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Public Defender Division Seeking Felony Qualified Attorney Coastal Bend - Central Texas - Rio Grande Valley

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Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA)


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TEXAS RIOGRANDE LEGAL AID

Public Defender Division Seeking Felony Qualified Attorney

Coastal Bend - Central Texas - Rio Grande Valley


Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) seeks felony-qualified, public defender attorneys with demonstrated commitment to rural, indigent defense and exceptional advocacy skills to serve in rural, southwest Texas. 

We serve 14 rural Texas counties, all south of San Antonio. Currently, we have four public defender offices in Beeville, Rio Grande City, Hallettsville, and Harlingen. We are opening a fifth office to serve Atascosa, Karnes, Frio and Wilson Counties. Our offices are located near various natural and cultural attractions. They are also within reasonable driving distances from metro areas with international airports.

For over a decade, TRLA indigent defense services has provided clients with complete, vertical representation from intake to resolution. Except for cases involving a conflict of interest or the death penalty, TRLA represents persons charged with crimes from initial arrest to final appeal. We deliver holistic services, both civil and criminal, including advice on the immigration consequences of a criminal conviction and trauma-informed, mental health advocacy. 

With caseload controls, staff investigators, and a litigation budget, our program is deeply committed to zealous, high-quality representation in rural South Texas.  Attorney benefits include law school loan repayment assistance, paid vacation, healthcare insurance, retirement plan, and training & travel stipends. Our defenders train with the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Gideon’s Promise, the National Association for Public Defense and other defender-minded associations.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Serve as lead counsel of record in felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile cases;
  • Manage cases from intake to final resolution, including pretrial, trial, appeals, and additional motion practice, as it arises; and

·      Provide mentorship to newly licensed attorneys as they join the division.

Qualifications:

  • Licensed to practice law in Texas or willing to take the next available Texas bar exam;
  • At least three years of criminal litigation experience as a licensed attorney;
  • Have served as lead counsel in at least 3 felony trials before a jury;
  • Experience with appeals;
  • Proficiency in Office365 and legal research software; and
  • Professional fluency in Spanish (highly preferred).

Preferred applicants will demonstrate an interest in providing justice to those who need it most; have worked in a public defender office; have strong academic credentials; and want to live and work in communities where our clients have the greatest needs.  TRLA is also looking for attorneys that aspire to become leaders both within our division and in the larger public defender community.  

TRLA, a poverty law firm with a national reputation for effective advocacy, is one of the largest legal services programs in the nation, employing over 200 civil attorneys across a 68-county service area in Southwest Texas. 

TRLA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an equitable workplace. 

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and references at https://www.trla.org/staff-attorney-openings

TEXAS RIOGRANDE LEGAL AID

Public Defender Division Seeking Felony Qualified Attorney

Coastal Bend - Central Texas - Rio Grande Valley


Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) seeks felony-qualified, public defender attorneys with demonstrated…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • J.D. Required

Benefits

401k, health and dental insurance, law school loan repayment assistance.

401k, health and dental insurance, law school loan repayment assistance.

Level of Language Proficiency

  • Professional fluency in Spanish (highly preferred).
  • Professional fluency in Spanish (highly preferred).

Location

Corpus Christi, TX

How to Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and references at https://www.trla.org/staff-attorney-openings

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and references at https://www.trla.org/staff-attorney-openings

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