Staff Attorney (Tenants Eviction Assistance Project)
Great opportunity for licensed lawyer to get court experience with mentoring and support, working for Community Legal Services seeking justice for families facing eviction, in a temporary. Additional compensation for Spanish fluency. ORGANIZATION: Community Legal Services, Inc. www.clsaz.org
WHO WE ARE: Community Legal Services (CLS) is a team of highly motivated individuals, who provide legal assistance, advice or representation, self-help materials and legal education so people can know their rights. We focus on helping survivors of domestic violence; assisting victims of consumer fraud and abuse, protecting tenants from unlawful/unfair practices by landlords, foreclosures, legal problems affecting agricultural workers, wage claims and other employment matters, and federal and state programs affecting people's health and economic stability. We are dedicated to addressing economic, racial and other inequities by delivering legal services and education to vulnerable members of the community.
The Tenants Eviction Assistance Project provides legal advice, representation and assistance to tenants residing in the City of Phoenix, and throughout Maricopa County. This project is a partnership between Community Legal Services and the City of Phoenix and Maricopa County. The goal of this program is to safeguard the rights of tenants in the County and prevent illegal evictions.
POSITION: STAFF ATTORNEY (TENANTS EVICTION ASSISTANCE PROJECT) (LIMITED TERM - EXPIRES 6/30/2023)
LOCATION: Remote (currently), and onsite at Maricopa County Justice Courts and CLS offices as determined by Community Legal Services.
DUTIES: This is an exempt position that executes the duties of a professional involving the exercise of discretion and judgment. Tenants Eviction Assistance Project (TEAP)Staff Attorneys are responsible for the provision of legal services to eligible tenants facing eviction at assigned Justice Courts in the areas of the Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act and Arizona state and federal housing laws, including those related to COVID-19. The priority area for this position provides legal information, advice and/or representation to tenants facing evictions. This includes private landlord/tenant, subsidized and public housing, as well as housing financed by federal mortgages.
SALARY: Depending on licensure and experience; excellent benefits package, including 12 paid holidays; a generous PTO plan (vacation, sick and personal leave); health and dental insurance (95% employee - 70% dependents), disability insurance, malpractice insurance, educational loan assistance, 403b pension plan, bar dues payment, possible eligibility for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, compensation for bilingual (Spanish fluency) ability, and more.
QUALIFICATIONS: Desire to assist tenants facing eviction in Justice Courts daily, including providing legal information, negotiating with opposing counsel and landlords, conducting trials. Education/Experience: Juris Doctorate (J.D.) or law degree from an accredited law school Certificates and Licenses: Member of the Arizona State Bar or eligible to practice law in Arizona pursuant to Rule 38 or other applicable rule or order.