Staff Attorney - Neighborhood Legal Services, Pittsburgh

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Job Title:

Staff Attorney    0822 – 213


Legal Services

Reports to:

Managing Attorney   



The  Staff Attorney provides the highest quality of legal representation and handles all functions related to case work in a high-volume, general law practice. This work involves providing legal representation to family law clients as well as those victims seeking relief under the Sexual Violence or Intimidation Protection Act and the Protection from Abuse Act; in need of representation with custody matters which will improve victim safety and the safety and well-being of the victim’s children; and who may require representation on housing, expungement, and consumer matters. 

Legal representation may include providing advice, limited services, referral, and/or extended representation. The Staff Attorney is specially trained in domestic and sexual violence dynamics and trauma and works with attorneys, paralegals, social workers, law students, domestic violence advocates, and others to ensure that the emergency needs of each applicant are being explored and pursued.


  • Screen clients for eligibility and make referrals, as needed;
  • Conduct preliminary and subse­quent interviews with clients;
  • Conduct factual investigation, analysis, and legal research, as needed;
  • Develop case theory and strategy for the representation;
  • Keep clients informed on an ongoing basis and provide counsel about their options;
  • Prepare pleadings, including but not limited to, complaints, answers, memoranda of law, briefs as may be needed;
  • Prepare cases and represent clients in negotiations, hearings, trials, and appeals;
  • Monitor client files and close files in a timely manner as required by program policy;
  • Enter time in a timely manner pursuant to program policy;
  • Maintain case files in accordance with NLSA standards.  
  • Stay current on the law
  • Work collaboratively with the domestic violence and sexual violence programs in each respective county. 


  • Identify and work with management to address project sustainability;
  • Assist with project evaluation


  • Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania or admitted in another jurisdiction and eligible for admission in Pennsylvania;
  • Strong computer knowledge and skills. Strong in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to details.
  • Excellent interpersonal and client service skills
  • Must have efficient transportation to locations other than the NLSA office as needed for work;

Education and Experience:

  • Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania or admitted in another jurisdiction and eligible for admission in Pennsylvania;
  • Receive specialized training on domestic and sexual violence dynamics and the impact of trauma so as to provide client services.

Physical Requirements:

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

NLSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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