PARALEGAL II – Human Trafficking

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid seeks a paralegal for its TRLA Trafficking Team. TRLA provides comprehensive legal services to foreign and domestic victims of labor and sex trafficking throughout TRLA’s service area. This position will be located in the Rio Grande Valley and the paralegal will focus exclusively on outreach and services to agricultural workers who may be victims of labor trafficking.

The position will require extensive travel, sometimes on short notice and sometimes overnight, throughout the Rio Grande Valley and other counties in South Texas.

The primary duties and activities of this paralegal would include the following:

  • Conduct frequent and regular outreach to agricultural workers;
  • Coordinate with funders and other stakeholders to plan, track, and report on outreach efforts;
  • Help victims of trafficking understand and navigate the various types of legal relief to which they may be entitled;
  • Conduct eligibility and substantive interviews in person and by telephone, which interviews may at times take place outside the regular office setting;
  • Maintain accurate and complete client files and administrative records, including data entry into client database and other requirements;
  • Communicate with and interview clients and witnesses, as requested;
  • Conduct follow-up on assigned cases;
  • Provide referrals for safety planning and Crime Victim Compensation assistance;
  • Draft legal documents and legal educational materials;
  • Attend and participate in community meetings, local task force meetings, and educational forums to conduct intake and will make community legal education presentations;
  • Collaborate with community partners;
  • Assist with administrative reporting requirements;
  • Translate when necessary;
  • Any other duties required by the branch or team manager.

 

Qualifications:

 

  1. Fluency in English and Spanish, both written and oral
  2. Possess verbal, reading and writing skills in English and Spanish
  3. Detail-oriented, with strong problem-solving, decision-making, organizational, and time management skills
  4. Valid driver’s license and willingness to travel
  5. Self-motivated, enthusiastic, and flexible
  6. Extremely responsible, self-initiating, and focused

Preferred:

  • Dedication to and experience in serving low-income populations
  • Experience working with agricultural workers and familiarity with employment laws that protect agricultural workers and victims of trafficking
  • Experience working with immigrant communities

 

Applicants should send a cover letter, résumé, and three references to employment@trla.org

Investigator– Public Defender Division

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) has an opening for an Investigator to work with its regional public defender program serving Bee, Live Oak, McMullen and now Refugio counties. The main office is in Beeville, but this position will mostly serve the Refugio County area. The primary duties and activities of a Public Defender Investigator include the following:

1. Conduct initial interviews of clients within 24 hours of arrest to screen for eligibility, immigration status, and potential conflicts of interest; determine facts, obtain witness identities, evaluate mental health status, and assess facts regarding bail.
2. Locate and interview victims, witnesses, and law enforcement personnel; draft statements, maintain interview notes.
3. Locate, gather and analyze records, reports and documents, scan documents into case management system; serve subpoenas.
4. Visit and recreate crime scenes by measuring, photographing, and sketching.
5. Prepare written reports.
6. Testify in court.
7. Notarize legal documents;
8. Maintain accurate and complete client files and administrative records, including data entry into case management system;
9. Prepare administrative reports required by TRLA;
10. Any other duties required by the Chief Public Defender,

Qualifications:

• Bilingual in English and Spanish.
• High school graduate or equivalent
• Car, driver’s license and automobile insurance
• Experience in law enforcement or investigations
• Resourcefulness, creativity, initiative and drive, tact, and discretion
• Knowledge of computer applications preferred
• Basic working knowledge of social work and public benefits programs preferred

 

To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and three references to employment@trla.org.

Investigator/Intake Paralegal-Bee Regional Public Defender

TRLA’s Regional Public Defender office in Beeville, Texas has an opening for an investigator/paralegal who will conduct eligibility screening and initial interviews of the accused in Bee, Live Oak, McMullen and Refugio counties, perform investigative work, and provide clerical support, including report drafting, data entry, document scanning and case management.

