Employment Opportunities

All employment positions for attorneys, legal advocates, and administrative staff are posted as they arise. SeniorLAW Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and deeply values diversity in all facets.

Job Opportunities

Homeownership Rights Staff Attorney: Full-time
(full-time position available immediately)

Job Overview:
This full-time attorney position provides representation, education, and advocacy for older low-income or vulnerable homeowners facing foreclosure, tangled title, or other situations putting their homes at risk. Experience in a legal services office and in aging and/or poverty law, working with older adults, minority, low-income, and/or Limited English Proficient communities are all important foundations for this position, based in Center City Philadelphia.

This position requires a highly professional, organized, energetic, flexible, confident, and culturally sensitive attorney to provide direct legal services to seniors. Job responsibilities include providing client intake and direct client services in and out of court, including civil representation and litigation and in-person and telephone legal counseling. Courtroom experience and appearances are required. The attorney will also participate in community education, professional training, and advocacy initiatives, attend staff and coalition meetings, and participate in special projects with and as a representative of the SeniorLAW Center team.

All members of the SeniorLAW Center team participate in resource development and fundraising initiatives, events, writing, and reporting, as we foster a culture of philanthropy that supports our work for older people. Reports to: Director, Homeownership Rights

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  1. Client Representation
    1. Advise homeowners and assess homeownership needs of callers to the program through the Pennsylvania SeniorLAW HelpLine.
    2. Manage individual caseload and representation of clients in homeownership-related matters, including, but not limited to, forward and reverse mortgage foreclosures, tax foreclosures, contractor fraud matters, and matters involving transferring title to the client (probate, quiet title, deed transfer, etc.).
    3. Attend court, represent clients, and provide at-court advice, including in the Philadelphia Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program.
    4. Timely complete required documents on all cases and referrals.
  2. Outreach/Community Relations
    1. At the discretion of the Director, Homeownership Rights, develop and present legal education workshops to older homeowners and professional training. Attend community events.
  3. Systems Advocacy
    1. Participate in systemic advocacy and represent SeniorLAW Center on various professional committees and advocacy coalitions, as needed.
  4. Other Duties
    1. Participate in data collection, reporting, communications, development, and other projects and events as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar in good standing;
  • At least three (3) years of civil litigation experience, with direct experience in mortgage foreclosure, property tax, and/or probate;
  • Good computer, research, writing, and public speaking skills;
  • Excellent advocacy and negotiating skills, good organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines;
  • Commitment to serving vulnerable and diverse communities required;
  • Creative problem solving is a must;
  • Ability to work under pressure;
  • Ability to work well as a team and individually;
  • The highest degree of professionalism is required.

This is a full-time position (40 hours/week). Salary range, commensurate with experience: $65,000 – $75,000. Excellent benefits, including 401k, flexible spending plan, generous holidays and PTO, short- and long-term disability, and health and dental, valued at approximately $20,000. All applications should include a cover letter, resume, and at least three (3) professional references. Please include a writing sample.
SeniorLAW Center has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all staff and volunteers.
Please apply by email to the attention of Dana N. Goldberg, Esq., Legal Director, at employment@seniorlawcenter.org. No phone calls, please.

 

Full-Time Staff Attorney Position
(Seeking Justice for Older Pennsylvanians in the Aftermath of Hurricane Ida)

Job Overview:

This full-time attorney position provides advice, representation, and education for older victims of Hurricane Ida, including assistance to address urgent housing issues for both homeowners and tenants (e.g., homelessness prevention, FEMA relief denial appeals, disaster insurance claim assistance, protection from elder abuse, financial exploitation and fraud, and other assistance addressing basic human needs of shelter, safety, income and health). Experience in a legal services office and in aging and/or poverty law, working with senior citizens, minority, low-income and/or Limited English Proficient communities are all important foundations for this position, based in Center City Philadelphia.

This position requires a highly professional, organized, energetic, flexible, confident, and culturally sensitive attorney to provide direct legal services to seniors. Job responsibilities include providing client intake and direct client services, including civil representation and litigation and in-person and telephone legal counseling. The attorney will also participate in community education, attend staff and coalition meetings, and participate in special projects with and as a representative of the SeniorLAW Center team.

