Attorney III-VI
Travis County - Austin, TX

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Practices civil or criminal law for Texas County or District government.

Distinguishing Characteristics:
This is the third in a series of seven attorney-related job classifications within the Attorneys job family . This classification handles cases and matters that are the least complex and may result in the least serious consequences without supervision and handles cases and matters that are moderately complex and may result in moderately severe consequences with supervision.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Screens and reviews cases to determine legal and factual sufficiency. Presents cases to the Grand Jury. Makes recommendations on cases and negotiates with defense attorneys. Works with victims, witnesses, defense attorneys, law enforcement officers, expert witnesses, supervisors and others on assigned cases. Represents the State and victims before appropriate court and/or jury. Assists with community justice programs.
  • Performs legal research. Searches resources and studies legal records and documents to obtain information applicable to case or issue under consideration.
  • Drafts briefs, motions, orders, subpoenas, contracts and other legal documents, as well as correspondence and reports.
  • Takes depositions and responds to discovery requests. Oversees the creation and issuance of legal documents, including subpoenas, motions, orders, writs, warrants, contracts, official policies and other related documents. Represents the State at docket calls.
  • Prepares cases for trial. Collects, organizes and prepares evidence, information and other legal materials.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

Education and Experience:
Attorney III:
J.D./LL.B from an accredited Law school AND three (3) years licensed attorney work experience.
Attorney IV:
J.D./LL.B from an accredited Law school AND four (4) years licensed attorney work experience.
Attorney V:
J.D./LL.B from an accredited Law school AND six (6) years licensed attorney work experience.
Attorney VI:
J.D./LL.B from an accredited Law school AND eight (8) years licensed attorney work experience.

Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements:
Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:
  • Jurisprudence, criminal and civil law and procedures, including constitutional and statutory law.
  • Federal, State, Local and County applicable laws, rules, regulations and guidelines.
  • Methods and practices of pleading cases and of effective techniques for presentation of cases in court or to effectively present facts and precedents verbally and in writing in law related matters.
  • Policies, practices, procedures and legal terminology related to court system.
  • Computer equipment to include word processing, spreadsheets, databases and a variety of software packages.
  • Business letter writing, grammar and punctuation, and report preparation.
Skill in:
  • Problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Analyzing and appraising facts, policies, procedures and legal precedents in area of specialty.
  • Both verbal and written communication, including presentations.
Ability to:
  • Conduct legal research and analysis, both manually and electronically.
  • Present facts, precedents and arguments verbally and in writing and apply negotiation skills.
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Work independently.
  • Manage time well and perform multiple tasks, and organize diverse activities.
  • Work well under pressure and exercise tact in trying situations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental clientele, representatives of outside agencies, other County employees and officials, and the general public.

Work Environment & Other Information:

Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry up to 25 pounds occasionally, visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer and office equipment. Subject to standing, walking, sitting, repetitive motion, reaching, climbing stairs, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, pushing, pulling, balancing, client/customer contact, squatting to perform the essential functions.

This job description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.

Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday

Location: 509 W. 11th Street, Austin

Department: District Attorney

Criminal & Employment Background Check Required

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