Staff Attorney- VSHC
Austin, TX Virtual Self-Help Center (VSHC)
Job Type
Full-time
Description

Summary


The Virtual Self -Help (VSHC) attorney is responsible for providing legal assistance to eligible clients and conducting virtual legal clinics to low-income Texans in rural areas across the state.


The attorney in this position is expected to:

Maintain the highest ethical and professional standards; 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 high quality legal advice, assistance, and referrals to eligible clients, including through TexasLawHelp LiveChat, in a patient, compassionate, culturally-sensitive, and trauma-informed manner.
  • Conduct intake interviews, confirm eligibility for services, and check for conflicts of interest according to TLSC policy.
  • Assist clients in drafting and filing legal documents.
  • Work with rural community hosts to facilitate monthly virtual legal clinics.
  • Travel to remote locations to conduct training and outreach activities.
  • Assist clients with navigating the TexasLawHelp website.
  • Coordinate projects between VHSC, within the practice area group, within TLSC, and organizations outside of TLSC.
  • Train and lead law students, volunteers, and interns for TexasLawHelp LiveChat.
  • Identify need for publications to assist self-represented litigants for both print and web-publication for TexasLawHelp.
  • Draft and update legal information publications, tools, and forms for TexasLawHelp.

OTHER FUNCTIONS:

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

EDUCATION/LICENSE (REQUIRED):

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

EXPERIENCE (PREFERRED):

  • Minimum 2 years of family law experience.
  • Fluency in Spanish

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS (REQUIRED):

  • Current knowledge and expertise of the law and legal system, especially in areas that impact family law.
  • Advance level project management skills.
  • High level organization skills.
  • Strong time management and attention to detail skills.
  • Exceptional verbal, listening, and written communications skills.
  • Proficiency with (or the ability to learn) LegalServer (TLSC’s case management system), Adobe, Microsoft Office products, G Suite apps, and social media tools.
  • Understanding of grant requirements and associated reporting needs.
  • Ability to travel to remote locations.
  • Ability to work with clients in a patient, trauma-informed and non-judgmental manner.
  • Ability to enter information into system accurately.
  • Experience using or ability to learn technology, including virtual meeting software/technology, such as Zoom or Skype

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 is 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.