Attorney

Matagorda County Women’s Crisis Center

Job Description

Job Title:                              Attorney        

Department:                        The Crisis Center  

Location:                              Bay City and Wharton, TX

Reports To:                         Executive Director

FLSA Status:                       Exempt

Salary:                                   $66,000- $82,500 Annually depending on qualifications

Apply via email to: [email protected]

Position Summary:  The Attorney provides quality and competent advice and/or representation to assigned clients who are victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault in accordance with grant guidelines and agency policies.  The Attorney will be responsible for handling all protective orders and other matters related to family law which is a direct result of the client’s victimization.

Essential Duties and 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;
  • Provide legal clinics for residential clients and provide basic legal advice;
  • 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;
  • Perform all above duties while upholding the standards identified in the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Other Duties:

Performs other job-related duties as assigned. In accordance with the team philosophy of the agency, may routinely be required to carry out or assist with other tasks in addition to the duties listed above.  Act in accordance with the agency’s mission statement and goals.

Supervisory Responsibilities

No supervisory requirements.

Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience

  • 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
  • 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 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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability in public speaking and community relations;
  • Familiar with grant allowable and unallowable expenses for multiple funding sources;
  • Ability to research, interpret and share grant requirements with staff to ensure full compliance;
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to lead a team;
  • Good organizational, problem-solving, and written/oral communication skills;
  • Ability to respond to and handle crisis situations;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Proficiency in development of policy and procedures and operational guidelines;

Language Skills

Ability to read, and interpret documents such as operating manuals, government grant policies, and professional journals.  Ability to write routine reports, correspondence and appropriate notes.  Ability to speak effectively with staff members, funders, and community members. 

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Certifications, Licenses, Registrations

Must be currently licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and in good standing with State Bar Association. Complete a minimum of 15 CLE hours annually; 3 hours in ethics. 20 hours of family violence training or more annually. 

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Frequent prolonged sitting, walking, stooping, standing, stair-climbing and lifting of up to 20 pounds.  Must be able to drive day time and night time hours.

Working Conditions:

Duties are usually performed seated with occasional periods of standing or walking. Limited physical effort is required associated with lifting and carrying objects (less than 25 lbs).  Work may be performed, but is not limited to an office environment.

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive.  The Crisis Center reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Resumes should be sent to: [email protected].