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Paralegal B - Opioid Use Disorder Legal Support Project

Company: Texas State Job Bank
Location: Weslaco
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

The Paralegal 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 TRLAs 68-county service area. Through collaboration with community organizations throughout our service area, the Paralegal 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 Paralegal 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.
The primary duties and activities of this position may include the following:

  • Work with a team to develop models for legal service delivery using TRLA resources and exploring new organizational partnerships;

  • 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 TRLAs service area to deliver services (includes primarily Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, the Rio Grande Valley, or El Paso);

  • On occasion, work on location at a partner organizations location, resource hub or mobile unit;

  • Maintain a client caseload, exercising the independent professional judgment required of an advocate on all aspects of each individual case;

  • Conduct eligibility and substantive interviews in person and by telephone, which interviews will at times take place outside the regular office setting;

  • Provide basic information and referrals to applicants;

  • Interview clients and witnesses;

  • Conduct follow-up of assigned cases, including investigating facts and researching law;

  • Serve process and subpoenas;

  • Prepare legal documents;

  • Notarize legal documents;

  • Attend and participate in community group meetings and educational forums to conduct intake and make community legal education presentations which will at times take place outside of the regular office setting;

  • Assist in preparing legal educational materials;

  • Maintain accurate and complete client files and administrative records, including data entry into client database and other requirements, such as timekeeping;

  • Prepare administrative reports required by TRLA; and

  • Perform other related duties and activities as assigned by the Special Project Director and Attorneys.


    • Fluency in English and Spanish, both written and oral;

    • 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;

    • Verbal, reading, and writing skills sufficient to comprehend administrative law?manuals and to adequately advocate on behalf of clients; and

    • Familiarity with Peer Support model, or willingness to learn.

      TRLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
      This position requires, consistent with TRLAs policy and subject to applicable law, a candidate to provide proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencing employment

Keywords: Texas State Job Bank, Edinburg , Paralegal B - Opioid Use Disorder Legal Support Project, Legal , Weslaco, Texas

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