POSITION: Supervising Attorney – Dallas (Full-Time Position)
CLOSING DATE: Position Immediately Available and Closed When Filled
LOCATION: Dallas County, Dallas, Texas
OVERVIEW: Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas (LANWT) seeks a dynamic, self-starting attorney with vision, initiative, and a demonstrated commitment to public interest law to manage its south Dallas County office. 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 North and West Texas. Located in Dallas, the branch office delivers civil legal services to the poor in a diverse, dynamic, and challenging city and surrounding suburban areas.
REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: Reports to the Director of Litigation.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The principal duties of the Supervising Attorney will be to oversee the office’s litigation and other advocacy, supervise staff, volunteers law students and interns, to plan and implement outreach to and collaboration with members of the low-income community and community groups, and to foster supportive relationships with the local bar. The Supervising Attorney will also handle his/her own caseload proportionate to their management and administrative duties. Other responsibilities include:
Conduct case staffing.
Review and assign new client applications for appropriate assistance.
Monitor open cases for activity and review closed cases for proper recordkeeping, file maintenance, grant compliance and overall quality of service provided.
Conduct regular case reviews of open cases.
Provide co-counseling assistance, training, mentorship to staff attorney(s) and promote a positive work environment to all staff.
Ensure staff comply with all grant requirements, including legal work, goals, objectives, timely submission of reports, funding applications, budget preparations, proposed numerical outcomes and outreach.
Participate in management meetings and projects.
Establish and maintain relationships with client groups, community groups, social service agencies, and local bar associations.
Conduct employee performance evaluations and handle corrective action or disciplinary issues with the assistance of the Director of Litigation and Human Resources.
Handle client complaints, process administrative items and issues related to timekeeping, travel, leave, check requests, training requests, payroll, purchasing, etc.
Other duties which may from time-to-time be assigned by the Director of Litigation, Deputy Director and Chief Executive Officer.
Licensed to practice law in Texas a minimum of 5 years.
A demonstrated, zealous commitment to public interest law, serving the indigent, or other relevant legal experience, including progressive litigation experience.
Strong understanding of Texas civil procedure and rules of evidence and demonstrated trial and advocacy skills.
Prior family law experience preferred with emphasis on domestic violence.
Ability to demonstrate and promote a positive work ethic and work environment and provide mentorship and training to staff.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills.
Prior management or leadership experience is preferred.
Experience coordinating community services, partners and education.
The ability to think and plan strategically and to develop and implement projects.
Readiness to have a flexible work schedule, including commitments to evening hours and some Saturdays.
Fluent in Spanish – both verbal and written is preferred.
Excellent attendance record.
Ability to engage in occasional work-related travel.
COMPENSATION: Based on applicant’s years of relevant 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