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Attorney - Civil Rights Trial

Houston, TX
Full Time
Practice Areas: Civil, Municipal Job #: 22031 Exp.: 2+ Years
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
  • Educational: Requires a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an American Bar Association accredited college of law.
  • Experience: Two years of experience in the practice of general civil law or specialized municipal law are required.
  • License: Must be a member of the Texas State Bar.

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.**

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