Full-time or Part-time Staff Attorney - SeniorLAW Center, Philadelphia

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Founded in 1978, SeniorLAW Center is a dynamic nonprofit public interest legal services organization whose mission is to seek justice for older people by using the power of the law, educating the community and advocating on local, state and national levels. We are the only non-profit agency in Pennsylvania wholly dedicated to providing legal assistance to older people and protecting their legal rights.

The Center focuses on the needs of those 60 and older, prioritizing those who are low-income, cultural/racial minorities, the disabled, and those facing other vulnerabilities and challenges. We fight senior poverty, fraud and homelessness, provide protection from elder abuse and financial exploitation, enable grandparents to raise grandchildren, and improve access to justice. We currently have five offices in southeastern Pennsylvania, with headquarters in Philadelphia.

SeniorLAW Center has immediate staff attorney positions available. These may be full-time or part-time (approximately 20 hours per week):

Tenants’ Rights: We seek one full or part-time Staff Attorney to represent, educate and advocate for older low-income or vulnerable tenants who are facing eviction, habitability issues, illegal lockouts, fair housing and other landlord/tenant issues.

At least two (2) years of experience in landlord/tenant representation (as a staff or pro bono attorney) required. Candidates with experience in a legal services office and in aging and/or poverty law, working with senior citizens, minority, low-income and/or Limited English Proficient communities are all preferred. This position is based in center city Philadelphia.

Custody/Kinship Care: We seek one full or part-time Staff Attorney to represent, educate and advocate for older low-income or vulnerable clients raising or seeking to raise grandchildren or other relative children, in both Dependency and Domestic Relations court.

At least two (2) years of experience in custody representation (as a staff or pro bono attorney) required. Candidates with experience in a legal services office and in aging and/or poverty law, working with senior citizens, minority, low-income and/or Limited English Proficient communities are all preferred. This position is based in center city Philadelphia.

We are seeking highly professional, energetic, flexible, confident, and culturally-sensitive attorney(s) to provide direct legal services to seniors. These positions involve providing client intake and direct client services, including civil representation, litigation and legal counseling. Candidates must have courtroom experience.

The attorney(s) will also participate in community education, professional training and advocacy initiatives, attend staff and coalition meetings, and participate in special projects with and as a representative of the SeniorLAW Center team.

Applicants must be active members of the Pennsylvania Bar in good standing. Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills; demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines; and a commitment to serving vulnerable and diverse communities required. Ability to work well as a team and individually, excellent interpersonal and computer skills, and the highest degree of professionalism are required.

Candidates from diverse backgrounds and orientations are encouraged to apply. Second language fluency, while not required, is valued.

Work with an enthusiastic and excellent team of public interest attorneys and advocates in a dynamic center city office. Salary is competitive in the nonprofit public interest arena, with excellent benefits.

Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter identifying specific relevant experience and salary range requirements via e-mail to employment@seniorlawcenter.org as soon as possible. No telephone calls please.

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