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Staff Attorney

Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono in Philadelphia, recruits, trains, and supports volunteer attorneys who provide free legal services to clients living in poverty. 

POSITION SUMMARY

Reporting to the Supervising Attorney, the Staff Attorney supports volunteer attorneys and clients living in poverty who face critical legal needs, with an emphasis on landlord-tenant law but also in other areas of civil law such as torts, consumer, guardianship, name changes, homeownership/tangled title, mortgage foreclosure, and family law.

The position is full-time and exempt, with a salary range of $50,000 to $55,000, generous employee benefits, and an outstanding team atmosphere. VIP values a diverse work environment and strongly encourages people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, and people with disabilities to apply.  Due to the pandemic, the position is currently remote until VIP determines that it is safe to resume in-person operations.

KEY QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduate of an accredited law school and licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania
  • Minimum 2-years legal practice experience preferred
  • Demonstrated interest in supporting volunteers and commitment to VIP’s service model (i.e., supporting volunteers who do the direct client representation)
  • Passion for access to justice for underserved communities
  • Excellent legal analysis and research skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated capacity to build relationships with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience assisting clients living in poverty and pro bono volunteers preferred, but not required
  • Team player, collaborative, and able to receive and act on feedback
  • Close attention to detail, organized, and able to manage multiple, simultaneous projects and deadlines in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment
  • Embraces technology, including a leading-edge case management system

KEY FUNCTIONS

Guide and support volunteer attorneys and clients throughout the life of the case:

  • Provide encouraging, timely assistance to volunteer attorneys, staff, and interns on substantive legal issues, litigation procedures, case support services, and client interaction particularly with respect to landlord-tenant law.
  • Stay abreast of changes to landlord-tenant law and policy that affect our tenant-clients, including developments within Municipal Court and City Council, as well as develop an understanding of the other legal areas that VIP volunteers handle.
  • Attend practice group meetings and other volunteer support gatherings.
  • Engage and collaborate with external partners, particularly with respect to implementing systems that will help build VIP’s long-term capacity to provide legal assistance, particularly in landlord-tenant cases.
  • Supervise an AmeriCorps VISTA fellow on a project to expand VIP’s capacity for assisting tenant-clients, and potentially interns and temporary staff on their respective caseloads.

Recruit and retain volunteer attorneys in private practice to fulfill VIP’s mission:

  • Proactively seek opportunities to engage new, current, and lapsed volunteers with VIP’s mission and casework, including by referring cases to volunteer attorneys.
  • Plan recruiting events and presentations to solo practitioners, law firms, corporate law departments, and bar associations to secure volunteer attorneys and to develop practice groups and other attorney teams, with particular focus on landlord-tenant law. Actively strengthen partnerships with law offices and associations.
  • Organize and conduct trainings, CLEs, orientations, and other events for volunteer attorneys, particularly in the area of landlord-tenant. Regularly update training materials and volunteer resources.
  • Track metrics to evaluate and improve recruitment and retention efforts and legal program outcomes.
  • Attend regular meetings, and perform all other duties, as assigned.

HOW TO APPLY:

E-mail cover letter and resume to Karna Laubenstein, Director of Operations, klaubenstein@phillyvip.org.  No calls, please.

What to include in your cover letter: All cover letters should include a salary requirement, potential start date, and any non-English language skills. Applicants are invited to include a statement about how the applicant’s unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of VIP’s staff team and legal practice.

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to those received by Friday, November 27, 2020.

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