Staff Attorney - Neighborhood Legal Services, Pittsburgh

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Neighborhood Legal Services-NLS (  is seeking a full-time Staff Attorney for our Pittsburgh, PA  office to provide the highest quality of legal representation and handle all functions related to casework in a high-volume, general law practice.   NLS is the major provider of free civil legal aid to low-income, elderly, and abused individuals in our four-county service area. The Staff Attorney will work with attorneys, paralegals, social workers, students, and others on cases or projects; engage in/encourage community education; participate in the local bar association; participate in fundraising efforts, and cooperate with NLS management to ensure compliance with all regulations and funding requirements of the program.   This is a bargaining unit position.


  • Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, or admitted in another jurisdiction and eligible for admission in Pennsylvania;
  • At least five years of experience practicing general law;
  • Computer knowledge and appropriate use of Word, Excel, Microsoft Outlook, and PowerPoint;
  • Demonstrated Organizational Skills;
  • Must have efficient transportation to locations other than the NLSA office as needed for work
  • Maintains a caseload.
  • Performs legal research and prepares memoranda, pleadings, discovery, motions, appeals, and interrogatories and keeps Managing Attorney advised of case statuses.
  • Evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of cases and prepares cases for presentation in court as needed.
  • Negotiates case resolution with opposing parties, opposing attorneys and the guardian ad items.
  • Appears in State and Federal courts for motions, trials, arguments, hearings, rules to show cause, pre-trial conferences, status conferences, roster/docket sounding and appeals. 
  • Fills in for other attorneys as needed.
  • Meet with partner agencies and local community/agency advocates.  Attends required meetings and seminars.
  • Consults with other attorneys and attend staff meetings and training seminars as required.
  • Maintains knowledge and skills in current case decisions and legislation.
  • Attends training sessions on current legal updates and reads legal materials to update professional knowledge.
  • Organizes and maintains files and records of a confidential, complex, or otherwise sensitive nature.
  • Coordinates conducts and/or participates in community outreach events.
  • Performs all other duties as may be requested by the Managing Attorney, Director of Advocacy, Director of Program Performance and Compliance of Litigation Coordinator or Executive Director.
  • Salary is dependent on experience in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement. 

In addition to a fair salary, this position also includes:

  • Free medical insurance through Highmark for employee and their family
  • Free dental insurance through Highmark for employee and their family
  • $625- $1250 employer contribution to an HRA plan for employee and their family
  • Employer match up to 2.5% in our 403b plan through Alerus (with 3% employee contribution)
  • 14 sick days in the first year (prorated by fiscal year)
  • 15 vacation days in the first year (prorated by fiscal year)
  • 15 paid holidays a year
  • 3 personal days a year (prorated by the calendar year)


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