Texas RioGrande Legal Aid seeks a Staff Attorney to provide urgent, zealous representation for low-income tenants facing incredible challenges. The Tenant Eviction Relief Project aims to connect the most vulnerable Texans to rental assistance and handleprotect their legal rights. TRLA operates one of the largest legal services programs in the country and is nationally recognized for high quality, zealous advocacy for its clients.
TRLA fully supports its advocates to bring creative, complex litigation in state and federal court, while also appreciating the need to provide services to individual clients. Flexibility is key as TRLA encourages advocates to explore all avenues and bring the fight where the advocate sees fit.
Duties and responsibilities:
- Protect the rights of low-income tenants by preventing evictions, especially in non-payment of rent cases;
- Provide direct representation of clients in court and administrative proceedings, including representation before housing authorities, Justices of the Peace, etc.
- Negotiate with opposing parties, which will include frequent contact with landlords, public housing managers, apartment managers, public housing caseworkers, opposing counsel, etc.
- Represent individuals and families having difficulty attaining housing because of discriminatory landlord practices, including public housing, Section 8 housing voucher program denials, and other federally subsidized housing denials;
- Defend families faced with termination of their section 8 housing voucher;
- Work with tenant organizations on issues of concern to the organization related to preservation of housing, management practices, and conditions.
- Outreach to community, including legal education presentations and creating legal education materials. Presentations will take place outside of the regular office setting, and after office hours.
Qualifications and preferences:
- Must be licensed to practice law in Texas or willing to take the next available Texas bar exam.
- Preferred applicants have demonstrated an interest in providing justice to those who need it most, have strong academic credentials, are functionally fluent in Spanish, and want to live and work in either San Antonio, Laredo, Corpus Christi, El Paso, or the Rio Grande Valley area.