HIRING: PART-TIME STAFF ATTORNEY (HOUSING)
The Center for Justice (CFJ) seeks applicants from qualified attorneys to work to address the civil legal needs of persons who need legal housing assistance. CFJ has a housing law clinic that focuses on the preservation of rental housing for the residents of Spokane and helps to remove barriers to rental eligibility. This is a critical need in Spokane which is facing a shortage of affordable rental properties. Housing preservation can often be accomplished with knowledge of the legal system or even representation in court. Unfortunately, tenants are usually unable to afford to hire an attorney and free legal services are scarce. With access to the new housing law clinic, tenants will be able to access the free legal advice they need and will be better prepared to respond to notices they receive.
The services provide at the new Housing Clinic will include, but are not limited to, advising clients on how to address possible code violations, return of rental deposits, infestations, responding to notices, housing discrimination, and preparing Orders of Limited Dissemination. The majority of the work (approximately 75%) at the clinic will consist of brief client services, but there will also be some direct client representation (approximately 25%). These percentages may change, depending on the needs of the community.
PRESENT DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
The Housing Attorney will initially work with the Housing Policy attorney to run all aspects of the clinic and to assist clients. Eventually the Housing Policy attorney’s work will phase out and the Housing Attorney will be completely responsible for the facilitation of the clinic and the direct client assistance.
FUTURE DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
The Center’s current funding will support the work of the Housing Attorney for twenty (20) hours per week. However, we are continuing to work with community partners with the goal of increasing the Housing Attorney position to full-time. If we are able to do that, we anticipate increasing the Housing Attorney’s capacity to include additional direct client representation, community outreach and education, development of written products, including model pleadings, easy-to-read fact sheets, technical assistance responses, and other resources for other legal/social service providers and clients, and additional services the Housing Attorney identifies through work with the community.
- Juris Doctorate (JD) with demonstrated experience relevant to position.
- Membership in good standing in the Washington State Bar Association.
- Excellent research and writing skills and excellent professional judgment.
- Well organized and detail oriented.
- Ability to work well in coalitions and with diverse individuals.
- Ability to multi-task.
- A demonstrated interest in serving the low-income community.
- Amenability to local travel, including client home visits.
- Ability to occasionally work after hours and on weekend.
Based on experience and includes excellent benefits and great work environment.
Cover letter, resume, transcript and writing sample should be sent to Denisa Buljubasic at email@example.com. Cover letter and email subject line should clearly reference “Housing Attorney”. Cover letter should include description of any past experience, personal or professional, with low income or other marginalized communities.
Applications should be submitted as soon as possible, preferably no later than November 30, 2018; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
The Center for Justice has a strong commitment to building a staff that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths and experiences in this area.