Staff Attorney Position: Expunction Project

Pro Bono Coordinator/Counsel

Texas Fair Defense Project is seeking a full-time Pro Bono Coordinator/Counsel to expand our capacity for providing direct legal services through a pro bono program and network. The Coordinator will develop and onboard TFDP’s pro bono program, which may require significant travel (3-10 days/month). As an integral part of core staff at a growing nonprofit, the pro bono coordinator will play an essential role in expanding access to TFDP’s legal services which help people out of poverty and criminal legal system involvement.

 

The ideal candidate will be a natural networker who is excited to meet new people and engage with volunteer attorneys. Because this position requires program design and implementation, they should also be a self-starter who is organized, resourceful, diligent, and committed to seeing through projects that will benefit the organization and our clients.

Job Responsibilities 


The Pro Bono Coordinator/Counsel is based in Austin, Texas, reports to the client services managing attorney and is responsible for the following:

  • Recruit and maintain relationships with volunteer attorneys

  • Assist with developing system tracking volunteer engagement, clients and case management

  • Create and conduct in-person and online trainings for volunteer attorneys 

  • Assign cases and provide case management support to volunteer attorneys, including developing and maintaining volunteer attorney materials and resources 

  • Maintain small caseload of Class C and other cases if bar eligible

  • Assist in staffing and preparing materials for Class C and other assisted pro se clinics

  • Partner with social service providers, governmental agencies and other nonprofits to identify needs for services and pro bono opportunities

Qualifications

We are seeking candidates who are organized, attentive and enthusiastic about engaging volunteers and assisting clients. 

 

You should have:

  • Demonstrated success in program design and implementation

  • A track record of maintaining strong working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders

  • Experience working with private attorneys

  • A demonstrated interest in social justice

  • Prior engagement in volunteer or pro bono projects and activities 

  • J.D. preferred

 

Knowledge of criminal and social justice issues and prior experience are plusses not requirements.

 

Salary commensurate with experience but starts at $50,000 plus medical and dental benefits, paid vacation, sick and family leave. The Texas Fair Defense Project is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage people who have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system to apply.


To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and a list of three references to jobs@fairdefense.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Program Coordinator

Texas Fair Defense Project is seeking a full-time staff attorney for our expunction and driver’s license recovery programs. The staff attorney will work with and report to our Managing Attorney of Client Services to expand access to expunctions and driver’s license recovery for people who cannot afford to hire an attorney in Central and greater Texas. As an integral part of core staff at a growing nonprofit, the staff attorney will play an essential role in expanding access to TFDP’s legal services which help people out of poverty and criminal legal system involvement.

 

The ideal candidate will have experience representing low-income people and dedication to uplifting the agency and dignity of their clients. Because this position will be part of a new program at TFDP, they should also be a self-starter who is organized, resourceful, diligent, and committed to seeing through projects that will benefit our clients. This position may require 1-6 days of travel a month.

Job Responsibilities 

The staff attorney is based in Austin, Texas, reports to the client services managing attorney and is responsible for the following:

  • Represent clients in their expunction and driver’s license recovery cases

  • Help people obtain expunctions and driver’s licenses through an assisted pro se model and develop assisted pro se expunction materials

  • Work with partners to hold legal clinics for expunctions and driver’s license recovery

  • Assist with intake and tracking expunction and driver’s license recovery cases

  • Work with pro bono team to assign cases and provide case management support to volunteer attorneys, including developing and maintaining volunteer attorney materials and resources 

  • Assist in staffing and preparing materials for legal clinics

  • Partner with social service providers, governmental agencies and other nonprofits to identify needs for services and opportunities for direct, assisted pro se, or pro bono representation

Qualifications

We are seeking candidates who are organized, attentive and enthusiastic about engaging volunteers and assisting clients. 

 

You should have:

  • A J.D. with eligibility to practice in Texas or willingness to take Texas bar exam

  • Experience providing excellent legal services to low-income people

  • Commitment to client-centered representation with an eye toward strategy for systemic change

  • A track record of maintaining strong working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders

  • A demonstrated interest in social justice

 

Salary commensurate with experience but starts at $52,000 plus medical and dental benefits, paid vacation, sick and family leave. The Texas Fair Defense Project is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage people who have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system to apply. This position is grant-funded for two years with a possibility for renewal.

 

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and a list of three references to jobs@fairdefense.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Texas Fair Defense Project is seeking a full-time Program Coordinator to support our organizational and programmatic activities. As an integral part of core staff at a growing nonprofit, the program coordinator will play a significant role in developing and executing strategic vision, as well as have growth potential within the organization. 

 

The ideal candidate will be a self-starter who is organized, resourceful, diligent, and committed to seeing through projects that will benefit the organization and our clients. This position is an opportunity to engage with a staff of passionate, mission-driven lawyers, as well as clients, allies and policymakers.  

 

Job Responsibilities 

The Program Coordinator, who is based in Austin, Texas and reports to the executive director, is responsible for the following:

  • Building and maintaining office systems for document retention, record keeping, and volunteer, donor and client management

  • Office administration, such as ordering and stocking supplies, scheduling, and processing deposits, reimbursements and payments

  • Office communications, including updating the website, drafting newsletters and posting on social media

  • Supporting policy advocacy, including through assisting drafting fact sheets, reports, and coordinating coalition work

  • Supporting client services, including through intake and client communications, assisting in drafting legal documents and coordinating with pro bono attorneys and other partners

 

Qualifications

We are seeking candidates who have a “can-do” attitude, enjoy and excel at creating order out of chaos, and are eager to take on new challenges. Prior experience is less important than being extremely organized and attentive to detail.

 

You should have:

  • A demonstrated commitment to starting and seeing through projects that create effective system processes

  • A track record of maintaining strong working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders

  • An eye for effective social media and other communications

  • A demonstrated interest in social justice

 

Knowledge of criminal and social justice issues and prior experience are both plusses but not requirements.

 

Salary commensurate with experience but starts at $42,000 plus medical and dental benefits, paid vacation, sick and family leave. The Texas Fair Defense Project is an equal opportunity employer.  We encourage people who have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system to apply.


To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and a list of three references to jobs@fairdefense.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

2020 Summer Legal Intern

TFDP is currently seeking talented law students to join us as interns next summer. TFDP interns perform a variety of important tasks, gaining valuable experience while making a real contribution to improving the Texas criminal justice system. In the past, legal interns have been involved in all aspects of litigation, from writing dispositive motions to discovery practice to client contact. TFDP interns also have conducted policy research and drafted advocacy materials. 

If you are interested in legal internship opportunities at TFDP, please contact Emily Gerrick.

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