For the fifth year in a row, CLASI was named one of the top workplaces in Delaware as evaluated by employees in 2020. This year CLASI was cited as having the best benefits package.

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ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (CLASI) seeks to sponsor an applicant for a Borchard Fellowship in Law and Aging. The Fellow will work with CLASI’s Public Benefits Program and Elder Law Program on a project to enhance economic security for low-income older adults in Delaware. The Fellow will be based in CLASI’s Wilmington office.

CLASI’s Public Benefits and Elder Law Programs represent individuals in a wide range of matters, including problems accessing and keeping essential safety net benefits such as Medicaid (including Home and Community-Based Services), SNAP food benefits, and SSI disability or Social Security benefits.

Attorneys represent clients in administrative hearings before state and federal agencies, engage in systemic policy advocacy and litigation, and conduct community outreach.

The Fellow will focus on public benefits issues for seniors, carrying a caseload and helping to lead systemic advocacy to remove barriers older adults face in accessing critical benefits. The Fellow will also undertake community outreach to identify potential clients and help client communities understand their legal rights.

A fellowship at CLASI provides law school graduates who are interested in a public interest career the opportunity to work at a non-LSC funded legal services and Protection and Advocacy program. Since its establishment in 1946, CLASI has remained the largest non-profit public interest law firm in Delaware. CLASI is unionized and represented by Delaware Legal Aid Workers, NOLSW/UAW Local 2320. CLASI pays for all expenses associated with taking the Delaware Bar Exam, including enrollment in a bar preparation course.

Ideal candidates will be law students in their third year or recent graduates. Candidates must have a commitment to social justice and an interest in working directly with older adults, particularly those who are vulnerable due to socioeconomic status, disability, and/or limited English proficiency. CLASI strongly encourages interested candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, people who identify as LGBTQ, veterans, people with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups. CLASI is an equal opportunity employer and committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive workplace.

Review of applications will begin immediately, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. CLASI will work with the selected candidate to prepare a project proposal that will be submitted to the Borchard Foundation in April 2021. The fellowship, if awarded, would begin in the fall of 2021.

Information about the Borchard Fellowship can be found at https://borchardcla.org/fellowships/application-process.

To apply, please submit the following by email to Jennifer Kye, Supervising Attorney, at jkye@declasi.org.

  • Cover letter describing your interest in the organization and the fellowship, as well as issues faced by CLASI’s clients
  • Resume
  • Law school transcript
  • Legal writing sample between 5-10 pages
  • Three professional references

POSITION TITLE: Staff Attorney

PROGRAM: Elder Law Program and Manufactured Housing

LOCATION: Dover or Georgetown, Delaware

REPORTS TO: ELP Supervising and/or Managing Attorney

OPENING DATE: Thursday, January 21, 2021

CLOSING DATE:  When Filled

CONTEXT OF POSITION:

Community Legal Aid Society Inc. (CLASI) (Delaware) is a statewide, non-LSC funded nonprofit law firm whose mission is to combat injustice through creative and persistent advocacy on behalf of vulnerable and underserved Delawareans. CLASI has offices throughout Delaware. CLASI is also Delaware’s designated Protection and Advocacy agency for individuals with disabilities.

The  successful candidate will develop a practice that will further 1) the traditional priorities of the  Elder Law Program which focus on preserving income, resources, and self-determination for vulnerable seniors, 2) the VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) grant, which focuses on the civil legal needs of victims of crime who are elderly, and 3) advocacy on behalf of  homeowners residing in manufactured home communities with regard to disputes with community owners. The attorney will be located in Kent County (Dover, DE) or Sussex County (Georgetown, DE) to enhance ELP’s downstate attorney presence. The attorney will spend approximately half of their time working on manufactured housing issues. The attorney will supervise paralegals and work with the rest of the ELP team.

