POSITION: Staff Attorney - Community Lawyering Centers (Full-Time Position)
CLOSING DATE: Position Immediately Available and Closed When Filled
LOCATION: Various Sites in Dallas, Texas
OVERVIEW: Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas (LANWT) seeks a dynamic, self-starting attorney who has vision, initiative, and a demonstrated commitment to public interest law to provide direct legal services to qualifying low-income persons and supervise law students enrolled in the UNT Dallas College of Law’s (UNTD COL) Community Lawyering Centers (CLC). The CLC has centers located in the Dallas community that provide legal assistance to qualifying low-income people through a collaboration between LANWT and UNTD COL. In addition to providing daily representation in general civil and family legal matters, the successful attorney should demonstrate a commitment to identifying and taking advantage of opportunities for strategic advocacy and engaging in community outreach to and in collaboration with low-income persons, including community groups that are made up of income eligible members or that serve the indigent.
DESCRIPTION: LANWT is a non-profit public interest law firm that provides high-quality free civil legal services to low-income persons in 114 counties in North and West Texas. Located in Dallas, the CLC branch offices deliver civil legal services to the poor in a diverse, dynamic, and challenging city and its surrounding suburban areas.
REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Reports to the CLC Supervising Attorney in the CLC Centers.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The principal duties of the staff attorney will be to participate in the collaboration between LANWT and UNTD COL by working with UNTD COL faculty to operate and staff the Community Lawyering Centers in providing civil legal services to low-income communities, including litigation and other legal advocacy. The staff attorney will work with other LANWT attorneys and staff supporting the CLC, work with UNTD COL faculty to directly supervise UNTD COL students enrolled in the CLC course and supervise support staff; plan and implement outreach to and in collaboration with members of the low-income community and community groups, and to foster supportive relationships with the local bar. The attorney will also handle his/her own caseload, assist with the general management of the CLC under the direction of the supervising attorney and perform other administrative duties. To achieve these ends and to further LANWT’s mission of reducing poverty by providing
equitable access to the civil justice system, the attorney’s duties will also include reviewing new client applications for assistance, co-counseling cases with other CLC staff attorneys, supervising student attorneys practicing with temporary trial cards, working with UNTD COL in the CLCs, mentoring and training the participating law students and support staff, participating in the student evaluations for academic credit, as requested, participating in LANWT and statewide projects and meetings, devise and participate in community legal education programs and outreach offered by LANWT or UNTD COL, and ensuring compliance with the requirements of all funding sources.
· Licensed to practice law in Texas a minimum of 3 years.
· Demonstrated, zealous commitment to public interest law, serving the indigent, or other relevant experience, including progressive litigation experience.
· Excellent verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills.
· Ability to think and plan strategically and to demonstrate and promote a positive work ethic and work environment.
· Experience in management and leadership.
· Experience in mentoring and training.
· Experience in developing and teaching legal advocates in various substantive law areas and trial advocacy.
· Ability to develop and implement projects.
· Readiness to have a flexible work schedule, including commitments to evening hours and some Saturdays.
· Ability to engage in occasional work-related travel.
· Fluent in Spanish – both verbal and written is preferred.
COMPENSATION: Current entry-level salary for a new law school graduate is $55,000 per year. The salary for the successful applicant may be significantly higher, based on applicant’s years of experience.
BENEFITS: Excellent benefits package that includes paid vacation and holidays; a retirement plan; health, dental and life insurance.
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