Houston College of Law seeks to hire a Staff Attorney in its Low Income Taxpayer Clinic:
SUMMARY Houston College of Law, located in downtown Houston, recently received approval from the IRS to receive a grant to operate a LITC. Beginning with the fall 2016 semester, the LITC will provide direct representation in federal tax controversies to low income taxpayers. Clients assisted by the LITC might need a variety of types of assistance in resolving their federal tax issues with the IRS, including entering into installment agreements, submitting offers in compromise, negotiating with IRS Appeals, requesting Collection Due Process Hearings, and filing petitions and litigating in the United States Tax Court. Funding for this position through the IRS grant currently is available only for the fall 2016 semester. Houston College of Law has applied for grant funds for calendar year 2017 and intends to apply for grant funds for future years. Employment as a Staff Attorney in the LITC following the fall 2016 semester is contingent on grant funding and the law school’s requirements.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
The Staff Attorney’s responsibilities will include screening cases, helping to manage the LITC’s docket, contributing to community outreach efforts, representing clients, and supervising the work of students enrolled in the LITC.
The Staff Attorney is expected to assist the LITC’s Director in teaching the classroom component of the clinic and monitoring the work of students, handle matters relating to the day-to-day administration of the clinic and its cases, and assume primary responsibility for cases that begin outside of or are not concluded during the academic year.
Projects and other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Must be professional and confidential of all department data and correspondence. The person must have a poised and professional image; strong ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast paced environment, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively and efficiently with all employees, visitors and students while projecting a positive image for the area and college. Service oriented with ability to make all visitors feel welcome. Must be computer literate with proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), some WordPerfect with ability to learn new programs as necessary. Must be detail-oriented and able to work in a fast-paced multi-tasking environment.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE Must have a JD from an ABA-accredited law school, be licensed to practice law in at least one state in the United States or plan to sit for a state bar examination in summer 2016 with the expectation of admission to the bar in fall 2016, and have experience in tax law. Qualified applicants must be authorized to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service and either be admitted to practice or become admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court. Fluency in a second language and a demonstrated commitment to the needs of low income taxpayers are highly desirable.