Attorney Team Manager-Domestic Violence/Family Law Team

TRLA is seeking an experienced family law attorney to serve as a mentor and supervisor in TRLA’s Dallas office, which serves 114 counties in Northwest Texas. The Dallas office specifically provides legal services to survivors of sexual assault in many types of cases, including family law. Primary duties and responsibilities of this position include:

 

  • Supervises the family team legal work, including mentoring, court accompaniment, and review of all family team cases on a regular basis to assure that the quality and timelines of legal work by team members is maintained;
  • Maintains a caseload and is available as co-counsel for attorneys handling family law cases;
  • Maintains coordinated communication with all family team managers and Family Team Group Coordinator, LASSA team manager and Victim Rights Group Coordinator;
  • Reviews family law intake disposition decisions on a regular basis to assure that equitable treatment is extended to all clients and that disposition decisions are made in a manner that is consistent with TRLA policies and family team priorities;
  • Maintains coordinated communications among team members on case developments, co-counsel assignments, and developments in the law;
  • Approves leave requests of team members, in coordination with branch managers;
  • Approves case-related training and travel requests of team members;
  • Disciplines and terminates employee team members, when case-related;
  • Responds originally to client grievances when a grievance arises over the quality of service of the manager’s team;
  • Responds originally to team member’s substantive complaints;
  • Has a public relations role with the bar, community and client organizations, representing TRLA in appropriate matters; and
  • Takes all actions necessary or appropriate to bring team resources to bear on the legal problems of clients, in a manner that is consistent with program rules and policies.

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

Legal Secretary–Edinburg

TRLA has an opening for a Legal Secretary.  The 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.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Drafting, editing, formatting and printing legal documents, correspondence and reports in Microsoft Word;
  • Scanning, faxing and filing documents;
  • Managing incoming and outgoing mail, faxes and telephone calls;
  • Managing case file records on the TRLA Client Tracking System, the custom-written case management system, as well as the hard copy files;
  • 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:

  1. Proficiency in the Windows operating system, Microsoft Word and Excel applications, and computer data entry;
  2. Bilingual in English and Spanish;
  3. Six months experience as a legal secretary.

Assistant Director of Human Resources–Mercedes

The Assistant Director of Human Resources works under the direct supervision of the Director of Human Resources.  The position has the following responsibilities:
  • Responsible for all workers’ compensation claims and related reports;
  • Responsible for all unemployment claims and related reports;
  • Assists in TRLA compliance with provisions and regulations under ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, OSHA, Workers’ Compensation, FMLA, ADA, Pensions, 401(k)/403(b), 125 plan and other related policies;
  • Assists in the compilation of statistical data reports as required by funding sources;
  • Oversight of TRLA in-house volunteer program, including maintaining records and preparing required reports;
  • Responsible for coordination of new employee orientation regarding TRLA policies and reporting and documentation of policy and procedure changes;
  • Responsible for documentation of all non-TRLA loan repayment requirements and opportunities;
  • Communicates with Recruitment Coordinator regarding positions to be posted or which have been filled;
  • Maintenance of personnel files, ensuring that required documentation is filed;
  • Manages the reporting and documentation of probationary employee evaluations and required annual staff evaluations;
  • Oversees the record retention process for terminated personnel files;
  • Assists in benefits compliance training;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  1. College degree;
  2. Experience in human resources
  3. Proficient with PC computing, Microsoft Office applications, and Internet research.
  4. Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred.
  5. Self-starter with ability to work independently.
  6. Excellent organizational skills
  7. Strong communication skills
  8. Knowledge of state/federal labor law preferred.
  9. Ability to travel to office locations.

Assistant Grants Manager–Mercedes

The Assistant Grants Manager assists the Grants Manager with the submission of grant reports, ensuring that TRLA is in compliance with requirements of its funders.  Specific duties include the following:

 

  1. Maintains calendar of reporting deadlines, and is responsible for the timely preparation and submission of all non-financial reports to funders.
  2. Maintains files of grant reports, grants and contracts3. Updates funding sources of employees in the Client Tracking System
  3. Provides non-financial information to support grant applications
  4. Provides other support related to grants planning and management to Grants Manager.
  5. Helps develop systems for effectively and efficiently tracking all grant programmatic targets, outputs and goals.
  6. Attends all grant related trainings by funders.
  7. Assists in training of staff on grant and program requirements
  8. Provides support to Resource Development staff to develop targets and outputs for grant proposals.
  9. Works collaboratively with all staff to ensure grant deliverables timeline in order to ensure all grant deadlines are met.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Excellent written, verbal, and computer communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and remain flexible
  • Outstanding organizational skills with strong attention to detail
  • Knowledge of Excel, Word and Powerpoint
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two years of relevant work experience
  • Ability to travel
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written and oral form

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in legal field
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish

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

Legal Secretary-Corpus Christi

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.

