stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field;

Commits self to providing excellent customer service and demonstrate commitment through cooperative team and individual efforts; and

Creates a high quality work culture through participation in and emphasis on training and mentoring to develop leadership, management, and technical skills in self and all employees, including safety related training and skills.

District Attorney Office:

Represents the State of Texas in the prosecution of adult felony, misdemeanor, and asset forfeiture cases, including ancillary criminal and civil proceedings, filed in the justice, county, district, and appellate courts;

Reviews investigative reports from local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and officers, and exercises discretion in determining which cases are accepted for prosecution or declined and appropriate criminal charges and forfeitures;

Represents the State of Texas in presenting cases to Grand Jury;

Appears in court and represents the State of Texas at arraignment, pre-trial hearings, trial, sentencing, post-conviction and appellate proceedings, and other related or ancillary criminal and civil proceedings;

Exercises discretion in determining appropriate trial or other strategies to dispose of felony and misdemeanor cases and engages in pre-trial negotiations and plea bargaining with defense attorneys;

Drafts and/or reviews the creation of notices, motions, briefs, orders, subpoenas, and other legal documents, correspondence, and reports;

Coordinates with victims, witnesses, and law enforcement officers; prepares them for court appearances; marshals evidence; prepares for pre-trial and post-trial motions and hearings; and issues subpoenas and other legal documents;

Appears, answers briefs, and argues on behalf of the State of Texas on appeals to the Eighth Court of Appeals, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court of the United States;

Performs legal research and keeps abreast of changes in the law;

Meets regularly with and works extensively with a variety of government, social service, and law enforcement agencies, organizations, and committees;

May advise law enforcement agencies and personnel regarding legal requirements for arrest or search warrants;

Employs sound and independent judgment when exercising prosecutorial discretion in accordance with the law and the policies of the District Attorney; and

Exercises all prosecutorial discretion and performs all prosecutorial functions in the overriding pursuit of justice—not only for victims of crime and for the accused, but also for the people of the State of Texas.

Other Important Duties*

Performs such other related duties as may be assigned;

May work extended hours and weekends; 

Regular out of town travel for professional conferences and meetings;

Maintains a safe and healthy work place environment; 

As members of the County of El Paso Emergency Response System, all El Paso County employees are designated as Disaster Service Workers during a proclaimed emergency and may be required to train on emergency response and/or perform certain emergency services at the direction of their supervisor. 

Minimum Requirements: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of: County, state, and federal legal principles, practices, procedures regarding the court system; state and local statutes and codes; case law; rules of evidence; contract terminology and requirements; legal practices and procedures; legal terminology; department policies, procedures and regulations covering specific areas of assignment; County organization, operations, policies and procedures; English usage, grammar, punctuation and spelling; techniques for effective interpersonal communications; modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment to include Windows and Microsoft based products. Skill/Ability to: may require strong written advocacy skills and/or experience depending on placement needed within the office; possesses advanced litigation and prosecutorial skills, or equivalent specialized prosecutorial skills; operate a personal computer and various software applications; conduct research, develop appropriate documentation, assess and prioritize multiple tasks, projects and demands to meet scheduled requirements; establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers and customers to promote and support a productive work environment; defining problems, collecting data, establishing facts and drawing valid conclusions work efficiently independently and in a team environment to meet established goals and objectives; communicate effectively in verbal and written forms to respond effectively to customers and staff; exercise initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines in performance of daily duties; use initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines; prepare clear, concise and comprehensive written reports; and establish and maintain cooperative and effective relationships with those contacted during the course of work. Pass a background investigation.

           Each and every county position requires the following professional skills and abilities as key and necessary elements of performance: 

·     Demonstrate regular and reliable attendance;

·     Work well with others and participate fully in a team oriented environment;

·     Interface with other employees and customers in a courteous and respectful manner;

·     Maintain strict confidentiality;

·     Project positive support of their department and all organizations receiving El Paso County service at all times; and,

·     Maintain and enhance the County’s commitment to customer service excellence.

Acceptable Experience and Education

Doctor of Jurisprudence and a minimum of three (3) years of criminal and/or civil experience;

Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities along with a Doctor of Jurisprudence.

Certificates and Licenses Required 

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

Depending on area assigned: Must have or obtain by date of hire a valid driver’s license applicable to job responsibilities, with a driving record acceptable to the County of El Paso.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and use hands and fingers to handle or feel. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and climb or balance. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 40 pounds and manually push/pull a dolly. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Must be able to operate a vehicle.

Work Environment 

Work is performed in a traditional office environment. May be required to lift and carry items weighing up to 40 pounds. 

The above is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by this position. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Job Location (Place(s) where work is performed)

Various locations through the County.

Equipment (Machines, tools, etc., used in job performance)

·       Computer equipment

·       General office equipment

·       Other equipment related to job performance 

COUNTY OF EL PASO, TEXAS

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND CONDITIONS

Physical Requirement                                                                Degree

Hearing Acuity:                                                                        low/average/sharp

Visual Acuity:                                                                          rough/average/precision

Visual Color Acuity                                                                  low/average/high

Manual Dexterity:                                   To accomplish duties as stated in job description

Operate Moving Equipment:                                                      no/yes

Operate Vehicles:                          Uses county vehicle or own vehicle for business travel

Environment:                                                                            office/field

Extremes:                                                                                 low/average/high

Noise:                                                                                      low/average/high

Chemicals:                                                                               low/average/high

Confined Space:                                                                        low/average/high

Heights:                                                                                    low/average/high

Uneven Terrain:                                                                        low/average/high

Other Special Physical Requirements:            Ability to communicate orally and in written form.

All applications must be submitted online at www.epcounty.com/jobs.