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Staff Attorney

Description: 
SUMMARY    Legal Aid of Southeastern PA (“LASP”) seeks an attorney to provide civil legal services in its Bristol Office in Bucks County. LASP serves low-income individuals and families in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.  This is a full-time position that will focus in the near term on representing clients facing issues in public benefits cases. Work may include assistance with applications, hearings, appeals, and overpayment claims in connection with Social Security and SSI, unemployment compensation, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps), energy assistance, and Medicaid and Medicaid waiver programs. The position may later focus on other areas of poverty law depending on need, office case priorities, and emerging trends. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required. Applicants may apply for a medical or religious exemption. COVID protocols are in place. Staff currently work on a hybrid basis depending on the current state of the Coronavirus in the service area.  The successful candidate will be expected to perform in-office work as well as be able to work remotely as needed.   ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:   1. Interviewing clients, assisting in determining eligibility for services, and ascertaining and investigating facts;   2. Conducting legal research and interpreting statutes, case law, regulations, and other sources of law;   3. Providing advice and counsel to clients;   4. Preparing legal documents, including but not necessarily limited to: briefs, pleadings, motions, notices, correspondence, memoranda, discovery and documents responsive to discovery requests;   5. Developing strategy and arguments for presentation of cases and assisting in preparation of witnesses for hearings and trials;   6. Representing clients in trial and appellate courts and before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies;   7. Reviewing decisions and consulting with LASP’s management team to determine merit of potential appeals;   8. Participating in external professional and community organizations relevant to casework;   9. Conducting clinics, community education, and workshops;   10. Becoming engaged in LASP team efforts to achieve office and program goals, including participation in program-wide affinity groups and task forces;   11. Developing knowledge of community referral resources and assessing community and client needs;   12. Enhancing skills and substantive knowledge through training, CLE, and other educational opportunities;   13. Abiding by all applicable professional standards of ethics and practice;   14. Completing required administrative tasks including entering notes and timekeeping in LASP case management software, and maintaining physical files;   15. Ensuring that requirements of grants and contracts which may provide funding for the position are followed, and assisting with grant reports;    16. Performing other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned.    SUPERVISOR: Bristol Office Managing Attorney    LASP is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate in the recruitment, selection, or advancement of employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, genetic information or on any other basis prohibited by law. 
Requirements: 

QUALIFICATIONS: License to practice law in Pennsylvania or admitted in another jurisdiction and eligible for admission to Pennsylvania. 0-5 years’ experience as a lawyer; demonstrated proficiency in word processing, Outlook products, case management software, and online legal research tools; Passionate commitment to public interest law and serving low-income individuals and vulnerable populations; Strong written and oral advocacy and organizational skills; The successful candidate must be willing to accept complex and challenging cases and develop creative strategies to assist clients.  Spanish language proficiency is desirable.

To Apply: 

Send resume, cover letter and writing sample including the job title (Bristol Staff Attorney (JDAV09162022)) to Elise Wilson-Coles, Human Resources Manager at Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania by email to Hiring@lasp.org.  Position will remain open until filled.

Information

Submission Deadline: 
January 31, 2023
Organization Information: 
Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania
151 W. Marshall St., Building 1
Norristown, PA 19401
United States
Phone: 484-212-5875