Employment Opportunities

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

Job Opportunities

 

Elder Victim Legal Advocate (Montgomery County)

SeniorLAW Center seeks experienced candidates to join its team of public interest attorneys and advocates. We seek a full-time legal advocate with relevant experience in a legal services program or law office. Victim service experience and/or training a plus. 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. Fluency in other languages welcomed.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Elder Victim Legal Advocate, under the guidance and supervision of the Director, Victim Services, and Assistant Director, Victim Services performs professional duties to assist in the representation of elder victims by the Elder Victim Staff Attorney. This position has a focus on cases in Montgomery County.

Duties:

Legal Advocacy 

  • Interview seniors via intake line or in-person (at the office, clinics, or courts) 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 safety advice and assessment to elder victims.
  • Assist Elder Victim Staff Attorney in preparing to provide legal assistance and representation.
  • Assist elder victims with the 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 to assist in victims’ self-identifying.

Additional Responsibilities

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

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree or Paralegal Certificate.

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

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

 

DIRECTOR, HOMEOWNERSHIP RIGHTS
Full-time leadership position available May 2021

SeniorLAW Center seeks excellent and experienced candidates to join its team of public interest attorneys and advocates. We seek a full-time attorney licensed and in good standing in Pennsylvania with at least 6 years of experience handling home ownership legal issues, including mortgage problems, municipal lien disputes, property conveyancing, deed fraud, home repair contractor fraud, and/or estate administration. The candidate must possess high quality advocacy and negotiating skills, as well as strong organizational and interpersonal skills. A demonstrated interest in working with older and/or disenfranchised people and sensitivity to older persons of diverse backgrounds is sought. The candidate must be a motivated self-starter and a strong supervisor of diverse staff, including inspiring younger staff members and helping to facilitate their career development. Excellent and engaging public speaking skills demonstrated excellence in legal research and writing, and comfort and proficiency with technology are essential. Comfort with social media platforms is preferred. Relevant experience working in a legal services program and knowledge of Legal Server Case Management System is a plus.

Responsibilities: The Director will pursue and lead SeniorLAW Center’s mission of raising the visibility of older low-income homeowners and keeping them safe and independent in their homes and communities. The Director leads the Homeownership Rights Team of attorneys, legal advocates, and law students. The Director provides direct representation to program clients, conducts community outreach, both in-person and virtual presentations, and provides professional education and training for our volunteer attorneys while also participating in local, statewide, and federal systemic efforts that support our mission. The Director sets priorities for case acceptance and oversees all assignments to staff, supervises attorneys and legal advocates, participates in the development of individual case handling strategy, and monitors completion of assignments. The Director consults with and guides volunteer attorneys and the law firm and corporate counsel pro bono practice groups handling SeniorLAW Center homeownership matters.

This position reports to the Legal Director. Agency supervision of the Homeownership Rights program is performed by the Executive Director.

Duties:

  1. Supervision and Accountability
    1. Conduct quality control monitoring of the intake process for the project.
    2. Assign priority cases to attorneys, legal advocates, and volunteer attorneys.
    3. Conduct case strategy review meetings with individual staff members; frequency to be determined by the knowledge and experience level of a staff member.
    4. Work with area law schools to hire research assistants and intake staff for court programs each semester. Assign and monitor law student research projects. Provide feedback to students and law school advisors.
    5. Conduct monthly monitoring of case handling by volunteer attorney and law firm practice groups, providing support, guidance, collaboration, and feedback to practice group members as needed.
    6. Monitor caseloads of team members and project; assess the list of cases awaiting assignment; perform quality control on closed cases and track Outcome Measurements for funding reports.
    7. Organize and lead monthly Homeownership Rights team meetings.
    8. Participate in the creative process of applying for new sources of project funding bringing up-to-date homeownership statistics and information about emerging issues, such as how to help preserve affordable housing for seniors
    9. Supervise the creation of written articles of interest to senior homeowners and oversee up-to-date posting on the SeniorLAW Center website of all Homeownership Rights activities and items of interest. Encourage staff to make written contributions to legal publications.
    10. Discuss career development with each staff member and conduct a yearly review of job performance.
    11. Provide focused special services for homebound, Limited English Proficiency, and vulnerable elders, coordinating with the housing counseling network and members of the legal staff.
    12. Actively contribute to and participate in Legal Team meetings and monthly Staff Meeting. Propose topics of interest.
  2. Client Representation
    1. Represent senior homeowners in mortgage foreclosure mediation and negotiate property tax disputes and licenses & inspection violations. Explore the possibility of expanding our legal representation services to litigation of home contractor fraud, mortgage disputes, deed fraud, and predatory home buying.
    2. Untangle title to real property by probating the estate of the deceased record owner and passing ownership to the current occupants.
  3. Outreach/Community Relations
    1. Create community education forums on urgent legal needs and present the information in the affected neighborhoods, both virtually and in-person, when possible. Respond to requests from government agencies and senior services centers for education and outreach.
    2. Research and develop professional training materials and make presentations to attorneys, judges, caregivers, case managers, housing counselors and other professionals about current legal topics focused on seniors.
    3. Train staff to be workshop presenters and to facilitate virtual presentations.
  4. Systems Advocacy
    1.  Identify systemic problems affecting elderly homeowners and work with our local and national partners, including National Consumer Law Center, to develop creative solutions.
    2. Participate as SeniorLAW Center’s representative to senior homeowner focused committees sponsored by the City, the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the Judiciary
    3. Advocate with appropriate representatives of government, quasi-government and community development agencies, and housing counseling agencies.
  5. Resource Development and Philanthropy
    1. Work with Executive Director, Legal Director, Development Team, and Homeownership Rights Team to track and report on the excellent work of the team, explore new funding opportunities, and share successes, challenges, and good stories, with media, board, funders, elected leaders, partners, and others, as we continue to develop an organizational culture of philanthropy and ambassadorship.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Licensed attorney in good standing in Pennsylvania
  • At least 6 years of experience handling home ownership legal issues, including mortgage problems, municipal lien disputes, property conveyancing, deed fraud, home repair contractor fraud, and/or estate administration.
  • Excellent supervisory/management, writing, organizational, interpersonal, and presentation skills.
  • Interest and ability to work with older people and persons of different backgrounds and a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.

 

EDUCATION:

  • J.D.

This is a full-time exempt position. Excellent benefits, including health and dental, 401k, flexible spending plan, and generous leave time. Salary range: $65,000-$80,000.

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

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

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Elder Victim Part-Time Staff Attorney Position
Available Immediately (Philadelphia)

SeniorLAW Center seeks experienced candidates to join its team of public interest attorneys and advocates. We seek a part-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 and/or those who are bi-lingual 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. 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 is 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.

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.