Job Opportunities

For considerations, follow the instructions to apply for the specific position.

Accountant I - Mercedes

The Accountant I works under the direct supervision of the Accounting Operations Manager and the general supervision of the Chief Financial Officer. The primary responsibilities are:
  1. Assists in preparing necessary schedules required for annual audit.
  2. Codes vouchers, invoices and claims for payment.
  3. Has primary responsibility for preparing and entering data to the general ledger.
  4. Verifies computer printouts for accuracy.
  5. Pays travel, mileage, travel advance and out of pocket expenses.
  6. Prepares bank deposit slips.
  7. Responsible for all the accounting functions for TRLA pension plan including loans.
  8. Performs any other duties as required by the Chief Financial Officer.

Qualifications:

  1. A Bachelor’s of Business Administration Degree in Accounting or Finance, or equivalent work experience.
  2. Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel); strong computer skills.
  3. Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.
To apply, email a cover letter, resume and references to employment@trla.org.  

Attorney Staff Public Defender - Rio Grande Valley and Bee

TRLA seeks an experienced, felony-qualified attorneys for its Rio Grande Valley and  Bee County offices and surrounding areas. With caseload controls, staff investigators and a solid litigation budget, the program emphasizes zealous advocacy in a rural environment. The program costs are split equally between the state and the participating counties. Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, with 175 attorneys, is the largest civil legal services program in the nation, covering a 68-county service area in Southwest Texas. Indigent defense services through the TRLA non-profit corporation began approximately ten years ago, and have now been extended to 8 counties. The non-profit arrangement establishes a strong measure of independence for defender staff, backed by a firm with a strong national reputation for zealous advocacy. TRLA provides its defender clients the full range of representation, both civil and criminal, including advice on the immigration consequences of a criminal conviction. A mental health component is being added to the program in the fall. The primary responsibilities are:
  • Serve as lead counsel of record in up to 50 felony cases, 100 misdemeanor cases, and 10 juvenile cases per year;
  • Mentor less experienced attorneys in the program; and
  • Try cases to a verdict.
Qualifications:
  • Licensed to practice law in Texas or willing to take the next available Texas bar exam;
  • One year of criminal litigation experience or comparable academic or clinical experience in criminal law;
  • Have served as lead counsel in at least 3 felony trials before a jury;
  • Experience with appeals;
  • Preference for an attorney who is professionally functional in the Spanish language;
  • Proficiency in the Windows operating system, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and legal research software; and
  • Completion of six hours of continuing legal education in criminal law within the twelve months preceding service as a Public Defender staff attorney.
Click here to apply.

Current Law Students

Current law school students play an important role in all of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)’s branch offices. With a 68-county service area in Texas and an office serving migrant farmworkers in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee, TRLA offers numerous opportunities for current students to explore the world of legal aid.

TRLA Clerk

TRLA law clerks perform traditional research projects, interview clients and witnesses, assist with litigation related activities, and help develop cases. Generally, a clerk works with more than one attorney in practice areas of interest to the student. For more information, visit our clerks page.

Telephone Access to Justice

TRLA hires University of Texas and St. Mary's University law students for the Telephone Access to Justice Project (TAJ) in Austin and San Antonio. The part-time position offers the opportunity to develop practical legal skills and assist clients with a variety of legal problems. Law students who have completed their first or second year of law school and can work a minimum of 12-15 hours per week are eligible. For more information, visit our TAJ info page.

