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Attorney 4--Mental Health Public Defender

Attorney 4--Travis County Mental Health Public Defender 
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Job Summary

Serves as an Assistant Public Defender with the Travis County Mental Health Public Defender.   Provides client centered representation to indigent clients experiencing significant mental health, intellectual, developmental, and/or neurocognitive disorders on pending misdemeanor, State Jail and F-3 charges.  
Attorney IV: This is the fourth in a series of seven attorney-related job classifications within the Attorneys job family. This classification handles cases and matters that are moderately complex without supervision, handles cases and matters that may result in the least severe consequences without supervision, and handles cases and matters that may result in moderately severe consequences with supervision. This position is with the Mental Health Public Defender Department.

Position: Attorney 4--Mental Health Public Defender
Organization: Travis County Mental Health Public Defender
Location: Austin,  TX 
United States
Salary: $83,424.43 Annually
Posting Start Date: 12/15/2021
Date Posted: 12/15/2021
#Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience:
Attorney IV: J.D./LL.B. from an accredited law school and law school and 4 years licensed attorney work experience.

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

Bilingual in English and Spanish

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.
  • 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.
  • Intersection of mental health and disabilities with the criminal justice system
  • Computer equipment to include word processing, spreadsheets, databases and a variety of software packages.
  • Business letter writing, grammar and punctuation, and report preparation.
  • May be required to develop knowledge of and adhere to federal and state laws requiring the confidential handling of certain health information.
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 and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • 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.
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.

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

Department: Mental Health Public Defender

Location: 1010 Lavaca St., Austin

Education and Employment Background Check Required
Criminal Background Check Required.
Status: This listing expires on: 3/15/2022
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Travis County Mental Health Public Defender

Austin,  TX 78701
United States
Melissa Shearer