Staff Attorney

JOB VACANCY NOTICE

Posting Date: September 14, 2017                                

Closing Date: Until filled

Job Listing Identification Number:  215-18-01

OCFW Job Title: Post-Conviction Attorney                    

Location:  Austin, TX

State Job Title:  Attorney II                                                       

FLSA Status: Exempt

State Classification Number and Salary Step:  B21 ($50,000 to $75,000)

Type of Job:    Full Time                                                  

Travel Required: Yes (25%)

 Remarks:

The Texas Office of Capital & Forensic Writs (OCFW) is hiring a staff attorney to represent death-sentenced clients in post-conviction proceedings.

The OCFW represents persons sentenced to death in Texas in state habeas and related proceedings. Once we file state habeas applications, courts will often grant us live evidentiary hearings on our claims. Thus, ideal candidates would be adept at both written and oral advocacy, as well as committed to client-centered, excellent post-conviction representation. 

Job Description:

Represent clients on their initial and/or subsequent state post-conviction applications for writ of habeas corpus and related proceedings. Duties include: reviewing the trial and appellate record for constitutional error; interviewing witnesses; investigating and developing claims; drafting applications for writs of habeas corpus and other substantial pleadings; litigating evidentiary hearings.                                                                            

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);
  • Commitment to excellent representation;
  • 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 during the trial or appeal of a death penalty case.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience, two years or more, representing clients at trial, on appeal, or on post-conviction as a public defender or in a similar advocacy role (credit also given for judicial clerkship experience);
  • Prior hearing or trial experience;
  • Ability to engage in complex legal analysis, and to communicate clearly and persuasively;
  • Excellent analytic, legal research, investigative, and oral advocacy skills;
  • Ability to work collaboratively in team settings; strengths in team work, client relations, investigation and relationship building;    
  • Commitment to culturally competent representation, and experience working with diverse populations and on behalf of low-income clients; 
  • A demonstrated understanding of, or willingness to learn about, capital mitigation and mental-health issues;
  • Bilingual, Spanish-speaking ability.                                                           

Employment Conditions:

  • 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.

To apply for this position, send: (1) a letter of interest; (2) a resume; (3) a list of references; and (4) the mandated State of Texas Application for Employment to Sandra Justice at: sandra.justice@ocfw.texas.gov. Candidates selected for an interview will be invited to submit a writing sample at that time. State applications are available at http://www.twc.state.tx.us/jobseekers/state-texas-application-employment.

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 Thursday, September 14, 2017