Get InvolvedOpportunities to become part of the AVDA Family
Job opportunities, internship opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and social awareness.
Get InvolvedOpportunities to Help
Internship opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and social awareness.
AVDA Job Opportunities
To apply for a position with AVDA, submit your cover letter and resume to AVDA Human Resources Administrator Amy McGuire at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Attorney provides quality and competent advice and/or representation to assigned clients in accordance with grant guidelines and agency policies. The Attorney will be responsible for handling a full case load.
- Provide a range of civil legal services as well as community outreach and education to victims of domestic violence pursuant to assigned grant guidelines
- Provide advice and representation to victims regarding orders of protection, custody, visitation, support, divorce, as well as public benefits, housing, and other civil legal problems related to domestic violence
- Interview client and review questionnaire in order to select, assemble, summarize, and compile substantial information
- Prepare all court documents and pleadings
- Organize client information for court appearances, including interview of witnesses
- Legal research, including file review in court
- Perform all aspects of discovery
- Subpoena any records that may be needed for hearings
- Advise and discuss issues of the case with client
- Negotiate with opposing counsel
- Ensure all aspects of scheduling orders are fulfilled
- Utilize the electronic case management system and complete and submit service logs, litigation reports, timesheets and other paperwork in a timely manner and in accordance with agency procedures
- Maintain confidential and privileged information and materials provided or disclosed in the course of work
- Provide on-the-job training, supervision and support for student interns and volunteers working in the legal program
- Provide direction to assigned Paralegal in a clear manner and assign tasks within the Paralegal’s job responsibilities
- Act as back-up for other Attorneys on an as-needed basis
- Perform all above duties while upholding the standards identified in the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct
- Perform other duties as assigned
- Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited academic institution
- Current license to practice law in the State of Texas
- Minimum of one to three years of litigation experience required, preferably in family court
- Experience supervising support staff and law interns preferred
- Able to work independently and manage a busy docket
- Commitment to practicing law in the public interest sector
- Knowledge of domestic violence and the law, as it pertains to domestic violence
- Bilingual in English and Spanish highly preferred
- Appreciation of diversity and a sensitivity to people of varying lifestyles, ethnicity and religious groups
- Ability to work flexible hours, manage stress and conflict well, and to adapt to ever-changing and challenging needs of multiple priorities and fluctuations in work load
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Proficiency with PCs, including desktop publishing, databases, word-processing, and spreadsheets
Internship opportunities to work directly with clients are limited to graduate students currently enrolled in accredited programs in specific disciplines.
Students enrolled in ABA-accredited Law School— Strong preferences for students who have completed Family Law, Marital Property, or Domestic Violence and the Law courses.
- Summer clerkships in family-law litigation available for up to four students per summer. Positions typically are filled in February. To apply, send resume, cover letter and legal writing sample of 10 pages or less to AVDA CEO Maisha Colter at MaishaC@avda-tx.org
- Semester-long internships in family-law litigation available. Must apply six weeks prior to start of semester.
Volunteer at AVDA
Volunteers are an important part of the AVDA family, and there are many ways in which you can join the team to help families trapped in a cycle of violence. AVDA volunteers can assist both clients and AVDA staff in a variety of ways. Some ways in which you can partner with AVDA in making a difference are:
- Administrative Help — Assist AVDA staff with filing, organization, case management, and other office tasks. Candidate may be asked to lift or move boxes or files. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
- Special Events — AVDA hosts a variety of community events, including volunteer activities, health fairs and our annual Home Safe Home Gala. We need volunteers to help with invitation addressing, registration, and other tasks associated with annual AVDA events throughout the year.
- Outreach — Help build community awareness about the pervasiveness of domestic violence by representing AVDA at area resource fairs.
- Court Accompaniment — Candidate needs to have some availability from Mon-Thurs mornings to accompany clients to family-court hearings and criminal trials. Note: Requires completion of training course in domestic violence and issues specific to court accompaniment.
- Translation — From time to time, translators in languages other than Spanish are needed to aid survivors who do not speak English.
To be considered for AVDA’s Volunteer Program, all applicants must complete the application below. Participants must also sign a confidentiality agreement underlining that you will not share any information about clients, cases or other sensitive information with anyone outside of the AVDA office. All volunteers agree to a background check upon completion and submission of their volunteer application.
Once accepted to the program, an orientation of the AVDA office, policy and procedures will be provided. Volunteers opportunities are generally during AVDA office hours: 8am – 5pm at 1001 Texas Ave., Suite 600 • Houston, TX 77002, but help with special events may be outside of those hours. Questions? Please email TessG@avda-tx.org.
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Why is this important?
- 1 in 3 women experience domestic abuse in their lifetime.
- 2 million injuries and 1,300 deaths are caused each year as a result of domestic violence.
- Most domestic violence incidents are never reported.
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