POSITION: Temporary Attorney – Eviction Defense Project
CLOSING DATE: Temporary Positions Immediately Available & Closed When Filled
LOCATION: Midland/Odessa, 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 fill a short term temporary attorney position in its Midland/Odessa, Texas office. This position will be in an at-will status, and the temporary attorney will not be eligible for any benefits provided under the CBA between Legal Aid of North West Texas and the Union of Legal Assistance Workers National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW Local 2320 AFL-CIO. In addition to providing daily representation in civil legal matters, the successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to identifying and taking advantage of opportunities for strategic advocacy and to engaging in outreach to and collaboration with low-income persons, including community groups that are made up of or 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 covering 114 counties with both urban and rural areas. Located in Midland/Odessa, Texas, the office delivers civil legal services to the poor in a diverse and dynamic city and in several neighboring rural counties.
GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: A staff attorney must be able to gather evidence, advise clients about their rights, draft legal documents, and conduct civil lawsuits. A staff attorney must interview clients and witnesses with cultural competence, as well as handle other tasks in representing clients. A staff attorney represents clients in court and before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies of government. The staff attorney also interprets laws, rulings, and regulations for clients and the client community. The staff attorney will provide legal assistance in areas of general civil law with an emphasis on eviction defense, landlord-tenant law and other housing related matters.
The attorney is responsible for designing and implementing an outreach and community legal education plan that works closely with the low-income community, groups and other LANWT offices to further LANWT’s mission of reducing poverty by providing strategic access to the civil justice system. The attorney may supervise and coordinate activities of legal, clerical, volunteer, or student workers and is expected to coordinate and host day and evening legal clinics focusing on eviction defense, landlord-tenant law and housing work. In addition, the attorney will attend various trainings to assist the attorney in the delivery of services to the clients.
In fulfilling this mission, the attorney will provide high-quality representation to indigent clients in accordance with LANWT’s policies and procedures and with an attorney’s responsibilities under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, the Texas Lawyer’s Creed, and the American Bar Association’s Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services to the Poor. In addition, the staff attorney is responsible for any other duties assigned by the managing attorney, Deputy Director or Chief Executive Officer.
- Licensed to practice law in Texas.
- Prior experience handling contested evictions, landlord-tenant disputes or housing legal matters.
- Strong understanding of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure and Texas Rules of Evidence.
- Prior legal services, public interest, or volunteer experience serving low-income persons is preferred.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills.
- 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.
- Excellent attendance record.
- Fluent in Spanish – both verbal and written is preferred.
- Ability to engage in work-related travel
SALARY: This temporary position pays $30 per hour during the term of the temporary employment, which is not to exceed 180 days.
BENEFITS: This temporary position includes paid vacation and holidays and 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