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Attorney

CitySquare
Dallas, TX
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

ABOUT CITYSQUARE

CitySquare is a nonprofit based in Dallas, Texas that exists to fight the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy, and friendship. For over thirty years, CitySquare has grown to be one of the most effective social services organizations in the city with multiple programs working together to address housing, hunger, health, and hope and develop sustainable programming and partnerships that provide support and encouragement so that all can achieve their full potential.

POSITION SUMMARY

The CitySquare Legal Action Works (L.A.W.) Center assists with the legal and non-legal needs of the neighbors by providing legal information, advice, and/or representation, as well as case management to the neighbors seeking the services of LAW and connecting them with community resources, both inside CitySquare and throughout the community.

The Attorney for the Legal Action Works (LAW) department is responsible for providing quality and competent advice and/or legal representation to assigned clients in accordance with LAWs policies and procedures and attorneys responsibilities under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, Texas Lawyers Creed and the American Bar Associations Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services to the Poor, as well as assisting with community outreach and education.

Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.

Experience: Prior legal services, public interest, or volunteer experience serving low-income persons preferred.

Licensure/Certification: Licensed to practice in Texas (or awaiting bar passage results).

Additional Requirements: Ability to work flexible hours as requested. Ability to travel as requested. Must have valid drivers license, proof of vehicle liability insurance and reliable transportation.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

This section describes the primary responsibilities of an employee in this position. Please note: The primary responsibilities of this position are not limited to this list.

  • Gather evidence, advise clients about their rights, draft legal documents, and litigate cases.
  • Interview clients and witnesses with sensitivity.
  • Draft legal documents and represent clients in court and before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies of government.
  • Interpret laws, rulings, and regulations for clients and the client community.
  • Provide information, advice and/or representation regarding the following areas (and be willing to learn about those areas the attorney is not already familiar with):
  • Organize and participate in outreach and community legal education, including monthly clinics which may be during the day or in the evening.
  • Supervise and coordinate activities of legal, clerical, volunteer, or student workers.
  • Ensure compliance with LAWs policies and procedures and attorneys responsibilities under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, Texas Lawyers Creed, and the American Bar Associations Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services to the Poor.
  • Remain informed and educated on local and national legal trends and rulings.
  • Attend community-based meetings and conferences as requested.

Consumer issues: taxes, scams, fraud, identity theft, bankruptcy, and debt collection

Employment issues: harassment, termination, and unemployment

Housing issues: foreclosure, eviction, and repairs

Family Issues: Divorce, Child Custody / Support / Visitation, Family Violence, Protective Orders

Wills and Estate matters

Social Security (SSI and SSDI)

Food Stamps / Medicaid / Medicare

Removing Criminal Records

Driver's Licenses issues: occupational, surcharges

Veterans and Senior Citizen issues

  1. Fulfill all required Continuing Legal Education (CLE) responsibilities as mandated by the Texas Bar.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

This section describes the knowledge, skills and abilities an employee in this position should currently possess. Please note: The knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position are not limited to this list.

  • Ability to provide quality and competent advice and/or representation to assigned clients and the willingness to learn new areas of law.
  • Knowledge of Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, Texas Lawyers Creed and the American Bar Associations Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services to the Poor.
  • Knowledge of computers and software applications.
  • Skill in organizing and prioritizing workloads to meet deadlines.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clients, co-workers and opposing counsel.
  • Ability to adhere to safety policies and procedures.
  • Ability to use good judgment and to maintain confidentiality of information.
  • Ability to work as a team player and take initiative.
  • Ability to demonstrate tact, resourcefulness, patience and dedication.
  • Ability to accept direction and adhere to policies and procedures.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.

PHYSICAL, MENTAL, AND SPECIAL DEMANDS

This section describes the physical, mental and other special demands of this job. Modifications to the manner in which this job may be performed will be reviewed periodically.

  • Ability to work a 40 hour week.
  • Ability to sit for long periods, up to 8 hours.
  • Ability to use both hands in fine and gross manipulation of small tools (copier, computer, telephone).
  • Ability to push and pull up to 25 lbs. (File cabinet drawers, computer paper boxes).
  • Ability to see well enough to read handwritten and typewritten material.
  • Ability to hear and speak well enough to communicate via phone.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds dead weight to move or transfer boxes or documents.
  • Ability to retrieve files from bottom shelves/drawers and reach up for items located on top shelves.
  • Ability to reach, turn and twist above and below the waist daily to retrieve files or supplies.
  • Ability to stand and walk daily to while traveling to/from courts and other locations.
  • Ability to travel in temperature varying from -0oF to 110oF.
  • Ability to spend 90% of working time in environment of continuous moderate voices and office machine noise typical for business office atmosphere.
  • Ability to handle a variety of repetitive tasks.

MACHINES, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT, AND OTHER WORK AIDES

This section describes the machines, tools, equipment and other work aides an employee in this position must be able to use.

Telephone

Copy machine

Computer

Calculator/10-Key

Facsimile machine

Benefits

Medical and Prescription Drug, Health Savings Account, GAP Insurance, Dental, Vision, Optional Life and AD&D Insurance, Accident Insurance, Critical Illness Insurance and 401k.

Additional Benefits Offered:

401K - Eligible to receive 5% (if contribution is 10%) Match after 30 days of employment 100% vested after 2 years of service. Generous PTO offered! During the first year of employment, you can earn up to 120 hours (equivalent to about 15 days). PTO increase to 184 hours during 2nd year of service 9 paid holidays plus CitySquare offices are closed during Christmas Holiday season.

Benefits at no Cost to CitySquare Employees:

Basic Life and AD&D Insurance $20,000 basic coverage, Employee Assistance Program, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Alight.

Parental Leave: Eligible employee becoming parents may receive 6 weeks of paid leave at 100 percent of their salary following the birth, or placement of a child: Adoption. An additional 3 days of Paid Time Off will be credited to the employee PTO Balance upon return from parental leave.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF): We are a qualifying employer for the PSLF Program. The PSLF Program forgives the remaining balance on your Student Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer.

Paid Time Off (PTO): Generous PTO offered! During the first year of employment, you can earn up to 120 hours (equivalent to about 15 days). PTO increase to 184 hours during 2nd year of service.

Extra Time Off around the Holidays: In Addition to Paid Time Off (PTO) employees receive the week of Christmas off! An additional 7 days during Christmas.

CitySquare

Address

Dallas, TX
USA

Industry

Legal

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