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Lead Housing Attorney

Description: 

Florida Rural Legal Services Inc is seeking a skilled and dedicated attorney to lead attorneys representing low-income individuals. The Supervising Attorney will be responsible for leading staff in housing cases as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to overseeing attorneys and staff, the lead attorney will represent clients and maintain a caseload. The lead attorney also will ensure that staff comply with funding requirements. One year contract with possibility to extend.

Essential Functions:

  • Supervise attorneys and support staff to ensure holistic, high quality legal representation to clients are provided.
  • Monitor substantive legal work and provide consult and advice to attorneys.
  • Ensure staff development through mentoring and training.
  • Ensure staff compliance with funding requirements.
  • Prepare and draft required funder reports.
  • Represent clients by maintaining a caseload and co-counselling with attorneys.
  • Identify, develop, and implement advocacy strategies to address systemic legal problems.
  • Develop and maintain a productive work environment.
  • Develop a leadership role in legal services organizations, bar associations, and community groups.
  • Trains new attorneys and volunteers.
  • Responsible for overseeing housing attorneys in the delivery of unlawful detainer (eviction) services, including the preparation of answers to complaints, legal information, referrals, and representation at trial.
  • Prepare staff work plans/performance evaluations with final edits/approval by senior management team.
  • Assist with grant management including tracking progress towards grant deliverables.
  • Coordination and attendance at monthly management meetings, case reviews and partner’s meetings.
  • Establish systems to organize the team’s workflow, mentor team members and provide substantive legal supervision over the team’s housing cases.
  • Monitor and identify systemic issues arising out of the direct services work for broader policy advocacy and/or affirmative litigation.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Must be a member of the Florida Bar and in Good Standing.
  • Must have three (7) years’ experience as a Housing practicing attorney, two (2) of which must be in public interest, including indigent programs, with administrative law and/or litigation experience.
  • Must have demonstrated capabilities in using basic tools of the litigating attorney: writs, appeals, discovery, remedies, and all phases of motion practice and/or administrative law and writ practice as well as trial experience.
  • Must have demonstrated knowledge, skills, and experience in the proposed area of practice with the ability to develop procedural and substantive strategies to effectively represent clients and undertake resolution of structural inequities affecting our client population.
  • Must have demonstrated capacity to train and mentor lesser experienced attorneys.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with and representing our client communities.
  • Demonstrated skills in managing others in a regulated climate and ensuring personal and team compliance with such regulations.
  • Excellent Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with the public and advocates
  • Skill in working independently and following through on assignments with accuracy and minimal direction.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings as and weekends as required by events and deadlines
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • 5 years or more Housing experience of practice
  • Prior supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest or pro bono work
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills
  • Ability to lead and motivate

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish/Haitian Creole preferred but not required.
  • Experience in Housing Laws.
  • Excellent Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint skills.

EEOC Statement: Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc., does not discriminate in employment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other characteristic protected by federal, state of local law.

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Requirements: 

Qualifications:

  • Must be a member of the Florida Bar and in Good Standing.
  • Must have three (7) years’ experience as a Housing practicing attorney, two (2) of which must be in public interest, including indigent programs, with administrative law and/or litigation experience.
  • Must have demonstrated capabilities in using basic tools of the litigating attorney: writs, appeals, discovery, remedies, and all phases of motion practice and/or administrative law and writ practice as well as trial experience.
  • Must have demonstrated knowledge, skills, and experience in the proposed area of practice with the ability to develop procedural and substantive strategies to effectively represent clients and undertake resolution of structural inequities affecting our client population.
  • Must have demonstrated capacity to train and mentor lesser experienced attorneys.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with and representing our client communities.
  • Demonstrated skills in managing others in a regulated climate and ensuring personal and team compliance with such regulations.
  • Excellent Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with the public and advocates
  • Skill in working independently and following through on assignments with accuracy and minimal direction.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings as and weekends as required by events and deadlines
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • 5 years or more Housing experience of practice
  • Prior supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest or pro bono work
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills
  • Ability to lead and motivate

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish/Haitian Creole preferred but not required.
  • Experience in Housing Laws.
  • Excellent Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint skills

Information

Submission Deadline: 
July 5, 2022
Organization Information: 
Florida Rural Legal Services Inc
1321 E. Memorial Blvd., Suite 101
Lakeland, FL 33801
United States
Phone: 863-345-1179