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JOB NUMBER: 14-033- 2645             
CLOSING DATE: April 25, 2014 - 1:00 p.m. CST
STARTING SALARY RANGE: $46,136 – $51,903 annually, plus excellent benefits
POSITION TITLE:  Classification Attorney  
DEPARTMENT: Chief Disciplinary Counsel – Austin

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

Reviews and evaluates incoming writings filed with the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel for a determination of whether professional misconduct is alleged.  Frequently communicates with participants in the attorney discipline process, including Complainants.  Assists in tracking of grievance information for purposes of statistical data and reports.

PRIMARY FUNCTIONS:

1.   Evaluates grievances against attorneys filed with the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel for proper classification and processing; full active participation during the initial analysis and processing stages of such grievances.
2.   Assures timely transmission of complaints to appropriate regional office.
3.   Notifies parties in writing of classification outcome and advises complainants of their right to appeal an “Inquiry” classification to the Board of Disciplinary Appeals.
4.   Assures accurate and timely transmission of appealed “Inquiry” classifications to the Board of Disciplinary Appeals.
5.   Assures accurate data entry of each written grievance for tracking and record-keeping purposes.
6.   Responds to communications from complainants, respondents, witnesses, and the public while maintaining confidentiality.
7.   May represent the Commission for Lawyer Discipline in evidentiary hearings and state district court proceedings.
8.   May present cases for summary dismissal to panels of district grievance committees.
9.   Performs other responsibilities as required.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

Must have an active Texas law license. A minimum of two years of legal experience preferred. Should have knowledge of litigation and appellate practice rules and procedures (state and federal), Texas Rules of Professional Conduct, the Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure, the State Bar Act [Chapter 81 of the Texas Government Code], the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, the Texas Rules of Evidence, and the State Bar Rules. Personal computer and computer software knowledge required (including Microsoft Word). Must be able to perform effective and efficient legal research, analysis, and writing. Must be able to communicate effectively, coordinate workflow, work well with others, and meet deadlines, while managing a large and fluctuating caseload.  Must perform duties in a professional and respectful manner.  Must abide by confidentiality rules and other rules that apply to the attorney discipline system in Texas.  Occasional travel required.

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