All members of the SeniorLAW Center team participate in resource development and fundraising initiatives, events, writing, and reporting, as we foster a culture of philanthropy that supports our work for older people.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  1. Client Representation
    1. Advise older Pennsylvania victims of Hurricane Ida through the Pennsylvania SeniorLAW Helpline.
    2. Extended legal representation for victims of Hurricane Ida living in greater Philadelphia region (5 county area) on housing issues for both homeowners and renters ((e.g., homelessness prevention, FEMA relief denial appeals, disaster insurance claim assistance, protection from elder abuse, financial exploitation and fraud, and other assistance addressing basic human needs of shelter, safety, income and health). .
    3. Timely complete required documents on all cases and referrals.
    4. Manage individual caseload and representation of clients.

B. Outreach/Community Relations

    1.  Hold educational outreach sessions to inform community about legal rights, responsibilities, and resources to access assistance and understand and navigate systems, avoid fraud and exploitation, and prevent homelessness and other crises.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar in good standing;
  • At least three (3) years of civil litigation experience (direct experience in insurance claims and/or administrative appeals work a plus);
  • Good computer, research, writing and public speaking skills;
  • Excellent advocacy and negotiating skills, good organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines;
  • Commitment to serving vulnerable and diverse communities required;
  • Creative problem solving is a must;
  • Ability to work under pressure;
  • Ability to work well as a team and individually;
  • Highest degree of professionalism is required.

This is a full-time position (40 hours/week). Excellent benefits, including 401k, flexible spending plan, generous holidays and leave time. Salary range commensurate with experience: ($65,000-$73,000). All applications should include cover letter, resume and at least three (3) professional references. Please include a writing sample. SeniorLAW Center has a Mandatory Vaccine Policy for all staff and volunteers.

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

 

 

Elder Victim Staff Attorney Position (Philadelphia)
(full time until 3/1/2022 and part-time thereafter)

Job Overview:

This attorney position will be full time until 3/1/2022 and will then revert to a part-time staff attorney position on 3/1/2022. The attorney will provide representation, education and advocacy for elder victims. Experience in a legal services office and in aging and/or poverty law, working with senior citizens, minority, low-income and/or Limited English Proficient communities are all important foundations for this position, based in Center City Philadelphia. This position requires a highly professional, organized, energetic, flexible, confident, and culturally sensitive attorney to provide direct legal services to seniors.

Job responsibilities include providing client intake and direct client services in and out of court, including civil representation and litigation and in-person and telephone legal counseling. Courtroom experience and appearances are required. The attorney will also participate in community education, professional training and advocacy initiatives, attend staff and coalition meetings, and participate in special projects with and as a representative of the SeniorLAW Center team. All members of the SeniorLAW Center team participate in resource development and fundraising initiatives, events, writing, and reporting, as we foster a culture of philanthropy that supports our work for older people.

