Staff Attorney Position: Expunction Project

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


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 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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