Building and Strengthening Tenant Action
Buscando Acción y Solidaridad Que Transforme el Arrendamiento
We are a team of tenants, organizers, attorneys, and paralegals working to create a future where all Austinites have access to healthy and affordable housing.
We are always looking for talented and passionate folks to join our team.
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In furthering the cause of housing justice in the Austin area, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) seeks a paralegal to join the Building and Strengthening Tenant Action (BASTA) team to assist in litigation on behalf of tenants. The BASTA team supports low-income Austin residents’ ability to access safe, decent, and affordable housing through a variety of modes of advocacy, including education, litigation and empowerment strategies.
TRLA is the third largest legal services provider in the country and enjoys an exceptional litigation record. The organization is nationally recognized for its zealous representation of America’s most impoverished and oppressed populations, and its attorneys and support staff have achieved an enviable record of success in federal and state courts throughout Texas.
As part of a comprehensive strategy, the BASTA paralegal will play a crucial role in ongoing litigation to improve housing conditions for tenants. The BASTA paralegal will support attorneys in providing legal assistance to BASTA tenants associations and tenants association members. This includes both individual and group representation. The paralegal will work closely with lawyers, tenant organizers, and tenants associations to contest evictions, combat harassment, push back against neglect, advocate for healthy housing, and fight overcharges.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
● Interview clients and witnesses and research law;
● Gather facts and develop cases;
● Assist attorneys in representing clients in court;
● Represent clients in Justice of the Peace Court and administrative proceedings;
● Maintain accurate and complete client files and administrative records;
● Develop of know your rights materials and conduct community education presentations;
● Prepare legal documents;
● Serve process and subpoenas;
● Interpret and translate as necessary;
● Strategize with organizers and tenants associations on the best use of legal tactics;
● Comply with professional standards of a law practice, including ethical standards; and
● Any other duties required by the primary supervisor.
Strong commitment to social justice required, along with self-motivation, reliability, and a sense of humor. Candidates should be detail oriented and have a bachelor’s degree and/or related experience and education. Excellent verbal and written skills are necessary. Fluency in Spanish is required. Occasional evening and weekend outreach will be necessary. Background in housing and public benefits advocacy preferred.
TO APPLY: email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org