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Staff Attorney (Medical Legal Project)

Staff Attorney | Medical Legal Project

San Antonio

($58,000 - $80,000)

A new Medical Legal Project (MLP) in San Antonio will give legal aid lawyers an exciting opportunity to work with medical professionals to improve the health and well-being of low-income families. The MLP is based on a national medical-legal partnership model which places lawyers in a clinical setting to facilitate the provision of legal services crucial to vulnerable patient-families. MLP model takes a holistic approach to help families to overcome some social determinants that can harm their health. Some of the MLP’s priority areas will include, but not be exclusively, education, public benefits, and housing.

In addition to providing legal services to indigent families, MLP will assist in educating medical professionals about the importance of legal services to health and how medical professionals can work with lawyers to improve their ability to help their patients.

TRLA is seeking a lawyer to represent clients through the MLP. The lawyer’s primary duties and activities include:

  1. Practices civil law for eligible clients in accordance with the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct and consistent with office standards of practice;

  2. Works with MLP’s legal paraprofessionals;

  3. Complies with all case reporting requirements, including timekeeping, case activities, legislative and rulemaking, private attorney involvement, community education presentations, etc;

  4. Keeps current on the state of the law and procedures within areas of law ordinarily handled by MLP;

  5. Coordinating health care partners;

  6. Teaches and guides medical professionals about the harmful impact of poverty on health and how legal and healthcare professionals can work together to overcome some social determinants of poor health outcomes;

  7. Participates in other activities related to poverty law, including publication, permissible legislative and rulemaking activities, and media relations in accordance with TRLA policy and applicable laws and regulations;

  8. Commensurate with experience, consults, guides, and answers questions of other staff members;

  9. Fulfills all requirements necessary to remain in good standing with the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Supreme Court, including but not limited to, compliance with the minimum requirements for Continuing Legal Education; and

  10. Maintains and fosters relationships with MLP partners and other programs and agencies as required to lead and develop MLP, including, but not limited to, convening and attending meetings of such programs and/or agencies.

TRLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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.



  • Licensed to practice law in Texas, able to waive into the Texas bar, or willing to take the next available bar exam, in that order of preference;

  • Preference for lawyers who are functionally fluent in Spanish at a professional level; and

  • Maintain continuing legal education requirements.


  • Dedication to and experience in serving low-income populations;

  • Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills;

  • Dedication and experience working with a medical-legal partnership;

  • An ability and desire to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts and with multiple organizations and professionals, including health care professionals and trainees;

  • Experience working with cases in MLP’s priority areas;

  • Ability to work in a complex environment with many moving parts;

  • Clear vision and ability to move MLP forward; and

  • Good sense of humor.

To Apply: 

Complete online application.  You will need to upload a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of professional references.





Submission Deadline: 
August 10, 2023
Organization Information: 
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)
301 S. Texas Avenue
Mercedes, TX 78750
United States
Phone: 956-447-4800