The Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc. is seeking a motivated, hard-working, and creative attorney to assist its clients with housing cases in its Lynchburg, Virginia office. This is an exciting and fast-paced position that involves direct client contact and ownership of cases from open to close including research, investigation, negotiation, drafting court filings and settlement agreements, and appearances before administrative agencies, as well as state and federal courts. In addition to casework, this attorney will provide outreach and education to the public including tenants, landlords, and community partners. An attorney in this position will have the opportunity to make real and immediate impacts in the lives of low-income members of the community while working in a supportive and collegial office environment staffed with other professionals committed to improving the lives of those in poverty.
Under the direction of the office Managing Attorney, a Virginia Legal Aid Society (VLAS) Housing Attorney plans, organizes and carries out the delivery of legal services to VLAS individual and group clients who present problems with eviction, foreclosure, housing conditions, and housing affordability. Evictions in particular are a major focus at this time in light of the losses of income caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The work will include:
1. Preparation of client cases to be brought before state and federal courts.
2. Representation of clients before the appropriate forum, with co-counseling by more- experienced attorney when necessary.
3. Post-trial follow-up and/or closure of cases after settlement has been reached.
4. Outreach and education to tenants, community partners and the public on housing issues.
5. Performance of other related duties and assignments as required.
Employment classification: Full-time permanent employee exempt from the wage and hour provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act
Hiring salary range: $55,000 - $73,211 depending upon experience
Benefits include health, dental, life and disability insurance; paid sick and vacation leave; assistance with state and federal loan repayment assistance programs; flexible schedules; remote work as appropriate
VLAS is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions including lactation, or any other consideration prohibited by law.
Required: admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia or eligible for admission. Preferred: demonstrated commitment to the zealous provision of legal services to the poor; understanding of the dynamics of housing law and its impact upon low-income people; ability to develop effective rapport with diverse client community, staff, and agency partners. Spanish language ability a plus.
To apply, send cover letter, resume, and reference list to email@example.com with Lynchburg Housing Attorney in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.