Development Coordinator

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) is looking for a development coordinator to help support civil legal and indigent defense representation for low-income residents of South, Central, and West Texas, in a region stretching from Brownsville to El Paso on the border and including San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, Alpine and all the towns, cities, and countryside in between. TRLA is one of the largest and most respected legal aid organizations in the country, providing representation to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, farmworkers, the disabled, veterans, people wrongfully evicted from their homes, the elderly, and children born in this country but denied birth certificates. Help maintain and expand the ability of TRLA's 160 attorneys to represent low-income Texans by working to raise funds from federal, state, and local agencies, from private and corporate foundations, from law firms, and from the many individuals who provide ongoing support for this crucial work. Duties and Responsibilities:   The Development Coordinator, reporting to the Development Director, raises general operating and program-specific funding by: 1. Drafting high-quality letters of inquiry and proposals to foundations, corporations, and government agencies; 2. Gathering and preparing all ancillary materials to accompany grants (budgets, bios, charts, statistics, etc.); 3. Helping design and implement a plan to secure funding from law firms and individual lawyers in private practice, including setting up meetings for Executive Director and designing fundraising materials, as well as initiating early meetings with potential donor law firms; 4. Developing social media fundraising campaigns; 5. Identifying and researching prospective funders; 6. Corresponding with private funders in preparing grant proposals; 7. Working with program staff to derive content for proposals; 8. Working with current and potential funders to explore areas of potential funding support; 9. Meeting with development staff of partner non-profits around potential collaborative efforts; 10. Managing and maintaining the donor database (eTapestry), including the timely recording of gifts and mailing of receipts; 11. Supervising development interns; 12. Implementing a donor stewardship plan, including handwritten thank you notes and thank you calls to individual donors; assisting the Development Director with the holiday appeal and other campaigns, including the development of mail solicitations and email/social media appeals; 13. Coordinating with TRLA board members on development work; 14. Assisting the Development Director with organizing small and large meetings to elicit private attorney support; and 15. Other duties and responsibilities as determined by her or his primary supervisor. Minimum Qualifications:
  • Strong written, verbal, and computer communication skills, including working knowledge of Excel;
  • Social media skills;
  • Ability to multi-task and remain flexible; ability to work with a number of individuals, all with various needs and deadlines;
  • Outstanding organizational skills with strong attention to detail;
  • Bachelor's degree;
  • Two years of grant writing and/or development experience with proven success in raising funds for nonprofit organizations preferred;
  • Experience generating support from law firms preferred;
  • Experience managing a donor database preferred;
  • Some legal knowledge preferred;
  • Some design skills preferred.
To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, a writing sample and contacts for at least two references to: employment@trla.org.

Help Desk Support Specialist (IT-I) – Corpus Christi

The Information Technology I position is supervised by the Director of Information Technology. Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
  1. On-site desktop support;
  2. Remote desktop support via email, phone and remote access software(Teamviewer);
  3. Software / Hardware installation and support;
  4. Documenting, tracking and monitoring issues to ensure a timely resolution;
  5. Resolving routine Ringcentral/Office@Hand VOIP phone issues;
  6. Resolving routine Email system issues;
  7. Resolving routine local area network, wide area network issues, Wi-Fi and printing issues;
  8. Research and evaluation of new software / hardware products & technologies;
  9. Maintaining domain, Proofpoint, email, and FormBuilder account
  10. Assisting fellow IT staff as needed;
  11. Any other duties required by the Director of Information Technology.
Qualifications:
  • Graduation from a computer science or MIS area of study or equivalent experience, with strong technical experience in diagnosing desktop computer issues and replacing basic hardware (degree and/or certifications preferred);
  • Working knowledge of standard web technology, network administration technologies, office productivity suites, desktop operating systems, electronic mail, & anti-virus software;
  • Working knowledge of Windows 2012 server, IOS, Mac OS, Windows 7/10 operating systems.
  • Able to travel to remote offices frequently.
  • Creative, self-motivated individual with capacity to learn and grow professionally;
  • Well-organized, able to manage multiple priorities, with demonstrated ability to communicate orally and in writing and with an ability to satisfy a diverse customer base.
Click here to apply.

Law Clerks

TRLA law clerks perform traditional research projects, interview clients and witnesses, assist with litigation related activities, and help develop cases. Generally, a clerk works with more than one attorney in practice areas of interest to the student.

The best way for law students in Texas to find out more about TRLA and opportunities for law students is to attend the Public Service Career Day held at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law in February of each year. Students sign up via their career services office in December to interview with TRLA. Several TRLA attorneys from throughout the service area attend, interview students, and discuss their experiences as TRLA attorneys and opportunities for law students.

