Get Involved

Opportunities to Help

Job opportunities, internship opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and social awareness.

Get Involved

Opportunities to Help

Internship opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and social awareness.

AVDA Job Opportunities

To apply for any of the following job openings, please submit your cover letter and resume to amcguire@myebs.com.

Paralegal – Rural County Project

The Paralegal works with and at the direction of the Managing Attorney of the Rural County Legal Project to ensure responsible and timely delivery of legal services for domestic violence victims seeking protective orders, divorces, and child custody/support in Austin, Grimes, Waller and Washington County family courts. 

Responsibilities

  • Interview clients and review questionnaires 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 cases with clients
  • Assist Attorney in court on an as-needed basis
  • Negotiate with opposing counsel under the Attorney’s direction
  • Ensure all aspects of scheduling orders are fulfilled
  • Complete intakes for new client calls and provide victims with crisis counseling, information, referrals, and advocacy as assigned
  • In conjunction with Client Advocates, ensure that legal clients receive safety planning, information and referral and personal/legal advocacy in accordance with the agency philosophy and following agency procedures
  • 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
  • Provide on-the-job training, supervision and support for student interns and volunteers working in the legal program
  • Provide a range of civil legal services as well as community outreach and education to victims of domestic violence pursuant to assigned grant guidelines
  • Assist with outreach to the Austin, Grimes, Waller and Washington County communities, with attendance at interagency meetings to promote AVDA services
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications include

  • Associate’s degree, or equivalent paralegal experience
  • Paralegal certification and at least one year of experience working as a paralegal with family law cases preferred
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English strongly preferred
  • Proficiency with Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Appreciation of diversity and a sensitivity to people of varying lifestyles, ethnicity and religious groups
  • Dependable transportation

Bilingual Client Advocate – Fort Bend County  

The Client Advocate serves as a connection between victim-survivors of family violence and sources of community support by providing in-depth and ongoing advocacy and social-services referrals.  Emphasis is on serving clients who are not able to access shelter-based support systems in Fort Bend County. 

Responsibilities

  • Initiate and continue ongoing contact with clients—to ensure accuracy of contact information for clients and to determine physical, financial, and emotional needs
  • Answer intake calls, appropriately screen applicants for services, provide basic but accurate information regarding the legal options available to callers
  • Meet with applicants for services, gather necessary documentation from applicants, and prepare files for attorney review
  • Provide crisis counseling, information, and referrals
  • Assist clients in securing basic human needs such as shelter and emergency food
  • Aid the client in actualizing a self-sufficiency plan, including assistance enrolling in job training or job search programs
  • Manage Victim Support Group for victim-survivors (if assigned)
  • Accompany clients to court when requested
  • Provide community outreach on an as-needed basis
  • Assist in the maintenance of a computerized client database
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Social Work highly preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in family violence considered
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish required
  • Previous experience in legal setting, especially legal services to low-income clientele, preferred
  • Knowledge of domestic violence
  • Crisis counseling experience
  • Sensitivity to victims of domestic violence
  • Appreciation of diversity and a sensitivity to people of varying lifestyles, ethnicity and religious groups
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with PCs, including word processing and other general office machines
  • Dependable transportation

Legal Advocacy Program Administrative Assistant

The LAP Administrative Assistant works with and at the direction of the Legal Operations Manager to ensure responsible and timely delivery of direct administrative and compliance services to the legal department. 

Responsibilities

  • Close all client files according to agency policy in the Kemps/Prime Data Management System.
  • Prepare all closed files for proper storing according to agency policy
  • Coordination of closed files kept in the storage closet and basement, while sustaining the required agency shredding schedule.
  • Maintaining the agency closed files storage protocol.
  • Create monthly closed files list to make available to auditors/funders for potential file review.
  • Act as the liaison to all auditors and act as the contact person for file review of all funders.
  • Monitor and maintain compliance protocol for auditors/funders.
  • Act as court accompaniment and direct services liaison in conjunction with FVP & LAP.
  • Acquire and disseminate necessary closed file information for grant and reporting purposes.
  • Maintain quality control of client surveys.
  • Conduct client follow-up calls and service assessments at designated benchmark periods (3 month, 9 month, case conclusion, etc.)  
  • Disbursement and monitoring of client assistance resources.
  • Coordinate the Christmas/Thanksgiving and family gift giving events.
  • Collect and maintain front page copies of all assigned legal cases.
  • Facilitate law student intern inquiry and orientation of interns upon arrival.
  • Perform other duties as determined which may be beneficial to grants and funders.

Qualifications include

  • Associate’s degree, or equivalent administrative assistance experience
  • At least two years experience working as an administrative assistant or paralegal with family law cases preferred
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English strongly preferred
  • Proficiency with Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Knowledge of general office skills, such as word processing, file maintenance, data entry, and business writing
  • Knowledge of copy machines and other general office equipment
  • Good telephone skills and clear speaking voice
  • Good grammar, punctuation, and spelling skills
  • Dependable transportation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internship Opportunities

Internship opportunities to work directly with clients are limited to graduate students currently enrolled in accredited programs in specific disciplines. Contact KahleN@avda-tx.org for more information.

Current opportunity:

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 KahleN@avda-tx.org
  • Semester-long internships in family-law litigation available. Must apply six weeks prior to start of semester.

Service by Publication/Ad Litem Training with CLE for Attorneys

Domestic Violence: Handling Fragile Issues within Your Busy Legal Practice
Presented by University of Houston Law Center and AVDA
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday, October 25, 2019
University of Houston Law Center, 4604 Calhoun Road

This training workshop is free to Houston-area attorneys with a commitment to serve as ad litem on two cases within 12 months when service by publication is required. $75 without an ad litem commitment. Breakfast and lunch are included. REGISTER HERE.

One of the most important services organizations can provide in helping to end domestic violence is to ensure that law practitioners understand what domestic violence is and areas of law it affects. Because domestic violence is a pattern of actions, legal professionals must be trained to scrutinize even seemingly benign activities. This program will equip lawyers practicing in all areas with the necessary tools to handle DV or to screen for domestic abuse and provide appropriate legal advice when domestic violence has been identified as an issue.

This training is made possible by a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation. Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation.

 

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.

Apply Today!

To be considered for AVDA’s Volunteer Program, all applicants must complete an application and submit to KahleN@avda-tx.org. 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.

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