About TCRP

We are Texas lawyers and advocates for Texas communities, boldly serving the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts. We envision a Texas where all communities thrive with dignity and justice, and without fear.

TCRP believes that legal advocacy and litigation are critical tools to protect and advance the civil rights of everyone in Texas, particularly our State’s most vulnerable populations, and to effect positive and lasting change to law and policy. We believe that by serving the rising social justice movement in Texas with excellent legal representation and bold strategies, we can respond to the needs of the communities we serve.

Below, you will find our current open positions. You can also learn more on our website's Careers page

At TCRP, we are Texas lawyers for Texas communities. We use legal advocacy and litigation to empower Texas communities and create change. Today — with dozens of high-caliber attorneys and professionals around the state and an extensive network of pro bono counsel and community allies — TCRP is among the most influential civil rights organizations in Texas. We are proud of our work, welcome innovative thinkers, and offer flexibility to people’s unique styles and strengths.

The Texas Civil Rights Project’s Voting Rights Program tackles the systemic issues that suppress democratic participation in Texas — from voter registration to the moment when an individual casts their ballot. As a critical element of that work, TCRP spearheads major elements of the  Texas Election Protection Coalition: a network of dozens of grassroots organizations that work year-round to ensure that all eligible voters in Texas can cast a ballot that counts.

We are organizing a bold, Texas-sized Election Protection Campaign for 2022 that will fearlessly and tirelessly work to ensure a free and fair vote for every eligible Texan. TCRP seeks an Election Protection Campaign Organizer to build our efforts in recruiting, training, and managing volunteers as well as building partnerships with legal, advocacy, and community groups.

Some travel to other parts of the state will be required as needed for the position and will be reimbursed accordingly. As a part of the Voting Rights Program, the Election Protection Campaign Organizer will be directly supervised by the Election Protection Campaign Manager while working closely with our Community Engagement Department.

This position is a short term position that will end 3 months after its start date. To apply, please follow the application link above.

TCRP is currently operating under a remote work policy until at least September 2022, with all of our physical offices open but optional. We have offices in Alamo (in the Rio Grande Valley), Austin, Dallas, and Houston.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with development of training and reference materials for Election Protection field and legal volunteers; ensure that all of our field volunteers have an excellent experience and that 100 percent of our field volunteers’ information is captured and documented
  • Coordinate with the Election Protection Campaign Manager, the Election Protection Attorney, the rest of the TCRP Voting Rights team, the TCRP Community Engagement Department, and partner organizations regarding Election Protection
  • Recruit and train volunteers in Election Protection
  • Develop relationships with partner organizations, businesses, and individuals to support our Election Protection efforts, and coordinate with them throughout the duration of the Election Protection Campaign
  • Work with partner organizations to organize, deploy, and supervise field volunteers during Early Voting and on Election Day
  • Assist to resolve election-related issues for voters
  • Identify and respond to problems affecting the right to vote; seize on and seek to create opportunities to expand the right to vote
  • Attend public election administration hearings and build relationships with elections officials

Ideal candidates should have the following characteristics:

  • Experience working on voting rights or other progressive issues
  • Strong experience in community or labor organizing or working on political campaigns
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including willingness and ability to engage in substantial public speaking
  • Experience recruiting, organizing, managing, and deploying volunteers
  • Ability to take initiative, solve problems, and quickly jump onto urgent matters as they come up
  • Ability to build strong relationships across diverse communities—including in particular communities of color, persons with disabilities, and immigrant communities—and across different teams internally
  • Ability to get people to take action, including being able to tell a compelling story about why this work is important
  • Can juggle and prioritize across multiple projects without dropping any balls
  • Can spot opportunities and jump on them
  • An understanding of the voting rights landscape in Texas, and a passion to make it better
  • The ability to read, write, and speak a language other than English is a plus

Compensation

Salary will be based on years of experience, with a starting rate of $47,300 to $62,150.

How to Apply

We encourage interested applicants to apply as soon as possible, but no later than 11:59 p.m. central time on 08/18/2022. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Please use the link above to apply.

Inclusion & Non-Discrimination

TCRP values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture — women, Black and other people of color, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, creed, religion, physical ability, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, previous incarceration, languages spoken, socioeconomic status, veteran status, union membership or activism, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.

Research shows that while men apply for positions when they meet an average of 60% of the requirements, women, Black people, people of color and other underrepresented groups only apply when they check every box. If you feel like this is the position for you even though you don’t check every box please apply, you could be exactly what we’re looking for!

