Company: COURT OF APPEALS EIGHTH DISTRICT OF TEXAS
Location: El Paso
Posted on: September 13, 2019
Location: EL PASO, Texas, , United StatesPosted: 2019-09-05Position
Title: STAFF ATTORNEYCompany Name: COURT OF APPEALS EIGHTH DISTRICT
OF TEXASSector: OtherMin Education: Juris Doctorate
Salary: $4,599 - $7,532 monthly (salary is commensurate with
Position begins: September 1, 2019 (subject to change)
Close date: when filled
The Eighth Court of Appeals is now accepting applications for a
full-time Staff Attorney. Although candidates with two or more
years of legal experience and a strong background in appellate
practice are preferred, all qualified candidates are welcome to
The position involves extensive legal research and writing, and
requires the ability to work independently. Duties may also include
administrative matters. Applicants must be licensed to practice law
in the State of Texas.
To apply, applicants must mail a State Application for Employment,
resume, references, writing samples, and a law school transcript if
licensed for less than one year to:
Elizabeth G. Flores, Clerk of the Court, 500 E. San Antonio Ave.,
Rm. 1203, El Paso, Texas, 79901. The application is available from
the Texas Workforce Commission at
Interviews will be by invitation only.
Note: The following military occupational specialty (MOS) codes
generally correspond to this employment opening: 27, 250X, LGL10,
04, 4402, 4, 51JX, 92J0, 51, RI. Applicants must fully complete the
summary of experience to determine if minimum qualifications are
met. Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed
The Court is an equal opportunity employer and does not
discriminate on basis of race, color, national origin, sex,
religion, age, or disability in employment or the provision of
services. Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, any
request for reasonable accommodations needed during the application
process should be communicated by the applicant to the Clerk of the
Salary Group B-23 (Attorney III) Class No. 3503
COURT OF APPEALS EIGHTH DISTRICT OF TEXAS
Assists the appellate court in resolving complex substantive and
procedural issues, prepares pre-submission memoranda, proposed
draft opinions, judgments, and orders, and ensures compliance with
appellate rules and procedures in order to facilitate the flow of
cases through the Court. This position requires exceptional
management, legal research, writing, analytical, and oral
communication skills. Duties also include providing assistance and
advice to the Supervising Judge to whom assigned and the Court
generally, as well as to other research attorneys, law clerks, and
other staff members, as necessary. Within the assigned judicial
chambers, assists in providing supervision and training of law
clerks and legal assistants. Review proposed draft opinions,
reports, papers or other court records prepared by the legal staff
for clarity, completeness, accuracy, and conformance with policies
of the Court. Within the assigned judicial chambers, assists in the
planning and training of law clerks. Works under general
supervision of the assigned justice with considerable latitude for
the use of initiative and independent judgment.
Duties, Tasks and Assignments:
Conducts manual and computer-assisted electronic legal research in
analyzing sources such as statutes, judicial decisions, legal
articles, treaties, constitutions, legal codes, and rules of
Interprets substantive and procedural law and rules.
Prepares pre-submission memoranda, proposed draft opinions,
judgments, and orders in civil and criminal appeals and/or original
Reviews and screens original proceedings, makes recommendations on
their disposition, and drafts proposed opinions, judgments or
orders, as appropriate.
Reviews pre- and post-submission motions, makes recommendations on
their disposition, and drafts proposed opinions or orders, as
Conducts initial screening of appeals for jurisdictional
deficiencies and procedural compliance.
Participates in pre- and post-submission case conferences, presents
analysis of issues and leads discussion.
Attends and evaluates the presentation of oral argument.
Advises the assigned justice, the administrative staff and other
legal staff members regarding appellate, procedural, and
substantive legal issues upon request, or as necessary.
Within the assigned judicial chambers, reviews and edits work of
law clerks and other staff when requested.
Reviews proposed draft opinions, reports, papers or other court
records prepared by the legal staff for clarity, completeness,
accuracy, and conformance with policies of the Court.
Reviews current developments in criminal and civil law.
Provides general counsel to assigned justice, as requested.
Routes proposed draft opinions, judgments and orders to superiors
for appropriate action.
Develops and maintains effective management methods for disposition
of cases on appeal.
Assists the administrative staff in responding to pro se
Reviews court workload, schedules, and personnel assignments,
status of ongoing work, projects, and available personnel for work
assignments in order to plan the activities of the Court.
Writes technical, informative, or operational reports and papers,
or works on special projects on behalf of the chief justice.
Supervises and coordinates activities of legal staff.
Reviews, critiques and directs the work product of research and law
clerks and other legal staff when requested.
Maintains current digest of significant decisions and often-used
Plans, conducts and/or arranges training of legal staff.
Compiles and analyzes data for the chief justice on court activity
to monitor management performance and prepare activity reports.
Conducts legal staff meeting for dissemination of pertinent
Prepares work performance evaluations for research attorneys, if
Performs administrative duties as assigned.
Experience and Education and Licensure
Two or more years practical legal experience with a strong
background in appellate procedure, legal research and writing, is
preferred. However, all qualified candidates are welcome to apply.
Graduation from an accredited law school with an LL.B. or J.D.
degree. Must possess license to practice law in the State of
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of legal principles in criminal/civil areas and appellate
procedure. Exceptional management, legal research, writing,
analytical, and decision-making skills. Proficient computer and
typing skills. Knowledge in the interpretation and application of
substantive and procedural law and rules. Ability to communicate
clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing, and to plan
and organize work with a minimum of supervision. Knowledge of
appellate court policies and procedures and their implementation.
Ability to direct and supervise the work of others.
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