Reports to: Director, Victim Services and Assistant Director, Victim Services.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  1. Client Representation
    1. Provide individual legal advice over the phone and in person. Gather any additional information to render legal opinion or to take case as an extended representation.
    2. Provide civil legal assistance, including filing and pursuing protection from abuse petitions (for homebound, disabled and frail senior victims) and related litigation, revocation and replacement of powers of attorney, filing of and representing victims of financial exploitation and abuse in other civil legal matters arising directly out of the victimization to ensure the economic security of the client, including ejectment actions, landlord tenant matters, reverse mortgage foreclosures, spousal support actions, kinship/custody matters, debt collection and consumer issues. Analyze all available civil remedies and options and discuss and pursue as client desires.
    3. Provide information about how any criminal proceedings may impact civil litigation. Where required, work with police and Assistant District Attorneys in pursuit of prosecution of matter.
    4. Assess holistic legal needs of clients and where necessary refer to appropriate legal resources to attend to those legal needs. Where other programs within SeniorLAW Center can address these legal needs, refer to the appropriate project within SeniorLAW Center.
    5. Work with elder victim legal advocate to provide appropriate safety planning; including other legal tools necessary to ensure the safety of the victim.
    6. Assist in preparing informational brochures for clients.
    7. Complete required paperwork/case management software records on all cases and referrals.
  2. Community Education
    1. Develop and present legal education workshops to senior citizens to prevent victimization, identify victims and promote self-identification and provide or refer them to needed services.
    2. Plan, organize and carry out special outreach events. c. Coordination with elder victim legal advocate and Director, Victim Services to update website, E-News and other communication tools.
  3. Additional Responsibilities
    1. Participate in weekly case review meetings and other staff meetings.
    2. Represent SeniorLAW Center at victim coalition, Bar Association, public interest law and other task force and victim service organization meetings as needed.
    3. Pursue and participate in special legal and organizational initiatives and projects as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar in good standing;
  • At least two (2) years of civil litigation experience, with direct experience in Protection from Abuse cases;
  • Knowledge of financial exploitation and potential civil court remedies preferred but not required;
  • Good computer, research, writing and public speaking skills;
  • Excellent advocacy and negotiating skills, good organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines;
  • Commitment to serving vulnerable and diverse communities required;
  • Creative problem solving is a must;
  • Ability to work under pressure;
  • Ability to work well as a team and individually;
  • Highest degree of professionalism is required.

This is a full-time position (40 hours/week) until 3/1/2022 and then a part-time position (24 hours/week) beginning 3/1/2022. Excellent benefits, including 401k, flexible spending plan, generous holidays and leave time. Salary range, commensurate with experience: (full time mid to upper 60s, part time low 40s). All applications should include cover letter, resume and at least three (3) professional references. Please include a writing sample. SeniorLAW Center has a Mandatory Vaccine Policy for all staff and volunteers. Please apply by email to attention of Dana N. Goldberg, Esq., Legal Director, at employment@seniorlawcenter.org. No phone calls please.

 

Elder Victim Legal Advocate Position
(full-time position based in Philadelphia County, available immediately)

Job Overview:

SeniorLAW Center seeks a full-time Legal Advocate, with a Bachelor’s Degree or Paralegal Certificate. Experience in a legal services office and in aging and/or poverty law, working with senior citizens, minority, low-income and/or Limited English Proficient communities are all important foundations for this position, based in Center City Philadelphia. The candidate must possess good interpersonal and organizational skills, ability to work as part of a team, ability to meet deadlines, and good writing and research skills. Those with VOCA-approved victim services training will be preferred. The advocate will be responsible for assisting and advocating on behalf of older victims of elder abuse and/or financial exploitation in various areas of civil law.

Reports to: Director, Victim Services and Assistant Director, Victim Services.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

Client Representation

  1. Interview clients in person and via helpline (telephone intake line) to assess issues and determine eligibility for program services. Obtain relevant demographic and other information from victims of abuse and exploitation through SeniorLAW Center’s telephone intake line, at its center city offices and at community legal clinics in multiple Philadelphia neighborhoods in order to assist Elder Victim Staff Attorney with emergency justice related legal assistance. Utilize Language Line or other interpretation services when needed for LEP seniors.
  2.  Assess the safety of the victim and provide safety planning, which may include caregiving needs, meal service, temporary housing for safety, etc.
  3. Provide immediate support to victims, linking them to other resources and support services, including emergency financial assistance, support groups, lock changes and other resources.
  4. Provide information about the criminal justice process and link victims to the elder victim/witness advocate at the District Attorney’s office. Coordinate to ensure interpretation services, court accompaniment and transportation are set up.
  5. Provide victims with a copy of their rights.
  6. Where required, assist victim in completing victim impact statement to give to District Attorney’s office.
  7. Assist elder victims with preparation of and submission of Victim Compensation Claims.
  8. Update written materials to serve the limited English population.
  9. Complete required paperwork/case management software records on all cases and referrals.

Community Education

  1. 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.
  2. Plan, organize and carry out special outreach and tabling events.
  3. Work with Elder Victim Staff Attorney and Victims Services Coordinator to update website, E-News and other communication tools.

