Assistant Public Defender

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Company Harris County Public Defender’s Office Location Houston, TX, United States

Government

Attorney

Full-time

May 09, 2022

Aug 22, 2022

May 14, 2021

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Assistant Public Defender
Duties: Researches, analyzes and interprets issues of law. Conducts legal research and prepares memoranda, motions and other pleadings subject to review. Reviews drafts of pleadings, motions, and memoranda prepared by legal staff. Assigns legal personnel in preparation of case files, or to collect data, or evidence for case work. Participates with other attorneys in the formulation of legal strategies for particular clients. Renders legal advice to clients with senior attorneys through corresponding, and meets with clients to explain legal strategies, and to obtain client’s input and approval. Makes contact with clients, witnesses, and law enforcement as required, including regular trips to jails and prisons. Assists county public defenders in researching legal issues, and in preparing memoranda, pleadings and motions. Answers inquiries from indigent clients, concerning their wrongful incarceration (e.g., answers telephone calls and correspondence; initiates correspondence; reviews and researches claims; initiates legal petitions when appropriate; prepares pleadings and memoranda; appears in court on behalf of indigent clients). Prepares cases for trial and independently tries cases, examines witnesses, presents legal arguments and evidence conducts pre-trial conferences, hearings and plea negotiations, and conducts appeals and other post-conviction matters. Assures zealous representation.



Qualification and Experience

Requirements: A JD Degree AND a current license to practice law with the State Bar of Texas. Good trial skills and/or a willingness to develop such skills are required. Effective organizational and time management skills required to successfully execute job duties. Must possess the skills to manage a demanding caseload of cases assigned from criminal courts. May require evening and weekend hours. Preferences: Experience as a criminal defense attorney (or some demonstrated interest and/or training in criminal defense). A demonstrated history of defending persons accused of crimes. Bilingual in English/Spanish. References are strongly recommended.

Additional info

Position #05149

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Harris County Public Defender’s Office
1201 Franklin St
13th Fl
Houston, TX 77002

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