LASP SUMMER ATTORNEY FELLOWS – Norristown, Doylestown, Chester City, West Chester, Community Engagement Unit and Regional Housing Unit
Legal Aid of Southeastern PA (LASP) will implement a Summer Attorney Fellows program. LASP Summer Attorney Fellows will serve temporary positions through September 30, 2021 working 4 days (a maximum of 28 hours) each week. One fellow will be selected for each of the following offices/units: Norristown, Doylestown, Chester City, West Chester, Community Engagement Unit (located in Norristown) and Regional Housing Unit (located in Chester City). LASP serves low-income individuals and families in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.
Fellows will represent clients facing issues regarding public benefits, consumer law and bankruptcy, employment, expungements, housing, family law, protection from domestic violence, and other cases as assigned. Fellows may also support special projects including eviction prevention projects in Bucks and Montgomery counties and a Mobile Home Tax Assessment project in Chester County. Fellows may also be expected to conduct home visits, community outreach and education, and must have the capacity to work both remotely and in-person at their assigned local office. Fellowships in the Regional Housing and Community Engagement Units may require travel to all four counties in LASP’s service area to attend client meetings, court appearances and community outreach. Fellows will receive salary commensurate with experience and LASP’s personnel policy.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
- Interviewing clients, assisting in determining eligibility for services, and ascertaining and investigating facts;
- Conducting legal research and interpreting statutes, case law, regulations, and other sources of law;
- Providing advice and counsel to clients;
- Preparing legal documents, including but not necessarily limited to: briefs, pleadings, motions, notices, correspondence, memoranda, discovery and documents responsive to discovery requests, and advanced directives;
- Developing strategy and arguments for presentation of cases and assisting in preparation of witnesses for hearings and trials;
- Representing clients at hearings, in trial and appellate courts, and before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies;
- Reviewing decisions and consulting with management team to determine the merit of potential appeals;
- Collaborating with external professional and community organizations relevant to casework;
- Conducting clinics, community education, and workshops;
- Becoming engaged in LASP team efforts to achieve office and program goals, including participation in program-wide affinity groups and task forces;
- Developing knowledge of community referral resources and assessing community and client needs;
- Enhancing skills and substantive knowledge through training, CLE, and other educational opportunities;
- Abiding by all applicable professional standards of ethics and practice;
- Completing required administrative tasks including entering of notes and timekeeping in LASP case management software, and maintaining of physical files;
- Ensuring that requirements of grants and contracts which may provide funding for the position are met, and assisting with grant reports;
- Performing other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned.
SUPERVISOR: Managing and Supervising Attorneys in assigned office or unit.
QUALIFICATIONS: License to practice law in Pennsylvania or admitted in another jurisdiction and eligible for admission to Pennsylvania. 0-5 years’ experience as a lawyer; demonstrated proficiency in word processing, Outlook products, case management software, and online legal research tools; Passionate commitment to public interest law and serving low-income individuals and diverse, vulnerable populations; Strong written and oral advocacy and organizational skills. The successful candidate must be willing to accept complex and challenging cases and develop creative strategies to assist clients. Candidates must have the ability to work remotely and have reliable transportation for outreach assignments. Spanish language proficiency is desirable.
LASP is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate in the recruitment, selection, or advancement of employees on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, creed, age, religion, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or on any other basis prohibited by law.
TO APPLY: Send resume and writing sample to Kesha James, Deputy Director for Advocacy at Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania by email to Hiring@lasp.org. Position will remain open until filled and will be filled quickly as funding for the program ends September 30, 2021.