Job Opportunities

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

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.

Apply to TRLA

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

Attorney Staff Public Defender - Bee

TRLA seeks an experienced, felony-qualified attorney for its 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.
To apply, email a cover letter, resume and references to employment@trla.org

Attorney-Staff Public Defender-South Texas

TRLA seeks an experienced, felony-qualified attorney for its Regional Public Defender offices in the Rio Grande Valley. 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.
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 5 felony trials before a jury; • 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.
To apply, email a cover letter, resume and references to employment@trla.org

Attorneys TRLA Veteran Advocacy Project-- Corpus Christi, Mercedes and San Antonio

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid seeks attorneys to provide civil legal services to veterans. The attorneys will be located in Corpus Christi, Mercedes and San Antonio TRLA offices. The attorneys will provide extended civil services to veterans in a wide range of civil legal matters including housing, probate, benefits, consumer, employment, homelessness, and family law. The principal requirement for client eligibility, other than being low-income, is that the client be a veteran, spouse, or dependent of a veteran. The attorney will provide direct legal services to those who are eligible under grantors' rules, and will collaborate closely with community partners, including veteran service organizations, Department of Veteran Affairs medical facilities, and service providers for veterans living in homelessness.
DUTIES:
The candidates must be self-directed, empathetic, and motivated.  Among other duties, the attorney will:
  • Evaluate clients' claims and assess civil legal remedies.
  • Represent clients in all stages of litigation and in all forms of advocacy.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with community partners.
  • Support civil legal services for veterans throughout the 68-county TRLA service area and in 114 Northwest Texas counties where the veteran or family member is the survivor of sexual assault.
  • Provide counsel to individuals seeking civil legal assistance.
  • Prepare and conduct community outreach.
REQUIRED:
JD from accredited university. Admitted to the State Bar of Texas, or willing to take next Texas Bar Exam. PREFERRED:
  • Dedication to and experience in serving low-income populations.
  • Experience working with veterans.
  • Experience working with community services/partners.
  • Fluent in English and Spanish, written and spoken.
 To apply, email a cover letter, resume and references to employment@trla.org.

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.

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  

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 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
   

Legal Secretary- Dallas (LASSA)

TRLA-Dallas 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: • Proficiency in the Windows operating system, Microsoft Word and Excel applications, and computer data entry; • Bilingual in English and Spanish; • Legal secretary experience preferred.

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;

Outreach Worker BASTA - Austin

In furthering the cause of tenant empowerment in the Austin area, TRLA seeks an outreach worker to join the Building and Strengthening Tenant Action (BASTA) team to assist in outreach to tenants. The BASTA team supports low-income Austin residents’ ability to access safe, decent, and affordable housing through a variety of modes of advocacy, including education, litigation and empowerment strategies. TRLA is the third largest legal services provider in the country and enjoys an exceptional litigation record. The organization is nationally recognized for its zealous representation of America’s most impoverished and oppressed populations, and its attorneys and support staff have achieved an enviable record of success in federal and state courts throughout Texas. TRLA recruits throughout the country and attracts many candidates who would be welcome in the most prestigious non-profit organizations in the country. The outreach worker is part of the Building and Strengthening Tenant Action (“BASTA”) project team to support low-income Austin residents’ ability to access safe, decent, and affordable housing through a variety of modes of advocacy, including education, litigation and empowerment strategies.   The duties and activities of the outreach worker include the following:
  • Visiting substandard properties and educate residents on their legal right to live in healthy housing, the steps they can take to get the property owners to make repairs, and the effects slum housing has on their health.
  • Help residents document substandard conditions and needed repairs.
  • Assist residents in requesting repairs, meeting with property managers, and reporting substandard conditions, as needed, to code enforcement. Monitor responsiveness and follow up as needed.
  • Document outreach activities and compile data to track outcomes and efficacy of the project.
  • All other duties assigned
  QUALIFICATIONS: Required • Bilingual in English and Spanish. • 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.

Paralegal Farmworker Team - Mercedes

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) seeks a full-time, year-round paralegal for its multi-state Farmworker Team; primarily based in TRLA’s principal office in Mercedes, Texas. The paralegal must be fluent in written and spoken English and Spanish. Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated commitment to social justice, especially in workers and immigrants’ rights. Duties include (but aren’t limited to): assisting attorneys with litigation preparation; conducting outreach in rural areas (especially during evenings and weekends); performing client intakes; preparing community legal education materials and conducting Know Your Rights presentations; investigating cases; communicating with community organizations, the media and other service providers; referring individuals to other agencies and private attorneys and any other duties as necessary. Applicants must have a valid Texas driver’s license. Applicants must be willing and able to travel extensively, overnight, especially during the spring and summer months. Proficient word processing, internet, and office skills (including case management programs) are also required (knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher is strongly preferred). How to Apply: Email a cover letter, résumé (listing all relevant experience with start and end dates of employment) and three professional references (from prior supervisors) to Monica Bustamante (TRLA Employment Coordinator) at employment@trla.org and cc TRLA’s Farmworker Team Managing Attorney, Daniela Dwyer, at ddwyer@trla.org. Pay and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and based on a 40-hour workweek (although occasional overtime (with overtime compensation) may be required. TRLA is an equal opportunity employer that seeks a diverse workforce. TRLA offers a benefits package that includes various paid vacation and sick leave days (including all federal holidays); medical, dental, and disability coverage; life insurance; and a retirement plan. All necessary, work-related travel expenses are paid for by TRLA based upon applicable federal reimbursement rates. TRLA has a unionized workforce (membership is optional). Application Deadline: Position open until filled; preferred start date is as soon as possible.

