City of Houston
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ATTORNEY - CIVIL RIGHTS TRIAL
at City of Houston
- POSITION OVERVIEW
PN# 19376 CIVIL RIGHTS TRIAL ATTORNEY
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT:
The City of Houston Legal Department strives to provide the highest quality municipal legal services to the City, its elected and appointed officials, and its employees in the most efficient manner feasible through adherence to the following guiding principles:
• Quality & Service – Achieving high customer satisfaction as judged by our clients,
• Partnership & Teamwork – Working cooperatively internally and with our clients to achieve the City's goals,
• Integrity & Candor – Acting with a commitment to honesty and ethical behavior,
• Dignity & Diversity – Demonstrating esteem for the worth of each individual,
• Innovation & Imagination – Seeking novel and creative approaches to achieving the City's objectives.
Comprised of over 100 of Houston's finest attorneys across ten sections, the Legal Department has the pivotal role of providing litigation support, negotiating and drafting contracts, handling taxation matters, advising on personnel actions, dealing with the acquisition of sale of City property, overseeing City elections, handling redistricting matters, and dealing with neighborhood protection and quality of life issues. Every employee is committed to the Department's motto – "Service Through Law."
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
The City of Houston seeks two litigation attorneys with at least 7 years of experience, first chair jury trial experience, and the ability to try complex civil rights litigation as members of its Labor, Employment and Civil Rights Section (LECR). The docket includes the defense of lawsuits involving civil and constitutional rights, labor and employment law claims, and contested administrative hearings.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Preparing lawsuits for trial and handling jury and bench trials in federal and state courts.
• Researching and drafting motions.
• Preparing and responding to discovery.
• Presenting and deposing witnesses.
• Interviewing witnesses, and investigating and developing facts and evidence.
• Evaluating the settlement value of cases.
• Handling mediations and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
• Handling contested administrative evidentiary hearings.
• Supporting the LECR section in counseling the City's client departments on civil rights issues, ordinance drafting and ordinance enforcement issues.
• Training city employees on relevant legal issues.
• Assisting the City Attorney and others with special projects such as drafting City Attorney Legal Opinions.
• Working with multidisciplinary litigation teams on complex civil cases presenting constitutional issues.
• Participating in the preparation of appellate briefs.
• Drafting, reviewing or revising city policies.
- MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
Requires a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an American Bar Association accredited college of law.
Seven years of experience in the practice of general civil law or specialized municipal law.
Must be a member of the Texas State Bar. Must have a valid Driver's License and be in compliance with the City of Houston policy on driving (AP 2-2).
Preference will be given to applicants with:• Excellent oral advocacy skills.
• Excellent writing skills.
• Excellent analytical skills.
• Excellent organizational skills.
• Familiarity with local federal and state courts and judges.
• Experience working with federal, state or local governmental entities.
• Must be willing to work extended hours as needed to accommodate case load demands.
• General understanding of 42 U.S.C. § 1983 et seq., 42 U.S.C. §§2000d and 2000e et seq.
• General understanding of Texas Local Government Code Chapter 143.
• Expertise in constitutional law.
• General understanding of Texas criminal law and procedure.
• Proficiency with Word, Outlook, Excel and the use of technology in the practice.
**Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6.**
- GENERAL INFORMATION
SELECTION/SKILLS TESTS REQUIRED: Yes
All applicants will be expected to provide a writing sample, transcripts and letter(s) of recommendation.
SAFETY IMPACT POSITION: Yes
If yes, this position is subject to random drug testing and if a promotional position, candidate must pass an assignment drug test.
Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate's qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in similar positions.
Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during posting opening and closing dates shown. Applications must be submitted online at: http://www.www.houstontx.gov
To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/houston/default.cfm or please call 832.393.6090.
Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process.
All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information provided. If you need special services or accommodations, call TTY 7-1-1.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.