Post-Conviction Staff Attorney Opening


DS is a 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. In addition to providing quality direct representation, the TDS Capital Post-Conviction Project tracks the cases of death sentenced inmates in Texas, assists and trains capital habeas attorneys, and provides crisis assistance to defense teams whose clients are facing execution dates.

Position Overview

TDS seeks a full-time Post-Conviction Staff Attorney with sound judgment and a demonstrated commitment to indigent defense. The Staff Attorney will operate as a part of a team of attorneys, who represent death row inmates on direct appeal and in state and federal habeas proceedings. He or she will report to the Post-Conviction Director.

This position also involves close collaboration with the larger capital habeas community, which is composed of highly committed and talented lawyers. The ideal candidate for this position is comfortable at hearings; possesses strong oral, written, research, and investigation skills; works well in a team-based environment; is highly organized; and works effectively under pressure. The candidate should be knowledgeable about the latest developments in criminal and capital habeas law and experienced in developing and litigating capital habeas claims. The ideal candidate is capable of creative and strategic thinking in approaching litigation. All applicants must be eligible to practice law in Texas. Fluency in Spanish is a plus.

This position may be located in Austin. Salary will be based on experience.

Interested candidates should electronically submit cover letter, resume, three references and a writing sample to Jennae Swiergula ( and Jared Tyler (

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Texas Defender Service is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability.

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