Qualifications:

1. Fluency in English and Spanish, both written and oral;
2. Proficient with PC computing, Microsoft Office applications, and Internet research.
3. A valid driver’s license and willingness to travel on a frequent basis.
4. High school degree or equivalent

 

Paralegal II – AUSTIN

TRLA-Austin has an opening for a Paralegal II.  The primary duties and activities of a Paralegal II may include the following and any other case-related activities and duties consistent with assisting attorneys in the practice of law:

  1. Conduct eligibility and substantive interviews in person and by telephone, which interviews may at times take place outside the regular office setting;
  2. Provide basic information and referrals to applicants, including those ineligible for services;
  3. Interview clients and witnesses;
  4. Conduct follow-up of assigned cases, including investigating facts and researching law;
  5. Serve process and subpoenas;
  6. Prepare legal documents;
  7. Oversee legal clinics;
  8. Notarize legal documents;
  9. Attend and participate in community group meetings and educational forums to conduct intake and make community legal education presentations;
  10. Prepare legal educational materials;
  11. Translate;
  12. Maintain accurate and complete client files and administrative records, including data entry into client database and other requirements;
  13. Prepare administrative reports required by TRLA;
  14. Any other duties required by the branch or team manager.

    Qualifications:

    1. Bilingual in English and Spanish.
    2. Possess verbal, reading and writing skills

Paralegal III – Edinburg

A paralegal is needed to work in the Edinburg office of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. The successful candidate must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and must be bilingual. The Paralegal will represent low-income clients in various legal matters and assist attorneys in all aspects of their cases. A strong belief in the concept of equal justice for poor persons is paramount to this position. The paralegal duties include the following:

  •  Conduct eligibility and substantive interviews in person and by telephone for applicants with legal issues. Interviews may at times take place outside the regular office setting;
  • Provide basic information and referrals to applicants, including those ineligible for services;
  • Maintain accurate and complete client files and administrative records, including data entry into client database and other requirements, such as timekeeping;
  • Provide direct representation of clients in administrative or judicial proceedings as Person-in-Charge of individual cases;
  • Provide litigation support and other support to attorneys as directed;
  • Maintain a client caseload, exercising independent professional judgment under the direction and supervision of an attorney on all aspects of each individual case;
  • Operate under the supervision of a Team Manager or Branch Manager;
  • Interview clients and witnesses;
  • Conduct follow-up of assigned cases, including investigating facts and researching law;
  • Serve process and subpoenas;
  • Prepare legal documents;
  • Notarize legal documents;
  • Attend and participate in community group meetings and educational forums to conduct intake and make community legal education presentations;
  • Prepare legal educational materials;
  • Translate;
  • Prepare administrative reports required by TRLA;
  • Any other duties required by the Branch or Team Manager.

Qualifications:

• Must be bilingual in English and Spanish;
• Degree in relevant field preferred;
• Excellent oral and writing skills;
• Word processing, Internet, and office skills required;
• Have valid driver’s license and available transportation;
• Possess verbal, reading and writing skills in English and Spanish sufficient to communicate fluently with clients and to translate lengthy written documents, primarily from Spanish to English

Paralegal III–Tax – San Antonio

TRLA has an opening for a tax paralegal (joining both the Federal Income Tax & Bexar County Tax Foreclosure Teams) in TRLA’s San Antonio office. The tax paralegal not only works with clients in tax foreclosure proceedings in Bexar County, but also provides litigation support to TRLA’s tax attorneys representing clients throughout TRLA’s service area with federal tax matters.

Some of the duties of this paralegal include:

  • Provide direct representation of clients in administrative or judicial proceedings as Person-in-Charge of individual cases
  • Maintain a client caseload, exercising the independent professional judgment required of an advocate on all aspects of each individual case
  • Conduct eligibility and substantive interviews in person and by telephone, which interviews may at times take place outside the regular office setting;
  • Provide basic information and referrals to applicants, including those ineligible for services;
  • Interview clients and witnesses;
  • Conduct follow-up of assigned cases, including investigating facts and researching law;
  • Serve process and subpoenas;
  • Prepare legal documents and IRS administrative forms;
  • Notarize legal documents;
  • Attend and participate in community group meetings and educational forums to conduct intake and community legal education presentations;
  • Prepare legal educational materials;
  • Translate;
  • Maintain accurate and complete client files and administrative records, including data entry into client database and other requirements, such as timekeeping;
  • Prepare administrative reports required by TRLA;
  • Any other duties required by the Branch or Team Manager.

Qualifications:

  • Fluency in English and Spanish, both written and oral
  • Verbal, reading, and writing skills sufficient to comprehend administrative law manuals and to adequately advocate on behalf of clients
  • Ability to travel

Staff Attorneys/Domestic Violence/Family Law Team—San Antonio and Del Rio

Two staff attorneys are needed by the Domestic Violence/Family Law Team in the San Antonio office, and Del Rio 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;
• Experience working with survivors of trauma with family law (law school clinic experience included).

