Dallas City Attorney

The Dallas City Attorney's Office regularly seeks outstanding legal secretaries, legal assistants, other support staff, and licensed attorneys for its exciting and challenging law practice. The following opportunities are available at this moment:

Licensed Attorney Positions

 

Legal Secretary

Job Description

Assist lawyers and legal assistants in the development, organization, conduct, and appeal of lawsuits, including pre-litigation matters, claims, and other City-business/projects. Creating/maintaining/closing files Organization of electronic/physical files. Preparing and distributing correspondence and litigation documents. Typing, writing, editing, grammar, spelling, Light dictation and transcription. Electronic messaging and calendaring Filing (both electronically and physically). Basic office machines (copier, fax, GBC, scanner). Phone etiquette. Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Education, training, experience:

Required Experience:
General proficiency in Microsoft Word styles management, customization, and consistency.

Proficiency in Microsoft Word marking, formatting, and customizing multi-layered Table of Contents.

Sufficient understanding of brief formatting to ensure that required sections, including the style, address to court, facts, statement of proceedings, conclusion, certificate of service using e-filing (ECF) references are included in appropriate format.

Sufficient understanding of Blue Book legal citation format and Green Book (Texas specialized) legal citation format to recognize citations for later Table of Authorities generation, and to determine which Table of Authorities level/topic to use in marking each citation in the brief.

Sufficient understanding of Blue Book legal citation format and Green Book (Texas specialized) legal citation format to use the different appropriate format references for narrative text and for citation, and to compose long form case citation code that preserves title, volume, reporter, start page, court name, and year, but that deletes pin cite (jump cite) for Table of Authorities generation.

Sufficient understanding of Blue Book legal citation format and Green Book (Texas specialized) legal citation format to compose recognizable unique short-form Table of Authorities code marks for recurring citations.

Proficiency in Microsoft Word for general marking, formatting, and customizing.

Proficiency in Microsoft Word section, footer, and pagination skills to create separate sections for cover page, Table of Contents, Table of Authorities and substantive Brief, with one set of page numbers in footers for preliminary sections and second set in footers starting from page 1 applying only to substantive brief.

Proficiency in Microsoft Word styles, outlines, and numbering sufficient to work with customized header numbers and formats for different sections and subsections down to level four or five as needed.

Proficiency in Microsoft Word with customizing the autocorrect function for repetitive acronyms and phrases, and using autocorrect or hotkey for recurring symbols such as: "§" and "¶¶".

Proficiency in Microsoft Word sufficient to fit brief to required page limits without reducing margins or font sizes.

Proficiency in Indexing Table of Authorities and Document Management.

Experienced legal secretary with litigation practice.

Preferred Experience:
Federal Court PACER and ECF
Summation
State Court e-filing
State Appellate Court submission of e-briefs

Experience with sophisticated and busy litigation and appellate practice involving both federal and state courts.

Please email resume to: tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com
or
Tamera Tignor
Office of the Dallas City Attorney
1500 Marilla, Suite 7DN
Dallas, Texas 75201


City Attorney's Office - General Litigator

Seeking energetic, self-motivating civil litigator with a minimum of five years relevant experience to fill a full-time civil litigation position in the General Litigation Section. Applicants should have experience in federal and Texas state court civil litigation and possess excellent oral and written communication skills. Some environmental experience strongly preferred. The attorney must have a licensed to practice law in Texas, be in good standing with the State Bar of Texas and be of good character. 


Practice will be diverse, including defense of contract and civil rights claims, and litigation involving environmental law, First Amendment and other civil rights issues, financial disputes, intellectual property controversies, public utility regulation, ordinance enforcement, federal administrative and court regulatory disputes, and eminent domain, zoning, and other land use cases. In addition to defense work, the successful applicant could be assigned to review and adjudicate administrative claims against the City, and to handle affirmative litigation cases including claims based on contracts, utility tariffs or franchises, tort, statutes, and other legal theories.  In addition, the attorney could be assigned to handle responses to discovery in civil and criminal cases to which the City is not a party.  While the subject-matter of case assignments is unlimited, prior litigation experience in one or more of the above-listed areas would be a plus.


The attorney would also be responsible for briefing and arguing any appeals in cases that the attorney handled, working with the City Attorney's Office Appellate Coordinator.


