Staff Positions

Staff Attorney

The Public Interest Law Center seeks a Staff Attorney. The attorney will work on the Law Center’s major litigation initiatives and, under the supervision of other staff members, develop and implement strategies to advance mutually-agreed upon goals in all of the Law Center’s project areas. Strategies include advocacy, speaking and writing, direct legal services as well as all aspects of systemic litigation including planning, investigation, research, discovery, trial, appeals and enforcement. The lawyer will be responsible for building and participating in partnerships and coalitions for more effective implementation of strategies. Among other work, the lawyer will be assigned to ongoing matters involving people with disabilities, including issues pertaining to special education, employment, housing and voting.

The Staff Attorney will report to the Legal Director and to a supervising lawyer for each project.

The candidate must have at least at least three years’ experience practicing law which may include service as a judicial law clerk. The candidate should demonstrate the following qualities:

1) excellent analytical abilities; well-developed research and technical skills; 2) demonstrated excellence in written work, including legal briefs and non-legal publications; 3) litigation or other dispute resolution experience; 4) initiative, energy, creativity; 5) enthusiasm about our mission; 5) excellent organization, persistence, and follow up skills; 6) well organized; workload management; persistence; 7) experience in working with clients of diverse backgrounds including people experiencing poverty, individuals with disabilities, English Language Learners, individuals with Limited English Proficiency, and persons with criminal histories; 8) collaborative skills; capacity for teamwork with colleagues and clients; and 9) interest in and experience with working with people with disabilities.

The Public Interest Law Center is a nationally-renowned public interest law firm with a mission of using high-impact legal strategies to improve the well-being and life prospects of the Philadelphia region’s most vulnerable populations by assuring that they have access to the resources and services that all of us need to lead our lives including a high-quality education, health care, housing and community services, employment, a healthy neighborhood and the unencumbered right to vote.

The position is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The salary and benefits are commensurate with experience.

The Public Interest Law Center is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diverse candidates to apply.

To apply, submit (by mail or email) a letter of interest, which demonstrates the candidate’s qualifications for the position; a resume and contact information for at least three references to:

Mary Howard
Public Interest Law Center
United Way Building
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
mhoward@pubintlaw.org

Substantive work

The lawyer will work on the Public Interest Law Center’s major litigation initiatives and, under the supervision of other staff members, develop and implement strategies to advance mutually-agreed upon goals in all of the Law Center’s project areas. Strategies include advocacy, speaking and writing, direct legal services as well as all aspects of systemic litigation including planning, investigation, research, discovery, trial, appeals and enforcement.  The lawyer will be responsible for building and participating in partnerships and coalitions for more effective implementation of strategies.  Among other work, the lawyer will be assigned to ongoing matters involving people with disabilities, including issues pertaining to special education, employment, housing and voting.

Organizational and Professional Development

The lawyer will be expected to participate in meetings of staff, board of directors and board committees; and participate in ongoing office projects and events.  The lawyer will develop and write materials relevant to the Law Center’s projects for journals, news publications, internal newsletters, social media and funding proposals; and will contribute to the visibility of the organization through participation in advocacy organizations and community events.

The lawyer will report to the Executive Director and to supervising lawyers for specific litigation and other projects.

The Public Interest Law Center
United Way Building
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

For more information: www.pubintlaw.org
Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/publicinterestlawcenter
Follow us on Twitter: @pubintlawctr

Legal Director Position Available

The Public Interest Law Center seeks a Legal Director who will be responsible for supervising legal staff in all aspects of the organization’s legal work including litigation, advocacy, lobbying, organizing and participation in coalitions. This responsibility includes reviewing and developing, with staff  potential new litigation or projects. It includes assisting lawyers in developing strategies, reviewing pleadings and other written documents, trial planning (including discovery), and securing staff training for any identified needs. Where needed for particular projects, the Legal Director will be responsible for recruiting pro bono counsel and for supervision of pro bono associates as needed. The Legal Director will maintain his/her own caseload of cases and will participate directly in advocacy, lobbying, organizing and coalition support.

The Legal Director will report directly to the Executive Director and will be part of the executive team.

The candidate must have at least ten years’ litigation experience (including experience in developing new litigation and class action litigation) and must demonstrate the following qualities: 1) success in supervising lawyers and capacity for teamwork with colleagues and clients; 2) excellent oral, written and analytical skills; 3) initiative, energy, creativity; 4) enthusiasm about our mission; 5) excellent organization, persistence, and follow up skills; 6) experience in working with clients of diverse backgrounds including people experiencing poverty, individuals with disabilities, English Language Learners, individuals with Limited English Proficiency, and persons with criminal histories. Candidates who have experience in the types of matters handled by the Law Center are preferred; e.g., cases involving IDEA, ADA and other civil rights statutes (title VI,VII, Fair Housing, Voting Rights).

The Public Interest Law Center is a nationally-renowned public interest law firm with a mission of using high-impact legal strategies to improve the well-being and life prospects of the Philadelphia region’s most vulnerable populations by assuring that they have access to the resources and services that all of us need to lead our lives including a high-quality education, health care, housing and community services, employment, a healthy neighborhood and the unencumbered right to vote.

The position is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The salary and benefits are commensurate with experience.

The Public Interest Law Center is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diverse candidates to apply.

To apply, submit a letter of interest, which describes relevant litigation and supervisory experience, a resume with salary requirements and a list of at least three references by mail or email to:

Mary Howard
Public Interest Law Center
United Way Building
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
mhoward@pubintlaw.org

 

JOB DESCRIPTION FOR PUBLIC INTEREST LAW CENTER DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Substantive work

The Legal Director will be responsible for supervising legal staff legal staff in all aspects of the organization’s legal work including litigation, advocacy, lobbying, organizing and participation in coalitions. This responsibility includes reviewing and developing with staff  potential new litigation or projects. It includes assisting lawyers in developing strategies, reviewing pleadings and other written documents, trial planning (including discovery), and securing staff training for any identified needs. Where needed for particular projects, the Legal Director will be responsible for recruiting pro bono counsel and for supervision of pro bono associates as needed. The Legal Director will maintain his/her own caseload of cases and will participate directly in advocacy, lobbying, organizing and coalition support.

The Legal Director will report directly to the Executive Director and will be part of the management team.

Organizational and Professional Development

The Legal Director will be responsible for administering the litigation practice which includes participating, with the Executive Director, in performance evaluations of the legal staff; preparing requests for approval from the litigation review committee of the board of directors; maintaining the firm’s litigation docket; preparing required input regarding litigation for the firm’s regulatory filings; providing input into the development and preparation of grant proposals; and securing and updating as necessary routine standard agreements such as retainers or co-counselling agreements.

The Legal Director will be expected to participate in weekly staff, board of directors, and board committee meetings; and participate in ongoing office projects.  The Legal Director will contribute to the visibility of the organization through publications, participation in advocacy organizations and community events.

The Public Interest Law Center
United Way Building
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

For more information: www.pubintlaw.org
Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/publicinterestlawcenter
Follow us on Twitter: @pubintlawctr

 

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