Attorney/Coordinator Position Available Immediately. Immediate opening for an experienced attorney to help lead the innovative, collaborative, court-based Philadelphia Landlord/Tenant Legal Help Center. We seek one part-time (20 hours/week) attorney, with at least three (3) years of experience in landlord/tenant litigation, representation, and counseling.
The Philadelphia Landlord/Tenant Help Center is a collaborative project, founded and led by a partnership of legal services leaders, pro bono attorneys, and the Court to promote access to justice for unrepresented, low-income tenants of all ages. The Center features a unique court-based model of legal advice, advocacy, education and limited representation services, working with volunteer attorneys, paralegals and law students. The Center is based in Philadelphia Municipal Court and currently open two days/week. The attorney/coordinator must be present at the Center to coordinate services when open and will also attend monthly Collaborative leadership meetings.
This attorney/coordinator’s primary responsibility is to provide direct legal services and intake to clients at the Center and help coordinate the Center’s services and corps of volunteers. The attorney/coordinator will work with the Collaborative to strengthen and expand the capacity of the Center, prepare educational materials and best practices protocols, and strategize on funding and partnerships. Applicants must be active members of the Pennsylvania Bar, with a minimum of three (3) years of relevant legal experience in landlord/tenant litigation. Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills; demonstrated ability to work with colleagues and volunteers; and a commitment to serving vulnerable and diverse communities required. Ability to work well as a team and individually, excellent interpersonal and computer skills (Kemps case management software), and the highest degree of professionalism are required.
Experience in a legal services office and in public interest or poverty law; working with minority, disabled, vulnerable, and/or Limited English Proficient communities; and supervision of staff or volunteers are all preferred. Persons from diverse backgrounds and with bilingual ability are strongly encouraged to apply.
While this is now a part-time position for 20 hours/week, there is possibility of expansion into a full-time position in the future. SeniorLAW Center serves as fiscal agent for the Center and will be the employer. The position reports to the Legal Director of SeniorLAW Center and works as partner to the Collaborative team. SeniorLAW Center is a nonprofit public interest legal services organization protecting the legal rights of older Pennsylvanians with a variety of programs and services. Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter identifying specific relevant experience and salary range requirements to the attention of Hiring Committee, Landlord/Tenant Help Center via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications without salary requirements will not be reviewed. SeniorLAW Center is an equal opportunity employer.
Public Interest Fellowship Opportunities
SeniorLAW Center is a nonprofit public interest legal services organization founded in 1978 which protects the legal rights of older Pennsylvanians with individual legal representation, counsel, education and advocacy. Currently serving over 8,000 seniors each year from widely diverse communities, SeniorLAW Center’s programs and services address critical issues of housing, domestic violence, consumer protection, health care, advance planning, financial exploitation, the legal needs of older veterans and family law, including services to grandparents raising grandchildren. Our Pennsylvania SeniorLAW HelpLine addresses unmet legal needs of Pennsylvania’s expansive elderly population, many of whom live in communities with few if any legal services focused on their needs. Through our work, we seek to improve the lives of Pennsylvania seniors and their access to vitally needed legal representation, information, services and resources. We fight for the independence, autonomy and dignity of our clients. We focus on the low-income, cultural/racial minorities, the disabled, and those who are otherwise vulnerable.
We are seeking attorneys licensed in Pennsylvania 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.
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.
Interested applicants should send their resumes and cover letters to the attention of Wendy E. Bookler, Esq., Legal Director, via e-mail to email@example.com or via mail to 1500 JFK Blvd., Suite 1501, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Applications for fall 2016 should be submitted no later than 7/31/2015.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. CLICK HERE for more information about Summer Internships.
SeniorLAW Center has established excellent internship and externship programs with Villanova University School of Law (and its Lawyering Together program), Temple University Beasley School of Law, and Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, and we encourage students to apply through their law school faculty. We welcome inquiries from students of other law schools with externship programs.
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