Texas Legal Services Center’s (TLSC) Emergency Rental Assistance Program-Housing Stability (ERAP I) assists eligible households that are unable to pay rent or utilities. The staff attorney is responsible for providing full scope legal assistance including counsel and advice, form completion and in-court representation to meet certain basic civil legal needs of low-income individuals.
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 through September 30, 2022.
- Provide high quality legal advice, assistance, referrals and representation to eligible clients regarding housing stability and completion of the Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs (TDHCA) Rental Relief Applications.
- Conduct in-person housing stability clinics in designated rural counties.
- Provide virtual housing stability clinic services (by appointment) to residents in rural counties.
- Conduct intake interviews, confirm eligibility for services and check for conflicts of interest according to TLSC policy.
- Perform research, needed factual investigations and analysis, communicate with third parties and assist in drafting, revising and filing legal documents.
- Travel to designated counties in the state of Texas to conduct outreach and clinic activities, and legal representation.
- Perform other duties as assigned
- Licensure by the Supreme Court of Texas or licensed in a state with which Texas could grant reciprocal admission.
Knowledge / Skills (Required)
- Current knowledge and expertise of the law and legal system, especially in areas that impact civil law and a preference for a background in housing and related areas of the law.
- Strong time management and attention to detail skills.
- Exceptional listening, writing and oral communications skills.
- Proficiency with Adobe, social media and Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
- Proficiency with or ability to learn LegalServer (TLSC’s case management system).
- Ability to enter information into system accurately.
- Understanding of grant requirements and associated reporting needs.
- Ability to work with clients in a patient, trauma informed and non-judgmental manner.
- Ability to learn new technologies to carry out job functions.
- Ability to travel to out-of-town locations.
- Ability to work with clients in a patient, trauma-informed, and non-judgmental manner.
- 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.