Staff Attorney - Veterans Legal Assistance Program
Austin, TX Veterans Legal Assistance Program (VLAP)
Description

Summary


The staff attorney is responsible for providing general civil legal advice, assistance or representation that honors the service, promotes the well-being, and responds to the unique needs of eligible veterans and their family members.

This attorney in this position is expected to:


Maintain the highest ethical and professional standards as a member of the State Bar; adhere to the American Bar Association Standards for the Provision of Civil Legal Aid; embrace and support TLSC’s overall mission; and comply with all grant requirements, regulations, standards, policies, and confidentiality requirements.


This is a grant-funded position.

Requirements

Essential Functions

  • Provide legal advice, assistance, referrals, and representation, where applicable, to eligible clients in a compassionate, culturally appropriate, and trauma-informed manner.
  • Perform research and analysis, communicate with third parties, and assist in drafting, revising, and filing legal documents.
  • Promote education efforts statewide and in local programs.
  • Travel to treatment court locations outside of Austin.

OTHER FUNCTIONS:

  • Ensure all client, project, and computer files are maintained in an orderly and appropriate manner.
  • Provide all information needed/requested for TLSC-reporting in a prompt manner.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION/LICENSURE (REQUIRED):

  • J.D. Degree.
  •  Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas within six months of hire date. 

EXPERIENCE (PREFERRED):

  • Minimum of 3 years of law experience.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS (REQUIRED):

  • Current knowledge and expertise of general civil law and legal system, including but not limited to experience in one or more of the following areas of practice: Family Law, Consumer law, Contracts, Probate, and Veterans Benefits.
  • High-level organization skills.
  • Exceptional listening, writing, and oral communications skills.
  • Strong time management skills and high attention to detail.
  • Proficiency with (or the ability to quickly learn) LegalServer (TLSC’s case management system), Adobe, Microsoft Office products.
  • Understanding of grant requirements and associated reporting needs.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate and provide high-level counseling.
  • Ability to travel to out-of-town locations that include overnight stays.
  • Ability to work with clients in a patient, trauma-informed, culturally appropriate, and non-judgmental manner.
  • Ability to enter information into system accurately.

Physical Requirements

  • Sedentary work that involves sitting most of the time.
  • Occasional bending, squatting, and kneeling.
  • Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and a negligible amount of force as needed, at times to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.

*This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.