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Fayetteville staff attorney
Job openings at Legal Aid of North Carolina

Fayetteville staff attorney

Summary

Legal Aid of North Carolina is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers to economic opportunity.

Legal Aid's Fayetteville office seeks a full-time (temporary) N.C.-licensed attorney to provide legal representation to eligible clients in a variety of civil cases. As part of a holistic approach, representation may include administrative advocacy, litigation in state and federal courts, and community education for clients in accordance with program guidelines and priorities, and the Rules of Professional Conduct.

The lawyer will work under the supervision of the managing attorney of the Fayetteville office. The lawyer will be expected to perform community lawyering, which in part requires working non-traditional hours that may include some evenings and weekends.

Applicants should be passionate about promoting justice and overcoming barriers facing low-income people; be a creative, zealous attorney and a team player; and be committed to achieving lasting results for clients and low-income communities.

Responsibilities/Duties

  • Provide legal representation to eligible clients in a variety of civil cases

  • Meet the requirements of any special funding source regarding substantive area of practice, clients served and types of service offered

  • Review and supervise the work of support staff members and volunteers done on behalf of attorney's clients

  • Act as a resource for other staff in substantive areas of law in which attorney specializes

  • Participate in the firm's community education program by speaking with community groups and agency staff, suggesting ideas for and helping to prepare community education materials, and generally looking for ways to alert clients to their legal rights and responsibilities in the field of poverty law

  • Use basic capability of word processing, e-mail and Legal Files database

  • Establish and maintain professional working relationship with office and firm staff

  • Participate on internal committees, practice groups and other efforts to promote and improve Legal Aid's operations

  • Travel within our service area and to meetings or conferences in other parts of N.C.

  • Adhere to program priorities and case handling policies, procedures and standards of practice, as well as the highest professional and ethical standards

  • Keep abreast of developments in the law and disseminate information to staff, volunteer attorneys and the public

Qualifications

  • N.C. licensed attorney

  • Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income people and communities

  • Ability to relate to needs of people of diverse backgrounds and adhere to confidentiality standards

  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written form

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well with teams

  • Experience in public speaking and training others on the law

  • Good organizational skills

  • Experience with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.) and Legal Files database preferred

  • Must have driver's license and access to transportation

  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish would be an asset

Salary/Benefits

Salary based on experience.  Excellent fringe benefits, including 401(k) retirement plan, as well as life, health, and disability insurance.

Application Deadline

Open until filled 

To Apply

Send résumé, cover letter and names/contact information of three references by email to idab@legalaidnc.org or by mail to:

Ida T. Baker
Managing Attorney – Fayetteville Office
Legal Aid of North Carolina
327 Dick Street, Suite 103
Fayetteville, NC 28301