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Community Economic Development Attorney
Job openings at Legal Aid of North Carolina

Community Economic Development Attorney

Summary

Legal Aid of North Carolina is a 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 Wilson office is seeking one full-time N.C. licensed attorney to do social justice, community lawyering work in eastern North Carolina. The successful candidate will work in the Wilson office and provide lawyering support of nascent grassroots community efforts to ensure equitable development and neighborhood revitalization in Rocky Mount, N.C. The city of Rocky Mount is located in eastern North Carolina, approximately 50 miles east of Raleigh and about 20 miles from the Wilson office of Legal Aid.

This lawyer will be an addition to the community economic development/fair housing team of Legal Aid lawyers currently working on community economic development issues relating to housing segregation, gentrification, health access and fair housing in Rocky Mount. The lawyer will work under the supervision of the managing attorney of the Wilson office and assist in the representation of a grassroots group of resident leaders from 14 low-wealth neighborhoods located in the central and downtown areas of Rocky Mount. The lawyer will also provide technical legal assistance to community nonprofit organizations that strive to expand economic opportunities in low-wealth communities. The lawyer will be expected to perform community lawyering, which requires working non-traditional hours that may include some evenings and weekends.

Applicants should have at least two years of legal aid experience; 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

  • Educating residents to become civic leaders

  • Providing legal support and strategies that would preserve and develop affordable housing

  • Providing legal support and strategies that would promote equitable community development

  • Create and complete projects that may include neighborhood planning, educational power-points, creation of proposals that support community-driven initiatives

  • Develop and maintain relationships with other nonprofit agencies, government officials and employees, community leaders and others

  • 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 community economic development field, and disseminate information to staff, volunteer attorneys and the public

  • Work with volunteers as needed

Qualifications

  • N.C. licensed attorney with at least two years of experience practicing law

  • Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income people and communities

  • Experience with community development law or strategies, or the provision of legal services to strengthen low-income communities is highly desirable

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with teams

  • Fluency in 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.

To Apply

Submit résumé and cover letter to Yolandat@legalaidnc.org. Please specify this position on the cover letter and résumé.