POSITION: Managing Attorney – McKinney
CLOSING DATE: Position Immediately Available and Closed When Filled
LOCATION: McKinney, Texas
OVERVIEW: Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas (LANWT) seeks a dynamic, self-starting attorney who has vision, initiative, and a demonstrated commitment to public interest law to manage its McKinney office. In addition to providing daily representation in general civil and family legal matters, the Managing Attorney should demonstrate a commitment to identifying and taking advantage of opportunities for strategic advocacy and engaging in community outreach to and in collaboration with low-income persons, including community groups that are made up of income eligible members or serve the indigent. The Managing Attorney will also be responsible for the administrative matters in operating the branch, evaluating, coaching, and disciplining LANWT staff and maintaining and growing relationships with community partners.
DESCRIPTION: LANWT is a non-profit public interest law firm that provides high-quality free civil legal services to low-income persons in 114 counties in north and west Texas.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The principal duties of the Managing Attorney will be to oversee the office’s litigation and advocacy and supervise a team of staff attorneys, paralegals and support staff in McKinney. The Managing Attorney will plan and implement outreach and education plans with staff, client groups, community partners and other service providers of the low-income community, and develop and foster strong working relationships to provide collaborative case management to clients. The Managing Attorney will also handle his/her own caseload involving litigation and other justice related advocacy proportionate to their management and administrative duties.
The Managing Attorney will oversee the office’s intake, conduct case staffing, review and assign cases for appropriate assistance, conduct regular case reviews of open cases and provide co-counseling assistance, training, and mentorship to staff and promote a positive work environment. In addition, the Managing Attorney will monitor open cases for activity and review closed cases for proper recordkeeping, file maintenance, grant compliance and overall quality of service provided. The Managing Attorney is responsible for managing grant compliance, including legal work, goals, objectives, timely submission of reports, assisting with applications, budget preparations, proposed outcomes and outreach.
The Managing Attorney will participate in management meetings, trainings and projects, conduct employee performance evaluations and handle corrective action or disciplinary issues, processes administrative items and issues related to timekeeping, travel, leave, check requests, training requests and payroll.
In fulfilling this mission, the Managing Attorney will provide high-quality representation to survivors of sexual assault in accordance with LANWT’s policies and procedures and with an attorney’s responsibilities under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, the Texas Lawyer’s Creed, and the American Bar Association’s Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services to the Poor.
- Licensed to practice law in Texas a minimum of 5 years required.
- A demonstrated, zealous commitment to public interest law, serving the indigent, or other relevant legal experience, with extensive experience and proven skills in progressive litigation.
- Strong understanding of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure and Texas Rules of Evidence required.
- Excellent legal research and legal writing skills.
- Ability to demonstrate and promote a positive work ethic and work environment and provide mentorship and training to staff.
- Prior management or leadership experience is required.
- Experience coordinating community services, partners and education.
- The ability to think and plan strategically and to develop and implement projects.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills.
- Fluent in Spanish – both verbal and written is preferred.
- Ability to engage in occasional work-related travel.
- Readiness to have a flexible or alternate work schedule, including commitments to evening hours.
- Excellent attendance record.
COMPENSATION: Based on applicant’s years of relevant experience.
BENEFITS: Excellent benefits package that includes paid vacation and holidays; a retirement plan; health, dental, and life insurance.
Please submit a cover letter expressing interest, a resume, and a list of references during the application process.
LEGAL AID OF NORTHWEST TEXAS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
VETERANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY