Staff Attorney - Environmental Justice & Community Development

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) seeks a staff attorney for litigation in state and federal court and administrative proceedings in the areas of environmental justice and community development. The attorney will conduct fact investigation, draft pleadings, discovery, and correspondence, maintain case files, communicate with courts, counsel, and clients, and litigate in state, federal and administrative courts.

The primary duties and activities of the staff attorney may include the following:
  • Practices civil law for eligible clients in accordance with the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct 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 of Texas and the Texas Supreme Court, 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 law in Texas, able to waive into the Texas bar, or willing to take the next available bar exam, in that order of preference;
  • Maintain continuing legal education requirements;
  • Preference for lawyers who are functionally fluent in Spanish at a professional level.

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