Additional Responsibilities

  1. Participate in weekly case review meetings and other staff meetings.
  2. Represent SeniorLAW Center at victim coalition meetings as needed.
  3. Pursue and participate in special initiatives and projects as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Paralegal Certificate
  • Good computer, research, writing and public speaking skills;
  • Excellent advocacy and negotiating skills, good organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines;
  • Commitment to serving vulnerable and diverse communities required;
  • Creative problem solving is a must;
  • Ability to work under pressure; 
  • Ability to work well as a team and individually;
  • Highest degree of professionalism is required.

This is a full-time position (40 hours/week). Excellent benefits, including 401k, flexible spending plan, generous holidays and leave time. Salary range, commensurate with experience: (mid to upper 40s). All applications should include cover letter, resume and at least three (3) professional references. Please include a writing sample. SeniorLAW Center has a Mandatory Vaccine Policy for all staff and volunteers.

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

Tenant Rights Legal Advocate Position
(full-time position available October 1, 2021)

Job Overview:

SeniorLAW Center seeks experienced candidates to join its team of public interest attorneys and advocates. We seek a full-time (40 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 INCLUDE:

Legal Advocacy

  1. 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
  2. Review eviction notices, complaints, and other legal forms with clients at intake
  3. Counsel clients regarding housing or emergency shelter and other resources
  4. Assist clients with housing search
  5. Assist clients with administrative hearings
  6. Provide support to attorneys at court as assigned, including for Lawyer of the Day
  7. Assist in preparing case files for trial
  8. Draft and mail letters to clients
  9. Maintain case files and database
  10. Review cases with Tenant Rights attorneys
  11. Provide support for telephone intake as assigned
  12. Represent SeniorLAW Center on professional committees/coalitions as needed
  13. Help conduct intake and review documentation for the SeniorLAW Center staff attorney covering the Lawyer of the Day program at court

Outreach/Community Relations

  1. Visit senior, family and community centers and other outreach sites to present community education and professional training workshops as scheduled
  2. Aid in development of legal outreach, community education and pro-se materials as needed
  3. Administrative Responsibilities
  4. Maintain records
  5. Enter data into computer databases
  6. Provide support to other colleagues as needed
  7. Participate in scheduled staff and other meetings

Additional Responsibilities

  1. Participate in staff and team meetings, organizational events and other initiatives
  2. Assist with reporting, data collection and funding proposals
  3. Represent SeniorLAW Center at committee and coalition meetings,
    community events and other occurrences as needed
  4. Participate in SeniorLAW Center’s culture of philanthropy

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • B.A. or B.S. OR PARALEGAL CERTIFICATE.
  • 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

This is a full-time exempt position. Salary range: $44,000-$48,000, dependent upon experience. Excellent benefits, including fully paid health and dental for employee, long- and short-term disability, 401k, flexible spending plan, sabbatical plan, and generous holidays and Paid Time Off, with a total value of approximately $20,000. SeniorLAW Center has a Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for all staff and volunteers.

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 new attorneys licensed in Pennsylvania (or who will be licensed prior to the start date of a fellowship) to join our staff as public interest fellows through a variety of fellowship opportunities, including Independence Foundation, Skadden, Equal Justice, Borchard Foundation, ABA and others. We seek fellowship candidates who are creative, compassionate, energetic, flexible, 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. Fellows help create and lead a legal services project focused on a particular issue, population, or unmet legal need or challenge facing low-income older Pennsylvanians. 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 spring generally for the fall of the following year, depending on the Fellowship. Ideal applicants have demonstrated public interest, pro bono, or volunteer experience working with low-income communities. 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 and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. SeniorLAW Center deeply values diversity.

Interested applicants should send a resume with a cover letter to Dana Goldberg, Esq., Legal Director, via e-mail to dgoldberg@seniorlawcenter.org.

Students

SeniorLAW Center regularly hosts 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 or other legal or relevant work or volunteer experience will be considered. The ideal candidate will also have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, the 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.

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.

If you are interested in work-study, internships, or externships, please email your resume and cover letter to Dana Goldberg, Esq., Legal Director, at dgoldberg@seniorlawcenter.org.

 

 

 

 

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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