Racial and Economic Justice Attorney


Job Type

Full Time

Published:

05/16/2018

Application Deadline:

06/05/2018

Address

1017 East Hackberry Avenue
McAllen
Texas
78501
United States

Description


TCRP Seeks Racial & Economic Justice Attorney

to Focus on Immigrant Rights Impact Litigation


The Texas Civil Rights Project (“TCRP”) seeks an attorney for its Racial & Economic Justice Program. This position will focus on impact litigation and other advocacy on behalf of immigrants and their communities, and will be based in our Alamo, Texas office in the Rio Grande Valley, with an option to transfer to one of TCRP’s other offices after two years. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references to Megan Garcia at megan@texascivilrightsproject.org. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but are strongly encouraged to apply no later than June 5, 2018.


About TCRP


At TCRP, we are Texas lawyers for Texas communities. We use legal advocacy to empower Texas communities and create policy change. In our twenty-eight year history, we have brought thousands of strategic lawsuits, defending voting rights, reforming systems of criminal justice, and fighting institutional discrimination in pursuit of racial and economic justice. Our efforts have helped countless low-income and otherwise marginalized Texans and have widely advanced equality and justice. Today — with dozens of high-caliber attorneys and professionals around the state and an extensive network of pro bono counsel and community allies —TCRP is among the most influential civil rights organizations in Texas. We are proud of our work, welcome innovative thinkers, and offer flexibility to different people’s styles and strengths. Learn more at www.texascivilrightsproject.org.


Overview of Responsibilities


Our new Racial & Economic Justice attorney will work closely with Program Director Efrén C. Olivares to develop and implement TCRP’s litigation strategy, including challenging discriminatory policies and practices based on arbitrary criteria, with a focus on defending the constitutional rights of immigrants and their communities in Texas in the face of new and rising threats. TCRP’s Racial and Economic Justice Program uses creative legal advocacy and litigation to represent historically or socio-economically marginalized individuals and communities. By fighting discrimination based on immutable characteristics, immigration status, poverty, and other arbitrary criteria, we work to promote a fair, equitable, and just Texas for these individuals and communities.


The attorney will have an active caseload and will spend most of his/her time developing and litigating impact cases in state and federal court and pursuing related investigations. In addition, the attorney will contribute to TCRP’s public education and advocacy efforts in these areas, by providing a leading voice on racial and economic justice issues in Texas, particularly the systemic discrimination against immigrant families.



Qualifications


  • J.D. from an American Bar Association accredited law school
  • Three years post-J.D. experience, preferably with significant civil litigation experience
  • Licensed to practice in Texas (or eligible to waive in or sit for the next available Texas bar exam)
  • Fluency in Spanish is required
  • Proven excellent writing and oral communication skills, including public speaking
  • Demonstrated diligence and initiative to accomplish goals and meet deadlines
  • Experience in state or federal civil litigation, including drafting pleadings, motions, taking and defending depositions, arguing in court and other litigation proceedings
  • Meaningful experience with immigrant rights issues
  • Demonstrated ability to build and successfully manage coalitions with community groups
  • Track record of working collaboratively with diverse groups of individuals
  • A hard worker and a team player
  • Strong ties to the Rio Grande Valley are a plus
  • And, finally, the desire to be a badass TCRP attorney!



Compensation

Salary will be based on years of experience, starting at TCRP’s base salary rate of $57,200 for a first-year attorney. TCRP also offers excellent benefits, professional development opportunities and a deep commitment to a meaningful work-life balance. Benefits include: employer-paid health insurance, four weeks paid vacation, six weeks paid family leave (with avenues to extend leave to 12 weeks in total), a $500 professional development budget annually, and extensive holidays, including a winter break between December 25th and New Year’s Day.


Inclusion & Non-Discrimination

TCRP values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture — women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, creed, religion, physical ability, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, previous incarceration, veteran status, union membership or activism, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law

TCRP offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits, professional development opportunities and a deep commitment to a meaningful work-life balance.

Benefits

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Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

J.D.

How To Apply

megan@texascivilrightsproject.org

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