Dallas City Attorney

The Dallas City Attorney's Office regularly seeks outstanding legal secretaries, legal assistants, other support staff, and licensed attorneys for its exciting and challenging law practice. The following opportunities are available at this moment:

Licensed Attorney Positions

Assistant City Attorney - Prosecution Section


The Dallas City Attorney’s Office is seeking energetic attorneys for its municipal prosecution section.  Each applicant must have an interest in criminal prosecution, be a self-starter, hardworking, prompt, organized, and possess the ability to manage a fast paced court docket each day.


Duties include prosecuting city ordinance offenses, Texas Transportation Code offenses and Texas Penal Code Class “C” misdemeanor offenses in Dallas Municipal Court.  Duties also include court preparation, researching relevant case law, arguing, filing and responding to motions filed with the court and occasional minor appellate work.


Applicants must be licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and have at least one year of experience as a practicing attorney.  Applicants must also possess excellent oral and written communication skills. Salary is $57,435 plus benefits.  The position will remain open until filled.


Send resume to:
Tamera Tignor
Dallas City Attorney's Office
1500 Marilla, Room 7CN
Dallas, TX 75201
Fax resume to 214-670-0622 or email resume to tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com

No phone inquiries, please

Assistant City Attorney / Community Prosecution Section

Seeking energetic, highly-organized attorney licensed in Texas with a minimum of 2 years legal experience to fill a full-time Community Prosecutor position. A community prosecutor is a neighborhood-based attorney who works in an assigned police division and partners with code compliance officers, law enforcement officials, community stakeholders, and public and private organizations to proactively improve public safety and enhance neighborhood quality of life.

Duties include: Work with an assigned code officer to develop innovative, proactive strategies for abating Dallas City Code violations at nuisance properties. Partner with law enforcement, city departments and neighborhood organizations to prevent Part I, Part II and quality of life crime in the assigned police division. File civil lawsuits against noncompliant property owners who fail to maintain minimum housing standards, comply with land use regulations or take reasonable measures to abate crime. Prosecute Class C misdemeanor offenses in municipal and community court and partner with county and federal prosecutors to prosecute higher level offenses. Lead and/or participate in neighborhood association/crime watch meetings and develop replicable initiatives that improve neighborhood quality of life.

Applicant must possess knowledge of civil litigation as well as criminal law and procedure. Strong legal research skills are a plus. Serious applicants must possess excellent oral and written communication skills, display good judgment and be strategic problem-solvers. In addition to a resume and cover letter, please send a one page narrative describing your leadership and public service experience to:

Tamera Tignor
Dallas City Attorney's Office
1500 Marilla, Room 7CN
Dallas, TX 75201
tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com

No phone inquires.


Environmental Code Attorney

Seeking energetic, self-motivated attorney to fill a full-time civil litigation position in the Code Compliance Section of the Dallas City Attorney’s Office. Practice will focus on district court litigation of environmental as well as other code compliance and zoning matters. The attorney would have an immediate opportunity to first-chair civil cases in state courts. The attorney frequently would consult with city staff and transactional attorneys in formulating policies and strategies to address compliance issues. This is an exciting, challenging, and fulfilling position for a litigator interested in representing the public and an excellent opportunity for an attorney who wants immediate and intense courtroom experience in a premier government law office.

Salary commensurate with experience. The City’s comprehensive benefits package comes with the position. This position is exempt from the provisions applicable to the civil service, pursuant to Chapter XVI, Section 9 of the Dallas City Charter. Details concerning the Dallas City Attorney’s Office are available at www.dallascityattorney.com.

Job Requirements
Education, training, experience:
Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Texas. Applicants should have a minimum of three (3) years of experience in Texas state court civil litigation and possess excellent oral and written communication skills.  Prior experience enforcing environmental or other laws is a plus.

Send resume, including a writing sample of no more than 20 pages with explanation of extent of applicant’s contribution to the sample, a brief description of the applicant’s role in three lawsuits, and three references, to:

Dallas City Attorney's Office
Attn: Tamera Tignor
1500 Marilla Street, Suite 7DN
Dallas, Texas 75201
Fax resume to 214-670-0622 or email resume to Tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com (Preferred Method)

No phone calls please


Other Positions

Social Service Coordinator- South Oak Cliff Community Court

The South Oak Cliff Community Court seeks a Social Service Coordinator. The South Oak Cliff Community Court is a specialty municipal court located within the South Oak Cliff Community. The Community Court’s mission is to improve neighborhood quality of life by providing swift and restorative justice to defendants and the community. Defendants charged with Class C misdemeanors who participate in the community court’s program are assessed by the social service coordinator and are often ordered to obtain any necessary social services and to perform community restitution in lieu of a fine. Community restitution includes: cleaning sidewalks, painting over graffiti, sweeping the streets and assisting the elderly and disabled with minor home repairs.

Social Service Coordinator
The Social Service Coordinator reports to the Social Service Supervisor and interviews clients, provides public health counseling and makes referrals to appropriate agencies as ordered by the Community Court Judge. A qualified candidate should have an extensive and thorough knowledge of social services referral procedures and the eligibility requirements of public and private health, welfare, educational, recreational, and religious service providers.

Responsibilities:
*Assesses the suitability of defendants for various alternative sanctions.
*Conducts intake and assessment for criminal offenders to determine their psychosocial and/or resource needs so as to obtain maximum benefits from all available resources.
*Serves as intermediary between the Community Court and service providers.
*Develops and implements individual social work treatment plans.
*Works with the individual in the development of a plan and coordinates with referring agencies for implementation of the plan. When appropriate, makes direct contact for the individual with the other agency through conference calling or scheduling appointments.
*Provides short-term case management for problems such as, chemical dependency, homelessness and/or mental health issues.
*Maintains accurate and complete individual case records to document all action.
*Provides follow-up on all referral contacts, which consist of contacting the organizations to which a referral has been made, and/or contacting the client to find out if the service was provided.
*Attends meetings/seminars to stay current in the social work field.
*Conducts community outreach in the South Oak Cliff community to educate residents about the Community Court.
*Plans and manages several annual court- and community-related events.
*Performs other duties as assigned.

Job requirements:

A Bachelor's Degree in Social Work or related human service field is required. Knowledge of criminal justice is preferred. Some evening and weekend work will be required. The qualified candidate must undergo a criminal background check.

Send Resume to:
Dallas City Attorney's Office
Attn: Tamera Tignor
1500 Marilla Street, Suite 7DN
Dallas, Texas 75201
Fax resume to 214-670-0622 or email resume to Tamera.tignor@dallascityhall.com (Preferred Method)

No phone calls please