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Administrative Law Judge I Duties: Presides over contested case hearings, writes orders and proposals for decision, rules on discovery disputes, and performs administrative duties. Responsible for conducting both prehearings and evidentiary hearings and issuing final decisions, with a focus on the statewide administrative driverâ€™s license suspension program and cases involving abuse and neglect findings regarding children. Responsible for preparing written proposals for decision in other hearings assigned within the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH). Conducts prehearing conferences and formal evidentiary hearings in contested cases. Interprets and applies procedural and substantive statutes, rules, and policies pertinent to state agencies that refer cases to SOAH, with rulings made from the bench or in writing, as applicable. Compiles and maintains records of evidence to ensure proper handling of matters for appeal, confidentiality, and other considerations. Works under limited supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Presides as administrative law judge in administrative hearings and writes proposals for decision or final orders, as appropriate. Administers oaths; examines witnesses; rules on evidence; and issues orders relating to discovery, scheduling, and other prehearing matters. Analyzes testimony and documentary evidence. Applies all pertinent law to cases. Performs related work as assigned. Conforms to SOAH policies regarding ex parte communications and ethical matters. May handle alternative dispute resolution cases, as assigned. May assist with training or mentoring judges. Performs work consistent with SOAH standards and in compliance with adopted policies, rules, and procedures. Attends work regularly, in accordance with agency leave policy. Complies with all applicable security and safety rules, regulations, and standards. Same-day travel of up to 50%, as necessary.
Qualification and Experience
Qualification: The candidate should have graduation from an accredited law school with an LLB or JD degree. Must have 5+ years of litigation, presiding, or APA experience (or a combination of these areas). Excellent research and writing skills. Progressively responsible experience in administrative, criminal, or civil law is preferred. Prior experience in Administrative License Revocation cases or in DWI proceedings is preferred. Prior experience in presiding over contested cases is preferred. Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, and in good standing with the State Bar of Texas is preferred. Must have knowledge of administrative law and the hearings process in Texas and ability to handle cases according to requirements of law; ability to determine and apply the relevant rules and statutes pertinent to assigned cases; and ability to preside over hearings effectively. Effective oral and written communication skills, including APA decision-writing skills. Skill in the use of Microsoft Office Suite, including Microsoft Word and Outlook is essential.
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