Pro Bono Staff Attorney
WAYNE COUNTY –SOUTHWEST DETROIT, MI
Organization Overview: Lakeshore Legal Aid serves low-income people, seniors, and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in a holistic manner to address clients’ legal issues and improve our communities. Lakeshore provides free direct legal representation in southeast Michigan and the thumb and client intake, advice, and brief legal services throughout Michigan via our attorney-staffed hotline. Our practice areas include housing, family, consumer, elder, education, and public benefits law.
Position Overview: Lakeshore Legal Aid is seeking a Pro Bono Staff Attorney to act as the primary point of contact for private attorneys and others seeking to provide legal services to low-income persons, support the pro bono work of the private attorneys, and provide direct legal representation to individual clients and low-income client groups. This role will spend approximately 80% of their time dedicated to pro bono efforts and 20% of their time handling casework. The position will report directly to the Pro Bono Director regarding their pro bono responsibilities and to the Litigation Supervisor in their office in relation to casework.
- Provide timely civil legal services to low-income and senior clients and client groups through representation in trial courts, appellate courts and other forums, through litigation, advice, negotiation, drafting and review of legal documents, referrals and administrative advocacy.
- Provide support to private attorneys to ensure they provide timely civil legal services to low-income and senior clients and client groups through representation in trial courts, appellate courts and other forums, through litigation, advice, negotiation, drafting and review of legal documents, referrals and administrative advocacy.
- Recruit and provide ongoing mentorship to Pro Bono Attorneys. Regularly attend and participate in local, state, and specialty bar committees and events.
- Identify cases for direct placement with volunteer attorneys.
- Develop and carry out pro bono projects and clinics in accordance with the needs of Lakeshore and interest of the volunteer attorneys.
- Coordinate pro bono training and volunteer recognition programs.
- Serve Lakeshore clients in a holistic and client-centered manner.
- Ensure compliance with funding requirements.
- Communicate and establish contacts with court, community agencies, local and state bar associations, and local client groups as appropriate. Act as a resource to such groups when appropriate.
- Participate in groups, taskforces, or associations whose activities substantially affect Lakeshore Legal Aid’s work and the legal rights of low-income persons.
- Create and/or deliver presentations to community groups on legal services related topics.
- Perform other work-related duties as assigned by the supervising attorney, a director, CEO, or a CEO designee.
- Graduated from an accredited law school.
- Admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan, or an application at the first opportunity for admission by reciprocity, or by taking the first available bar exam.
- Demonstrated interest in the area of poverty law and working with low-income individuals. Able to communicate effectively, be empathetic and understand the diverse clients of the poverty community.
- Ability to deal effectively with all people under difficult circumstances.
- Demonstrable skills in litigation, advocacy, interviewing, and drafting legal documents.
- Understand and comply with the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct.
- Dependable transportation for travel to intake sites, hearings, meetings and trainings.
- Experience or aptitude working with appropriate office technology, including telephone systems, copiers, word processing, report generation software, internet research, client database, etc.
- Demonstrated ability to plan and organize multiple tasks.
- Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
Starting annual salary for an attorney licensed in Michigan ranges from $60,000 and is commensurate with qualifications and includes excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance/AD&D, short-term and long-term disability, retirement plan, and paid time off (PTO).
To apply, submit your cover letter and resume at our website lakeshorelegalaid.org
** Do not delay. Applications will be accepted until April 30, 2023, or until the position is filled. **
LLA values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.