Lone Star Legal Aid (LSLA) seeks one Senior Staff Attorney (job # HOU 061-2021) for its East Texas, Central Texas and Gulf Coast Texas Branch Offices.
LSLA is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit law firm and its mission is to protect and advance the civil rights of low-income Texans by providing advocacy, legal representation, and community education that ensure equal access to justice.
Summary of Responsibilities
The primary purpose of Senior Staff Attorney is to try cases on behalf of LSLA clients and to assist in training/developing LSLA advocacies. Senior Staff Attorney position requires the ability to gather evidence, conduct civil lawsuits, draw up legal documents and advise clients about their legal rights. This person must also be able to interview clients and witnesses; as well as handle other details in preparation for client legal representation. Senior Staff Attorney represents clients in court and before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies of government. They interpret laws, rulings, and regulations for clients and the client community.
They also negotiate with local agencies on behalf of LSLA clients. Upon occasion, they may work with the community to further the mission of LSLA. Senior Staff Attorney must also keep clients informed of status changes, new developments in his/her case and future steps to be taken; and performs computer-based and standard legal research. This worker must adhere to client trust fund and accounting principles, policies and procedures as established by the LSLA, the State Bar of Texas, the Legal Services Corporation, and any LSLA funding agencies. May supervise and coordinate activities of subordinate legal, clerical, volunteer, or student workers.
Principle Responsibilities and Duties:
Ability to develop and implement successful legal strategies on behalf of LSLA clients; Proficiency in conducting legal research; Maintenance of an approved active client case load which includes, but is not limited to, representing clients in court and at administrative hearings; Ability to advise indigent people about their legal rights; Prepare legal briefs, argue cases, and negotiate with local agencies on behalf of our clients; and Adhere to the State Bar of Texas' Rules of Disciplinary Procedure, as well as LSC and other funding regulations; and Available to meet with LSLA applicants and clients through maintenance of regular LSLA office hours.
In addition, Senior Staff Attorney also has the following responsibilities:
Develop and implement litigation in program priority areas in assigned branch office or offices; Co-counsel on significant and complex cases, offer ongoing close supervision and generally provide litigation support to branch office legal staff, as well as to legal staff in all program offices as requested; Maintain caseload of significant and priority area cases; Comply with current LSLA policies for client representation, including seeking advance approval of litigation by filing Litigation Plans with the Chief Executive Officer, or where appropriate, his/her designee, performing all legal functions required for competent and aggressive representation of LSLA clients; In all activities, responsible for strictly adhering to the Code of Professional Responsibility and all rules and regulations promulgated by relevant Bar Associations, LSLA, and the Legal Services Corporation; and Assist the Director of Advocacy in developing training for legal staff and providing training for legal staff.Work Conditions
Work in a hectic, often stressful environmentMental and Aptitude Requirements
This worker must be able to apply logical thinking to a wide range of practical and legal problems, while dealing with a number of abstract and concrete variables.
Minimum of 1 year of employment at LSLA; Minimum of 3 years of significant legal experience in poverty law priority areas and a demonstrated expertise in at least one priority area. Most applicants will require 5 years or more to obtain the level of experience required; Demonstrated experience must show competence and ability to put together and try contested and complex lawsuits from original filing, including actual trial work, to a final verdict or judgment; and Demonstrated ability to work well with less experienced Attorneys and act as a resource person to the program in their area of expertise.
Minimum Skills and Abilities
Strong legal writing and oral communication skills Demonstrated client service orientation Skilled in interviewing, assessment, problem solving and negotiation Strong ability to work under pressure and make decisions quickly Demonstrated ability to aggressively pursue the rights of the client community Energetic, motivated and self starterLocation:
East Texas, Central Texas and Gulf Coast Texas Branch Offices. The successful applicant must have reliable transportation in order to travel throughout the counties served by this office.
Lone Star Legal Aid is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.