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PUBLIC DEFENDER - PUBLIC DEFENDER II
Performs routine legal representation as a court appointed attorney for indigent clients. Work involves examining and preparing legal documents, rendering legal advice and counsel, conducting hearings, and assisting in preparing cases for trial; May train others; Works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.
 

Examples of Work Performed
Advises staff and the public on legal matters and the interpretation and application of County laws and regulations

Prepares legal opinions, briefs, contracts, proposals, and reports

Conducts or assists in conducting administrative, regulatory, evidentiary, and enforcement hearings

Negotiate settlements on behalf of assigned clients

Researches points of law involved in hearings to determine the validity and completeness of cases cited

Investigates alleged law violations and prepared reports of findings

Review cases to determine if pretrial motions must be filed

Assists in preparing cases for court trial and in representing the County in matters before court as appropriate

Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions, by such means as interviewing witnesses to ascertain the facts of a case

Represents clients in court for misdemeanor cases; may represent clients in court for felony cases

May draft or assist in drafting bills and amendments for legislative consideration

May provide research for policy and process questions

May serve as a liaison with complainants to be represented in an administrative hearing or with their authorized representatives

May train others

Performs related work as assigned

Position: PUBLIC DEFENDER - PUBLIC DEFENDER II
Organization: County of Hidalgo, Texas
Location: Edinburg,  TX 
United States
Salary: 59585
Posting Start Date: 5/10/2020
Date Posted: 6/24/2020
Requirements

Minimum one (1) year of experience practicing law with litigation experience 

Graduation from an accredited law school with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) or a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree
 
Member must be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas. 
 
Bilingual (Spanish and English) with ability to converse fluently in both languages
 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Public Defender II - Knowledge of legal principles, practices, and proceedings; and of laws, regulations, and rules related to the County

Ability to comprehend and analyze complex legal issues and complicated factual details

Ability to work effectively with others as well as work independently, without close supervision

Ability to conduct hearings, to prepare opinions and briefs, to prepare cases for trial, to conduct research, to summarize findings, to interpret and apply laws, to use legal reference materials, and to communicate effectively

Employee may be assigned other duties in addition to those listed; duties may change according to the changing needs of the County

Registration, Certification, and Licensure
Must have a current valid Texas motor vehicle operator’s license

Must be able to be insured by the County’s insurance carrier

 Must possess a license to practice law in the State of Texas

Status: This listing expires on: 9/22/2020
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County of Hidalgo, Texas
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100 N. Closner Blvd. 5th Floor

Edinburg,  TX 78539
United States
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