Minimum Knowledge and Qualifications

The attorney must:

  • have a demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice, as well as a desire to work directly with low-income individuals, especially elder clients;
  • excellent verbal, written communication, analytical, and counseling skills;
  • be able to exhibit patience, sensitivity, and respect when dealing with clients, the public, and CLASI staff;
  • be able to conduct small and large group presentations;
  • have excellent public speaking and interpersonal skills;
  • have computer literacy;
  • be a team player;
  • have their own transportation and be willing to travel throughout the state on a regular basis (travel expenses reimbursed).
  • Bilingual a plus, but not required.

Education and Experience 

Delaware Bar admission is preferred. If the applicant is not a member of the Delaware Bar, admission to the Bar of another state is preferred. If the applicant is not a member of the Delaware Bar, applicant must be willing to sit for the next scheduled Delaware Bar Exam. Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and marginalized populations strongly preferred.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide direct services to clients in Elder Law Program in accordance with ELP priorities and grant requirements relating to victims of crime. Depending upon program needs, this position may include approximately 50% work with elder clients who are victims of crime and 50% manufactured housing homeowner representation.
  • Provide representation and advocacy on systemic issues identified by CLASI relating to elder clients. Advocacy may include litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, serving on advisory groups or organizations, etc.
  • Co-counsel and/or assist other Legal Services staff and private attorneys in cases in area(s) of specialization.
  • Maintain a thorough knowledge of relevant law. Keep abreast of developments in the law.
  • Maintain contacts with the most likely referral sources in Delaware.
  • Maintain a collaborative and productive relationship with partner organizations including the Delaware Manufactured Homeowners Association (DMHOA).
  • Supervise paralegals.
  • Conduct community education programs.
  • Participate in appropriate training.
  • Produce and distribute educational materials.
  • Assist with the preparation and presentation of data and advocacy reports for funding sources.
  • Assist with other CLASI programs and events as assigned.
  • Perform any other reasonable duties as directed.
  • Note: during the coronavirus pandemic, for client and staff safety reasons, we are mostly working remotely with very limited in person contact.

Salary and Benefits 

CLASI is a unionized program with staff attorneys and non-lawyer advocates represented by a chapter of the National Organization of Legal Services Workers (NOLSW). Salary is based upon a negotiated pay scale with starting salary for a new attorney set at approximately $52,500/per year and $76,000 for an attorney with 10 years credited experience. CLASI offers a generous contribution to retirement (up to 10% employer contribution to 403 (b) plan), full health benefits, and liberal leave policies including 12 weeks paid parental leave. We also provide 6 weeks paid bar leave for those who need to sit for the Delaware Bar exam and cover the costs of bar preparation including a bar review course.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Email Resume and cover letter to:  John S. Whitelaw, Advocacy Director (jwhitelaw@declasi.org) for consideration for this position. Please include references, a writing sample and transcript from law school, if fewer than 10 years of experience. Please feel free to call John (302-575-0663) if you have any questions about this position.

POSITION: Full-time CLASI Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) Paralegal/Advocate

SALARY:  Commensurate with experience and CLASI’s collective bargaining agreement.

REPORTS TO:  MLP Project Director, MLP Managing Attorney, MLP Supervising Attorney, MLP Staff Attorneys.

LOCATION:  Home office will be in Sussex County; position will have some additional responsibility in Kent County.

POSTING OPENS:  September 10, 2020

POSTING CLOSES:  Until filled

CLASI receives a Family Violence Prevention and Services Act grant (“FVPSA”) from the State of Delaware Criminal Justice Council to partner with People’s Place and the Abriendo Puertas shelter to provide advocacy to Latinx survivors of family violence, intimate partner violence, and/or teen dating violence in Kent and Sussex counties.  In addition to direct services and partnering with providers, the position also entails outreach and prevention work in the community.  The advocate will be on-site in Selbyville in rural Sussex County, and/or any other municipality in Sussex County as determined by the funder, at least one day per week.  (Note: during the coronavirus pandemic, for patient and staff safety reasons, on-site hours with provider partners are currently suspended.)

