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Attorney III The candidate performs legal assignments with minimum supervision and may be assisted by Attorneys I and II. Work is performed under general directions with authority to make tactical and legal decisions in connection with providing a full range of legal services to indigent defendants in the assigned misdemeanor, felony, family, juvenile or mental health cases, to include: case evaluation, legal advice, relaying plea offers and representing clients in jury trials, non-jury hearings, plea negotiations and dismissals; ensuring appropriate communication with the client, Judge, prosecuting attorney and court personnel, in addition to trying to contact the clients witnesses and other necessary parties to the case as needed; conducting legal research, drafting legal documents and interpreting laws, rules and regulations; and receives level of oversight, training and supervision based on experience and expertise in assigned area. Evaluates appointed case or lawsuit by: reviewing documentation conducting necessary legal research on applicable law interviewing clients, witnesses or persons with knowledge of the case reviewing and gathering evidence preparing investigative requests and determining most appropriate action(s) to be taken. Interviews clients discusses facts of case, potential defenses and applicable laws and procedures. Explains legal process to potential witnesses and prepares witnesses for court testimony and ensures client is informed on status of case. Drafts, files and responds to necessary motions, briefs or other legal documents for trial and/or hearing. Gathers, prepares, reviews and presents evidence, exhibits and related material for trial or hearing. Represents the client in trial and at all applicable hearings by, conducting jury selection, presenting opening statements, conducting direct and cross-examinations of witnesses, and presenting closing arguments. Participates in plea-bargain negotiations, prepares necessary legal documents and ensures necessary signatures are secured and documents are filed as required. Documents client files, prepares trial notebook, and maintains statistical information regarding caseload and dispositions. Trains or assists in training Attorneys I and II. Performs other duties as assigned. Graduation from an accredited law school with a license to practice law in the State of Texas is required. Must have 1 year of experience practicing law. Experience obtained while licensed with a third year bard card can be counted for experience.
Requisition ID: IRC86269
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