Serves as the ombudsman for the State Bar of Texas attorney discipline system. Provides general information to the public on the attorney discipline system and the filing of attorney grievances. Assists the public with complaints about the attorney discipline system to determine whether the proper grievance procedures were followedin the processing of grievances. Makes recommendations to the Supreme Court of Texas and State Bar of Texas Board of Directors for improvements to the attorney discipline system. This position is selected by Supreme Court of Texas, reports directly to the Supreme Court of Texas, and is independent of the State Bar Board of Directors, Commission for Lawyer Discipline, and Chief Disciplinary Counsel.
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 in the civil justice system. Represents the Texas Access to Justice Commission in hearings on access to justice matters before the Texas Legislature and the Texas Supreme Court. Drafts legislation, rules, policies and procedures to reduce barriers to the judicial system. Is the point of contact for all pro bono related issues.
This position analyzes Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) financial data and manages the Annual IOLTA Compliance functions for attorneys and law firms throughout Texas. Additionally, this position coordinates and supports specific grants-related administration.
The Program Officer serves on the Grants Team and reports to the Director of Grants. This position is responsible for implementing and managing all aspects of assigned Foundation grantees and specific grant programs.
Activities will include comprehensive grants program administration; research, proposal review, development of grant recommendations, insuring compliance by grantees of funding requirements; and tracking and monitoring of grant data.
Responsible for coordinating the centralized records request process and advising State Bar staff on legal and policy matters related to the Public Information Act and requests by officers and directors. Provides general legal assistance to the Legal Counsel’s Office and State Bar staff as needed. Reports to the Legal Counsel.