PARALEGAL III/DISASTER ASSISTANCE TEAM - RIO GRANDE VALLEY

(August 21, 2019) Texas RioGrande Legal Aid seeks a full-time paralegal in its Rio Grande Valley offices for its Disaster Assistance Team. The Disaster Assistance team provides disaster-related legal services to clients through TRLA’s service area. The paralegal will work closely with the Disaster Assistance Team Manager.

The primary duties and activities of the paralegal may include the following and any other case-related activities and duties consistent with assisting attorneys in the practice of law:

  • Help organize outreach activities in communities affected by a disaster;

  • Participate in local outreach activities and legal clinics;

  • 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;

  • 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;

  • Maintain accurate and complete client files and administrative records, including data entry into client database and other requirements;

  • Prepare administrative reports required by TRLA; and

  • Any other duties required by the branch or team manager.

Qualifications:

1. Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred

2. Possess verbal, reading and writing skills

3. Word processing, Internet, and office skills required

4. Have valid driver’s license, available transportation, and be able and willing to travel locally and out of town.

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.