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Paralegal A (Right to Counsel Project)

Description: 
Paralegal A | Right to Counsel Project SAN ANTONIO

$39840 - $53230 / year

Posted 12/20/2023

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) provides free civil legal services to residents in 68 Southwest Texas counties and represents migrant and seasonal farm workers throughout the state and in six other southern states. TRLA also operates public defender programs that serve at least 10 Texas counties, representing low-income and indigent people accused of felonies, misdemeanors, and juvenile crimes. TRLA serves about 23,000 clients each year. However, more than 2.6 million residents of Southwest Texas are considered eligible for TRLA services, a ratio of almost 21,000 potential clients per legal aid lawyer. As a result, thousands of low-income Texans still lack access to civil legal representation.  

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid seeks a full-time Paralegal A in San Antonio, Texas to work with clients to address issues important to the community and the surrounding TRLA service area including, but not limited to right to counsel assistance issues.   

The primary duties and activities of the Paralegal A may include the following and any other case-related activities and duties consistent with assisting attorneys in the practice of law:  

  1. Conduct eligibility and substantive interviews in person and by telephone, which interviews may at times take place outside the regular office setting; 

  2. Provide basic information and referrals to applicants, including those ineligible for services; 

  3. Interview clients and witnesses; 

  4. Conduct follow-up of assigned cases, including investigating facts and researching law;  

  5. Serve process and subpoenas; 

  6. Prepare legal documents; 

  7. Oversee legal clinics; 

  8. Notarize legal documents; 

  9. Attend and participate in community group meetings and educational forums to conduct intake and make community legal education presentations; 

  10. Prepare legal educational materials; 

  11. Translate written documents and oral communications in Spanish and English; 

  12. Maintain accurate and complete client files and administrative records, including data entry into client database and other requirements; 

  13. Prepare administrative reports required by TRLA; 

  14. Any other duties required by the branch, office or team manager. 

  1. Candidates should include in the application materials reference to all prior work experience relevant to the position that they are seeking to aid with the placement on TRLA’s salary scale. 

TRLA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

At TRLA, we are committed to offering fair and equal employment opportunities to all job applicants and employees. We strictly prohibit any form of discrimination and harassment of any type based on race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. 

This position requires, consistent with TRLA’s policy and subject to applicable law, a candidate to provide proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencing employment. 

Requirements: 

Qualifications:

  1. Bilingual in English and Spanish. 

  2. Possess verbal, reading and writing skills. 

     

To Apply: 

Information

Submission Deadline: 
March 20, 2024
Organization Information: 
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)
301 N. Texas Avenue
Mercedes, TX 78750
United States
Phone: 956-447-4800