RESPONSIBILITES & DUTIES:

  1. Interview clients, determine eligibility for services, and conduct factual investigations and preliminary merit assessments throughout Kent and Sussex Counties, and in the grant partner settings. (Note: during the coronavirus pandemic, for patient and staff safety reasons, on-site hours with provider partners are currently suspended.)
  2. Under supervision of the attorneys, represent clients in meetings and administrative hearings, when appropriate.
  3. Perform legal research and writing.
  4. Draft correspondence and other documents under the supervision of an attorney.
  5. Provide social service assistance to clients as needed.
  6. Participate in statewide and local community groups and councils, including those that meet at night and/or on weekends, as necessary.
  7. Manage and organize applicant and client information using forms and computerized data system; assist with the collection, preparation and presentation of data and analysis.
  8. Submit timely timekeeping and other reports.
  9. Travel as directed to see clients and participate in work-related activities.
  10. Become and remain well-informed regarding basic legal principles applicable to area(s) of practice, attending training conferences as needed or requested by supervising attorney(s).
  11. Willingness and ability to perform some duties in health care / social service provider partner settings, including but not limited to holding office hours to meet with clients on-site at our provider partners. (Note that during the coronavirus pandemic, for patient and staff safety reasons, on-site hours with provider partners are currently suspended.)
  12. Other duties as assigned depending on funding and needs.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Ability to communicate effectively in English and Spanish, orally and in writing, required.
  2. Paralegal certificate and/or paralegal experience preferred, but not required.
  3. College degree preferred, but not required.
  4. Sensitivity to the special problems of CLASI clients and vulnerable individuals, including people with low incomes, people with disabilities, members of minority groups, people aged 60 and over, and those born in other countries.
  5. Ability and willingness to make effective public presentations.
  6. Ability to organize and maintain detailed information.
  7. Ability to travel across the state routinely and to work evenings and weekends occasionally as needed for out-of-office training sessions, agency-related meetings, and community education presentations.
  8. Ability to travel to and attend overnight conferences throughout the United States.
  9. Ability to apply modern technology to the performance of legal work and tasks.
  10. Ability to organize work and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines.
  11. Flexibility, including willingness to work in any of CLASI’s areas of practice or on any grants, as needed.
  12. CLASI employees, including new hires, must submit to background checks and government security clearances as required by funders, as outlined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement at Article 3.7.

To apply, please email resume and cover letter to Daniel Atkins at datkins@declasi.org

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

POSITION: Full-time CLASI Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) Paralegal

SALARY: Commensurate with experience and CLASI’s collective bargaining agreement.

REPORTS TO: MLP  Project Director, MLP Managing Attorney, MLPSup ervising Attorney, MLP Staff Attorneys.

LOCATION: Home office choice is flexible between Kent and Sussex Counties; position will have some statewide responsibility.

POSTING OPENS: August 13, 2020

POSTING CLOSES:  Until filled

RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES:

  1. Interview clients, determine eligibility for services, and conduct factual investigations and preliminary merit assessments throughout the state, but with a focus on Kent and Sussex Counties, and in multiple health care partner settings. (Note: during the coronavirus pandemic, for patient and staff safety reasons, on-site hours with provider partners are currently suspended.)
  2. Under supervision of the attorneys, represent clients in meetings and administrative hearings, when
  3. Perform legal research and writing.
  4. Draft correspondence and other documents under the supervision of an attorney.
  5. Provide social service assistance to clients as needed.
  6. Participate in statewide and local community groups and councils, including those that meet at night and/or on weekends, as necessary.
  7. Manage and organize applicant and client information using forms and computerized data system; assist with the collection, preparation and presentation of data and analysis.
  8. Submit timely timekeeping and other reports.
  9. Travel as directed to see clients and participate in work-related activities.
  10. Become and remain well-informed regarding basic legal principles applicable to area(s) of practice, attending training conferences as needed or requested by supervising attorney(s).
  11. Willingness and ability to perform some duties in health care settings, including but not limited to holding office hours to meet with clients on-site at our healthcare (Again, note that during the coronavirus pandemic, for patient and staff safety reasons, on-site hours with provider partners are currently suspended.)
  12. Other duties as assigned depending on funding and need.

