SeniorLAW Center

Employment

 

Available Positions

Director of Pro Bono Action for Community Impact in Pennsylvania

Elder Victim Staff Attorney Position Available Immediately in Center City Philadelphia office

Tenant Rights Legal Advocate Position

Attorney Positions:

DIRECTOR
Pro Bono Action for Community Impact in Pennsylvania
Full-time position available immediately

 

Position Summary:
Reporting to and working closely with the Executive Director, the Project Director will have primary responsibility to lead this pro bono project focused on systemic advocacy and policy reform, in partnership with AARP Pennsylvania. The Project Director will work closely with SeniorLAW Center’s legal staff to identify issues arising from our direct legal services work that are ripe for research, policy and legislative reform and systemic advocacy and will formulate, market, and guide pro bono projects to completion, often with other stakeholders. The Project Director will create, refine, and disseminate marketing and program materials, promote awareness of the project and its impact, recruit and guide pro bono volunteers with wide-ranging members of the legal community, including law firm, law schools, and corporate counsel, develop evaluation tools, track data and draft reports, articles and publicity for the project, and organize and execute special events, among other responsibilities.

Qualifications:
Juris Doctor, active member of the Pennsylvania Bar, with a minimum of five years’ relevant legal experience in the areas of law and aging, poverty law or pro bono service. Demonstrated leadership abilities in a legal, aging services and/or pro bono organization. Strong relationships in the legal community; ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines; excellent writing, public speaking, interpersonal and organizational skills. The ideal candidate will be highly flexible, professional, energetic and passionate about access to justice, aging and poverty issues. Sensitivity to and respect and compassion for older people of diverse backgrounds is essential. Flexibility to work and attend periodic evening and weekend events in Philadelphia and throughout the Commonwealth required. Some travel required, primarily to Harrisburg, PA and Washington, D.C.
Responsibilities:

  1. With Executive Director and leadership of AARP, continue to develop and refine marketing materials for project, including press releases, brochures, website and electronic content, social media, print and PowerPoints for in-person presentations and trainings
  2. Develop and implement policies and procedures for issue identification, project creation and referrals, conflicts of interest, oversight and follow-up, data collection, outcome measurement, and reporting and deliverable tracking
  3. Develop existing and cultivate new relationships with pro bono attorneys, law firms, regional law schools, and corporate counsel to participate in this project
  4. With Executive Director and other leaders, develop and cultivate relationships with legislative and other leaders to publicize project and pursue project goals
  5. Develop evaluation tools, track data and draft project reports for partners, funders and others
  6. Maintain communication and regular follow-up with pro bono volunteers and partners
  7. Attend legal , staff and related internal meetings, including Case Review
  8. Schedule, create agendas for, lead and attend project meetings with Executive Director and partners in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
  9. Represent SeniorLAW Center at outreach and speaking events, professional trainings, pro bono gatherings, and CLEs
  10. Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field
  11. Explore and develop sustainability plan for project
  12. Initiate and complete special projects and other tasks with Executive Director and Project Directors

 

Applicants should send resume and cover letter to Karen C. Buck, Executive Director at kbuck@seniorlawcenter.org with subject line “PRO BONO PROJECT DIRECTOR APPLICATION.” Please include salary range requirements.

 

 

Elder Victim Staff Attorney Position Available Immediately in Center City Philadelphia office

SeniorLAW Center seeks experienced candidates to join its team of public interest attorneys and advocates. We seek a full-time Staff Attorney with at least two (2) years of experience in civil
litigation (including protection from abuse, spousal support, custody and other family law issues; ejectment and landlord-tenant matters; and consumer law cases). Candidates from diverse backgrounds and orientations, those who are fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, or Russian as well as those with experience in serving the legal needs of the older veteran community, will receive preference. VOCA-approved victim services training is a plus. Experience in a legal services office and 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.

We are seeking a highly professional, energetic, flexible, confident, and culturally-sensitive attorney to provide direct legal services, information and referrals to seniors who have been victims of elder abuse, financial exploitation, economic crimes and/or neglect in later life. The position involves providing client intake and direct client services, including civil litigation and legal counseling, and focuses on victims in Limited English Proficient communities as well as older veteran victims. The attorney will also, participate in community and professional education, special projects, and working with a team to report on and sustain the project.

Applicants must be active members of the Pennsylvania Bar. 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 both as a team member 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 to the attention of Dana N. Goldberg, Esq. via e-mail
to employment@seniorlawcenter.org as soon as possible. Applications without salary requirements will not be reviewed.

 

Administrative Positions:

None at this time.

Legal Advocate Positions:

Tenant Rights Legal Advocate 

SeniorLAW Center seeks experienced candidates to join its team of public interest attorneys and advocates. We seek a part-time (20 hours/week) legal advocate with at least two (2) years of experience as a housing counselor, clinical social worker or paralegal. Reporting to the Tenant Rights attorneys, the Tenant Rights Legal Advocate is responsible for assisting and advocating on behalf of older tenants who are facing housing instability or homelessness. The candidate should possess an interest in and ability to work with older people and sensitivity to older people of different backgrounds. The candidate must possess good interpersonal and organizational skills, excellent organizational and database skills, ability to work as part of a team and to meet deadlines, and good advocacy and public speaking skills. Preference will be given to those demonstrating a passion for assisting vulnerable individuals and pursuing justice.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Legal Advocacy 

  • Under guidance and supervision of the Project Coordinator and Legal Director, provide advocacy and referrals to SeniorLAW Center clients, with the primary focus on tenants facing housing instability and homelessness
  • Review eviction notices, complaints, and other legal forms with clients at
    intake
  • Counsel clients regarding housing or emergency shelter and other
    resources
  • Assist clients with housing search
  • Assist clients with administrative hearings
  • Provide support to attorneys at court as assigned, including for Lawyer of
    the Day
  • Assist in preparing case files for trial
  • Draft and mail letters to clients
  • Maintain case files and database
  • Review cases with Tenant Rights attorneys
  • Provide support for telephone intake as assigned
  • Represent SeniorLAW Center on professional committees/coalitions as
    needed
  • Help conduct intake and review documentation for the SeniorLAW Center
    staff attorney covering the Lawyer of the Day program at court

Outreach/Community Relations

  • Visit senior, family and community centers and other outreach sites to present community education and professional training workshops as scheduled
  • Aid in development of legal outreach, community education and pro-se materials as needed

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Maintain records
  • Enter data into computer databases
  • Provide support to other colleagues as needed
  • Participate in scheduled staff and other meetings

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At least two (2) years of experience as a housing counselor, clinical social worker or
    paralegal
  • Excellent writing, organizational, interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Interest and ability to work with older people and persons of different backgrounds

EDUCATION: B.A. or B.S. OR PARALEGAL CERTIFICATE.

All applications should include cover letter, resume and at least three (3) professional references, as well as salary range requirements.

Please send by email to attention of Dana N. Goldberg, Esq., Legal Director, at employment@seniorlawcenter.org. No phone calls please.

 

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 Dana Goldberg, Esq., Legal Director, via e-mail to dgoldberg@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 Dana Goldberg, Esq., Legal Director, via e-mail to dgoldberg@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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