Staff Positions

Staff Attorney

The Public Interest Law Center seeks a staff attorney. 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 from 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. The lawyer will be asked to develop specific expertise in one or more Law Center project areas.

In addition to substantive responsibilities, the lawyer will have organizational and professional development responsibilities. The lawyer will report directly to the Executive Director and, for specific litigation and other projects, to supervising lawyers.

The deadline to submit applications is September 4, 2015.

Job Description

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 from 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.  The lawyer will be asked to develop specific expertise in one or more of the Law Center’s project areas.

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.  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.

Required Experience

The candidate must have at least three years’ legal experience (which can include judicial clerkships) and demonstrate the following qualities:  1) experience with complex federal or state court litigation; 2) excellent analytical abilities and well-developed research and technical skills; 3) excellence in written work, including legal briefs and non-legal publications; 4) initiative, energy, creativity; 5) enthusiasm about our mission; 6) excellent organization, persistence, and follow up skills; 7) collaborative skills including capacity for teamwork with colleagues and clients; and 8) 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 with experience in class action cases; trial or other dispute resolution; and with an interest in education finance are preferred.

How to Apply

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 of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer and encourages diverse candidates to apply.

To apply, submit a letter of interest, which describes relevant litigation 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 of Philadelphia
United Way Building
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
mhoward@pilcop.org

 

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