Assistant County Attorney

Summary of the job, including general nature and broad functions:

The Attorney provides legal services in matters involving litigation and insures that the Office of the County Attorney appropriately prosecutes and defends the litigation.  The Attorney works with other members of the Office of the County Attorney and other county employees who may have knowledge about the litigation. 

Key Values—Must be able to thrive in an environment based on:

Teamwork:

  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with co-workers both within and outside the practice group
  • Establishes and builds trust by diplomatically, but assertively, addressing conflicts directly with co-workers.
  • Seeks input from co-workers.
  • Seeks opportunities to recognize co-workers.
  • Accepts supervision and constructive criticism.
  • Reports to work on time and seldom calls in unexpectedly and maintains a good attendance record.
  • Manages stress to ensure productivity and co-workers are not negatively impacted.

Ethical Standards

  • Upholds high ethical standards in achieving the goals and mission of the Office.
  • Respects the rights and dignity of others
  • Is familiar with and adheres to established rules for professional conduct;
  • Adheres to the highest ethical standards in the  performance of legal services
  •  Acts with honesty and integrity in dealings with others

Action Oriented

  • Self-starter, able to work independently without supervision.
  • Organizes and prioritizes multiple projects simultaneously to maintain a high level of productivity.
  • Proactively seeks additional duties and responsibilities.
  • Makes effective and efficient use of time in carrying out responsibilities.
  • Meets deadlines.

Measurable Improvement

  • Seeks new ways to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the  practice group;
  • Develops daily habits to improve both self and the organization;
  • Establishes goals and works to achieve them.
  • Willing to learn new duties, approaches, and routines.
  • Proactively seeks avenues for self-development.

Service to all, according to law:

  • Recognizes public service as a high calling
  • Understands that our Office serves the people of Harris County by and through their elected representatives
  • Communicates with persons inside and outside of the organization in a prompt, positive and professional manner

Educational/Licensure requirements:   Juris doctorate degree, licensed to practice law in Texas.  

Software:  Must possess intermediate skills in Microsoft Word and Outlook

Computer and other equipment used:  Dell Optiplex 7010, Dell 24” Monitor, Dell 24” Monitor; HP

Typing: Able to type a minimum of 35 words per minute.

 

Detailed Tasks and Responsibilities

Knowledge

  • Know and follow the Texas and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Texas and Federal Rules of Evidence, the Texas and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, the Texas Rules of Professional Conduct, the Harris County Personnel Regulations, and the policies of the County Attorney.
  • 5-10 years of experience in federal civil rights lawsuits involving, for example, alleged excessive use of force by law enforcement, discrimination, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Able to use the case management database.
  • Prepare for court hearings and trial.
  • Prepare and file briefs and motions within the deadlines established.
  • Make well-reasoned settlement recommendations to the client and/or commissioners court.
  • Complete the required hours of continuing education in related courses.
  • Skilled at making oral presentations and speeches.
  • Know how to develop persuasive oral and written arguments.
  • Know how to interpret the Judge.

Attitude

  • Keep a positive, professional and pleasant attitude/demeanor toward co-workers, the Judge, the court staff, other county employees and members of the public.
  • Able to be flexible in scheduling/hours of work and work late or on weekends to meet a deadline.
  • Work well with others by sharing/accepting duties and responsibilities.
  • Willing to provide/accept positive feedback and provide/accept constructive criticism.
  • Do not participate in gossip or negative discussions about co-workers, county employees or members of the public.
  • Adjust well to new or changed office policies and procedures.
  • Adjust well to new or changed assignments, supervisors and co-workers.
  • Remain calm in stressful situations and avoids emotional outbursts.
  • Maintain a professional image and proper courtroom demeanor.
  • Participate in lessons learned meetings after major hearings or trials to discuss what you did right and explore ways to improve.
  • Willing to work on special projects in the office and help other attorneys with their cases.

Productivity

  • Able to simultaneously work on more than one lawsuit, more than one project, and prioritize multiple assignments and deadlines.
  • Able to handle large discovery production.
  • Complete assignments in the most efficient way possible.
  • Complete assignments accurately and early or on-time.
  • Promptly respond to phone calls, emails, and other correspondence.
  • Maintain a good attendance record working a regular schedule and longer when needed.
  • Do not waste time on non-work/personal activities, unnecessary tasks or work that could be delegated.
  • Proactive about keeping clients informed about the status of cases.
  • Meet promised deadlines in the office and outside the office.
  • Improve efficiency by delegating tasks to paralegals, decreasing turnaround times and streamlining work processes.
  • Reduces the number of continuances and extensions requested.
  • Close files at the appropriate time.

Resumes can be sent to [email protected], attention Melissa Spinks.