Texas Defender Service (TDS) – Capital Defense Job Openings


TDS is looking for a Capital Trial Project Director.

Texas Defender Service (TDS) seeks an experienced attorney with outstanding legal skills, proven leadership ability and a demonstrated commitment to indigent defense to lead TDS’ successful Capital Trial Project. This position does not involve direct representation. Rather, the Capital Trial Project director works with a mitigation specialist and fellows in training, consulting and related strategic work to decrease new death sentences and improve the quality of capital defense in Texas.

TDS is a 22-year-old private, non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the Texas criminal justice system by reducing unfair use of the death penalty and by implementing an effective indigent defense system. The Capital Trial Project tracks all death-eligible cases in Texas, monitors appointment of counsel, and trains, advises, and provides resources to defense teams for death-eligible defendants.

The ideal candidate: possesses strong leadership skills; has significant capital trial experience; has excellent legal research and writing skills; is skilled in oral advocacy; can lead in a team-based environment; is highly organized; and works effectively under pressure. Knowledge of the latest developments in criminal law and experience training other attorneys also is desired. Given the nature of the work, the successful candidate should expect to work some evenings, weekends and holidays. Travel throughout Texas is required. All applicants must be eligible for licensure to practice law in Texas. Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

This is a full-time position and the attorney hired may choose to live in Austin or Houston. Salary will be based on experience.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, three references and a writing sample no later than August 31, 2017, to:

Texas Defender Service
ATTN: CTP Search
510 S. Congress Avenue, Suite 304
Austin, TX 78704

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