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 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

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 – Public Benefits Team - Austin

TRLA’s Public Benefits Team represents clients in administrative proceedings before the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the Social Security Administration, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.  TRLA has an opening for a paralegal to join this team in TRLA’s Austin office.   The primary duties and activities of this position 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 or Branch Manager
  4. Conduct eligibility and substantive interviews in person and by telephone, which interviews may 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;
  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;
  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

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

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 - Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Area

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s (“TRLA”) Legal Aid for Sexual Assault Survivors (LASSA) Project seeks attorneys to provide civil legal services to survivors of sexual assault in the following Texas regions: ● Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area In appropriate circumstances the attorneys will provide extended civil services to survivors who have been victims of sexual violence, including harassment, assault, abuse, or trafficking. 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: ● Interview survivors and conduct trauma-informed intakes ● Evaluate eligibility for TRLA services and civil legal remedies ● Establish and maintain relationships with community partners, including shelters and rape crisis centers ● Assist in coordinating and supporting civil legal services in the region ● Assist and counsel individuals seeking civil legal assistance ● Coordinate with community partners to develop safety plans for survivors ● Prepare and conduct community outreach REQUIRED:
  • JD from accredited university.
  • Bar Admission in any US state. Licensed to practice law in highly Texas preferred, but will consider applicants licensed in other states.
  • Fluent in English and Spanish, written and spoken
PREFERRED: ● Dedication to and experience in serving low-income populations ● Experience working with survivors of trauma ● Experience coordinating community services/partners JOB DESCRIPTION STAFF ATTORNEY The position of staff attorney is a professional position with duties and activities of an extremely diverse nature which are commensurate with the provision of legal services to eligible individuals and groups. A staff attorney works under the supervision of the branch manager of the office to which assigned, as well as under one or more team managers. The primary duties and activities of the staff attorney may include the following and any other such duties and activities as are related to the practice of law by an attorney:
  1. Practices civil law for eligible clients in accordance with the Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct of the applicable state and consistent with office standards of practice;
  2. Supervises and/or works with legal paraprofessionals as assigned;
  3. Complies with all case reporting requirements, including timekeeping, case activities, legislative and rulemaking, private attorney involvement, community education presentations, etc.
  4. Keeps current on the state of the law and procedures within areas of law ordinarily handled by the Team to which assigned.
  5. Participates in community legal education as directed by the Executive Director, Branch Manager or Team Manager. Prepares educational materials and/or makes public presentations on relevant topics as assigned and participates in TRLA and/or office outreach efforts.
  6. Participates in other activities related to poverty law, including publication, permissible legislative and rulemaking activities, media relations in accordance with TRLA policy and applicable laws and regulations.
  7. Commensurate with experience, consults, guides and answers questions of other staff members.
  8. Fulfills 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.
  9. Attends and/or coordinates clinics or other events as requested by the Branch or Team Manager.
  10. Maintains relationships with other programs and agencies as requested by the Branch or Team Manager, including, but not limited to, attending meetings of such programs and/or agencies.
Qualifications
  1. Licensed to practice in the applicable state or be willing to apply and take the applicable Bar exam at the next available opportunity.
  2. Preference given to those persons bilingual in English and Spanish.

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).

Staff Attorney/LASSA Project - Sinton

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid’s (“TRLA”) Legal Aid for Sexual Assault Survivors (LASSA) Project seeks attorneys to provide civil legal services to survivors of sexual assault in the Sinton office.
In appropriate circumstances the attorneys will provide extended civil services to survivors who have been victims of sexual violence, including harassment, assault, abuse, or trafficking.
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:
● Interview survivors and conduct trauma-informed intakes ● Evaluate eligibility for TRLA services and civil legal remedies ● Establish and maintain relationships with community partners ● Assist in coordinating and supporting civil legal services in their region ● Assist and counsel individuals seeking civil legal assistance ● Coordinate with community partners to develop safety plans for survivors ● Prepare and conduct community outreach
REQUIRED: ● JD from accredited university. ● Bar Admission in any US state. Licensed to practice law in Texas highly preferred, but will consider applicants licensed in other states. ● Fluent in English and Spanish, written and spoken PREFERRED: ● Dedication to and experience in serving low-income populations ● Experience working with survivors of trauma ● Experience coordinating community services/partners

Staff Attorneys - Civil Division: Rio Grande Valley/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
For consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume and references to mbustamante@trla.org and on the subject line indicate the preferred position and city.

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).