Paralegal III-Legal Advocacy for Veterans Project- Corpus Christi

A full-time paralegal is needed for TRLA’s Veterans Advocacy Project in the Corpus Christi to represent and advocate for the unique population of veterans, as well as the spouses and dependents of veterans. The paralegal will work with the veteran community as follows:

• Paralegal will conduct intakes and initial interview for various types of government provided benefits; assist clients with appeals of denial of benefits by governmental agencies; and represent clients in administrative hearings.

• Paralegal must be active within the local veteran advocacy community to insure that the work of TRLA has a visible presence and a voice. This entails but is not limited to: attending coalition meetings, participating in committees, and networking with other organizations and the public on issues of veteran advocacy.

• Paralegal will conduct and participate in extensive outreach. This entails going to shelters and community events to inform residents and the public about the mission of the Veterans Advocacy Project, and doing on-site consultations. Travel may be required to conduct outreach.

• Paralegal will work under direct supervision of Attorney in a multitude of substantive areas of law.

The general duties and activities of a Paralegal III may include the following:

  1. Provide direct representation of clients in administrative or judicial proceedings as Person-in-Charge of individual cases;
  2. Maintain a client caseload, exercising the independent professional judgment required of an advocate on all aspects of each individual case;
  3. Operate under the supervision of a Team Manager and Branch Manager;
  4. Conduct eligibility and substantive interviews in person and by telephone, which will at times take place outside the regular office setting;
  5. Provide basic information and referrals to applicants, including those ineligible for services;
  6. Interview clients and witnesses;
  7. Conduct follow-up of assigned cases, including investigating facts and researching law;
  8. Serve process and subpoenas;
  9. Prepare legal documents;
  10. Notarize legal documents;
  11. Attend and participate in community group meetings and educational forums to conduct intake and make community legal education presentations;
  12. Prepare legal educational materials;
  13. Translate between English and Spanish;
  14. Maintain accurate and complete client files and administrative records, including data entry into client database and other requirements, such as timekeeping;
  15. Prepare administrative reports required by TRLA; and
  16. Any other duties required by the Branch or Team Manager.

Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish;
  • Possess verbal, reading and writing skills sufficient to comprehend administrative law manuals and to adequately advocate on behalf of clients;
  • Degree in relevant field preferred;
  • Excellent oral and writing skills;
  • Word processing, Internet, and office skills required; and
  • Have valid driver’s license and available transportation.

For consideration email a resume and cover letter to employment@trla.org

TRLA is Equal Opportunity Employer.
Veterans of the United States Armed Forces are encouraged to apply.

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;
● Experience working with survivors of trauma with family law (law school clinic experience included).

Legal Clinic Coordinator – Laredo

TRLA legal clinics, supervised by TRLA, are those in which TRLA employees, along with the legal community, provide legal services to clients for routine cases appropriate for handling in clinics or in batch processing for uncontested cases. This position will be responsible for clinics in Laredo. The duties of the Legal Clinic Coordinator, working under the supervision of the Private Attorney Involvement Coordinator or a Legal Clinics Team Manager, are the following:

  • Responsible for the operation, management, and smooth functioning of the Legal Clinic Programs assigned to them
  • Maintains close working relationships with local bar associations and individual participating attorneys and assists private attorneys in resolving any problems with clinic cases
  • Interviews potential clinic clients and insures that Legal Clinic files contain all documentation required by program funding sources
  • Maintains Legal Clinic client files, including opening, follow-up and closing of cases
  • Prepares pleadings and drafts any documents necessary for Legal Clinic files
  • Attends all Legal Clinics and coordinates notary, translation and paralegal assistance to private attorneys, as needed
  • Ensures compliance with LSC Act and regulations regarding private attorney involvement
  • Maintains quality control systems for Legal Clinic cases to insure proper record keeping, case oversight, and timely disposition of cases
  • Assists the Private Attorney Coordinator and/or the assigned Legal Clinics Team Manager in identifying and applying for funds that would benefit the Legal Clinic and its service to the local bar and clients
  • Other duties as assigned by the Private Attorney Involvement Coordinator or a Legal Clinics Team Manager

 

Qualifications:

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.
  • Possess verbal, reading and writing skills
  • Experience with word processing
  • Knowledge of legal system
  • Ability and willingness to travel
  • Preference given to persons with high school degree or equivalent