Staff Attorney, Public Interest Law Center

Posted by Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia on January 22, 2018

The Public Interest Law Center seeks a Staff Attorney.

The lawyer will work on the Public Interest Law Center’s major litigation initiatives with a particular focus on cases involving employment and special education. The lawyer will be responsible for all aspects of such litigation including developing legal theories, factual investigation, research, discovery, trial, appeals and enforcement. The lawyer is expected to stay informed about the challenges facing the diverse communities in which we work and to identify high impact litigation solutions where appropriate. The lawyer also will be responsible for developing and implementing a wide range of strategies that complement litigation. Such strategies include building and participating in partnerships and coalitions, community education, advocacy, and technical support. The Staff Attorney will report to the Legal Director. More responsibilities can be found here:

The candidate must have at least at least five 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) experience in developing litigation or legal strategies; 5) initiative, creativity, and an entrepreneurial approach to new cases and strategies; 6) well organized, sound workload management, persistence, and excellent follow up skills; 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 and capacity for teamwork with colleagues and clients; and 9) enthusiasm about our mission.

The Public Interest Law Center is a nationally-renowned public interest law firm with a mission using high-impact legal strategies to advance the civil, social, and economic rights of communities in the Philadelphia region facing discrimination, inequality, and poverty. We combine targeted litigation, legal advice, community education, advocacy, and organizing to secure people’s access to fundamental resources and services, 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 demonstrating the candidate’s qualifications for the position; a resume, two writing samples, and contact information for at least three references to:

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

Staff Attorney Position Available

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