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.
- 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 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.