1500 McGowen Street
This attorney represents foster youth and includes serving as the attorney ad litem for the youth by representing them in administrative and legal proceedings in the foster care system. This also includes interviewing clients, reviewing records, conducting legal research, negotiating outcomes, and representing clients in administrative hearings and in state and federal judicial proceedings. In addition, the attorney provides education and training sessions about the legal rights of foster youth with foster youth with disabilities, judges, attorneys, CASA volunteers, and professionals/service providers. This position may also include representing parents with disabilities in child protective services cases on a limited basis.
Responsibilities and Duties
- Provide legal services and advice to foster youth with disabilities and parents with disabilities on a limited basis. Services and advice may include legal advocacy, negotiation, mediation, litigation and handling of administrative and court proceedings.
- Respond to requests for assistance and determines eligibility for services.
- Provide direction and technical assistance to Advocates, when appropriate.
- Participate in case reviews and provide Advocates with direction on strategizing cases and legal issues, when appropriate.
- Provide technical assistance on an on-going basis to private attorneys representing persons with disabilities
- Develop materials for and conduct education and training (E&T) presentations on Disability Rights Texas's services and legal rights issues.
- Travel extensively throughout the State of Texas to provide legal services to foster youth who are located across the State.
Qualifications and Skills
- Law Degree and active Texas law license
- Three years previous related experience, preferably working with persons with disabilities and/or representing foster youth in foster care.
- Strong and effective written, verbal and negotiating communication skills, including the ability to do so in a concise manner regarding complex issues
- Demonstrated experience in public speaking and developing effective informative and persuasive presentations
- Demonstrated functional knowledge of complex state and federal laws, rights protection statutes and regulations.
- Willingness to take direction and independently follow through on instructions timely.
- Exceptional communication and interpersonal relationship skills.
- Strong computer / technology literacy.
- High commitment to service excellence while maintaining high degree of integrity, ethics and judgement.
- Paid insurance: health, dental, life, long term care, long term disability.
- Vision discount plan
- Tax-free spending and savings accounts for healthcare related and dependent day care expenses
- Tons of paid time off: 12+ days of accrued paid vacation per year, at hire, increasing with tenure; 12+ days of accrued paid sick time per year, at hire; 2+ days of paid personal time per year, at hire; 15 paid holidays per year, including the the period of December 24 - January 1; up to 6 weeks of paid parental leave for the birth, adoption or foster care placement of a child and up to 4 weeks of paid bereavement leave for the death of certain family members
- 401(k) retirement account including a contribution made by DRTx, regardless of what an employee does or does not contribute pre-tax or roth
- Flexible schedules, compressed work weeks, and opportunities to work via telecommuting are available for certain positions
- Certain employees may be eligible for student loan repayment assistance and forgiveness programs
Minimum Education Required