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Staff Attorney | Opioid Use Disorder Legal Support Project

($58,000 – $80,000)

The Staff Attorney for the Opioid Use Disorder Legal Support Project will work as a Team in a new grant-funded project for outreach, collaboration, and legal service delivery to individuals affected by Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) in TRLA’s 68-county service area. Through collaboration with community organizations throughout our service area, the Staff Attorney will work directly on the ground with providers who serve people affected by OUD throughout our service area.

The first project of its kind, the Staff Attorney will provide legal services to individuals affected by OUD. This project is funded for 22 months, and this position may be limited to that timeframe.

Primary duties and responsibilities of this position include:  

Work with a team to develop models for legal service delivery using TRLA resources and exploring new organizational partnerships;
Work with program leadership to provide services to meet grant requirements;
Build relationships with organizations focused on treating people with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD);
Traveling and visiting in-person with providers and staff through specific regions of TRLA’s service area to deliver services (includes primarily Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande Valley, or El Paso);
Cooperates with the Grants Management team and accounting staff in complying with timely reporting requirements;
Enforces compliance with funding regulations and program policies;
On occasion, work on location at a partner organization’s location, resource hub or mobile unit;
Identify, coordinate, and execute community legal education and outreach activities for the project;
Analyze case trends and issues affecting clients;
Reviews intake disposition decisions on a regular basis to assure that equitable treatment is extended to all clients and that disposition decisions are made in a manner that is consistent with TRLA policies and priorities;
Identifies cases and clients in the Practice Area that do not readily access the intake system and assuring that all clients have equal access to program resources;
Prepares routine forms and default legal advice, developing modules and procedures, and making recommendations for other improvements to enhance the efficiency of program operations.

Preferred qualifications:  

Must be licensed to practice law in Texas, able to waive into the Texas bar, or willing to take the next available bar exam. (Exceptions include attorneys working for our migrant farmworker program, or primarily in immigration may be licensed in another state.)
Willingness and ability to travel;
Flexibility and comfort with operating in environments such as drug treatment centers, homeless resource centers, and other direct services organizations;
Knowledge or experience with issues faced by people with addictions, particularly people with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD);
Knowledge or experience with legal issues impacting people with OUD;
Experience in community outreach and organizing partnerships with direct service providers;
Ability to engage compassionately and non-judgmentally with people struggling with OUD;
Familiarity with Peer Support model, or willingness to learn;
Familiarity with re-entry services;
Bilingual in English and Spanish.

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.

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