State Bar of Texas

  • Chief Disciplinary Counsel

    Job Locations US-TX-Austin
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(9/28/2018 2:00 PM)
    Category
    Legal
    Closing Date
    10/26/2018 @ 1 P.M. CST
  • General Description

     

    Serves as the highest level staff lawyer on disciplinary matters for the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel of the State Bar of Texas. Supervises and administers the Texas Attorney Discipline System. Reports directly to the Commission for Lawyer Discipline.

    Primary Functions

     

    1. Manages the statewide operating standards, procedures and policies for the screening, investigation and litigation of disciplinary cases on behalf of the Commission for Lawyer Discipline before local Grievance Committees, District Courts, Courts of Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court and the Board of Disciplinary Appeals.
    2. Oversees management of the regional offices of the State Bar of Texas, including the training and supervision of attorneys and support staff, evaluation of job performance, and administration of personnel policies and procedures.
    3. Oversees management of statewide programs, including client security fund, public and media affairs, ethics helpline, judgment compliance, diversion program, cessation of practice support, certificates of good standing and case management system.
    4. Responsible for maintaining and improving access to the grievance system and public awareness of the grievance system; education and support of Texas lawyers regarding disciplinary rules; and training and education of grievance committee members.
    5. Provides liaison and staff support to the Committee on Disciplinary Rules and Referenda, Professional Ethics Committee, and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.
    6. Prepares and monitors annual budget.            
    7. Performs other responsibilities as required.

    Position Requirements

    Requires a J.D. from an ABA accredited law school and a current Texas law license. Requires experience in successful litigation of cases and case management, with a focus on regulatory or enforcement entities preferred. Must have a proven track record in effectively supervising staff and managing operations of corporate legal staffs, district/county attorney offices, disciplinary/grievance entities or functionally equivalent entities. Requires a history of exercising sound judgment, tact and discretion in both professional and public contacts under stressful situations and understands the day-to-day ethical problems faced by practicing attorneys. Must be able to effectively communicate and relate to grievance committee members and the Commission for Lawyer Discipline, as well as public officials, legislators, the news media, the public, and other individuals and organizations outside the State Bar. Travel required.

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