Offices

There are several offices located through TRLA's service area that students can choose from:

Practice Areas

TRLA has organized its services around a variety of practice areas (39 in all) that address the range of problems confronting the low-income community. These areas include:

  • Economic & Social Justice
  • Domestic Violence & Family
  • Housing
  • Individual Rights
  • Labor & Employment
  • Public Benefits

The Application Process

Students interested in clerk opportunities should send a cover letter stating their office preferences and resume to Monica Bustamante at mbustamante@trla.org. Students interested in clerking at the Nashville office should send a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and writing sample to Caitlin Berberich at CBerberich@trla.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get paid?

There are numerous funding opportunities available for summer clerks. Law schools generally have some summer fellowship funding available; students should check with their law school's career services office and public interest advisors about available resources. When TRLA has multiple students interested in sponsorship for a limited number of fellowships, such as the Texas Law Fellowships, priority is given to students interested in working in offices other than our Austin office. In addition, TRLA may obtain funding for some law clerk positions through various sections of the State Bar. Telephone Access to Justice Associates get paid an hourly wage.

Can I split my time with another organization?

Yes, a split summer can be accommodated in most situations.

Can these opportunities lead to full-time employment?

TRLA has ongoing hiring needs and has hired many attorneys over the last several years, many of whom are recent law school graduates who first came to TRLA as Telephone Access to Justice Associates or as law clerks. An interest in working in offices other than our Austin or San Antonio branches significantly increases opportunities for long-term employment.

Can I choose what office or practice areas I work in?

Clerks will be able to specify a preference in office location and practice areas. TRLA will attempt to honor these preferences as much as possible. Students should be aware that preferences to work in branch offices outside of San Antonio and Austin are easier to accommodate and can affect funding opportunities.

Do I need to know how to speak Spanish?

Because of the location of the service area, the ability to communicate in Spanish is preferred, but not required. For full-time attorney positions, if the applicant is not already fluent in the language, a commitment to become so is required.

For more information about these positions, contact:

S. Monica Bustamante Risk & Materials Manager/Recruitment Coordinator (915) 585-5100 or Fax (915) 544-3789 Email: employment@trla.org Download Employment Application (.doc)

Legal Secretary - Mercedes

Legal Secretary will be recruited, hired and assigned by the Branch Manager, and be subject to discipline or removal according to the standard employment policies applicable to all TRLA secretaries. The candidate should be detailed-oriented, punctual, self-driven, able to work on multiple assignments at once, and sympathetic towards low-income persons. Work schedule is Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., plus additional hours if occasionally requested to meet deadlines. Responsibilities: • Type, file, and handle clerical office matters for the several paralegals and attorneys to whom the secretary is assigned; • Manage incoming and outgoing mail, faxes, and telephone calls; • Assist in overflow work to ensure smooth office operations; • Translate documents and/or act as interpreter when needed; • Maintain client files and applications and complete assigned work on case files within the required time frame; • Coordinate schedules and maintain case requirements calendar of casehandlers, including contacting existing clients, schedule interview, and convey messages; • Drafting, editing, formatting and printing legal documents, correspondence, and reports in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Publisher, including preparing standard pleadings for review by attorneys; • Managing and purchasing supplies, office equipment and furnishings; and, • Miscellaneous administrative duties, including time sheets for payroll, travel reimbursement requests, and docket maintenance. Minimum qualifications:
  • Proficiency in the Windows operating system, Microsoft Word and Excel applications, and computer data entry;
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish, both written and spoken;
  • Minimum of two years secretary experience;
  • Type minimum of 45 words per minute;
  • Licensed to notarize documents or willing to become licensed;
  • Preferred experience in a law office or an Associate’s degree as a paralegal;
Application deadline and process: For consideration, submit a cover letter, resume and list of two professional references to employment@trla.org or fax (915) 544-3789. The position is currently open; applications will be considered on a rolling basis as they are submitted until the position is filled.

