Staff Attorney - Neighborhood Legal Services (Pittsburgh Office-Two Positions)

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Job Title:Staff Attorney # 219  & # 220  Pittsburgh Office
Department:    Legal Services
Reports to: Managing Attorney - Housing

Neighborhood Legal Services is a non-profit organization that secures justice and resolves fundamental legal problems for those who are low-income and vulnerable in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, and Lawrence Counties by providing high-quality legal services and community legal education.  Founded in 1966, NLS has provided civil legal aid to more than 1.2 million of our low-income neighbors in need of legal assistance .

The Neighborhood Legal Services staff attorneys are to provide the highest quality of legal representation and handle all functions related to case work in a high-volume, general law practice. Legal representation may include providing advice, limited services, referral, and/or extended representation.


In this role, the staff attorney will provide legal representation and address legal issues related to housing insecurity including eviction prevention and other legal barriers to housing stability.  This position will provide full service at the Magistrate level in the Lawyer of the Day Program.  The legal areas may change as client needs and funding requirements change.  


  • Screen clients for eligibility and make referrals, as needed;
  • Conduct preliminary and subse¬quent 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. 
  • Provide outreach to our communities and participate in professional organizations. 
  • Stay current on matters of the law.


  • 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


  • Admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania or admitted in another jurisdiction and eligible for admission in Pennsylvania;
  • Current Driver’s License


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


  • NLS 100% paid healthcare through Highmark that includes prescription and dental coverage
  • NLS 100% paid Life/ADD, Long-term Disability, Short-term Disability Insurance
  • NLS paid Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) 
  • Contributions to a 403b and/or Roth 403b after one-year of service (optional)
  • Options that you may choose to purchase or contribute to include:
    • Vision Insurance
    • FSA – Medical Account
    • FSA - Dependent Care Account
    • Qualified Transportation Election 
  • Paid Time Off:    (pro-rated first year)
    • 15 vacation days
    • 14 sick days
    • 3 Personal Days
    • 16 Holidays

All interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume to


Neighborhood Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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