POSITION: Legal Aid Line Attorney (Part-Time)
CLOSING DATE: Positions Immediately Available & Closed When Filled
LOCATION: Dallas, Texas
OVERVIEW: Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas (LANWT) seeks a dynamic, self-starting, attorney who has a demonstrated commitment to public interest law to fill part-time contract attorney positions on our legal aid telephone hotline located in our Dallas branch office. The Legal Aid Line (LAL) attorney position is a part-time contract position for an attorney with knowledge across a variety of substantive areas of civil litigation and administrative matters including, but not limited to, housing, foreclosure prevention, family, landlord-tenant, consumer, probate, special education, public benefits and bankruptcy. The attorneys are responsible for conducting telephone intake, providing general advice and brief services and referral resources.
DESCRIPTION: LANWT is a non-profit public interest law firm that provides high-quality free civil legal services to low-income persons from 15 offices in North and West Texas. The LAL is located in Dallas, Texas and handles incoming calls from people seeking legal information and legal assistance. A LAL attorney is a part-time contract position with 28 hours being the maximum number of hours available per week. The LAL position requires the ability to work 4 hour shifts from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday.
REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Reports to the Supervising Attorney for the Legal Aid Line.
GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The attorney must be able to timely and promptly answer incoming calls, enter client information into the electronic case management system, summarize the client’s legal issues in a clear, concise manner, issue spot for other legal issues the client may have, provide legal advice, information and guidance and make appropriate referrals to social service providers, legal aid providers, and specific websites designed to provide pro se assistance on these particular issues. The attorney must ensure the data entered into the electronic case management system is accurate and thoroughly details the client’s case information as well as the service provided. The attorney is responsible for any other duties assigned by the supervising attorney, branch manager, Deputy Director or Chief Executive Officer. A newly licensed attorney will be given appropriate training and be under the close guidance of the supervising attorney for the LAL.
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Answer incoming hotline calls in a professional and considerate manner.
- Enter specific demographic and financial data and screen for eligibility.
- Create a written summary of the callers’ questions and the advice, information, guidance or brief service provided.
- Develop and maintain knowledge of the pertinent areas of the law.
- Maintain knowledge of social service agencies and websites that can assist callers.
- Provide social service and legal information and guidance on callers’ questions.
- Attend the initial training and on-going training scheduled to assist the attorney in the delivery of services to the clients.
- Other duties in support of the hotline as may be assigned by the supervising attorney, branch manager, Deputy Director or Chief Executive Officer.
- Licensed to practice law in Texas.
- Prior legal services, public interest, or volunteer experience serving low-income persons is preferred.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills.
- Excellent attendance record.
- Candidate must be detail oriented, efficient, organized and self-motivated.
- Ability to interact professionally and courteously with individuals at all levels.
- Excellent computer skills with use of Microsoft products preferred.
- Ability to work independently and exercise good judgment while maintaining client confidentiality, integrity, and discretion in the performance of all duties.
- Fluent in Spanish – both verbal and written is preferred.
SALARY: Current entry-level rate of pay for an attorney is $28.00 per hour. The maximum allowable hours worked shall be 28 hours per week.
Please submit a cover letter expressing interest, a resume, and three professional references during the application process.
LEGAL AID OF NORTHWEST TEXAS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
VETERANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY