Litigation Supervisor

The Office of Capital and Forensic Writs (OCFW), the Texas post-conviction public defender, represents a substantial percentage of individuals in Texas courts in capital post-conviction proceedings. This fall, OCFW is starting a new practice to provide representation to persons convicted of non-capital offenses when questionable forensic science contributed to their conviction. See Tex. Code Crim. Proc. 38.01 4(h). In this practice, OCFW will review and litigate cases referred by the Texas Forensic Science Commission where the forensic analysis at trial was tainted by negligence or misconduct.  

OCFW welcomes applications from talented attorneys interested in joining the office as a Litigation Supervisor. Ideal candidates would have prior experience in capital or post-conviction litigation including forensic science challenges, exhibit creativity and skill in litigation, and be committed to client-centered, excellent post-conviction representation. This is a newly created supervisory position.

Job Description:

The Litigation Supervisor will serve as a supervisor of OCFW litigation in both capital and non-capital cases, with a focus on written and appellate advocacy. The Litigation Supervisor will be a leader within the office and help manage the office alongside the Executive Director and Training Director. In addition, the Litigation Supervisor will serve as lead counsel in a limited number of cases.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Member of the Texas State Bar or eligible for admission within six months of employment (Please note that the Texas Bar allows for the admission without examination for certain applicants who have practiced law for at least five out of the last seven years. See Rule XIII, Rules of The Supreme Court Governing Admission to The Bar of Texas);
  • At least five years of relevant experience, defined as follows:
    • representing low-income clients at trial, on appeal, or on post-conviction,
    • serving a judicial law clerk or staff attorney; or
    • impact litigation related to civil rights, criminal justice reform and related fields.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in team settings; strengths in teamwork, client relations, investigation and relationship building;    
  • Strong written advocacy skills (writing sample required with application);
  • Excellent analytic, legal research, and oral advocacy skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ten or more years of relevant experience;
  • Prior supervisory experience;
  • Prior experience training on topics such as factual investigation, post-conviction litigation, and forensic science;
  • Prior experience litigating forensic science-related issues;
  • Experience with and the ability to understand, summarize and translate complex research for a lay audience;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, indigent defense, and criminal justice reform;
  • Ability to work with a diverse range of people.

Employment Conditions:

  • Pursuant to state law, OCFW may not employ an attorney who has been found by a state or federal court to have rendered ineffective assistance of counsel.
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment and software;
  • A valid driver’s license, and the willingness to operate a motor vehicle for client-representation purposes;
  • Ability and willingness to travel throughout Texas and, on occasion, out of state; frequent travel is required for this position.

Additional Details:

Posting Date: August 13, 2019
Closing Date: Until filled
Job Listing Number: 215-19-03
Location: Austin, Texas
State Job Title: General Counsel II
FLSA Status: Exempt
State Classification/Salary Step B27 (up to $105,000, depending on experience and qualifications)
Type of job: full-time
Travel Required Yes (25%)

 

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, send: (1) a letter of interest; (2) a resume; (3) a list of references; (4) a writing sample; and (5) the mandated State of Texas Application for Employment to: hiring@ocfw.texas.gov.

State applications are available at:           https://twc.texas.gov/files/jobseekers/texas-application-employment-twc.pdf.

Veterans, Reservist or Guardsmen with an MOS or additional duties that fall in the fields of 27A, 27B, 250X, LGL10, 04, 4402, 51JX, or other related fields pertaining to the minimum experience requirements may meet the minimum qualifications. Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at:          http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_Legal.pdf.

The Office of Capital & Forensic Writs is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, any request for reasonable accommodations needed during the application process should be communicated by the applicant to Sandra Justice, the Office of Capital & Forensic Writs Senior Accountant, at (512) 463-8520.



Updated Tuesday, August 13, 2019