Junior Mitigation Specialist

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary commensurate upon experience



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



510 South Congress Avenue
Suite 304
United States



The Junior Mitigation Specialist will work under the direction and guidance of our team of appointed mitigation specialists. The Junior Mitigation Specialist will assist the team in investigating, analyzing, and developing evidence relevant to the client’s life history for both trials and post-conviction proceedings in capital cases. The Junior Mitigation Specialist will work exclusively on death eligible cases throughout the state and work in collaboration with the Capital Trial Project, Post- Conviction Team, and external capital defense lawyers.


·       Working with TDS’ appointed mitigation specialists on a variety of cases.

·       Traveling to various locations to interview witnesses who are knowledgeable about the client at every phase of his or her life, relevant to both the crime and the client’s life history.

·       Meeting with and interviewing clients facing capital charges.

·       Applying cultural competence skills to positively and effectively communicate with witnesses and clients.

·       Obtaining and analyzing anecdotal and documentary evidence relevant to the client’s life history, including but not limited to: medical and psychiatric history; trauma history; educational history; employment history; military history; social service and child protective service contacts with the family; multigenerational family history and patterns of behavior; genetic disorders and vulnerabilities; prior adult and juvenile correctional experience; religious, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic, racial, cultural and community influences; and socio- economic, historical and political factors.

·       Establishing rapport with clients and witnesses that overcomes barriers those individuals may have against the disclosure of sensitive information.

·       Assisting in identifying and working with experts.

·       Furnishing memos and/or reports on a variety of topics to counsel and experts, including social histories and chronologies, with the ability to accept feedback.

·       Working as a member and facilitating the success of teams.

·       Organizing and administering the case file.


·       MSW or comparable degree in a related field.

·       Driver’s license.

·       Ability and willingness to travel extensively within the state of Texas and to other locations as needed.

·       Willingness to learn and take direction from senior staff members.

·       Desire to learn the nuances associated with mitigation investigation.

·       An organized and precise work practice with attention to detail and accuracy.

·       Clear written and oral expression.

·       Commitment to excellence in indigent defender services.

·       Strengths in team work, client relations and relationship building.

·       Experience working with people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds and an awareness of the issues that must be overcome to successfully work with people who have life experiences you do not share.

·       Creativity and energy in approaching all tasks and responsibilities.

·       Ability to work in a client-centered practice, and maintain the confidentiality of all information obtained while working on the case.

·       Experience with Internet research and strong computer skills with programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Level of Language Proficiency

·       Proficiency in Spanish or another foreign language.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply



Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, three references and a writing sample no later than April 2, 2018 to:

Texas Defender Service

ATTN: Junior Mitigation Position 510 S. Congress Avenue, Suite 304

Austin, TX 78704 rchavez@texasdefender.org