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Attorney – Fort Bend Office

The Attorney provides quality and competent advice and/or representation to assigned clients in accordance with grant guidelines and agency policies.  The Attorney will be responsible for handling a full case-load. Status:  Full-Time Exempt Staff  Supervisor:  Fort Bend Managing Attorney

Responsibilities

  • Provide a range of civil legal services as well as community outreach and education to victims of domestic violence pursuant to assigned grant guidelines
  • Provide advice and representation to victims regarding orders of protection, custody, visitation, support, divorce, as well as public benefits, housing, and other civil legal problems related to domestic violence
  • Interview client and review questionnaire in order to select, assemble, summarize, and compile substantial information
  • Prepare all court documents and pleadings
  • Organize client information for court appearances, including interview of witnesses
  • Legal research, including file review in court
  • Perform all aspects of discovery
  • Subpoena any records that may be needed for hearings
  • Advise and discuss issues of the case with client
  • Negotiate with opposing counsel
  • Ensure all aspects of scheduling orders are fulfilled
  • Utilize the electronic case management system and complete and submit service logs, litigation reports, timesheets and other paperwork in a timely manner and in accordance with agency procedures
  • Maintaining confidential and privileged information and materials provided or disclosed in the course of work.
  • Provide on-the-job training, supervision and support for student interns and volunteers working in the legal program
  • Provide direction to assigned Paralegal in a clear manner and assign tasks within the Paralegal’s job responsibilities
  • Act as back-up for other Attorneys on an as-needed basis
  • Perform all above duties while upholding the standards identified in the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Perform other duties as assigned

 Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited academic institution
  • Current license to practice law in the State of Texas
  • Minimum of one to three years of litigation experience required, preferably in family court
  • Experience supervising support staff and law interns preferred
  • Able to work independently and manage a busy docket
  • Commitment to practicing law in the public interest sector
  • Knowledge of domestic violence and the law, as it pertains to domestic violence
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish highly preferred
  • Appreciation of diversity and a sensitivity to people of varying lifestyles, ethnicity and religious groups
  • Ability to work flexible hours, manage stress and conflict well, and to adapt to ever-changing and challenging needs of multiple priorities and fluctuations in work load
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with PCs, including databases, word-processing, and spreadsheets

AVDA Job Opportunities

To apply for a position with AVDA, submit your cover letter and resume to AVDA Human Resources Administrator Amy McGuire at amcguire@myebs.com