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Chief Public Defender
Travis County is looking for a leader who can provide vision, leadership and collaboration in establishing Travis County’s first-ever Public Defender Office. The County envisions the Public Defender office to be client-centered, independent, and innovative to the needs of Travis County residents, and to improve the quality of public defense representation countywide.
Appointed by the Travis County Commissioners Court and reporting administratively to the County Executive of Justice Planning, this role will be responsible for implementing the creation of an independent Public Defender Office to provide robust and client-centered representation to adults accused of misdemeanor and felony offenses in Travis County.
The ideal Chief Public Defender will bring experience and vision to build a Public Defender Office with a team-based, collaborative approach responsive to client and community needs. The ideal candidate will have skills and experience in building partnerships with local service providers, community groups, and stakeholders to ensure zealous representation and best outcomes for low- income clients.
The Chief Public Defender will work in conjunction with the Public Defender Organizational Development Committee to develop and maintain a strategic plan for public defense in Travis County and to implement the functions and capabilities of the new Public Defender Office as outlined in the grant application approved by the Commissioners Court and the Texas Indigent Defense Commission.
The creation of the new Travis County Public Defender Office will be funded in part by a four-year state grant administered by the Texas Indigent Defense Commission. Under the terms of the grant, the new Public Defender Office will be responsible for providing representation in approximately 30% of the adult criminal cases filed in Travis County by the end of the grant term. Travis County has committed to the continued funding of the Public Defender Office after the grant period.
Review the actual approved grant application here.
Position: Chief Public Defender
Organization: Travis County
Location: Austin,  TX 
United States
Salary: $161,371.02 - $171,198.52
Posting Start Date: 10/21/2019
Date Posted: 10/21/2019
Requirements J.D./LL.B. from an accredited law school AND eight (8) years’ experience in providing legal representation to low-income people accused of criminal offenses.

Management or supervisory experience of criminal defense attorneys.
Experience collaborating with non-lawyer defense staff, including social workers and investigators.

No public or private disciplinary sanction by a State Bar. 

Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements:

Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, or eligible to practice law in the State of Texas at time of hire projected April 2020.

To Apply or for More Information:

For a full job description, to apply or for more information, visit traviscountyjobs.org or contact Stacy Spruell, Talent Services Manager at (512) 854-4827 or stacy.spruell@traviscountytx.gov.
Status: This listing expires on: 1/19/2020
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Travis County
700 Lavaca, Suite 400

Austin,  TX 78701
United States
Stacy Spruell