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


Reporting to the Supervising Attorney, the Staff Attorney supports volunteer attorneys and low-income clients facing critical legal needs in areas of civil law such as tangled title, torts, consumer, guardianship, name changes, landlord/tenant, 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.


  • 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 low-income clients 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
  • Embraces technology, including leading-edge case management systems


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

  • Provides encouraging, timely assistance to volunteer attorneys, staff, and interns on substantive legal issues, litigation procedures, case support services, and client interaction.
  • Develops an understanding of the legal areas that VIP volunteers handle.
  • Coordinates VIP’s monthly practice group meetings, and attends other volunteer support gatherings.
  • Supervises interns and temporary staff and their respective caseloads.

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

  • Proactively seeks opportunities to engage new, current, and lapsed volunteers with VIP’s mission and casework, including by referring cases to volunteer attorneys.
  • Plans 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. Actively strengthens partnerships with law offices and associations.
  • Organizes and conducts trainings, CLEs, orientations, and other events for volunteer attorneys. Regularly updates training materials and volunteer resources.
  • Tracks metrics to evaluate and improve recruitment and retention efforts and legal program outcomes.
  • Attends regular meetings, and performs all other duties, as assigned.


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

What to include in your cover letter: All cover letters should include 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 Monday, January 10, 2020.

Ideal start date: Mid-February 2019.