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Public Interest Law Attorney in Houston, TX

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Company name

Disability Rights Texas

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type

Attorney

Practice Area

Public Interest Law

Years of Experience

Min 2 yrs required

Location

Houston, TX

Date Last Verified

Mar 21,2018

Posted on

Mar 20,2018

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Attorney and Project Coordinator The candidate will provide legal counsel and zealous advocacy to individuals with disabilities impacted by Hurricane Harvey in the areas of housing, access to health and personal support services, community supports, and education. Will provide legal services and determine eligibility for client services that includes interviewing clients, reviewing records, conducting legal research, negotiating outcomes, and representing clients in administrative hearings and in state and federal judicial proceedings. Assist non attorneys with legal strategy and advice and also provide education and training sessions about the legal rights of people with disabilities for people with disabilities, parents, advocates, and professionals/service providers and the community. Coordinate the project's implementation and lead efforts to ensure organization helps people with disabilities fully exercise their FEMA appeal rights, confront landlord discrimination based on disability, avoid inappropriate institutionalization, obtain accommodations from service system providers, and receive educational services to which they are entitled. Work in concert with others to implement the project and report on the project's success. Provide legal services and advice to individuals which may include legal advocacy, negotiation, mediation, litigation and handling of administrative and court proceedings. Respond to requests for assistance and determines eligibility for services. Provide direction and technical assistance to Advocates, when appropriate. Participate in case reviews and provide Advocates with direction on case strategy and legal issues, when appropriate. Provide technical assistance on an on-going basis to private attorneys representing persons with disabilities. Develop materials for and conduct education and training (E&T) presentations on the project and organization.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have Law degree and active Texas law license . Must have 2 years of prior related experience representing persons with disabilities. Should have demonstrated experience in public speaking and developing effective informative and persuasive presentations. Should also have demonstrated functional knowledge of complex state and federal laws, rights protection statutes and regulations. Willingness to take direction and independently follow through on instructions timely is needed Strong computer / technology literacy is required. Ability to regularly travel throughout Harris County is essential.

Note: This is a one year project funded by Greater Houston Community Foundation.

Additional info

Submit resume and cover letter.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Disability Rights Texas
1500 McGowen,
Suite 100
Houston, TX 77004