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Chief Family Attorney The candidate primary responsibilities include extensive planning and directing of case preparation and litigation of Child Protective Services (CPS) legal cases for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS). Primary duties also include supervision of other attorneys and legal assistants within the family justice section of the Civil Division of the County Attorney's office, including other CPS attorneys and protective order attorneys. Executes extensive planning and directing of case preparation and litigation of CPS legal cases for TDFPS. Supervises other attorneys, as well as supervises the work product of the legal assistants, within the family justice section of the Civil Division of the County Attorney's Office. Reviews, oversees and ensures accuracy and appropriateness in pleadings, motions, orders, discovery documents and other legal instruments and case negotiations. Provides court representation for TDFPS at hearings and trials, as well as provides TDFPS with legal advice, guidance and instruction related to family law, civil litigation, limited law and agency policy. Oversees office's involvement with victims of domestic violence seeking protective orders, including intake, case preparation, witness preparation, and court appearances. Communicates frequently with other office and County staff, State agencies, other County and District Attorneys, private and pro bono Attorneys, Judges and Court personnel, community professionals and expert witnesses, community advocacy groups and inter-agency coordination groups and the general public. Ensures responsibilities for making legal decisions regarding whether to try cases, as outlined under the TDFPS. Addresses appellate and policy issues, and problem solves with County/local TDFPS regarding issues pertaining to child welfare and domestic violence. Works with community agencies to provide training and information. Reports directly to - Civil Division Chief. Direct Reports - Family Justice attorneys (CPS attorneys and Protective Order attorney); Family Justice Legal Assistants report only for work-related purposes, not administrative purposes. Number of Direct Reports- 3 attorneys and 2 legal assistants.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have Doctorate of Jurisprudence from an accredited law school and admission to the State Bar of Texas. Must have 5 years of experience as a Licensed Attorney. 3 years experience representing TDFPS in Child Protective Services matters and lawsuits is preferred. Proficiency in Odyssey case management program is desired. 2 years of supervisory experience within large office environment is preferred. Experience working in a large and fast paced legal environment with previous public sector employment is desired.
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