Attorney for Individuals with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities

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Job location
523 N Sam Houston Pkwy. East
Houston, TX 77060
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Disability Rights Texas
State: 
Texas
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Disability Rights Texas is seeking qualified individuals to apply for the position of Attorney. Based in North Houston, Texas office near Bush Intercontinental Airport, this full time position will serve on our Institutional Rights and Civil Liberties team.

About the Team
The Institutional Rights and Civil Liberties (IRCL) Team serves persons with mental illness living in institutions and the community, persons with intellectual disabilities living in State Support Living Centers (SSLCs) or who have recently transitioned to the community, and persons with mental illness and/or intellectual disabilities in jails and juvenile justice facilities. Services include community integration and prevention of institutionalization, abuse and neglect investigations, advocacy around rights violations, and guardianship restoration.

About the Position
This position will primarily serve clients with moderate to severe intellectual and developmental disabilities who reside in SSLCs, but may serve other clients as assigned.

The Team Attorney is responsible for receiving rights violations complaints, providing legal services and determining eligibility for Disability Rights Texas client services within agency policies and priorities – as it generally relates to the assigned team. This includes interviewing clients, reviewing records, conducting legal research, negotiating outcomes, and representing clients in administrative hearings and in state and federal judicial proceedings. This position provides legal assistance, direction and supervision of the Advocate’s case work, when appropriate. The Issue Team Attorney also provides education and training sessions about the legal rights of people with disabilities for people with disabilities, parents, advocates, and professionals/service providers and the community.

For more information and to apply, visit careers.drtx.org

About Disability Rights Texas
Disability Rights Texas is the federally designated legal protection and advocacy agency (P&A) for people with disabilities in Texas. Our mission is to help people with disabilities understand and exercise their rights under the law, ensuring their full and equal participation in society. Disability Rights Texas is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees who have a disability. Disability Rights Texas does not accept contacts or resumes from any search firms or staffing agencies, unless previous agreements have been made. All unsolicited resumes will be considered Disability Rights Texas' property, and Disability Rights Texas will not be obligated to pay a referral fee. This includes resumes submitted directly to hiring managers.

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For more information and to apply, visit careers.drtx.org

To apply: 

For more information and to apply, visit careers.drtx.org

Notes: 
Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
$51,000-$60,000
Submission deadline: 
Friday, October 14, 2016
Expiration date: 
Friday, October 14, 2016