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Staff Attorney

Company name

Texas Department of Public Safety.

Organization Type

Government

Job Type

Attorney

Valid Through

Nov 26,2019

Posted on

Aug 13,2019

Min Salary/Max Salary

USD 4023 to 5259 Monthly

Years of Experience

Min 1 yrs required

Location

Austin, TX, United States

Employment Type

Full-time

Industry

Legal
Practice Area
Criminal Law >> Criminal Law
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Staff Attorney
The candidate researches, analyzes, and evaluates applications submitted under various regulatory schemes for which the Department is responsible. Makes determinations and recommendations regarding applications based upon applicable statutes, rules and Department policy. Drafts and files petitions and exhibits for administrative hearings under the applicable regulatory statutes. Schedules hearings in the appropriate justice of the peace court or the State Office of Administrative Hearings and obtains necessary documents for the hearings. Represents the Department at the hearings or obtains field attorneys to represent the Department. Drafts and files petitions and exhibits for appeals of administrative hearings at the County Court at Law, Court of Appeals, or Texas Supreme Court levels. Schedules hearings in the appropriate court and obtains necessary documents for the hearings. Represents the Department at the hearings or obtains county or district attorneys to represent the Department. Responds to telephone and written inquiries regarding the applicable regulatory statutes from legislators, county and district attorneys, employees in the Attorney General's office, judges, law enforcement agencies, Department employees, and the general public. Conducts training classes on the License to Carry law and related policies, procedures, and issues for instructors, DPS personnel, and other law enforcement agencies. Interprets statutes and regulations related to the programs in the Service and develops corresponding protocols, specifications and policies to guide actions of Service employees involved in those activities. Assists in drafting legislation and monitoring pending legislation. Drafts administrative rules related to the applicable regulatory statutes. Identifies training needs, discusses program effectiveness with management and recommends changes within the programs to more efficiently comply with applicable federal and state laws. Performs legal research and provides legal counsel to Department personnel with regard to applicable regulatory issues affecting the Bureaus within the Service. Travels throughout the state as required. Attends work regularly and observes approved work hours in accordance with agency leave and attendance policies. Performs related duties as assigned.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have graduated from an accredited school of law with an LL.B. or J.D. degree. Must have 1+ year of experience in the areas of legal research, trial and appellate procedures, Rules of Evidence, Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of Appellate Procedure, Administrative Law, Texas Penal Code, or general Texas weapon laws for Attorney I level. Must have 5+ years of experience in the areas of legal research, trial and appellate procedures, Rules of Evidence, Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of Appellate Procedure, Administrative Law, Texas Penal Code, or general Texas weapon laws for Attorney II level. Must have 9+ years of experience in the areas of legal research, trial and appellate procedures, Rules of Evidence, Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of Appellate Procedure, Administrative Law, Texas Penal Code, or general Texas weapon laws for Attorney III level. Licensure by the State Bar of Texas is required. Knowledge of the Texas Open Records Act, Administrative law, Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of Appellate Procedure, Rules of Evidence, Texas Penal Code or general weapons laws is needed. Should have knowledge of legal terminology, research methods and techniques, preparation and use of legal documents, administrative and court procedures, law office practices and procedures, relevant laws, and details of the English language as it applies to legal documents. Should have availability for after-hour and weekend work, and travel as required to attend hearings. Should also have the ability to be an effective advisor to Regulatory Services Division management regarding regulatory schemes. Criminal law (prosecution or defense), prior state agency, and State Office of Administrative Hearings experience helpful. Experience with and/or knowledge of Administrative Procedure Act, Occupations Code Chapter 53, Penal Code, and Code of Criminal Procedure helpful.

Closing Date: August 31, 2019.

Additional info

Ref. #: 00006640. State Job Code: 3502 3503-3504.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Texas Department of Public Safety.
PO BOX 4087
5805 N LAMAR BLVD
Austin, TX 78752-4431

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