Managing Attorney – Asylum Project

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) seeks to hire a managing attorney to oversee a project that works with mothers and their children who are seeking asylum and prepares them for their credible fear interviews. The mothers and children are fleeing from the highest levels of violence in the Western Hemisphere. They have suffered traumatic experiences, including sexual assault, robbery, extortion, death threats, and other acts of violence, in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala. Almost all of the refugees are unable to navigate the process without the professional assistance of trained lawyers and paralegals. Duties: The experienced attorney will oversee and manage advocates working on the project. The candidate must be self-directed, creative, and motivated. Among other duties, the attorney will:
  • Develop specialized knowledge of asylum law and expedited removal;
  • Interview detained families and conduct intake;
  • Evaluate eligibility for relief from removal;
  • File motions for custody redetermination;
  • Assist and counsel individuals seeking asylum, including preparing for credible fear interviews and Immigration Judge review of a negative decision by an Asylum Officer;
  • Collaborate with current community partners and form new partnerships;
  • Supervise and work with attorneys, legal paraprofessionals and volunteers;
  • Maintain accurate and complete client files and administrative records; and
  • Fulfill all requirements necessary to remain in good standing with the State Bar and the Supreme Court of the applicable state, including but not limited to, compliance with the minimum requirements for Continuing Legal Education
Required Qualifications: • JD from accredited university. • Licensed to practice law. If not licensed to practice law in Texas, willing to apply; • Bilingual in English and Spanish • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team; • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends and accommodate an irregular work schedule; • A proven commitment to supporting vulnerable populations. Preferred: • Dedication to and experience in serving low-income populations; • Experience working with survivors of trauma; • Experience coordinating community services, working with community partners, and/or participating in volunteer-based projects. • Three years experience assisting clients with asylum issues. Click here to apply.

Paralegal I - Austin

TRLA-Austin has an opening for a Paralegal.  The primary responsibilities of a Paralegal I are as follows:
  1. Conduct eligibility and substantive interviews, which may be in person or by telephone, and which may at times take place outside the regular office setting;
  2. Obtain eligibility documentation, if required;
  3. Enter eligibility information into the client database.
  4. Follow all procedures to ensure that such information is available to the appropriate casehandlers on a timely basis.
Qualifications:
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.
  • Proficient at data entry.
  • High school degree or equivalent
Click here to apply.

Staff Attorney - Asylum

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) seeks to hire an attorney to work with mothers and their children who are seeking asylum and prepare them for their credible fear interview. The families, most often a mother and one child, are fleeing from the highest levels of violence in the Western Hemisphere. These asylum seekers have suffered traumatic experiences, including sexual assault, robbery, extortion, death threats, and other acts of violence, in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, or on the trip north. Almost all of the refugees are unable to navigate the process without the professional assistance of trained lawyers and paralegals. Duties: The attorney will screen clients for eligibility, provide direct legal services, and collaborate closely with existing pro bono efforts. The candidate must be self-directed, creative, and motivated.  Among other duties, the attorney will:
  • Develop specialized knowledge of asylum law and expedited removal;
  • Interview detained families and conduct intake;
  • Evaluate eligibility for relief from removal;
  • File motions for custody redetermination;
  • Assist and counsel individuals seeking asylum, including preparing for credible fear interviews and Immigration Judge review of a negative decision by an Asylum Officer;
  • Collaborate with current community partners and form new partnerships;
  • Supervise and/or work with legal paraprofessionals and volunteers;
  • Maintain accurate and complete client files and administrative records; and
  • Fulfill all requirements necessary to remain in good standing with the State Bar and the Supreme Court of the applicable state, including but not limited to, compliance with the minimum requirements for Continuing Legal Education.
Required Qualifications:
  • JD from accredited university.
  • Licensed to practice law. If not licensed to practice law in Texas, willing to apply;
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team;
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends and accommodate an irregular work schedule;
  • A proven commitment to supporting vulnerable populations.
Preferred:
  • Dedication to and experience in serving low-income populations;
  • Experience working with survivors of trauma;
  • Experience coordinating community services, working with community partners, and/or participating in volunteer-based projects.
Click here to apply.  

