Staff Attorney—SSI Unit and Aging & Disabilities Unit
Community Legal Services, Inc. of Philadelphia is the largest provider of free civil legal services in the Philadelphia area. CLS is locally and nationally renowned as a premier legal services provider dedicated to ensuring access to justice for all low-income individuals and communities. CLS has eight legal units covering a wide range of civil legal services.
Community Legal Services is seeking an attorney who will represent clients in cases involving SSI disability benefits and will likely include additional casework involving SSI non-disability issues, home and community based services, nursing home and personal care home issues, Medicare and other elder law concerns.
This position will involve high volume case handling requiring representation of individual clients in administrative hearings and court action as well as systemic advocacy involving litigation, national and regional policy advocacy and legislative advocacy.
The staff attorney will work collaboratively with others in the units to identify systemic issues, and develop strategies to address them, as well as to zealously represent individuals. This position may also involve some supervision of interns and other staff, depending on experience.
Substantive knowledge and experience in Social Security/SSI law, both disability and non-disability areas, is helpful but not required. Experience in representing and/or advocating for issues affecting people with disabilities and the older adult population is helpful, but not required.
DEADLINE FOR APPLYING: CLS will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled but applicants should apply as soon as possible.
This is a full-time position covered by the collective bargaining agreement between Community Legal Services, Inc. (CLS) and the Philadelphia Legal Services Union N.O.L.S.W./Local 2320/UAW. The current minimum entry level salary is governed by such agreement and is subject to change according to the provisions of the current collective bargaining agreement. Raises and benefits are also governed by that agreement. CLS offers a very generous and comprehensive benefits package.
Community Legal Services, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. CLS, Inc. does not discriminate in the selection of employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, genetics, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, CLS complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall and transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
CLS seeks applicants with the following qualifications:
- Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse populations
- Excellent negotiation and analytical skills
- Excellent client interviewing skills
- Experience with reading and summarizing medical records
- Litigation experience
- Experience and interest in policy and other forms of advocacy
- Excellent legal research and writing skills
- Excellent work ethic, organization, and communication skills
- Demonstrated commitment to public interest work
- Illustrate a high level commitment to racial justice advocacy
- Exhibit sound professional and legal judgment
- Experience supervising others
What to Include in your application and how to apply: Please include a cover letter, resume, three professional references and one brief writing sample (10 pages or less). Community Legal Services values a diverse work environment and strongly encourages women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, people with disabilities, people who have experienced poverty or homelessness and people who have had prior contact with the juvenile, criminal, or child welfare systems to apply. CLS invites all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.
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