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Staff Attorney

Our new staff attorney will report directly to CIR’s Program director. Primary responsibilities include:

Impact Litigation & Strategic Advocacy
  • Work alone and with colleagues to devise successful legal and extra-legal advocacy strategies to reduce the harms of Texas’s unjust criminal legal system.
  • Litigate TCRP cases in state and federal Texas courts as assigned by and under the supervision of CIR’s Program Director. Draft pleadings and affidavits, handle discovery, prepare depositions, consult expert witnesses.
  • Conduct thorough and efficient investigations into areas often lacking transparency and clarity.  
  • Research and write clear, concise, appropriately framed litigation memoranda and white papers.  Lead litigation panels and public education events, communicating effectively with all audiences.
Counseling Individual Clients and Non-Legal Coalition Partners
  • Build relationships with clients and coalition partners based on mutual respect, trust and dependability.
  • Engage with individual clients and organizational partners to learn about their concerns and to provide them with sound, reliable legal counsel.  
  • Explain options, roadmap courses of action, discuss potential outcomes, and flag challenges -- whilst recognizing that people are experts in their own lives and communities.  
Programmatic, Communications and Development Support
  • Assist with designing and implementing strategic advocacy campaigns throughout Texas. Serve as a TCRP and CIR spokesperson through various communication and media outlets.
  • Assist in TCRP’s fund development efforts, including presentations and speaking engagements.
Position: Staff Attorney
Organization: The Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP)
Location: Austin,  TX 
United States
Salary: $61,000 and $73,500.
Posting Start Date: 10/2/2020
Date Posted: 10/2/2020
Requirements To apply click here

At least three years post-J.D. experience (i.e., graduation date of 2017 or earlier), skilled in complex civil or criminal litigation, or public interest lawyering.
  • Licensed to practice law in Texas, or licensed to practice law elsewhere and willing to become admitted in Texas, including, if applicable, sitting for and passing the Texas bar exam.
  • Familiarity with civil and human rights laws, constitutional law, criminal law and procedure, structural racism and inequality, and some understanding of what is unjust about the criminal legal system and the impact of those injustices. 
  • Track record of working collaboratively with diverse groups of individuals.
  • Excellent research, writing, and oral communication skills.
  • Well-organized: able to meet deadlines without compromising the quality of work product; ability to multi-task and to prioritize; ability to juggle a heavy meetings calendar with substantive work; willingness to work long hours as necessary. 
  • A willingness to travel throughout the state of Texas.
  • A resilient, can-do attitude, with an openness to constructive criticism, evolving responsibilities, and shifting current events. 
Ideal Characteristics 
  • Demonstrated interest in some aspect(s) of human rights law, civil rights law, critical legal theory, racial and socioeconomic justice, movement and community lawyering
  • Critical, creative, innovative thinker w/ ability to identify nuances, attend to detail, and to get in the weeds.
  • Issue spotter; self-starter; trouble shooter; tenacious; flexible.
  • Ability to build and successfully manage coalitions.
  • Comfort in a small, legal aid environment with little administrative and law clerk support.
  • Lived experiences that inform a complex understanding of the challenges faced by vulnerable communities and of the historical nature of structural power differences.
  • Strong connection to Texas.


Salary will be based on years of experience, with a range between $61,000 and $73,500. TCRP also offers excellent benefits, professional development opportunities and a deep commitment to a meaningful work-life balance. We envision and work towards an organization that reflects the communities we serve and a culture of ?radical inclusion, ?continuous growth?, and openness. TCRP benefits include employer-paid health insurance, four weeks paid vacation, eight weeks paid family leave (with avenues to extend leave to 14 weeks in total), a $500 professional development budget annually, and extensive holidays, including a winter break December 21st to January 4th.

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Status: This listing expires on: 12/31/2020
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Organization Information
The Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP)

Austin,  TX 78741
United States
Nabil E. Valencia