STAFF ATTORNEY FARMWORKER TEAM- Nashville, TN

Southern Migrant Legal Services (SMLS) office in Nashville, Tennessee seeks an experienced attorney who can immediately step into litigating SMLS’ cases, which include “impact” cases in multiple federal jurisdictions. All applicants are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to applicants with at least 3 years of federal litigation experience. The staff attorney will carry an individual farmworker legal services caseload, which includes complex wage and hour litigation, and litigating multi-party employment discrimination and human trafficking cases. The cases handled by SMLS aim to protect the rights of extremely vulnerable populations in the South, and many address novel areas of the law. The attorney will also have an opportunity to collaborate with a wide-variety of federal agencies and private counsel, and assist in mentoring SMLS and other TRLA colleagues with their farmworker caseloads, as needed. The attorney must be a “team player” who wants the overall organization to succeed. The project’s focus is on providing employment-related legal assistance to low-wage temporary and immigrant workers throughout the six states in its service delivery area. The project emphasizes enforcement of migrant and seasonal agricultural workers’ core employment rights, including (but not limited to) workers’ rights under the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the H-2A Regulations of Immigration and Nationality Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, and contract law. The project also enforces various state and federal workplace anti-discrimination acts, and addresses occupational safety, workers’ compensation and workplace retaliation. To redress workplace victimization, SMLS also files immigration petitions on behalf of workers who were victims of trafficking or other workplace crimes. Applicant Qualifications: Applicants should have proven litigation skills, a commitment to workers’ rights and the ability to establish trusting relationships with low-income clients. The attorney must be culturally competent, including understanding the unique needs of low-wage workers. The ideal applicant would further meet the qualifications listed below.
  • Membership in good standing in any state bar; willingness to become licensed in Tennessee (Tennessee has comity with several states and an “attorney bar”)
  • Proficiency in spoken and written Spanish strongly preferred
  • At least 3 years of federal litigation experience in employment law preferred
  • Excellent and independently-driven case development, legal research and writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability advocate with governmental and other non-profit or social service agencies
  • Ability to effectively manage an aggressive individual caseload
  • Ability to think creatively, systemically and with a willingness to implement unconventional strategies; preferred experience with large-scale impact advocacy
  • Experience working with diverse populations, including non-English-speaking and migrant communities
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice; preferred knowledge of the SMLS service delivery area.
How to Apply and Related Timelines Click here to apply The consideration of candidates is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. TRLA is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applicants who will contribute to our diversity to apply. Salary Salary is dependent on experience and commensurate with salaries paid by other LSC-funded legal services programs. TRLA offers a generous benefits and retirement package, including assistance with law school student loan repayment.

Staff Attorney/Domestic Violence/Family Law Team— El Paso

A Staff Attorney is needed by the Domestic Violence/Family Law Team in the El Paso office.  Family law attorneys represent victims of recent domestic violence and sexual assault refused services by local prosecutors for a Protective Order; shelter residents who are victims of recent domestic violence or sexual assault; recent domestic violence and sexual assault victims in other family law matters. The attorney will screen clients for eligibility, provide direct legal services to those determined to be eligible, and will collaborate closely with community partners, including domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers. DUTIES: The candidate must be self-directed, empathetic, and motivated. Among other duties, the attorney will: • Represent family violence and sexual assault victims in family law litigation; • Establish and maintain relationships with community partners; • Prepare and conduct community outreach. REQUIRED:
  • Licensed to practice law in Texas, able to waive into the Texas bar, or willing to take the next available bar exam, in that order of preference;
  • Preference for lawyers who are functionally fluent in Spanish at a professional level;
  • Maintain continuing legal education requirements.
PREFERRED: • Dedication to and experience in serving low-income populations; • Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills; • An ability and desire to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts and with multiple organizations; • Experience working with survivors of trauma with family law (law school clinic experience included). Click here to apply.  

