Position: Full-time Staff Attorney – Merrillville Branch Office
Indiana Legal Services, Inc. (ILS) is a statewide, not-for-profit organization that provides free legal services to eligible clients in civil cases through eight branch offices. ILS is funded by the Legal Services Corporation, Indiana Civil Legal Aid Fund, United Ways, Area Agencies on Aging, and approximately 20 additional funding sources.
Staff attorneys provide substantive legal advice and representation to low-income, eligible clients. They may focus on specific areas of practice or be generalists, depending on client and office needs. They also may assist with community legal education and work with community groups as assigned.
This position is in the Merrillville office, which serves four counties, Lake, Porter, Jasper, and Newton, and would report to the Merrillville Office Managing Attorney.
- Provide high quality legal representation in administrative, state, and federal court proceedings and high-quality advice, limited service, and negotiation, as appropriate.
- Develop specialized expertise in areas of poverty law and learn to recognize issues and develop major litigation on issues of importance to clients.
- Develop and maintain positive relationships with local and state bar associations and community agencies that serve or work on issues affecting ILS’s clients.
- Provide community education through presentations and publications, participating in workshops and with media, and by providing resources to community groups.
- Supervise law students, volunteers, and others, as assigned.
- Foster collegiality and teamwork within ILS, including sharing work product and expertise.
- Comply with all LSC and grant requirements and all ILS policies and procedures.
Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience. ILS offers an excellent fringe benefits package including health insurance (medical, dental, vision, Rx), disability insurance, life insurance, a 401k plan, a flex benefit plan, and generous vacation and sick leave. The attorney may be eligible for the ILS loan repayment assistance program (LRAP) as well as the Indiana Bar Foundation LRAP, LSC LRAP, College Cost Reduction Access Act and Higher Education Opportunity Act LRAP. Some reimbursement for moving expenses may be negotiated for long-distance moves.
The position will remain open until filled. Preference may be given to early applicants.
Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer
Minorities, women, persons with disabilities and persons with Spanish-speaking ability are urged to apply.
- Dedicated to the mission of ILS, which is to use the law to fight poverty, empower clients, and improve access to justice.
- Licensed to practice law in Indiana or able promptly to become licensed.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to travel as needed to be perform job responsibilities throughout assigned service area.
- Ability to establish and maintain excellent relationships with diverse populations.
To Apply: Please send a resume, list of three professional references with email addresses and telephone numbers, law school transcript, and legal writing sample to the Merrillville office’s Managing Attorney, Patricia Román Hass, at firstname.lastname@example.org.