SeniorLAW Center

Employment

Staff Attorney Positions:

Elder Victim Staff Attorney (Philadelphia and Chester Counties)

RESPONSIBILITIES: Client representation including providing legal advice, extended representation including filing and pursing PFA order, preparation of powers of attorney, representing clients in court actions involving protection from abuse orders, financial exploitation, landlord tenant matters, mortgage foreclosures, spousal support, custody, debt collection and consumer issues. Analyze all civil remedies and options and pursue as client desires. Provide information about how any criminal proceedings may impact civil litigation. Assist in preparing informational and outreach materials, develop and present community legal education programs, represent SeniorLAW Center at Bar Association, victim coalition and other organizational meetings as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS: Membership in Pennsylvania Bar. Relevant victim services training and/or experience in a legal services program or law office. Interest in and ability to work with older people, victims; sensitivity to older people of diverse backgrounds. Fluency in Spanish, both oral and written, strongly preferred. Excellent advocacy and negotiation skills required, as well as good organizational and interpersonal skills. Ability to work under pressure, good writing and research skills.

APPLY: To apply please send your resume, writing sample and cover letter with your salary requirements to employment@seniorlawcenter.org

Legal Advocate Positions:

Elder Victim Legal Advocate (Montgomery, Bucks, Chester and Delaware Counties)

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Elder Victim Legal Advocate, under the guidance and supervision of the Director, Victim Services, performs professional duties to assist in the representation of elder victims by the Elder Victim Staff Attorney. The Elder Victim Legal Advocate will focus his/her services in one or more of the counties listed above.
Elder Victim Legal Advocate (Bucks, Delaware, Chester counties)

We are seeking Legal Advocates (multiple positions) to work in Philadelphia’s suburban counties. This position will interview seniors via telephone or in person to assess issues and determine eligibility for program services, assist elder victims prepare Victim Compensation Claims, provide information and referrals to elders linking them to other resources and support services. The individual in this position will also assist Elder Victim Staff Attorney in providing legal assistance and representation and complete required paperwork/case management software on all client cases. You will also assist the Attorney in presenting legal education workshops to seniors and plan, organize and carry out special outreach and tabling events.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree or Paralegal Certificate. Relevant experience in a legal services program or law office. Victim service experience and/or training. Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. Ability to work under pressure, good writing and research skills. Interest in and ability to work with victims, older people, sensitivity to older people of diverse backgrounds.

APPLY: To apply please send your resume and cover letter with your salary requirements to employment@seniorlawcenter.org

Public Interest Fellowship Opportunities:

We consider attorneys licensed in Pennsylvania (or who will be licensed prior to the start date of a fellowship) who are energetic, flexible, creative, confident, and culturally-sensitive, to represent, educate, intake/interview, counsel and advocate for senior clients and be a part of our team of experienced lawyers and advocates. Fellows will receive excellent training and supervision. They will intake and interview clients, handle an individual caseload, assist legal staff with more complex litigation and cases, advocate and negotiate, develop community education materials, help conduct outreach workshops and attend community events, conduct legal research, writing and drafting, participate in systemic advocacy efforts, and handle other office tasks and special projects, as needed.
Fellowship applications are considered starting in the late spring-early summer for the fall of the following year. We seek applicants who are active members of the Pennsylvania Bar, ideally with demonstrated public interest, pro bono or volunteer experience. Excellent oral and written communications skills, ability to work in a fast-paced environment and a commitment to serving vulnerable and diverse communities required. Experience in aging and/or poverty law, representing clients in various areas of civil law, and working with senior citizens, minority, and limited English proficient communities are all preferred. Persons with bilingual ability are strongly encouraged to apply.
If you are interested in fellowship opportunities, please email your resume and cover letter to Wendy E. Bookler, Esq., Legal Director, via e-mail to wbookler@seniorlawcenter.org.

Students:

SeniorLAW Center regularly employs law students in full-time summer internships as well as part-time internships and externships through the school semester. Students are encouraged to explore law school funding and work study eligibility before applying.
Internships focus on advocating for and addressing the legal needs of senior citizens, including the low-income, veterans, minorities, immigrants and refugees, and those most in need. Interns handle a wide variety of substantive problems which may include elder abuse, housing, family law, consumer protection and advance planning.
Intern responsibilities include some or all of the following:

• Help intake and interview clients in person or via telephone intake
• Handle a small individual caseload with supervision
• Assist legal staff with more complex litigation and cases
• Help develop community education materials
• Help conduct outreach workshops and attend community events
• Conduct legal research, writing and drafting
• Participate in systemic advocacy efforts
• Handle other office tasks and special projects, as needed
Second year law students are preferred, but first year students with bilingual abilities and/or exemplary direct public interest experience will be considered. The ideal candidate will also have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, ability to work under pressure, and superior writing and communication skills. Relevant experience in a legal program or law office preferred. Interest in and ability to work with older people and sensitivity to older people of different backgrounds required. Demonstrated commitment to public interest preferred. Bilingual capabilities a plus. Students should explore work-study, law school, or other external funding and include information in their cover letter.
If you are interested in work study, internships or externships, please email your resume and cover letter to Wendy E. Bookler, Esq., Legal Director, at wbookler@seniorlawcenter.org.
SeniorLAW Center has excellent internship and externship opportunities through Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law , Temple University Beasley School of Law and Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, and we encourage students to apply through their law school faculty. We welcome inquiries from students of other law schools with externship programs.

SeniorLAW Center is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. SeniorLAW Center prohibits discrimination based on age, race, national origin, color, religion, sexual orientation, disability, sex, gender, gender identity or familial status.

 

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