Staff Attorney/Domestic Violence/Family Law Team—EDINBURG

A staff attorney is needed by the Domestic Violence/Family Law Team in the Edinburg office. Family law attorneys represent victims of recent domestic violence and sexual assault refused services by local prosecutors for a Protective Order; shelter residents who are victims of recent domestic violence or sexual assault; recent domestic violence and sexual assault victims in other family law matters. The attorney will screen clients for eligibility, provide direct legal services to those determined to be eligible, and will collaborate closely with community partners, including domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers. DUTIES: The candidate must be self-directed, empathetic, and motivated. Among other duties, the attorney will: • Represent family violence and sexual assault victims in family law litigation; • Establish and maintain relationships with community partners; • Prepare and conduct community outreach. REQUIRED: • Licensed to practice law in Texas, able to waive into the Texas bar, or willing to take the next available bar exam, in that order of preference; • Preference for lawyers who are functionally fluent in Spanish at a professional level; • Maintain continuing legal education requirements. PREFERRED: • Dedication to and experience in serving low-income populations; • Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills • An ability and desire to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts and with multiple organizations • Experience working with survivors of trauma with family law (law school clinic experience included). Click here to apply.  

Staff Attorneys - Civil Division: Border Region

Staff attorneys are needed at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, to provide civil legal services to indigent clients throughout its 68-county service area in Southwest Texas. The area includes rapidly growing border cities, rural communities, and large metropolitan areas like Austin and San Antonio. With 120 lawyers, TRLA operates one of the largest civil legal services programs in the country and is nationally recognized for high quality, zealous advocacy for its clients. The attorneys will specialize through one or more of the 40+ practice area teams addressing such disparate issues as immigration, domestic violence, farm labor, international child abduction, sexual assault, LGBT issues, civil rights, and employment discrimination.  Depending on the practice area or the community, the attorney might litigate complex cases in federal courts, engage in transactional work for colonia residents, or develop a litigation-oriented practice in the state courts in the region.  The border offices provide services to substantial numbers of migrant farm workers and other low-wage workers, the vast majority of whom are Hispanic and Spanish-speaking. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes an excellent fringe benefits package, including law school loan repayment.

Qualifications:

  • Licensed to practice law in Texas, able to waive into the Texas bar, or willing to take the next available bar exam, in that order of preference
  • Preference for lawyers who are functionally fluent in Spanish at a professional level
  • Maintain  continuing legal education requirements
Click here to apply.

Tenant Organizer - BASTA --Austin

BASTA (Building and Strengthening Tenant Action) Texas RioGrande Legal Aid In furthering the cause of tenant and housing justice in the Austin area, Building and Strengthening Tenant Action (BASTA) seeks an Tenant Organizer to join our team. BASTA, housed in Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), works with low-income Austin renters to fight for tenant respect and dignity and to advocate for healthy, safe and affordable housing. BASTA employs a variety of advocacy techniques, including education, organizing, and litigation. The duties and activities of the Tenant Organizer include the following: • Visiting substandard properties to engage and educate Austin renters about their right to live in healthy and safe homes. • Forming and strengthening tenants associations to address collective concerns and issues. • Developing leadership skills of tenants association members, including outreach, meeting facilitation, public speaking, and negotiation skills. • Strategizing with tenants associations on the optimal ways to address their concerns, such as collective repair requests, meeting with property managers, and reporting substandard conditions to code enforcement. • Educating Austinite renters on tenants rights and the connection between housing deficiencies and health, through the development of accessible materials and the use of popular education techniques. • Documenting outreach activities and compiling data to track outcomes and efficacy of the project. • All other duties assigned. QUALIFICATIONS: Required • Bilingual in English and Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic or Pashto. • Dedication to economic, social and racial justice. • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of people, including residents and property owners. • Strong organizational skills. • Ability to work independently and as part of a team. • Ability to work evenings and weekends. • Vehicle and driver’s license. Preferred: • Previous outreach, community engagement, and community organizing experience. • Knowledge of housing issues and/or landlord-tenant law. • Personal experience with low-income housing. • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and willingness to develop additional skills. Click here to apply.

