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.