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Housing Attorney

Description: 

Housing Attorney

Suffolk, VA

 

The Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc. is seeking a motivated, hard-working, and creative attorney to assist its clients with housing cases in its Suffolk, 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.

 

This is a one-year grant-funded position with possible extensions.

 

 

 

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

Under the direction of a 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.

 

 

DUTIES:       

 

With reference to VLAS and American Bar Association standards of legal practice, the Housing Attorney will:

 

1.         Confirm client eligibility using standard VLAS eligibility guidelines.

 

2.         Establish the initial facts surrounding each case;

 

            - interview clients.

            - collect data from other appropriate sources including agencies, doctors, lawyers, etc.

            - visit appropriate agencies to check client files.

            - prepare written fact summaries.

            - maintain client files, documents, records and all other appropriate material to   case according to VLAS procedures.

 

3.         Prepare all aspects of the case for presentation before the appropriate forum:

 

            - research statutes, case law, and administrative procedure applicable to the   case.

            - draft, revise and/or finalize all necessary case documents including pleadings, briefs, discovery, notices, motions, and appropriate correspondence.

            - counsel clients; review case prior to hearings and trials.

 

             Until the Managing Attorney finds pre-filing review of all court documents and co-counseling unnecessary, all pleadings, briefs, notices and motions must be reviewed by the Managing Attorney or another experienced attorney before filing, and all hearings and trials must be conducted with the Managing Attorney or other experienced attorney as co-counsel.

 

4.         Represent clients before appropriate forums including:

            - pretrial negotiations or other proceedings

            - agency and court hearings and trials

            -appeals

 

5.         Prepare appeals where appropriate and represent clients in the appeals process before the appropriate forum, with the Managing Attorney or other experienced attorney as co-counsel.

 

6.         Prepare all necessary memos, summary sheets, documents, and other appropriate correspondence for closing the case.

 

9.         Attend training and task forces meetings relevant to his or her area of practice and Virginia MCLE requirements.

 

10.       Provide outreach and community legal education services to the area low-income community.

 

11.       Serve in VLAS practice groups and committees; participate in VLAS planning and assist in implementing adopted priorities and procedures.

 

12.       Assist the Managing Attorney in maintaining relations with local bar associations and other community groups and organizations.

 

13.       Report to the Managing Attorney regularly and coordinate with the Managing Attorney on performance of all duties and responsibilities.

 

14.       Perform all other related duties and assignments.

 

15.       Complete activity reports for funding sources and timekeeping reports.

 

COMPENSATION:

 

Employment Classification: Full-time grant-funded employee exempt from the wage and hour provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act

 

Hiring Salary Range: depending upon experience

 

Benefits include health, dental, life and disability insurance; paid sick and vacation; Student Loan Repayment Program; flexible schedules; remote work when appropriate

 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

 

To apply, send cover letter, resume, and reference list to applicationssuf@vlas.org with Suffolk Housing Attorney in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

 

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.

 

 

 

Requirements: 

QUALIFICATIONS:

 

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: 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

 

To apply, send cover letter, resume, and reference list to applicationssuf@vlas.org with Suffolk Housing Attorney in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

 

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.

 

 

Information

Submission Deadline: 
July 19, 2022
Organization Information: 
Virginia Legal Aid Society
United States