Legal CPS Regional Attny III
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is
responsible for protecting the unprotected - children, elderly, and
people with disabilities - from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
DFPS accomplishes this responsibility by employing over 12,000
workers who live up to the agency's Mission, Vision, & Values in
service to the 27 million citizens of Texas.
WHY WORK FOR DFPS?
DFPS is not only a qualifying organization for the Service Loan
Forgiveness Program, which forgives the remaining balance on
college student Direct Loans after making 120 qualifying monthly
payments, but also offers excellent health benefits, special
discounts on many products and services through the Discount
Purchase Program, a lifetime monthly retirement annuity as well as
Texa$aver 401(k) and 457 Programs under the Employees Retirement
System of Texas. An additional benefit you will receive is 12 days
of paid annual leave, 12 sick days, and the potential to earn up to
four days of administrative leave each year. Your annual paid leave
accrual increases as your tenure increases.
The Legal CPS Regional Attorney III provides direct
representation in court for CPS in legal cases. The position
provides expertise, guidance, and instruction in family law, civil
litigation, and agency policy. The position monitors the progress
of all Texas Department of Family and Protective Services court
cases within the assigned area of responsibility and takes
appropriate measures to ensure the timely and appropriate
resolution of those cases. The position interacts routinely with
caseworkers, supervisors, program directors and program
administrators; agency attorneys, county and district attorneys,
and opposing counsel; judges; agency clients, witnesses, community
professionals, and expert witnesses; and protective services
clients and the general public.
Essential Job Functions:
Advises staff on legal matters and interprets laws, regulations,
and policies. Advises county and district attorneys on legal
matters. Provides agency representation in court cases. Prepares
cases for trial and handles the trial on most cases. Provides legal
training to agency staff and the legal community. Coordinates
specialized legal efforts with appropriate experts. Prepares or
supervises the preparation of legal opinions, briefs, legal
pleadings, and reports. Performs other duties as assigned and
required to maintain unit operations. Assists in formulating,
establishing, and coordinating office systems. Promotes, monitors,
and ensures that respect is demonstrated for cultural diversity.
Attends work regularly in accordance with agency leave policy.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of family law and civil practice. Ability to
synthesize the law, administrative rules, agency policies and
goals, and best practice recommendations to reach an appropriate
interpretation. Ability to convey complex legal ideas and
instructions clearly to staff. Ability to develop and maintain
professional working relationships with agency staff and the legal
community. Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, and in good
standing with the State Bar of Texas. Initial Selection
Graduated from an accredited law school. Licensed to practice
law in the State of Texas and in good standing with the State Bar
of Texas. Additional Information:
Note: Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial
selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for
this position may include: 27A, 27B, 250X, LGL10, 4402, 51JX. For
more information see the Texas State Auditor's Military Crosswalk
27A, 27B, 250X, LGL10, 4402, 51JX
HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation
with you on your first day of work.
I-9 Form - Click here to download the I-9 form.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),
HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the
hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a
disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line
application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at
1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need
accommodation to participate in the interview process, please
notify the person scheduling the interview.