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:
- Assists in preparing necessary schedules required for annual audit.
- Codes vouchers, invoices and claims for payment.
- Has primary responsibility for preparing and entering data to the general ledger.
- Verifies computer printouts for accuracy.
- Pays travel, mileage, travel advance and out of pocket expenses.
- Prepares bank deposit slips.
- Responsible for all the accounting functions for TRLA pension plan including loans.
- Performs any other duties as required by the Chief Financial Officer.
- A Bachelor’s of Business Administration Degree in Accounting or Finance, or equivalent work experience.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel); strong computer skills.
- Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.
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Attorney Staff Public Defender - Bee
- 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.
- 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.
Attorneys TRLA Veteran Advocacy Project-- Corpus Christi, Mercedes and San Antonio
- 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.
- 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.
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 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.
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.
There are several offices located through TRLA's service area that students can choose from:
- Austin TAJ
- Corpus Christi
- Corpus Christi Law Center
- Del Rio
- Del Rio Regional Public Defender
- Eagle Pass
- El Paso
- Family Justice Center
- Nashville (SMLS)
- San Antonio
- San Antonio TAJ
- Willacy County PD
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com Download Employment Application (.doc)
Paralegal II - Laredo
- Conduct intake interviews with new clients, including eligibility screening;
- Develop specialized knowledge of asylum law and expedited removal;
- Prepare individuals for credible and reasonable fear interviews with a USCIS Asylum Officer;
- Prepare individuals who seek Immigration Judge review of a negative decision by an Asylum Officer;
- Support clients who request release on bond after a positive credible or reasonable fear determination;
- Draft declarations and gather evidence, including country conditions, that supports an individual’s eligibility for asylum;
- Prepare filings for court;
- Communicate with stakeholders, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services;
- Communicate with clients and their loved ones;
- Provide Know-Your-Rights presentations;
- Collaborate with current community partners and form new partnerships;
- Create legal educational materials;
- Support and collaborate with local and national volunteers;
- Maintain accurate and complete client files and administrative records;
- Prepare administrative reports;
- Provide translation and interpretation; and
- Provide legal information and referrals.
SMLS Farmworker Paralegal - Nashville
Staff Attorney - Dallas/Fort Worth Metro Area
- 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
- 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;
- Supervises and/or works with legal paraprofessionals as assigned;
- Complies with all case reporting requirements, including timekeeping, case activities, legislative and rulemaking, private attorney involvement, community education presentations, etc.
- Keeps current on the state of the law and procedures within areas of law ordinarily handled by the Team to which assigned.
- 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.
- 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.
- Commensurate with experience, consults, guides and answers questions of other staff members.
- 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.
- Attends and/or coordinates clinics or other events as requested by the Branch or Team Manager.
- 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.
- Licensed to practice in the applicable state or be willing to apply and take the applicable Bar exam at the next available opportunity.
- Preference given to those persons bilingual in English and Spanish.
Staff Attorney/LASSA Project - Sinton
Staff Attorneys - Civil Division: Rio Grande Valley/Border Region
- 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
Staff Attorneys/Domestic Violence/Family Law Team— Del Rio
- 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.