Managing Attorney - Neighborhood Legal Services

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Job Title:  Managing Attorney        
Department:   Legal – Advocacy & Client Services
Reports to:  Director of Advocacy/Client Services and Director of Performance and Compliance



The Managing Attorney role will  assure the highest quality of legal representation by the office . This position will have a focus on Housing matters for NLS and its clients.  This individual will manage and provide leadership to attorneys and paralegals; engage in/encourage impact representation when possible; engage in/encourage litigation planning and strategy; engage in/encourage community education, bar association participation,  fundraising participation; and  work  with  the  Director of Performance and Compliance  to  ensure  compliance  with  all  regulations  and  funding requirements of the program.


  • Directly manage and monitor all legal and non-legal staff in the office with a focus on housing issues, including all human resource actions and recommendations
  • Consult with the Directors regarding hiring, discipline, grievances, and related matters arising from the Collective Bargaining Agreement;
  • Manage employees’ time management requests including leave, compensatory and flex time. 
  • Responsible for performance management and employee development.  Monitor timekeeping and approve time sheets of staff under their supervision ;
  • Redeploy office staff and reassign cases as necessary
  • Manage staff’s responses and interactions with clients including response timeliness, courteous behaviors and  appropriate handling of client matters and problems;
  • Contribute and promote a healthy, productive and positive work environment;
  • Provide training to staff on a day-to-day basis;
  • Evaluate and manage the performance and capability of the attorneys, paralegals, and all staff assigned;
  • Attend and contribute to Management Meetings and Trainings;


  • Provide support to the Director of Program Performance and Compliance as required for report preparation and funding applications;
  • Contribute and assist in development and execution of  presentations, procedures, and policies as         necessary;
  • Review and close client files;
  • Assist in the maintenance of SharePoint and the Eligibility Manual;
  • Collaborate and Implement on personnel directives as required;
  • Collaborate and contribute to training development and with special projects as assigned;


  • Further local Bench/Bar relations by participating in local and state bar committees at the direction of the Executive Director;
  • Spokesperson for NLS and participate in community forums as NLS representative;
  • Provide recruitment support for the Private Attorney Involvement (PAI) Program;
  • Contribute to the development of legal education activities for the legal services and local bar communities;
  • Coordinate with the local legal and client community in the establishment of office goals and priorities;
  • Participate in fundraising activities at the direction of the Executive Director;


  • Provide limited legal representation to eligible individuals and groups;
  • Engage in representation on matters that affect the client community and/or which seek to effectuate systematic change in conditions that adversely affect the client community;
  • Where appropriate and/or necessary serve as co-counsel or mentor;
  • Develop and implement systematic approaches to legal problem solving;


  • Work with the Executive Director to oversee the function and maintenance of the physical plant;
  • Work with the administration to ensure that the office has adequate supplies;
  • Develop legal education activities in the Legal Services and local Bar communities;    
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.



  • Graduation from an accredited law school;
  • 10 years of legal experience;
  • Admission Pennsylvania Bar Association;
  • Demonstrated supervisory capabilities;
  • Administrative experience is preferred;


  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.


Resumes and any supporting materials should be submitted to:

Denise McKeown
Human Resource Manager


NLSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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