Description:

The Office of the Attorney General is a dynamic state agency with over 4,000 employees throughout the State of Texas. As the State’s law firm, the Office of the Attorney General provides exemplary legal representation in diverse areas of law. Assistant Attorneys General experience the challenge and honor of public service while enjoying a healthy work-life balance; handson legal experience; and engaging camaraderie in Austin, the scenic and lively capital of Texas. This Assistant Attorney General position is assigned to the Bankruptcy & Collections Division. The Bankruptcy and Collections Division is the centralized collection authority for the State, charged with the responsibility to recover all debts, judgments, taxes, fees, fines, penalties, loans and other obligations referred to the agency for collection. The Collection Section employs investigators to locate and identify parties responsible for the debt and its attorneys pursue collection in state court. The Bankruptcy Section represents state agencies in federal court around the country, as well as in Texas, to protect the State's monetary, regulatory and policy interests in bankruptcy cases. The Office of Attorney General seeks a highly-qualified bankruptcy attorney to join the Bankruptcy Regulatory Team which represents client agencies in complex, high profile bankruptcy cases across the country. The Bankruptcy Regulatory Team represents state regulatory agencies including the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the General Land Office, the Texas Railroad Commission, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, and the Public Utility Commission as well as other OAG divisions including Consumer Protection, Civil Medicaid Fraud, and Environmental Protection. Performs entry-level legal work. Work involves providing legal advice, counsel, and assistance; representing the State’s interest in bankruptcy matters; reviewing, evaluating, and rendering legal opinions; and preparing legal documentation. Essential position functions are described below. OAG employees enjoy excellent benefits along with tremendous opportunities to do important work at a large, dynamic state agency making a positive difference in the lives of Texans.

Essential Job Functions
  • Drafts pleadings, motions, discovery, and other legal documents in connection with representing the State’s regulatory and policy interests in varied bankruptcy litigation.
  • Provides legal advice, counsel, and assistance to client state agencies; communicates and coordinates with client agencies.
  • Performs legal research and investigations, and reports findings and conclusions.
  • Assists in preparation for and participates in evidentiary hearings and conducts discovery as needed.
  • Performs related work as assigned
  • Maintains relevant knowledge necessary to perform essential job functions
  • Attends work regularly in compliance with agreed-upon work schedule
  • Ensures security and confidentiality of sensitive and/or protected information
  • Complies with all agency policies and procedures, including those pertaining to ethics and integrity

Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications
  • Education: Graduated from an accredited law school with a J.D.
  • Licensed as an attorney by the State Bar of Texas
  • Member in good standing with the State Bar of Texas
  • Knowledge of legal principles, practices, and proceedings; and of state and federal laws, regulations, and rules
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks, prioritizing, and meeting deadlines
  • Skill in conducting effective research
  • Skill in effective oral and written communication
  • Skill in exercising sound judgment and effective decision making
  • Ability to prepare legal documents, to conduct research, to interpret and apply laws, to summarize findings, to prepare cases for trial, to conduct hearings, and to communicate effectively
  • Ability to receive and respond positively to constructive feedback
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others in a professional office environment
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service
  • Ability to arrange for personal transportation for business-related travel
  • Ability to work more than 40 hours as needed and in compliance with the FLSA
  • Ability to lift and relocate 30 lbs.
  • Ability to travel (including overnight travel) up to 5%

Preferred Qualifications
Clerkship/externship/internship for a United States Bankruptcy Court