These subjects do not fully encompass the potential for a challenging and varied practice that this position would provide.  The attorney would have an immediate opportunity to first-chair complex and high-stakes federal and state cases. The attorney would frequently consult with and advise other litigators, transactional attorneys and non-attorney city staff in formulating policies with a view to minimizing litigation exposure. In addition, the attorney would advise and assist the City Attorney, City management, and the City Council on legal issues. Other duties would also be assigned.


This is an excellent opportunity for a big-firm litigator who wants immediate and intense courtroom experience in a premier government legal office that frequently handles cases of state-wide and national import, without the pressure of billing long hours.  The attorney would be an important and valued member of a collegial team of experienced and dedicated litigators who proudly serve the public interest.  You will fit in with our team if you are bright, hard-working, imaginative, and ethical.


Details concerning the Dallas City Attorney’s Office practice and people are available at www.dallascityattorney.com. Compensation is commensurate with experience. The position comes with standard city benefits but is exempt from civil service protections.  Consent to and passing a background check will be a condition of employment.  The position will remain open until filled.
The City of Dallas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply, please send resume, a writing sample of no more than 20 pages with explanation of extent of applicant’s contribution to the sample, a brief description of the applicant’s role in three lawsuits, and three references, to:

Tamera Tignor
Dallas City Attorney's Office
1500 Marilla, Room 7DN
Dallas, TX 75201
tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com
No telephone inquiries, please.

 


City Attorney's Office, Prosecution Section - Coordinator II

 

The Prosecution Section of the Dallas City Attorney’s Office is seeking a detail-oriented, self-motivated individual for a Coordinator II position. The Coordinator II will be responsible for drafting legal documents including criminal complaints, motions and legal memorandums.  The successful candidate will have a minimum of 2 years’ experience performing legal research, reviewing statutes or city ordinances, and/or reviewing legal documents. Job duties include reviewing existing complaints, ensuring complaints are accurate and track the relevant statute or ordinance, revising complaint language, adding new complaints, and removing duplicate or obsolete complaints.

 

The Coordinator II will also assist prosecutors and support staff with docket preparation, motions practice, administrative functions, and other duties that may be required by the Prosecution Office. This position requires collaboration with attorneys, court clerks, law enforcement, technology department, and other departments. A J.D. or experience in a law office, legislative office, or municipal court is a plus.

Submit resume to:
Ms. Tamera Tignor
Dallas City Attorney's Office
via U.S. mail to:
1500 Marilla, Room 7CN
Dallas, TX 75201
or via Fax to 214-670-0622
or via email resume to tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com (Preferred Method)
No phone inquiries, please


Assistant City Attorney - Prosecution Section


The Dallas City Attorney’s Office is seeking energetic attorneys for its municipal prosecution section.  Each applicant must have an interest in criminal prosecution, be a self-starter, hardworking, prompt, organized, and possess the ability to manage a fast paced court docket each day.


Duties include prosecuting city ordinance offenses, Texas Transportation Code offenses and Texas Penal Code Class “C” misdemeanor offenses in Dallas Municipal Court.  Duties also include court preparation, researching relevant case law, arguing, filing and responding to motions filed with the court and occasional minor appellate work.


Applicants must be licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and have at least one year of experience as a practicing attorney.  Applicants must also possess excellent oral and written communication skills. Salary is $57,435 plus benefits.  The position will remain open until filled.


Send resume to:
Tamera Tignor
Dallas City Attorney's Office
1500 Marilla, Room 7CN
Dallas, TX 75201
Fax resume to 214-670-0622 or email resume to tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com

No phone inquiries, please

Assistant City Attorney / Community Prosecution Section

Seeking energetic, highly-organized attorney licensed in Texas with a minimum of 2 years legal experience to fill a full-time Community Prosecutor position. A community prosecutor is a neighborhood-based attorney who works in an assigned police division and partners with code compliance officers, law enforcement officials, community stakeholders, and public and private organizations to proactively improve public safety and enhance neighborhood quality of life.

Duties include: Work with an assigned code officer to develop innovative, proactive strategies for abating Dallas City Code violations at nuisance properties. Partner with law enforcement, city departments and neighborhood organizations to prevent Part I, Part II and quality of life crime in the assigned police division. File civil lawsuits against noncompliant property owners who fail to maintain minimum housing standards, comply with land use regulations or take reasonable measures to abate crime. Prosecute Class C misdemeanor offenses in municipal and community court and partner with county and federal prosecutors to prosecute higher level offenses. Lead and/or participate in neighborhood association/crime watch meetings and develop replicable initiatives that improve neighborhood quality of life.

