Develops and implements initiatives of the State Bar of Texas to improve access to justice for low-income Texans. Provides research and recommendations to the State Bar, Texas Legislature, Texas Supreme Court on statutes, rules, and policies that impact low-income Texans' access to the civil justice system, and represents the Commission in any associated hearings. Collaborates with access to justice stakeholders.
1. Develops and oversees a statewide pro bono recruitment campaign and a five-year statewide pro bono action plan, including CLE trainings, statewide mentoring program, and the ProBonoTexas website.
2. Develops and oversees continuing legal education programs for legal aid and pro bono programs in Texas, and monitors and analyzes changes in poverty law to ensure training in those areas.
3. Supervises Program Developers, Program Coordinators and other staff on State Bar programs.
4. Provides research, advice and counsel for State Bar committees and task forces.
5. Investigates, reviews, and analyzes federal and state legislation, case law, rules, policies, procedures, innovations and best practices affecting access to the judicial system for low income people, and makes recommendations accordingly.
6. Prepares white papers for the State Bar, the Texas Legislature, and the Texas Supreme Court recommending a course of action on legislative, policy and rule changes related to access to justice.
7. Drafts legislation, rules, policies, and procedures to reduce barriers to the judicial system.
8. Evaluates and negotiates agreements with stakeholders on the implementation of laws, policies and procedures impacting low-income people's access to the civil justice system.
9. Requires the ability to understand laws spanning many practice areas, such as probate or housing, and their impact on specific populations, like the elderly or persons with disabilities.
10. Works with legislators, judges, lawyers, corporations, bar associations, legal aid and pro bono providers, social service providers, and communication and development professionals, and others.
11. Trains judges, lawyers, court personnel, bar leaders and others on ethical, legal, procedural and practice issues related to access issues for the poor to our judicial system.
12. Writes reports, articles, and other content for publication, including grant applications for funding particular projects or pilot studies.
13. Coordinates statewide pro bono recruitment in special or emergency situations.
14. Answers public inquiries as needed and performs other responsibilities as required.
Must be a licensed attorney, have an advanced degree in a relevant field, or have equivalent work experience. Preferred: Litigation or public policy/analyst experience, commitment to social justice/access to justice. Must have excellent research, writing, public speaking, and interpersonal skills. Must communicate effectively, coordinate workflow to meet mandatory deadlines, and manage a large and fluctuating workload. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Requires occasional travel. Please submit resume and letter of interest together, and a writing sample of no more than 2 pages under the additional documents.