We are an equal opportunity organization that welcomes all qualified applicants. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, physical ability, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, previous incarceration, veteran status, union membership or activism, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.

We are Texas lawyers for Texas communities, boldly serving the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts. We use our tools of litigation and legal advocacy to protect and advance the civil rights of everyone in Texas and we partner with communities across the state to serve the rising movement for social justice. In our twenty-nine year history, we have brought thousands of strategic lawsuits to protect and expand voting rights, challenge the injustices in our broken criminal justice system, and advance racial and economic justice.

We are seeking positive, motivated, balanced, well-organized individuals to serve as our law clerks for the 2021 Summer semester. TCRP is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic team and women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. Our law clerks are a critical part of the TCRP family and will assist our attorneys with every aspect of our work, from investigating potential cases, crafting strategic advocacy plans and preparing complaints to assisting with discovery, briefing dispositive motions and trying cases in federal and state court.

We ask that students commit to at least 400 hours of work over the course of the summer. We have opportunities available at all of our 5 offices across Texas (Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Alamo).

We are Texas lawyers and advocates for Texas communities, boldly serving the movement for equality and justice in and out of the courts. We envision a Texas where all communities thrive with dignity and justice, and without fear.

TCRP believes that legal advocacy and litigation are critical tools to protect and advance the civil rights of everyone in Texas, particularly our State’s most vulnerable populations, and to effect positive and lasting change to law and policy. We believe that by serving the rising social justice movement in Texas with excellent legal representation and bold strategies, we can respond to the needs of the communities we serve. Learn more at www.txcivilrights.org.

Every year, the Texas Civil Rights Project sponsors multiple legal fellows across our three programs (Racial and Economic Justice, Criminal Injustice Reform, and Voting Rights) and in all of our five offices across the state (Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Rio Grande Valley).  These fellows are recent law school graduates or judicial clerks who obtain external funding to work with us, usually on a specific project for a predetermined period of time, usually 1 or 2 years. Opportunities for external funding are extremely diverse, including law firms, law schools, government agencies, advocacy organizations, and private foundations of all sizes. Over the last few years, fellows working at TCRP have been awarded fellowship funding from the following sources, among others:

- Equal Justice Works

- Justice Catalyst

- Open Society Foundations

- Kloiber Foundation

- Yale Law School

- Columbia Law School

- University of Texas School of Law

Fellowship applicants are usually required to seek sponsorship approval from a host organization (like TCRP) before applying for fellowship funding.  While we are sensitive to time constraints, our process for approving a potential fellow for sponsorship at TCRP is extensive, including application reviews within the organization, interviews, review of past work product and references, and a thorough evaluation of the applicant’s proposed project.  This process ensures we only sponsor fellowship applicants who have developed a project proposal that significantly advances our mission of seeking justice for Texas communities, but it also means that we are only able to sponsor a small number of the qualified applicants seeking to work with us. Limiting the number of fellows that we sponsor also allows us to work closely with applicants to develop a strong proposal for funding and to ensure that we have the resources to properly manage and train fellows once they get here.  

Because this process takes time, fellowship applicants are encouraged to apply for sponsorship at least 60 days in advance of any funding application deadline. If circumstances prevent an applicant from complying with this timeline, we encourage the applicant to contact our Fellowship Coordinator to discuss the situation.  

Because of the widely varying application deadlines for fellowship funding, TCRP accepts applications from fellowship applicants throughout the year.  Major fellowship funders (e.g. Equal Justice Works) usually have early fall deadlines, while many smaller funders (e.g., law schools) have deadlines in early spring.  

To be eligible for a fellowship at TCRP, an applicant must meet the following basic criteria:

- Graduation from an ABA-accredited law school by the time the fellowship would begin;

- Completion of the bar exam of any U.S state or territory prior to beginning  the fellowship;

- Willingness to work in Texas at one of TCRP’s established offices; and

- Development of a project proposal that fits one of the three subject-matter areas in which TCRP works.

If you will be able to meet these criteria and wish to complete your fellowship at TCRP, please submit the following sponsorship application materials:

1. Cover letter indicating:

- Why you are interested in working with TCRP

- Preferred practice group (REJ/CIR/VR)

- An idea for a proposed fellowship project

- Names and deadlines for any particular fellowship applications to which you are applying

- Interest in working in Texas  

2. Detailed resume
3. Writing sample of no more than 10 pages, preferably related to the subject matter of your proposed project idea.
4. A list of at least 3 references with at least 2 of these being professional references.

TCRP values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture — women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, age, creed, religion, physical ability, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, previous incarceration, veteran status, union membership or activism, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.

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