TEXAS ETHICS COMMISSION Attorney I in AUSTIN, Texas

JOB DESCRIPTION: Entry-level attorney position. Performs routine to moderately complex (journey-level) attorney work for the Texas Ethics Commission. Work involves extensive legal research and writing, drafting agency rules and advisory opinions, examining and preparing legal documents, reviewing legislation, and handling telephone calls and providing legal guidance. Work may also involve investigating and processing sworn complaints, conducting discovery, conducting hearings, drafting and negotiating settlements, conducting compliance audits, and presenting at CLE trainings. Works under general supervision with latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. SPECIFIC JOB FUNCTIONS: Drafts administrative rules and notices for the Texas Register. Drafts advisory opinions and updates Commission legal publications. Handles a large volume of telephone calls from the public and regulated community and provides legal guidance and analysis. May research, draft, or assist in drafting bills and amendments for legislative consideration. Advises staff and the public on legal matters and on the interpretation and application of Texas Ethics Commission laws and regulations. Performs legal research and prepares legal memoranda on regulatory matters, including briefs, opinions, and motions. Makes presentations to the Commission and the general public. May conduct compliance audits. Assists in processing sworn complaint cases. May conduct discovery, including requests for production, written questions, and the issuance and enforcement of subpoenas. May conduct administrative enforcement hearings before the Commission, including preliminary review hearings, show-cause hearings, and pre-hearing conferences and formal hearings subject to the Administrative Procedure Act and Texas Rules of Evidence and Civil Procedure. May draft and negotiate settlements with respondents and opposing counsel. Performs related work as assigned. MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited law school with an LL.B. or J.D. degree. Must possess a license to practice law in the State of Texas. Member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas. Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of the laws under the jurisdiction of the Texas Ethics Commission. Litigation and/or trial experience KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Excellent legal research and writing skills. Excellent interpersonal communication skills. Ability to prepare briefs, conduct research, summarize findings, interpret and apply laws, use legal reference materials, and communicate effectively. Strong public speaking skills. Ability to conduct contested hearings. Ability to multi-task and work under pressure. Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with co-workers, agency staff, and external contacts. Ability to work effectively in a professional team environment. REGISTRATION, CERTIFICATION, OR LICENSURE: Must possess a license to practice law in the State of Texas. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND/OR WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is performed in a standard office environment and requires: Ability to remain in a seated position for long periods of time. Ability to lift up to 35 lbs. Normal cognitive abilities including the ability to learn, recall, and apply certain practices and policies. Marginal or corrected visual and auditory requirements. Constant use of personal computers, copiers, printers, and telephones. Ability to move about the office to access file cabinets and office machinery. Ability to work under deadlines, as a team member, and in direct contact with others. Confidentiality: must be able to responsibly handle sensitive and confidential information and situations. WORK EXPECTATIONS: Must be able to: Regularly, reliably, and punctually attend work. Work extended hours as n