Develops and implements initiatives of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Access to Justice Commission to improve access to justice for low-income Texans.
1. 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.
2. Develops and implements a statewide Pro Bono Spring Break in coordination with legal aid and pro bono providers and all law schools.
3. 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.
4. Develops, revises, and maintains plain language forms for use by self-represented litigants in conjunction with various form task forces created by the Texas Supreme Court, including implementation of best practices on form development.
5. Supervises Program Developers, Program Coordinators, and other project team members.
6. Coordinates statewide pro bono recruitment in special/emergency, non-natural disaster situations.
7. Provides research, advice, and counsel for State Bar and Commission committees and task forces.
8. Works with legislators, judges, lawyers, corporations, bar associations, legal aid and pro bono providers, social service providers, and communication and development professionals, and others.
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. 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.
11. Drafts legislation, rules, policies, and procedures to reduce barriers to the judicial system.
12. Writes reports, articles, and other content for publication, including 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.
13. 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 a resume, letter of interest, and a writing sample of no more than 2 pages.