Job Details

Criminal, Litigation, Public Interest Law/Attorney/Public Interest/Austin, Texas

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Company name

Texas Fair Defense Project

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Practice Area

Public Interest

Years of Experience

3-5 yrs required


USA Austin, TX

Date Last Verified

May 11,2012

Posted on

Apr 11,2012

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Staff Attorney The candidate will develop and litigate cases challenging illegal practices that negatively impact low-income individuals accused of criminal offenses. Work will include reviewing requests for assistance, investigating indigent defense practices, initiating litigation, soliciting pro bono counsel, and co-counseling cases in litigation with pro bono counsel. Will also monitor appellate hand-downs and draft amicus briefs on significant access to justice issues, and provide technical assistance and legal advice to attorneys and others who seek help from organization. Draft public education materials and model pleadings related to organization's mission. Supervise organization's intake program. May represent organization in public education efforts, in legislative advocacy efforts, and with the media. Report to organization's Executive Director. Will have responsibility for supervision of law students and volunteers.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have a demonstrated commitment to public interest law, and experience with criminal justice issues is preferred. Must have 3-5 years of experience litigating civil rights cases. Must be a member of the Texas Bar or be willing to sit for the next Texas Bar exam. Must have excellent research and written and verbal communication skills. Should be available for travel within Texas.

Additional info

Send applications consisting of a cover letter explaining interest in work, a resume, the names and addresses of two references, and a legal writing sample. No phone calls.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Texas Fair Defense Project
510 S. Congress
Suite 304
Austin, Texas 78704