ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY I (ENTRY LEVEL)

City of Houston
Published
January 14, 2022
Location
Houston, TX
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Applications accepted from:    ALL PERSONS INTERESTED
Job Classification:                     ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY I (ENTRY LEVEL)
Department:                               LEGAL
Division:                                      MUNICIPAL PROSECUTION
Reporting Location:                   1400 LUBBOCK
Workdays & Hours:                    MONDAY – FRIDAY 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM*   *Subject to Change
 

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT:
The City of Houston Legal Department strives to provide the highest quality municipal legal services to the City 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 nearly 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, advising City officials and departments, 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 Legal Department is seeking an energetic, motivated and focused entry level attorney to prosecute Class C misdemeanor cases arising under City Ordinances and other laws of the State of Texas before judges and juries in the City of Houston Municipal Courts.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Performing citizen intake and direct filing of charges
  • Researching and analyzing ordinances, statutes, case law, administrative opinions, rules of procedure and evidence and drafting legal memoranda 
  • Interacting extensively with the public, defense attorneys, judges, court personnel, police officers and inspectors
  • Conducting, reviewing, and preparing discovery
  • Representing the City of Houston and State of Texas in civil and administrative proceedings such as dangerous dog, animal cruelty and tow hearings
  • Researching, analyzing, and drafting criminal complaints
  • Performing legal research and preparing formal and informal legal opinions regarding criminal and municipal law
  • Counseling the city's departments about city ordinances and state statutes
  • Assisting the City Attorney and others with special projects such as drafting City Attorney Legal Opinions and City Ordinances
  • Must be able to work flexible schedules including days, nights, and some weekends.

 
WORKING CONDITIONS 
This position is physically comfortable; the individual has discretion about walking, standing, etc. There are no major sources of discomfort in a normal office environment.

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