LSNWJ Staff Attorney
Legal Services of Northwest Jersey, is a provider of free comprehensive civil legal assistance for people residing in northwestern NJ who are experiencing poverty or in crisis. This is an opportunity to work in a community of highly experienced and dedicated legal services attorneys and staff committed to access and equal justice for all. LSNWJ was formed in 2002 from the merger of four legal services organizations in Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex and Warren counties, and provides services in family, housing, consumer, public entitlements, health care access, expungements, and driver’s license restoration.
LSNWJ has an opening for a housing staff attorney. The interested candidate should also be prepared to practice in one or more of the many diverse areas of law that are offered by LSNWJ.
Duties & Responsibilities:
· Provides civil legal service to clients and client groups including advice, negotiation, litigation, administrative advocacy and appellate work, pursuant to program priorities and polices.
· Interviews clients and ascertain substantive elements of the client’s problem. Handles communications with clients during the course of representation.
· Conducts factual investigations; researches law; prepares legal pleadings and other documents; conducts negotiations.
· Provides representation to clients at court and administrative hearings.
· Reviews and supervises the work product of support staff members, law graduates, and legal interns relating to all clients being advised or represented by him/her.
· Develops specialized knowledge in substantive areas of poverty law; acts as a resource for other staff.
· Provides training to other legal advocates; prepares materials relating to these presentations.
· Participates in committees, task forces, and working groups.
· Speaks to community groups, schools and others about legal rights and LSNWJ services; prepares materials relating to these presentations.
· Works with members of the private bar as may be necessary or desirable in connection with LSNWJ’s Volunteer Lawyer Program.
· Maintains time records on a timely basis.
· Prepares and submits administrative (e.g., travel) reports as required.
· Performs such other duties as may reasonably be requested.
· Knowledge of, and experience in, landlord/tenant law preferred.
· Proficiency with Spanish strongly preferred.
· Good capabilities with technology, including word processing, case database, calendaring and scheduling software, e-mail, Internet and legal software.
· Ability to maintain a good working relationship with all members of the office staff and work in a team environment.
· Good analytical, oral communication and writing skills.
· Working knowledge of and strict adherence to regulations, ethics, policies and procedures that apply to legal services programs.
· Thorough knowledge and understanding of and strict adherence to the Rules of Professional Conduct.
· J.D. from accredited law school.
· Licensed attorney of the State of New Jersey or licensed in another state and committed to seeking NJ Bar admission.
· Demonstrated commitment to public interest law.
· Continued commitment to public interest and legal services for low-income people.
· Continued professional growth.
· This is a full-time grant funded position. Time may vary from week to week depending on many factors, and includes all time on professional activities, training, outreach, committee work and administrative duties.
This position is currently onsite at either our Somerville or Morristown locations.
The LSNWJ team is passionate about our work and creates a supportive, teamwork environment, with work-life balance. LSNWJ provides trainings that offer CLE credit and comprehensive benefits package. If you share our passion for equal justice, please email resume, references, 1 writing sample, and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please detail in your cover letter how you believe you meet the needs of the position of a Staff Attorney at LSNWJ. LSNWJ is an equal opportunity employer; applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We invite candidates to include, as well, a statement of how your background and experiences might contribute to the diversity and cultural vitality of LSNWJ.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. In order to receive full consideration, candidates are urged to submit their materials by June 14, 2021.