Texas Defender Service seeks experienced attorney

December 17, 2012

Texas Defender Service (TDS) seeks an experienced attorney with excellent legal skills and a demonstrated commitment to indigent defense to represent inmates in capital post-conviction proceedings in Texas.  The attorney will be responsible for developing and litigating claims in both state and federal habeas corpus proceedings, conducting evidentiary hearings and participating in litigation on behalf of inmates under warrants of execution. Given the nature of capital representation, the attorney should expect to work some evenings, weekends and holidays.  Travel throughout Texas is required.

 TDS 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.  Attorneys are fortunate to work with the larger capital habeas community, which is composed of highly committed and talented lawyers.

 The ideal candidate for this position 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. Less experienced attorneys with superior legal skills, a strong work ethic and a willingness and ability to learn quickly will also be seriously considered.  All applicants must be eligible 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 January 15, 2013 by U.S. mail or e-mail to:

 Kelly Josh, Director of Finance and Administration
Texas Defender Service
510 S. Congress
Suite 304
Austin, Texas 78704


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