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.
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
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 based on experience. Excellent fringe benefits, including 401(k) retirement plan, as well as life, health, and disability insurance.
Open until filled
Send résumé, cover letter and names/contact information of three references by email to firstname.lastname@example.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