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ProfileFamily / Civil Attorney The candidate will provide a range of civil legal services as well as community outreach and education to victims of domestic violence pursuant to assigned grant guidelines. Will provide advice and representation to victims regarding orders of protection, custody, visitation, support, divorce, as well as public benefits, housing, and other civil legal problems related to domestic violence. Attend monthly case conference meetings and case review. Assist with outreach to the Fort Bend County community to promote AVDA services. Interview client and review questionnaire in order to select, assemble, summarize, and compile substantial information. Prepare all court documents and pleadings. Organize client information for court appearances, including interview of witnesses. Legal research, including file review in court. Perform all aspects of discovery. Subpoena any records that may be needed for hearings. Advise and discuss issues of the case with client. Negotiate with opposing counsel. Ensure all aspects of scheduling orders are fulfilled. Utilize the electronic case management system and complete and submit service logs, litigation reports, timesheets and other paperwork in a timely manner and in accordance with agency procedures. Maintain confidential and privileged information and materials provided or disclosed in the course of work. Provide on-the-job training, supervision and support for student interns and volunteers working in the legal program. Provide direction to assigned Paralegal in a clear manner and assign tasks within the Paralegal’s job responsibilities. Act as back-up for other Attorneys on an as-needed basis. Perform all above duties while upholding the standards identified in the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. Perform other duties as assigned. JD degree from an accredited academic institution. Should have 1-2 years of litigation experience required, preferably in family court. Experience supervising support staff and law interns are preferred. Bilingual in English and Spanish is highly preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skill is needed. Proficiency with PCs, including databases, word-processing, and spreadsheet is essential.