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The City of Houston ACA I MUNICIPAL PROSECUTION in Houston, Texas


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$70,900.00 - $78,309.00 Annually


900 Bagby-City Hall Annex, TX

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Applications accepted from: ALL PERSONS INTERESTED


Department: LEGAL


Reporting Location: 1400 LUBBOCK

Workdays & Hours: MONDAY – FRIDAY 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM* *Subject to Change


The City of Houston Legal Department strives to provide the highest quality municipal legal services to the City, its elected and appointed officials, and its employees in the most efficient manner feasible through adherence to the following guiding principles:

  • Quality & Service – Achieving high customer satisfaction as judged by our clients.

  • Partnership & Teamwork – Working cooperatively internally and with our clients to achieve the City's goals.

  • Integrity & Candor – Acting with a commitment to honesty and ethical behavior.

  • Dignity & Diversity – Demonstrating esteem for the worth of each individual.

  • Innovation & Imagination – Seeking novel and creative approaches to achieving the City's objectives.

Comprised of over 100 of Houston's finest attorneys across ten sections, the Legal Department has the pivotal role of providing litigation support, negotiating and drafting contracts, handling taxation matters, advising on personnel actions, dealing with the acquisition of sale of City property, overseeing City elections, drafting ordinances, advising on ethics and conflicts of interest, and dealing with neighborhood protection and quality of life issues. Every employee is committed to the Department's motto – "Service Through Law."


The City of Houston Legal Department is seeking an energetic, motivated and focused attorney to prosecute Class C misdemeanor cases arising under City Ordinances and other laws of the State of Texas before judges and juries in the City of Houston Municipal Courts.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Performing citizen intake and direct-filing of charges

  • Researching and analyzing ordinances, statutes, case law, administrative opinions, rules of procedure and evidence and drafting legal memoranda

  • Interacting extensively with the public, defense attorneys, judges, court personnel, police officers and inspectors

  • Conducting, reviewing and preparing discovery

  • Representing the City of Houston and State of Texas in civil and administrative proceedings such as dangerous dog, animal cruelty and tow hearings

  • Researching, analyzing and drafting criminal complaints

  • Performing legal research and preparing formal and informal legal opinions regarding criminal and municipal law

  • Counseling the city's departments about city ordinances and state statutes

  • Assisting the City Attorney and others with special projects such as drafting City Attorney Legal Opinions and City Ordinances


This position is physically comfortable; the individual has discretion about walking, standing, etc. There are no major sources of discomfort in a normal office environment.



Requires a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an American Bar Association-accredited college of law.


­­No experience is required.


Must be a member in good standing of the Texas State Bar.


Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Comfort engaging with a diverse clientele representative of the City of Houston

  • Experience in a trial-based law school clinic

  • Experience in mock trial, trial advocacy, or moot court in law school

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Excellent analytical skills

  • Excellent research capabilities

  • Above average academic achievement

  • Practical experience with recent developments in Texas criminal statutes

  • Familiarity with municipal or public law

  • Proficiency with Office 365 Suite, including Word, Outlook, Excel, TEAMS, One Drive, Share Point, as well as Westlaw Edge and the use of other technology in the contemporary practice of law

  • Must be willing to work flexible schedules including days, nights and some weekends

Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6.



Department may administer skills assessment test.


If yes, this position is subject to random drug testing and if candidate is promoted into this position, he/she must pass an assigned drug test.


Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate’s qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification.

Pay Grade: 24

Salary Range: $70,900 - $78,309


Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during posting opening and closing dates shown. Applications must be submitted online at: www.houstontx.gov.

To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/houston/default.cfm or call (832)393-6214.

All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information.

Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process.

If you need special services or accommodations, call (832)393-6214.

If you need login assistance or technical support call 855-524-5627

EEO Equal Employment Opportunity

The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.

The city offers a competitive benefits program, including competitively priced health coverage and a defined contribution pension plan.

Benefits include:

• Medical

• Dental

• Vision

• Wellness

• Life insurance

• Long-term disability

• Retirement pension

• 457 deferred compensation plan

• Employee Assistance Program

• 10 days of vacation each year

• 10 city holidays, plus one floating holiday

• Flexible schedules

• Professional development opportunities

• Transportation/parking plan

• Section 125 pretax deductions

• Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan

• Healthcare Flexible Spending Account

For plan details, visit http://www.houstontx.gov/hr/benefits.html


Are you a veteran who served on active duty in the Armed Forces (United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard) for more than 90 consecutive days and received either an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions?

  • Yes

  • No


    Do you possess a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an American Bar Association-accredited college of law?

  • Yes

  • No


    Are you a member of the State Bar of Texas?

  • Yes

  • No


    Which best describes your years of experience in criminal law? Please include all experience in criminal law gained from internships, externships and other pursuits.

  • I have no experience in criminal law.

  • I have less than 2 years' experience in criminal law.

  • I have more than 2 years' but less than 5 years' experience in criminal law.

  • I have more than 5 years' but less than 10 experience in criminal law.

  • I have more than 10 years' of criminal law experience in criminal law.


    Please describe how your legal experience relates to this position. If none, please enter N/A. "See resume" is not acceptable and will delay your application.


    Which best describes the number of trial advocacy activities that you participated in while in law school? Please include all activities including trial advocacy or moot court classes, competitions and exercises.

  • 0 - 3 activities

  • 4 - 7 activities

  • 8 - 11 activities

  • Over 11 activities


    Which best describes the number of times that you have argued before or presented to the court?

  • 1 - 3 times

  • 4 - 7 times

  • 8 - 11 times

  • Over 11 times

  • I have never argued before or presented to the court.


    With respect to academic performance in law school, please indicate your placement within your class.

  • Top 25% (1st Quarter)

  • 26-50% (2nd Quarter)

  • 51-75% (3rd Quarter)

  • Bottom 25% (4th Quarter)

  • I don't know


    What range best represents your annual salary requirement?

  • $65,000 - $68,000

  • $68,001 - $71,000

  • $71,001 - $75,000

  • Over $75,000


    Have you ever been disciplined by a state bar association?

  • Yes

  • No


    Please indicate how many times you have taken the Texas bar exam?

  • 1

  • 2

  • 3

  • 3 or more


    Has your right to practice law ever been limited in any jurisdiction?

  • Yes

  • No


    In law school, did you participate in a trial-based legal clinic, such as a criminal defense clinic, immigration clinic, or even a family law or probate clinic involving contested matters?

  • Yes

  • No

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