Th Staff Attorney

Travis County
Full Time TX 1700 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78701, United States


Do you have a desire to join the community of public servants that make up the Travis County Civil District Courts? The 126th District Court has a great opportunity with an opening for the Staff Attorney position.

As the Staff Attorney for the 126th District Court you'd have the ability to assist the Court with trying child protection cases, providing legal research and analysis to the Court and likewise be able to assist the Community as a whole in return.

Travis County provides top-notch benefits including paid vacation and sick leave, parental leave, outstanding health, vision, and dental insurance, on-site health clinics for you and your dependents, a generous retirement plan, and much more!

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs legal research. Searches resources and studies legal records and documents to obtain information applicable to the case or issue under consideration.
  • Analyzes substantive laws, as well as evidentiary and procedural rules, as applied to individual cases.
  • Presents facts and relevant case law to the judge verbally and in writing in case-related matters.
  • Communicates with attorneys and parties on behalf of the court.
  • May assist the District Judge during hearings and trials in the preparation of letter rulings, jury charges, Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law, written orders, correspondence, and memoranda for and on behalf of the court.
  • May supervise law interns.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience:
Attorney I - $66,183.97 Annually
(JD/LLB from an accredited law school.)

Attorney II - $70,819.70 Annually
(JB/LLB from an accredited law school AND eighteen (18) months of licensed attorney work experience.)

Attorney III - $81,074.79 Annually
(JB/LLB from an accredited law school AND three (3) years of licensed attorney work experience.)

Attorney IV - $86,761.41 Annually
(JB/LLB from an accredited law school AND four (4) years of licensed attorney work experience.)

Attorney V - $99,345.18 Annually
(JB/LLB from an accredited law school AND six (6) years of licensed attorney work experience.) 

Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements:
Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.

Knowledge and experience as a licensed attorney in child welfare, juvenile and family law cases in the State of Texas.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Jurisprudence, criminal and civil law, and procedures, including constitutional and statutory law.
  • Federal, State, Local, and County applicable laws, rules, regulations, and guidelines.
  • Methods and practices of pleading cases and of effective techniques for presentation of cases in court or to effectively present facts and precedents verbally and in writing in law-related matters.
  • Policies, practices, procedures, and legal terminology related to the court system.
  • Computer equipment to include word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and a variety of software packages.
  • Business letter writing, grammar and punctuation, and report preparation.
  • May be required to develop knowledge of and adhere to federal and state laws requiring the confidential handling of certain health information.
Skill in:
  • Problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Analyzing and appraising facts, policies, procedures, and legal precedents in the area of specialty.
  • Both verbal and written communication, including presentations.
Ability to:
  • Conduct legal research and analysis, both manually and electronically.
  • Present facts, precedents, and arguments verbally and in writing and apply negotiation skills.
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Work independently.
  • Manage time well and perform multiple tasks and organize diverse activities.
  • Work well under pressure and exercise tact in trying situations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental clientele, representatives of outside agencies, other County employees and officials, and the general public.

Work Environment & Other Information

Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry up to 25 pounds occasionally, visual acuity, speech and hearing, hand and eye coordination, and manual dexterity necessary to operate a computer and office equipment. Subject to standing, walking, sitting, repetitive motion, reaching, climbing stairs, bending, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, pushing, pulling, balancing, client/customer contact, squatting to perform the essential functions.

Travis County employees play an important role in business continuity. As such, employees can be assigned to business continuity efforts outside of normal job functions.

This job description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions, and responsibilities and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.

Work Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Monday through Friday

Department: Civil Courts

Location: Civil and Family Courts Facility (CFCF), 1700 Guadalupe Street, Austin, Texas;
and Gardner Betts Juvenile Justice Center, 2515 South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas. 

Criminal Background Check Required.