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Job Opening: Legal Assistant

Texas Fair Defense Project is seeking a full-time Legal Assistant to expand our capacity for providing direct legal services to low income Texans throughout the state. The Legal Assistant will be the first point of contact between clients and TFDP and therefore is an integral part of providing high quality assistance. As an integral part of core staff at a growing nonprofit, the Legal Assistant 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 an empathetic listener adept in discussing sensitive topics and eliciting key information in English and Spanish. Because this position requires diligently managing follow-up with clients, they should also be a self-starter who is organized, detail-oriented, and committed to creating and implementing efficient processes that will benefit the organization and our clients. 

About Texas Fair Defense Project

Texas Fair Defense Project is a small but growing nonprofit legal organization whose mission is to fight to end the criminalization of poverty.  Our office environment is collaborative, mission-focused and fast-paced. We work closely with clients, advocates, policymakers and allies to provide direct services to clients and push for greater systemic change through policy advocacy, education and impact litigation. We will be expanding our programs and staffing in the coming months, growing from a staff of eight to eleven in early 2021.

Job Responsibilities 

The Legal Assistant is based in Austin, Texas but will work primarily remotely until the office reopens based on available information from the CDC and local health officials. We anticipate the Legal Assistant will need to be physically present in the office at least one day per week to complete clerical office management tasks.

The Legal Assistant reports to the Program Coordinator and is responsible for the following:

  • - Conduct trauma-informed applicant interviews primarily by telephone;
  • - Input applicant information into our case management system;
  • - Contact court staff to gather additional information about applicants’ cases;
  • - Assist in drafting and orchestrating signature of administrative documents; 
  • - Aid attorneys in maintaining accurate and complete client files and administrative records including data entry into our case management system;
  • - Interpretation between attorneys and Spanish-speaking applicants and clients; 
  • - Translation of administrative documents from English to Spanish; 
  • - Organizing, scanning, and filing mail and other documents; 
  • - Managing office filing systems and recordkeeping; and
  • - Other tasks as assigned.

Our ideal candidate is a self-starter who is resourceful, organized, attentive, and enthusiastic about assisting applicants and clients.

You should have:

  1. - Experience working with people involved in the criminal legal system;
  2. - A demonstrated interest in social justice;
  3. - The ability to converse with applicants regarding the criminal legal system in Spanish and English;
  4. - Digital proficiency in Google Drive, Zoom, and Microsoft Office; and
  5. - Ability to manage and juggle various tasks and deadlines

Preferred qualifications include:

  • - Knowledge of criminal and social justice issues;
  • - A social work background; and
  • - Experience using the Clio case management system

Salary is commensurate with experience and will be between $42,000 to $50,000 annually plus medical and dental benefits, paid vacation, sick and family leave. People of color, people who have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system, and people from other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and a list of three professional references to Peer and colleague references are encouraged. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until November 10, 2020.

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