Volunteer Legal Services (VLS) is a program of the King County Bar Association’s (KCBA) Pro Bono Department. KCBA is a membership association whose mission includes mobilizing attorneys to provide pro bono services to low income residents in King County. Legal areas within VLS include: Chapter 7 bankruptcy, vacating criminal records, obtaining Orders of Limited Dissemination, Post-tenancy debt relief, Social Security overpayments, simple estate planning, and general debt defense. VLS’ focus is to assist in removing barriers that keep individuals in poverty.
Reports to: Pro Bono Services Director
General Information: The VLS Staff attorney provides training, supervision and mentoring to volunteer attorneys representing low income individuals in Chapter 7 bankruptcy, social security overpayments; simple estate planning, and some vacating of criminal records work. The attorney may provide legal advice and limited representation as well as assist with various program and volunteer development duties.
- Provide limited legal advice and representation to individuals referred to VLS;
- Support the Social Security Mentorship Project – includes: collaborating with the Seattle Community Law Center, planning and recruiting for trainings, providing administrative support to volunteer attorneys, client and case support for duration of case;
- Support the Attorney General 9th Circuit Appellate Advocacy project;
- Train and support volunteer attorneys as needed to include: conducting legal research and writing briefs, pleadings, and other legal documents as necessary;
- Oversee and maintain quality of client advocacy by volunteers;
- Review cases for legal merit before placement with volunteer attorneys;
- Stay apprised of legislative and regulatory changes and update volunteers and program material in accordance with new laws; and,
- Community outreach and education
Administrative and Supervisory:
- Review and oversee data input in Legal Server data management system;
- Prepare reports, articles, and communications both for internal and community distribution;
- Develop, design and implement volunteer training and materials;
- Obtain feedback from volunteers and clients on outcomes, satisfaction with services, and quality control;
- Mentor volunteer attorneys;
- Provide support and back-up to VLS staff;
- Assist VLS support staff with case referral and client management; and,
- Manage data and provide reports for grant applications and compliance.
Outreach and Collaboration:
- Collaborate with other KCBA Departments and Pro Bono Programs;
- Assist with expanding VLS volunteer panels and volunteer recruitment;
- Update community resources and pro se materials;
- Foster new partnerships with community agencies;
- Develop outreach materials;
- Perform other duties as may be assigned.
- Licensed to practice law in Washington state;
- Familiarity with local community resources;
- Excellent organizational and communication (oral and written) skills;
- Ability to track and meet competing deadlines;
- Demonstrated ability to train, supervise, and mentor volunteer attorneys and maintain quality program control;
- Experience working with low-income, vulnerable people, and working with people from diverse ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds;
- Proficiency working with individuals with limited English; and with individuals with physical and/or mental disabilities;
- Ability to analyze information quickly and work well in a fast-paced environment;
- Creative problem-solving and mediation skills;
- Proficiency with technology including MS Word, case management systems, Excel, and Outlook.
- Two year’s experience in landlord-tenant, bankruptcy, estate planning and/or criminal law and courtroom/trial experience (Rule 9 experience will suffice);
- Experience/familiarity with LegalServer or other case management system.
Schedule, Travel, & Salary:
This is an exempt full-time position. Some travel within King County may be necessary for community outreach and community engagement. Salary range: $54,000 - $56,000 yearly with excellent benefits including 100% employer-paid healthcare coverage, public transit subsidy, and 401K plan with automatic employer contributions after one year’s service.
To apply, please electronically submit a cover letter addressing your qualifications for this position, a resume, and three references by 5:00pm Wednesday October 31, 2018 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
About the King County Bar Association:
Founded in 1886, KCBA is a membership legal organization with over 5,500 attorney members, 38 staff and an annual budget of $4,000,000. The Association promotes and supports a diverse and collegial membership; works with the judiciary to achieve excellence, equity, and accessibility in the administration of justice; and benefits the community through public service and engagement in public policy. KCBA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, political ideology, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, or presence of a disability. Learn more at www.kcba.org.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we highly encourage people of diverse backgrounds to apply for this position. Diversity is defined by the King County Bar Association to refer to the inclusion of individuals who self-identify with those groups historically discriminated against, and which continue to experience the effects of such, and/or who are under-represented in the legal profession including on the basis of disability, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.