The staff attorney is responsible for providing general civil legal advice, assistance or representation to eligible clients.
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 Texas Legal Services Center’s (TLSC) overall mission; and
Comply with all grant requirements, regulations, standards, policies, and confidentiality requirements.
This is a grant-funded position.
• 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.
• 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.
• J.D. Degree.
• Licensure by the Supreme Court of Texas.
• Minimum of 3 years of law experience.
• 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.
• 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 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.