TRLA Immigration and Trafficking Attorney

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid seeks an experienced attorney to provide immigration and trafficking-related legal services. DUTIES: The candidates must be self-directed, empathetic, and motivated. Among other duties, the attorney will:
  • Provide intake, advice and counsel, and direct legal representation to clients in immigration legal matters before the DHS, Immigration Courts, BIA, USCIS and AAO, including assisting clients in filing U- visa, T- visa, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), SIJS and asylum/withholding applications, and, where appropriate, other forms of removal defense, etc.
  • Coordinate all aspects of a client’s case, including client communication, relevant research, drafting personal statements, preparing immigration forms, writing briefs, drafting court motions and orders, and advocacy with law enforcement and other agencies.
  • Screen and identify clients who may be considered victims of labor and sex trafficking. Assist trafficking survivors in reporting to and collaborating with law enforcement and applying for relevant immigration relief and other non-immigration legal remedies (e.g. protective orders, civil litigation). Assist with trafficking-related grants.
  • Work collaboratively with a team of attorneys, paralegals and staff in the relevant TRLA office and throughout the TRLA service area.
  • Mentor colleagues in immigration law and case handling.
  • Maintain and establish relationships with community partners and immigration service providers, including, but not limited to anti-trafficking coalitions.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant policies, laws and trends in immigration law, particularly as it impacts low-income immigrants.
  • Prepare and conduct relevant community outreach events and presentations including, but not limited to, direct outreach and education related to identification of trafficking.
REQUIREMENTS:
  • JD from accredited university
  • Admitted and in good standing with a state bar, Texas bar preferred.
  • A minimum of 2 years (5-10 preferred) of direct experience representing vulnerable non-citizens in their applications for relief, including U-visa, VAWA-related, and T- visa applications;
  • In-depth knowledge of the wide range of immigration remedies available to clients
  • Meticulous organizational habits, attention to detail, and ability to manage large amounts of information, establish priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Excellent legal analysis, written and oral advocacy, and presentation skills
  • Responsible, self-initiating, and focused, with proven ability to work independently and also collaboratively in a team-based decision-making environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills and record of cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills; experience working with clients, staff, and interns of diverse backgrounds
  • Dedication to and experience in serving low-income, non-citizen, vulnerable populations
  • Fluency in English and Spanish (written and spoken) strongly preferred
Click here to apply

TRLA STAFF ATTORNEY - FARMWORKER TEAM – El Paso

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) seeks a staff attorney to specialize in farmworker advocacy; the position is based in El Paso, TX but will involve a multi-state docket including cases throughout the Southwest. TRLA is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit corporations providing free civil legal services to eligible low-income persons. TRLA’s farmworker practice provides free employment-related legal services to low-wage migrant and seasonal agricultural workers in Texas, as well as in Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. TRLA has over 30 years of experience in zealous and effective advocacy on behalf of migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Most of TRLA’s farmworker work is employment litigation in federal court. TRLA’s prior litigation has included claims under the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (AWPA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the federal H-2A program, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1981, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and state contract, wage-and-hour, tort, and worker’s compensation disputes. Attorneys also represent workers in federal and state administrative processes, including filing complaints with the U.S. Department of Labor, and filing immigration petitions (such as T and U visa applications) on behalf of victims of trafficking or other workplace crimes. Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated commitment to public interest law on behalf of low-income persons, especially in workers’ or immigrants’ rights, and with Spanish-language fluency. TRLA gives new lawyers substantial litigation and outreach responsibilities from day-one, but new staff practices under the close guidance of seasoned TRLA farmworker attorneys, who typically second-chair litigation. TRLA staff collaborates closely with those in TRLA’s other 15+ offices, including participating in outreach and litigation in various parts of Texas and other states. Duties will include serving as lead counsel in all aspects of civil litigation, from conducting outreach and performing client intakes, investigating and evaluating new intakes, collaborating with regional partners and government agencies, and handling all matters of representation in administrative and court forums. Extensive overnight travel for outreach or cases is often required, although TRLA pays per diem and other travel-related expenses. The strongest candidates will also have superior writing, analytical, and organizational skills; litigation experience is also preferred but not required. Click here to apply: Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Texas, be licensed in a state with which Texas could grant reciprocal admission, or be willing to take the next available Texas bar exam. TRLA is an equal opportunity employer that seeks a diverse workforce. TRLA offers a benefits package that includes medical, dental, and disability coverage; life insurance; a retirement plan; and a law school loan forgiveness plan. TRLA has a unionized workforce.