SeniorLAW Center

Employment

Attorney Positions:

 

Two Part-time or One Full-time Staff Attorney Position(s): Available Immediately

Founded in 1978, SeniorLAW Center is a dynamic nonprofit public interest legal services organization whose mission is to seek justice for older people by using the power of the law, educating the community and advocating on local, state and national levels. We are the only non-profit agency in Pennsylvania wholly dedicated to providing legal assistance to older people and protecting their legal rights. The Center focuses on the needs of those 60 and older, prioritizing those who are low-income, cultural/racial minorities, the disabled, and those facing other vulnerabilities and challenges. We fight senior poverty, fraud and homelessness, provide protection from elder abuse and financial exploitation, enable grandparents to raise grandchildren, and improve access to justice. Our core values are excellence, respect, compassion, integrity, creativity and optimism.

SeniorLAW Center seeks the following, which may be filled by one attorney seeking a full-time position or two attorneys, each seeking a part-time (approximately 20 hours per week) position:

(1) An experienced candidate to join its team of public interest attorneys and advocates in Homeownership Rights. We seek one part-time Staff Attorney, with at least two (2) years of experience in various areas of civil law, including probate, deed fraud, quiet title, property conveyancing and contractor fraud. Candidates from diverse backgrounds and orientations with experience in a legal services office and in aging and/or poverty law, are encouraged to apply. This position is based in center city Philadelphia.

(2) An experienced candidate to join its team of public interest attorneys and advocates in Victim Services. We seek one part-time Staff Attorney, with at least two (2) years of experience in civil litigation. Candidates from diverse backgrounds and orientations with experience in a legal services office and in aging and/or poverty law, representing clients in various areas of civil law, particularly in protection from abuse, and working with senior citizens, minority, low-income and Limited English Proficient communities are all preferred. This position is also based in center city Philadelphia.

We are seeking highly professional, energetic, flexible, confident, and culturally-sensitive attorney(s) to provide direct legal services to seniors. These positions involve providing client intake and direct client services, including civil representation, litigation and legal counseling. The attorney must have courtroom experience.
The attorney(s) will also be required to participate in community and professional education and attend meetings as a representative of the team.

Applicants must be active members of the Pennsylvania Bar in good standing. Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills; demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines; and a commitment to serving vulnerable and diverse communities required. Ability to work well as a team and individually, excellent interpersonal and computer skills, and the highest degree of professionalism are required.

Work with an enthusiastic and excellent team of public interest attorneys and advocates in a dynamic center city office. Salary is competitive in the nonprofit public interest arena, with excellent benefits.

Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter identifying specific relevant experience and salary range requirements via e-mail to employment@seniorlawcenter.org as soon as possible. Applicants for the Homeownership Rights position should send their information to the attention of Elizabeth Shay, Esquire and those applying for the Victim Services position should send their information to the attention of Dana N. Goldberg, Esq. Applications without salary requirements will not be reviewed. No telephone calls please.

SeniorLAW Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Legal Advocate Positions:

Elder Victim Legal Advocate (Chester County)

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.

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 Chester County.

Duties:

Legal Advocacy • · • Interview seniors via county intake line or in person to assess issues and determine eligibility for program services.
• Review Legal Health Checklist with victims at intake.
• Provide information and referrals to elders, linking them to other resources and support services, including emergency financial assistance, support groups health services and other resources.
• · • Provide crisis and follow up counseling for elder victims.
• Assist Elder Victim Staff Attorney in preparing to provide legal assistance and representation.
• Assist elder victims with preparation of and submission of Victim Compensation Claims.
• Complete required paperwork/case management software records on all cases and referrals.

Community Education • Assist Elder Victim Staff Attorney in presenting legal education workshops to senior citizens to prevent victimization, identify victims and promote self-identification, and provide or refer them to needed services.
• Plan, organize and carry out special outreach and tabling events.

Additional Responsibilities .
• Participate in bi-weekly case review meetings.
• Participate in staff meetings.
• Represent SeniorLAW Center at victim coalition meetings as needed.

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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