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SEEKING SENIOR ASSISTANT APPELLANT PUBLIC DEFENDER

Monday, August 29, 2005

  • Organization: Bexar County Appellate Public Defender, San Antonio, Texas
ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 489 SENIOR ASSISTANT APPELLANT PUBLIC DEFENDER - (THIS POSITION IS NOT COVERED UNDER CIVIL SERVICE) (THE HIRING AND CONTINUATION OF THIS POSITION IS CONTINGENT UPON THE AWARD AND AVAILABIITY OF GRANT FUNDS) - COMMISSIONERS COURT - APPELLATE PUBLIC DEFENDER OVERSIGHT BOARD JOB DESCRIPTION: Supervises, trains, and oversees the workflow of the Assistant Appellate Public Defender's. Manages an active caseload of new felony appeals including high profile, complex, and special assignment cases and represents the defendant verbally and through written correspondence. Writes appellate briefs and pleadings for filing in the Texas Court system. Provides procedural advice to the client on the merits of processing or dismissing appeals based on meritorious issues. Conducts evidentiary hearings as required to supplement or create records for appellate court review. Obtains and reviews trial court transcripts, files, exhibits and other related materials. Performs in depth research for complex issues which may be unique or controversial and provides resource and research assistance to other staff attorney's. Maintains client relationships through continued visits, phone and written correspondence and responds to questions and concerns from clients, family and friends. Maintains awareness of new court decisions, new laws, and revised rules and regulations through conferences, workshops and relevant periodicals. Answers questions and assists the legal community regarding appellate issues. Performs related duties as required. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence and six (6) years experience in prosecution or criminal law, including one (1) year of supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. Death penalty experience is preferred. Must secure and maintain a favorable background investigation from the Bexar County Sheriff's Office. Must have valid driver's license, motor vehicle liability insurance and personal injury insurance. Requires comprehensive knowledge of criminal prosecution and appeals; good knowledge of legal research and writing skills including familiarity with computer-based legal research; and good knowledge of investigatory methods. Requires skill in supervising professional employees; skill in organization and presentation of facts and supporting logic; skill in communicating effectively with hostile, abusive or irrational individuals; and skill in communicating effectively, both verbally and in writing. Requires ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, County employees, outside organizations, service providers and the general public; ability to prioritize, plan and organize work to meet numerous and amended deadlines for motions, extensions, show cause and evidentiary hearings and other court requirements; and ability to operate personal computer and basic office equipment. Physical requirements include lifting/carrying of 5-10 lbs. occasionally; visual acuity, speech and hearing; hand and eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate computer keyboard and basic office equipment. Subject to sitting, standing, walking, reaching and handling to perform essential functions. Working conditions are primarily in an office environment. May be required to work more than 40 hours during the workweek. Must submit a resume of previous working experience. SALARY: Table 1 Grade 73 $5,585.00 per month CLOSING DATE: Wednesday, September 7, 2005 Contact: Angela J. Moore Chief , Bexar County Appellate Public Defender 210 S. Main, Ste. 214 San Antonio, Texas 78204 210.335.0706 Kiosks are available to apply online at the Bexar County Civil Service Commission, located at the Heritage Plaza Building, 400 S. Main, San Antonio, TX 78204, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Phone: 335-2549. Job Line: 335-6333. Building is accessible to disabled persons. THIS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
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