Job Details

Criminal Law Attorney in Austin, TX

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Company name

Capital Area Private Defender Service

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Practice Area

Criminal Law

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


USA Austin, TX

Date Last Verified

Sep 27,2018

Posted on

Aug 04,2018

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Holistic Defense Supervisor Duties: Assisting in elevating the quality of representation through holistic defense. Will be responsible for ensuring that investigative services are used appropriately and that the investigators are kept to the highest legal and ethical standards. Will include training attorneys on the effective use of pre-pleading reports, mitigation, and jail diversion as a way of positively affecting the outcome of a criminal case. Will also work in partnership with the immigration attorney to ensure assigned counsel utilize this resource effectively, including prompt referrals, gathering of client information for the immigration attorney, and ensuring that assistance is delivered effectively. Will be to assist with training attorneys on use and value of holistic representation; Provide on-site individual training to investigators, social workers, and immigration attorney; Assist in group trainings for investigators, social workers, and attorneys; Assist in training attorneys in proper use of social workers, investigators, and immigration resources both individually and in formal trainings; Evaluate and oversee the work of investigators, social workers, and immigration attorney; Review request for investigations, social workers, and immigration service to determine when service are reasonable and necessary for the effective representation of clients; Manage referral process for investigations, social workers, and immigration attorney; Establish guidelines for quality defense services and review the delivery of defense service to ensure services meet established quality guidelines, best practices, and needs of panel attorneys; Review invoices of contract investigators to ensure policies of Travis County and CAPDS are followed; Provide legal guidance to providers of defense services and panel attorneys on applicable legal and ethical standards of defense services; Study, monitor, and report on the effectiveness of holistic defense services; Periodically review samples of completed cases to ensure the consistent and correct application of policy.

Qualification and Experience

Requirements: Licensed attorney in the State of Texas, or the ability to waive into the Texas Bar; 5+ years criminal defense experience preferred; Lead counsel for cases that utilized a team based defense including the use of an investigator and/or social worker (5 trials preferred); Experience training and/or supervising criminal defense attorneys; Experience working with investigators on complex cases, including investigators who do not necessarily have a law-enforcement background; Experience working with social workers on criminal defense cases; Experience working with immigration attorneys advising on criminal cases; Demonstrated commitment to indigent defense required; Knowledge, understanding, and experience with client-centered representation; Familiar with national indigent defense best practice standards. Preferences: Participation in formal training programs for institutional defender office or managed assigned counsel program that is based on client-centered representation; Experience training and supervising investigators, or working with investigators trained in national best practices; Experience working with forensic social workers to prepare pre-pleading memorandums, jail diversion programs, or to identify mitigation in felony cases; Familiarity with Padilla and using immigration attorney as resource; Experience screening attorney referrals for investigation, social worker, or immigration assistance to evaluate the legal necessity for the use of the resources: Fluency in legal Spanish written and oral communication.

Note: This position is grant funded through September 30, 2018, with the expectation of continued permanent funding. Desired start date is as soon as possible.

Additional info

Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample (sentencing letter preferably).

Company info

Ira Davis
Capital Area Private Defender Service
509 W. 11th Street
Austin, TX 78701