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General Counsel II

Company: Texas State Job Bank
Location: AUSTIN
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Job/Position DescriptionGeneral Counsel IIGeneral Counsel II:Under the direction of the Executive Director for the Texas Civil Commitment Office, represents the agency and performs complex legal work regarding Chapter 841 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 420A of the Texas Government Code and other applicable laws. Work involves coordinating legal activities, preparing legal documents, providing legal opinions and advice, interpreting laws and regulations, and rendering general legal advice and counsel. Work involves the preparation and dissemination of information concerning the agency and sex offender civil commitment. Responsible for responding to complex inquiries and high-profile requests for information from the media, legislators and state agencies. Serves as the agencyand#146;s Public Information Officer. Responsible for coordinating and communicating with multiple local, state, and federal agencies regarding legal matters. Acts as the agencyand#146;s liaison with the Special Prosecutions Unit and State Counsel for Offenders regarding civil commitment processes and cases. Performs work under minimal direction with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Requires on-call availability 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Essential Job Functionsand#149;Organizes and coordinates legal and administrative activities for the Texas Civil Commitment Office. and#149;Provides legal counsel and advice to the TCCO Executive Director and Board on matters affecting the agency to include the identification and management of risk, strategic planning, and policy decision-making. and#149;Manages litigation including interacting with the Office of the Attorney General in monitoring cases and recommending strategies for litigation and all legal issues and functions. and#149;Coordinates and advises on the preparation of legal opinions, briefs, contracts, proposals and reports.and#149;Represents TCCO and attends court proceedings as required. and#149;Plans, develops, interprets, and evaluates agency policies, procedures, rules and statutory mandates. and#149;Researches and interprets a multitude of rules, regulations and statutes regarding sex offenders and agency operations including but not limited to Chapter 841 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 420A of the Texas Government Code, and Chapters 42 and 62 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. and#149;Coordinates and communicates with multiple agencies and individuals including, but not limited to, the TCCO Board, TCCO Staff, Special Prosecutions Unit, Office of the Attorney General, State Counsel for Offenders, District Attorneys, District Courts, Defense Attorneys, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Health and Human Services Commission, and law enforcement agencies. and#149;Responds to subpoenas requiring the appearance of witnesses, records and documents for hearings, criminal cases and civil litigation. and#149;Prepares employees for testimony. and#149;Tracks the status of each SVP clientand#146;s appeals, monitors and reviews appellate decisions regarding SVP appeals. and#149;Researches, monitors and reviews court decisions regarding civil commitment nationwide. and#149;Ensures compliance with biennial review deadlines and files biennial reviews with the court of commitment. and#149;Prepares information in response to Public Information Act requests and submits requests for an opinion to the Office of the Attorney General. and#149;Drafts bills for legislative consideration. Reviews all filed legislation for potential impact to the agency, prepares bill summaries for releva Copy the URL in the preceding sentence to an Internet Explorer browser to apply to the job directly through the Texas Health and Human Services Career Portal.

Keywords: Texas State Job Bank, Austin , General Counsel II, Other , AUSTIN, Texas

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