Responsibilities:

  • Drafting, editing, formatting and printing legal documents, correspondence and reports in Microsoft Word;
  • Scanning, faxing and filing documents;
  • Managing incoming and outgoing mail, faxes and telephone calls;
  • Managing case file records on the TRLA Client Tracking System, the custom-written case management system, as well as the hard copy files;
  • 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;
  • Six months experience as a legal secretary.

 

 

 

 

Immigration Attorney-El Paso

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid seeks an attorney to provide immigration legal services in its office in El Paso, Texas.
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 EOIR, the BIA, ICE and USCIS, including removal defense representation and assisting clients in filing for U- visas, T- visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)-related applications, among other forms of immigration relief.
• 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.
• Work collaboratively with a team of immigration paralegals within the El Paso TRLA office as well as with other immigration attorneys and paralegals throughout the TRLA service area.   Provide immigration law and case-handling mentorship to colleagues.
• 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 they impact low-income immigrants.
• Prepare and conduct relevant community outreach events and presentations including, but not limited to, immigration know-your-rights workshops and direct outreach and education related to identification of trafficking.
REQUIREMENTS:
• JD from accredited university
• Admitted to and in good standing with a State bar
• Fluency in English and Spanish
• 2-5 years of direct experience representing vulnerable non-citizens in their applications for relief, including U- visa, VAWA-related, and T- visa applications; removal defense experience strongly preferred
• 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

Staff Attorney-Public Benefits & Health Law, Corpus Christi

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid seeks a full-time Staff Attorney in Corpus Christi, Texas, for its Public Benefits Group.  The Public Benefits Group consists of teams providing legal representation and advice to low-income individuals on matters involving public benefits related legal services to clients through TRLA’s 68-county service area. The Public Benefits Group advocates in the areas of SNAP/food stamps, Medicaid, cash assistance, and Social Security, as well as advocating for persons living in homelessness and veterans.
The attorney will focus his/her efforts primarily on direct service to clients and handling Public Benefits cases.  Attorneys will engage in litigation to protect the legal rights of low-income families and individuals to public benefits and to hold governmental agencies accountable for their administration of these vital programs. Attorney will need to be licensed to practice in both Federal Court and the courts of the State of Texas.  Attorney will identify and promote the adoption and proper implementation of creative and effective policies to improve public benefits delivery to low-income families and individuals.  Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Assistance in public benefits related litigation;
• Developing resource and training materials for the Public Benefits Group and for volunteer attorneys providing public benefits related legal services to low-income clients;
• Developing brochures for public benefits related outreach and community education; and
• Developing resource and training materials for staff involved in public benefits outreach.
Qualifications
 1. Licensed to practice in Texas, or be willing to apply and take the Texas Bar exam at the next available opportunity.
2. Preference given to those persons bilingual in English and Spanish.
3. A valid driver’s license and willingness to travel.

Immigration Attorney-Edinburg, San Antonio, Austin

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid seeks an attorney to provide immigration legal services in Edinburg, San Antonio, or Austin office.
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 EOIR, the BIA, ICE and USCIS, including removal defense representation and assisting clients in filing for U- visas, T- visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)- related applications, among other forms of immigration relief.
  • 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.
  • Work collaboratively with a team of immigration paralegals within the El Paso TRLA office as well as with other immigration attorneys and paralegals throughout the TRLA service area.   Provide immigration law and case-handling mentorship to colleagues.
  • Assist the Human Trafficking team in screening and identifying 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 legal remedies.
  • 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 they impact low-income immigrants.
  • Prepare and conduct relevant community outreach events and presentations including, but not limited to, immigration know-your-rights workshops and direct outreach and education related to identification of trafficking. 

    Requirements:

  • JD from accredited university
  • Admitted to and in good standing with a State bar
  • Fluency in English and Spanish
  • 2-5 years of direct experience representing vulnerable non-citizens in their applications for relief, including U- visa, VAWA-related, and T- visa applications; removal defense experience strongly preferred
  • 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
  • Experience working collaboratively with anti-trafficking initiatives, service providers, and/or coalitions, as well as training on human trafficking-related issues strongly preferred
  • Dedication to and experience in serving low-income, non-citizen, vulnerable populations