Director of Volunteer Lawyers Program
WHO WE ARE: Community Legal Services (CLS) is a team of highly motivated individuals, who provide legal assistance, advice or representation, self-help materials and legal education so people can know their rights. We focus on helping survivors of domestic violence; assisting victims of consumer fraud and abuse, protecting tenants from unlawful/unfair practices by landlords, foreclosures, legal problems affecting agricultural workers, wage claims and other employment matters, and federal and state programs affecting people's health and economic stability. We are dedicated to addressing economic, racial and other inequities by delivering legal services and education to vulnerable members of the community.
DUTIES: The VLP Director supervises attorney and paralegal staff and oversees recruitment, support, monitoring and recognition of volunteer attorneys who provide pro bono interviews, advice, brief service, and representation. Responsibilities include reviewing all new applications, assessing whether requests are within program priorities and guidelines, determining what services are appropriate, assessing cases for legal merit, referring cases to private attorneys for additional representation, providing support to staff and volunteer attorneys, and reviewing all cases regularly and at completion, identifying new opportunities and methods for volunteers to provide legal assistance, excellent relationships with law firms, bar organizations, law schools and community groups are essential. The VLP Director assists retired and inactive attorneys to become Certified for Pro Bono through Rule 38, provides regular recognition to volunteers and nominates outstanding volunteers for recognition by other groups, and works with other pro bono and legal services groups to promote high quality pro bono services and increase access to justice. As a member of Community Legal Services’ management team, the VLP Director participates to identify legal needs, plan client services and strategic advocacy, conduct outreach, promote volunteer utilization, and develop resources. Some work can be done remotely.
SALARY: Depending on licensure and experience; excellent benefits package, including 12 paid holidays; a generous PTO plan (vacation, sick and personal leave); health and dental insurance (95% employee - 70% dependents), disability insurance, malpractice insurance, educational loan assistance, 403b pension plan, bar dues payment, possible eligibility for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, and more.
QUALIFICATIONS: This is an excellent opportunity for impactful and rewarding service for an attorney admitted to practice in Arizona who has demonstrated a strong commitment to access to justice and interest in promoting pro bono service for people with limited means who have civil legal needs. Excellent people skills, verbal and written communication, and team collaboration skills are required. Essential to have skills supervising and supporting attorney and paralegal staff including many very experienced employees. Experience recruiting, supporting, and recognizing volunteers preferred.