State Bar of Texas

  • Civil Justice Attorney

    Job Locations US-TX-Austin
    Posted Date 1 day ago(1/21/2020 2:56 PM)
    Closing Date
    2/7/2020 @ 1 p.m. CST
    Min Starting Salary
    USD $55,381.00/Yr.
    Max Starting Salary
    USD $62,304.00/Yr.
  • General Description

    Develops and implements initiatives of the Texas Access to Justice Commission to improve access to justice for low-income Texans. Represents the Commission in hearings on access to justice matters before the Texas Legislature and the Texas Supreme Court. Provides research and recommendations to the Texas Legislature and Texas Supreme Court on statutes, rules, and policies that impact low-income Texans in the civil justice system. Drafts legislation, rules, policies and procedures to reduce barriers to the judicial system. This position involves frequent contact with the Texas Supreme Court, the Texas Legislature, Texas law schools, State Bar departments, as well as outside agencies and organizations and the public.

    Primary Functions

    1. Develops and implements Commission access to justice programs and initiatives.
    2. Supervises Program Developer, Program Coordinator and other staff work.
    3. Investigates, reviews, analyzes and evaluates federal and state legislation, laws, case law, rules governing courts and the professional conduct of lawyers and judges, policies, procedure, and systems that that affect access to the judicial system for low income people.
    4. Drafts legislation, rules, policies, and procedures to reduce barriers to the judicial system.
    5. Prepares white papers for the Texas Legislature and Texas Supreme Court recommending a course of action on legislative, policy and rule changes.
    6. Evaluates and negotiates agreements with various stakeholders on the implementation of laws, policies and procedures impacting low-income people in the civil justice system.
    7. 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.
    8. Works with legislators, judges, lawyers, corporations, bar associations, legal aid and pro bono providers, social service providers, and communication and development professionals.
    9. 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.
    10. Writes reports, articles, and other items for publication in various media platforms as well as grant applications for funding particular projects or pilot studies.
    11. Answers public inquiries as needed and performs other responsibilities as required.

    Position Requirements

    Must be a licensed attorney with at least three years of experience, preferably in litigation and poverty law. 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. Requires occasional travel.


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