- Communication Skills
- Legal Research
The University is seeking an in-house attorney to provide legal advice, guidance, and services to administrators, faculty, and staff on a wide range of issues affecting the university. The position involves direct client contact. This position will be based on the main campus and report to the University Attorney in the Office of Legal Affairs. The Office of Legal Affairs has oversight for all legal matters affecting the university.
The Associate University Attorney functions as a generalist, providing services in a variety of subject areas, including employment, contracts, student issues, governance, constitutional law, civil rights, policy development and review, open records, privacy, law enforcement, litigation, risk management, tax, tort, public-private partnerships, employee benefits, athletics, construction, real estate, intellectual property, information technology, information security, healthcare, immigration, and ethics/conflicts of interest.
With 29,000 students, 4,000 employees, and an annual operating budget of $700 million, The University of Texas at Dallas is a rapidly-growing, top-tier national research university that provides the state and nation with excellent, innovative education and research. The University of Texas at Dallas is a member institution of The University of Texas System, a public higher education system consisting of 14 academic and health institutions across the state. The University of Texas System is governed by a nine-member Board of Regents appointed by the Governor of Texas.
Minimum Education and Experience
Juris Doctor from an ABA accredited law school.
Admission to the State Bar of Texas, or for out-of-state applicants licensed in another jurisdiction, Admission without examination within one year of hire date.
Five (5) or more years of relevant experience.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, the ability to organize time, flexibility and a collegial disposition are essential attributes.
Preferred Education and Experience
Seven or more years of relevant work experience
Knowledge of legal principles applicable to Texas state government agencies
Experience representing institutions of higher education, systems of higher education, or similarly complex and decentralized entities
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
This position reports to the University Attorney. Provides legal advice and guidance on academic, business, employment and student issues; oversees and manages litigation involving the university; conducts legal research; represents and defends the university in administrative matters; drafts and reviews contracts; and handles other varied duties typical of in-house counsel. Advises university officials and employees in all academic and administrative units across campus. Works closely with attorneys from the UT System Office of General Counsel and the Texas Attorney General’s Office. May require occasional travel out of town and overnight.
Physical Activities Working Conditions Additional Information
This is a security sensitive position. Finalists will be required to complete a criminal background check.
Finalists will be required to submit 3 letters of recommendation.
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