Managing Attorney – Legal Aid of Southeastern PA, Norristown
Legal Aid of Southeastern PA, Inc. (LASP) seeks an attorney to manage its Norristown Office in Montgomery County. LASP serves low-income individuals and families in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.
The Norristown Managing Attorney position involves supervising, training and motivating staff to provide the highest quality legal services in accordance with LASP program guidelines, the ABA Standards for the Provision of Civil Legal Services, and the Pennsylvania Code of Professional Responsibility.
The Managing Attorney will also carry a caseload commensurate with his or her expertise and managerial responsibilities. The caseload will require knowledge of and may consist of, family law issues, such as custody, domestic violence and divorce as well as other poverty law issues, including public benefits, consumer law and bankruptcy, employment, expungements, housing, and others.
The position is full-time. Staff currently work on a hybrid basis. The successful candidate will be expected to perform in-office work as well as be able to work remotely as needed.
MANAGERIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Supervise legal services provision to low-income clients and client groups, including the rendering of advice, brief service, negotiation, litigation, and administrative and appellate advocacy;
- Through training, supervision, and feedback, ensure that staff have accurate and timely information about the legal issues within the office’s scope of responsibility;
- Evaluate staff and develop individual work plans on an annual basis which focus on reviews of substantive work, assessments of caseloads, productivity, community involvement, and identification of training needs;
- Conduct regular case review meetings to assign cases consistent with LASP priorities, share updates on status of cases, address concerns from staff, and share information on program-wide issues;
- Maximize the use of LASP’s limited resources to the fullest extent in service to clients;
- Attend LASP management meetings and provide updates on local office casework, events, activities and accomplishments;
- Ensure services are provided in compliance with Legal Services Corporation (“LSC”), Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (“PLAN”) and Interest on Lawyers Trust Account (“IOLTA”) requirements as well as requirements of other grants and contracts with which the Norristown Office may be involved and work with LASP’s grants and compliance teams to accomplish this objective;
- Coordinate local community education events with LASP management colleagues and supervise the preparation of materials for these events;
- Foster a cohesive, coordinated and robust program-wide advocacy effort by consulting with program advocates outside of Norristown on cases and issues in areas not within the manager’s expertise, through participation in LASP program-wide affinity groups and task forces, and by providing opportunities for advocates to participate in those program-wide activities;
- Act as LASP liaison with the local community, including with the Montgomery County Bar and Judiciary, and work with LASP management and stakeholders to set priorities;
- With the LASP Montgomery County pro bono coordinator, assist in efforts to recruit and enhance pro bono representation of clients;
- Address client grievances pursuant to LASP policies;
- Assist the Executive team with recruiting, hiring, training, evaluating and retaining qualified staff and work with LASP’s Human Resources Manager to ensure that new employees receive appropriate orientation and comply with LASP personnel policies and procedures;
- Support LASP’s Finance and Human Resources staff in ensuring compliance with LASP’s fiscal and personnel policies and procedures, support LASP’s IT staff in ensuring that all staff technology needs are met and suggest technology innovations to enhance the delivery of services;
- Assist the Development Director and other senior management staff in seeking and applying for grants and contracts to support LASP’s work.
CASEHANDLING AND DIRECT SERVICES DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Interview clients, assist in determining eligibility for services, and ascertain and investigate facts;
- Conduct legal research and interpret statutes, case law, regulations, and other sources of law;
- Provide advice and counsel to clients;
- Prepare legal documents, including but not limited to: briefs, pleadings, motions, notices, correspondence, memoranda, discovery and documents responsive to discovery requests;
- Develop strategy and arguments for presentation of cases and assist in preparation of witnesses for hearings and trials;
- Represent clients at hearings in trial and appellate courts, and before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies;
- Review decisions and consult with management team to determine the merit of potential appeals;
- Participate in external professional and community organizations relevant to casework;
- Conduct clinics, community education, and workshops;
- Become engaged in LASP team efforts to achieve office and program goals, including participation in program-wide affinity groups and task forces;
- Develop knowledge of community referral resources and assess community and client needs;
- Enhance skills and substantive knowledge through training, CLE, and other educational opportunities;
- Abide by all applicable professional standards of ethics and practice;
- Complete required administrative tasks including entering of notes and timekeeping in LASP case management software, and maintain physical files;
- Ensure that requirements of grants and contracts which may provide funding for the position are met, and assist with grant reports;
- Perform other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned.
6 staff attorneys, paralegal, 2 support staff, and other staff and volunteers in Norristown.
License to practice law in Pennsylvania or admitted in another jurisdiction and eligible for admission to Pennsylvania. Three years’ minimum experience practicing law, preferably in a non-profit legal services environment. Prior management experience in a legal setting preferred. 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 vulnerable populations. Strong written and oral advocacy and organizational skills. Ability to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail. The successful candidate must be willing to accept complex and challenging cases, develop creative strategies to assist clients, identify systemic legal problems and develop and implement impactful approaches to address those problems which may include litigation. Spanish language fluency is desirable.
Depending on experience and qualifications, a minimum of $63,000. Excellent benefits including employer-funded 401K, health and ancillary benefits, and generous leave provisions, including paid holidays, personal, vacation, and sick leave.
LASP is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate in the recruitment, selection, or advancement of employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, genetic information or on any other basis prohibited by law.
This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, and training. LASP makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.
Send resume and cover letter, including the job title (Norristown Managing Attorney), to Elise Wilson-Coles, Human Resources Manager at Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, by email to Hiring@lasp.org. Position will remain open until filled.