Staff Attorney - Community Justice Project (Pittsburgh)

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Staff Attorney
Pittsburgh Office

Pennsylvania’s Community Justice Project (CJP) is accepting applications for a staff attorney position in its Pittsburgh office. The position is expected to begin in the Fall of 2018. Some flexibility on the start date may be possible.

Overview

CJP is a statewide legal aid program that endeavors to improve opportunities and protect the civil legal rights of eligible low income clients through impact litigation and other policy-oriented advocacy. CJP was established by the Pennsylvania legal services community in 1996 in response to Congressional restrictions tied to federal Legal Services Corporation (LSC) funding. CJP is a member of the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network and provides legal representation at no cost to clients, but CJP does not receive LSC funding. It specializes in class action and other litigation and advocacy to redress systemic issues impacting Pennsylvania’s low income residents. CJP conducts broad advocacy in all forms and subject areas, including civil rights, employment, consumer, housing, community development, immigrant rights and public benefits.

Responsibilities

The attorney will be responsible for litigation and other advocacy to improve opportunities for low income people or address systemic problems they or their communities face. The attorney will investigate potential cases and litigate in federal and state courts, including as co-counsel, and be responsible for appellate work as appropriate. The attorney will work closely with other CJP staff on major strategic issues and to develop new advocacy consistent with CJP’s mission. A significant portion of the attorney’s time will be devoted to housing and consumer work. Some travel will be required.

Experience and Qualifications

CJP seeks applicants who are self-motivated and mission-driven. Applicants should have strong academic credentials, superior analytical, problem-solving, research, writing, and verbal skills, and the ability to handle a varied litigation caseload. Demonstrated litigation ability is preferred. A demonstrated commitment to the low income client community is essential. Initiative as well as ability to work as part of a team also is important.

Compensation

CJP offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience, and within the parameters of our nonprofit compensation scale.

How to Apply

Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume and writing sample by email to or by mail to Holly Puett, hpuett@cjplaw.org, Community Justice Project, 100 Fifth Avenue, Suite 900, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. For all telephone inquiries please call 412-434-6002 or 1-866-482-3076 (toll free). The Community Justice Project values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


February 5, 2018