Applicant must possess knowledge of civil litigation as well as criminal law and procedure. Strong legal research skills are a plus. Serious applicants must possess excellent oral and written communication skills, display good judgment and be strategic problem-solvers. In addition to a resume and cover letter, please send a one page narrative describing your leadership and public service experience to:

Tamera Tignor
Dallas City Attorney's Office
1500 Marilla, Room 7CN
Dallas, TX 75201
tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com

No phone inquiries.


Environmental Code Attorney

Seeking energetic, self-motivated attorney to fill a full-time civil litigation position in the Code Compliance Section of the Dallas City Attorney’s Office. Practice will focus on district court litigation of environmental as well as other code compliance and zoning matters. The attorney would have an immediate opportunity to first-chair civil cases in state courts. The attorney frequently would consult with city staff and transactional attorneys in formulating policies and strategies to address compliance issues. This is an exciting, challenging, and fulfilling position for a litigator interested in representing the public and an excellent opportunity for an attorney who wants immediate and intense courtroom experience in a premier government law office.

Salary commensurate with experience. The City’s comprehensive benefits package comes with the position. This position is exempt from the provisions applicable to the civil service, pursuant to Chapter XVI, Section 9 of the Dallas City Charter. Details concerning the Dallas City Attorney’s Office are available at www.dallascityattorney.com.

Job Requirements
Education, training, experience:
Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Texas. Applicants should have a minimum of three (3) years of experience in Texas state court civil litigation and possess excellent oral and written communication skills.  Prior experience enforcing environmental or other laws is a plus.

Send resume, including a writing sample of no more than 20 pages with explanation of extent of applicant’s contribution to the sample, a brief description of the applicant’s role in three lawsuits, and three references, to:

Dallas City Attorney's Office
Attn: Tamera Tignor
1500 Marilla Street, Suite 7DN
Dallas, Texas 75201
Fax resume to 214-670-0622 or email resume to Tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com (Preferred Method)

No phone calls please


Other Positions

Social Service Coordinator- South Oak Cliff Community Court

The South Oak Cliff Community Court seeks a Social Service Coordinator. The South Oak Cliff Community Court is a specialty municipal court located within the South Oak Cliff Community. The Community Court’s mission is to improve neighborhood quality of life by providing swift and restorative justice to defendants and the community. Defendants charged with Class C misdemeanors who participate in the community court’s program are assessed by the social service coordinator and are often ordered to obtain any necessary social services and to perform community restitution in lieu of a fine. Community restitution includes: cleaning sidewalks, painting over graffiti, sweeping the streets and assisting the elderly and disabled with minor home repairs.

Social Service Coordinator
The Social Service Coordinator reports to the Social Service Supervisor and interviews clients, provides public health counseling and makes referrals to appropriate agencies as ordered by the Community Court Judge. A qualified candidate should have an extensive and thorough knowledge of social services referral procedures and the eligibility requirements of public and private health, welfare, educational, recreational, and religious service providers.

Responsibilities:
*Assesses the suitability of defendants for various alternative sanctions.
*Conducts intake and assessment for criminal offenders to determine their psychosocial and/or resource needs so as to obtain maximum benefits from all available resources.
*Serves as intermediary between the Community Court and service providers.
*Develops and implements individual social work treatment plans.
*Works with the individual in the development of a plan and coordinates with referring agencies for implementation of the plan. When appropriate, makes direct contact for the individual with the other agency through conference calling or scheduling appointments.
*Provides short-term case management for problems such as, chemical dependency, homelessness and/or mental health issues.
*Maintains accurate and complete individual case records to document all action.
*Provides follow-up on all referral contacts, which consist of contacting the organizations to which a referral has been made, and/or contacting the client to find out if the service was provided.
*Attends meetings/seminars to stay current in the social work field.
*Conducts community outreach in the South Oak Cliff community to educate residents about the Community Court.
*Plans and manages several annual court- and community-related events.
*Performs other duties as assigned.

Job requirements:

A Bachelor's Degree in Social Work or related human service field is required. Knowledge of criminal justice is preferred. Some evening and weekend work will be required. The qualified candidate must undergo a criminal background check.

Send Resume to:
Dallas City Attorney's Office
Attn: Tamera Tignor
1500 Marilla Street, Suite 7DN
Dallas, Texas 75201
Fax resume to 214-670-0622 or email resume to Tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com (Preferred Method)

No phone calls please