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Criminal Law Attorney in Austin, TX

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

Jun 11, 2021

Posted on

Mar 12, 2021

Years of Experience

Min 2 yrs required


Austin, TX, United States
Practice Area
Criminal Law >> Criminal Law
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Staff Attorney-Crime Victims
Duties: Provide legal advice, assistance, referrals and representation, where applicable, to eligible clients in a compassionate, culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed, and victim-centered manner. This includes representing clients in court hearings and administrative proceedings. Conduct intake interviews, confirm eligibility for services, check for conflicts of interest, and take appropriate action to address the client’s legal problem. Perform research and analysis, conduct factual investigations, communicate with third parties, make agency referrals, and draft and file legal documents. Cultivate working relationships, both internally and with network partners and other social services agencies in the community and statewide, to advance program and organizational goals. Lead or assist with promoting education efforts statewide and in local programs, including developing, presenting, or participating in various trainings aimed at law enforcement, attorneys, judges, and other social service providers. Ensure all client, project, and computer files are maintained in an orderly manner. Provide all information needed/requested for reporting in a prompt manner. Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: JD Degree. Licensure by the Supreme Court at least one week prior to actual start date. Current knowledge and expertise of the law and legal system. High-level organization skills. Exceptional written and verbal communications skills. Strong time management and attention to detail. Proficiency with (or the ability to learn) LegalServer (case management system), Adobe, and Microsoft Office products. Understanding of grant requirements and associated reporting needs. Ability to work with clients in a patient, trauma-informed, and non-judgmental manner. Comfort with working in both a hotline and litigation environment.
Preferred: 2+ years of experience assisting victims of crime, particularly victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, in a legal setting. Experience making presentations to large audiences. Fluency in Spanish (reading, writing, speaking, and understanding spoken Spanish).

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