Texas Advocacy Project
Job Opening – Supervising Attorney
Texas Advocacy Project (the “Project”) is a statewide nonprofit, legal organization based in Austin. Our mission is to prevent domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking throughout Texas through free legal services, access to the justice system, and education. Our attorneys, staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors are committed to advancing our vision that all Texans live safely in hope, not fear.
The Project is seeking a full-time supervising attorney who will provide a range of legal services to the Project’s clients, including providing legal advice and counsel, drafting legal pleadings for use by pro se clients, directly representing clients, participating in statewide advocacy efforts, and performing a range of other civil legal services as required.
The supervising attorney also works state-wide with domestic violence and sexual assault victims, law enforcement, as well as arraignment judges in Travis County to help victims of family violence understand their legal options after the batterer has been arrested, and when needed assists with processing MOEPs.
The supervising attorney is responsible for planning and implementing trainings to members of the judiciary, law enforcement, advocates, and others in order to expand our services and ensure best practices throughout Texas.
In addition, the Supervising Attorney will lead a small workgroup of staff attorneys, paralegals, and intake staff. The supervising attorney will offer a first layer of direction and support to staff on their work, review staff attorneys’ cases quarterly, and hold quarterly meetings for their workgroup.
Requirements: Applicants must be able to assist clients with legal issues relating to all areas of civil law as it pertains to domestic violence and sexual assault. They should be able to provide information to clients in crisis and be able to help individuals in a compassionate and respectful manner. Applicants must also be able to provide pro se litigants with legal advice and limited representation in all matters relating to domestic violence and sexual assault and draft pleadings and related documents. They must be able to travel across the state and work some weekends. Must be proficient in spoken and written Spanish.
Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school and be licensed to practice law in Texas. Knowledge of legal issues relating to domestic violence and/or sexual assault is required. Strong verbal and writing skills appreciated. Must be comfortable representing clients in court and supervising others in court. Must exhibit strong leadership qualities.
Strongly Preferred: At least five years of litigation experience in family, civil, and/or criminal law; working knowledge of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, Texas Family Code, Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, and Texas Penal Code. Texas Advocacy Project is a smoke-free workplace.
Salary: Commensurate with experience, including health insurance, malpractice insurance, CLE and State Bar dues paid, and the opportunity to participate in the Project’s matching retirement plan. Generous paid vacation, personal leave, and holidays.
If interested, please send a cover letter and a detailed resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please type “Supervising Attorney” in the subject line. No telephone inquiries, please. Open until the position is filled. Please indicate how you heard about the opening.