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  1. Ability to communicate effectively in English, orally and in writing, required.
  2. Ability to communicate effectively in Spanish, orally and in writing, required.
  3. Paralegal certificate and/or paralegal experience preferred, but not required.
  4. College degree preferred, but not required.
  5. Sensitivity to the special problems of CLASI clients and vulnerable individuals, including people with low incomes, people with disabilities, members of minority groups, people aged 60 and over, and those born in other countries.
  6. Ability and willingness to make effective public presentation.
  7. Ability to organize and maintain detailed information.
  8. Ability to travel across the state routinely and to work evenings and weekends occasionally as needed for out-of-office training sessions, agency-related meetings, and community education presentations.
  9. Ability to travel to and attend overnight conferences throughout the United States.
  10. Ability to apply modern technology to the performance of legal work and tasks.
  11. Ability to organize work and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines.
  12. Flexibility, including willingness to work in any of CLASI’s areas of practice or on any grants, as needed.
  13. CLASI employees, including new hires, must submit to background checks and government security clearances as required by funders, as outlined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement at Article 3.7.

To apply, please email resume and cover letter to Daniel Atkins at datkins@declasi.org

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

CLASI conducts testing for compliance with Fair Housing laws in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties. Trained testers pose as home seekers and visit housing providers to collect information to assist with regional monitoring and investigations. Testers are paid a small stipend $50 – $65) for their efforts and are reimbursed for mileage, tolls and postage. Testers document their experiences objectively, so attention to detail and excellent writing skills are required. CLASI relies on fax and/or e-mail to notify testers, set up scenarios and submit tests. Qualified applicants will have access to a reliable form of transportation. Accepted applicants must attend a 2 – 3 hour training session and complete a paid practice test.

Contact person:  CLASI Fair Housing Test Coordinator, Linda Jackson at  ljackson@declasi.org, or (302) 575-0660, ext. 259, or toll free: 1-800-292-7980

Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. “CLASI” will sponsor candidates for post graduate public interest attorney fellowships provided by the Skadden Foundation, Equal Justice Works, or other identified foundations.  A fellowship at CLASI provides recent law school graduates interested in a public interest law career the opportunity to work at a non-LSC funded legal services and Protection and Advocacy program.  Since its establishment in 1946, CLASI has remained the largest non-profit public interest law firm in Delaware.  More information about CLASI can be found at www.declasi.org.

CLASI will accept fellowship applications through July 5 each year. Interested candidates may wish to consult with us in advance regarding suggestions for viable proposals. We encourage interested candidates with diverse cultural backgrounds and/or oral proficiency in languages other than English to contact us.Interested candidates should submit the following electronically:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter addressing their interest and experience in public interest and poverty/disability/elder law and describing any ideas for a fellowship proposal.
  • Although we ask that you describe any ideas you have regarding a fellowship proposal please note that it is not necessary to have a proposal at this stage of the application process.
  • One or Two Brief Legal Writing Samples
  • Law School Transcript
  • List of Three References
  • A list of any other organizations with whom you are pursuing fellowship opportunities.

These materials should be sent via email to the attention of Daniel Atkins at datkins@declasi.org.  Candidates may address any questions about the application process to Daniel Atkins:  (302) 575-0660, ext. 229 or datkins@declasi.org.

Please note that CLASI may sponsor more than one individual for each Fellowship opportunity and that Fellowship awards are not guarantees of employment with CLASI once the fellowship expires.

CLASI welcomes applications from attorneys interested in volunteering in one of our three offices for work in our poverty law, elder law and disabilities law programs.

Law Clerk Positions
CLASI welcomes applications from law students interested in volunteering in one of our three offices during the summer or school year. Law clerks may receive credit or work study funding from their law schools or may be eligible for a grant from a public interest organization.

Paralegal Positions
CLASI welcomes applications from individuals interested in volunteering in any of our three offices to help with tasks such as client interviews, document preparation, discovery and community education.

Clerical Positions
CLASI welcomes applications from individuals interested in volunteering in any of our three offices to help with tasks such as typing, filing, answering telephones, document scanning and preparation, and special event planning.

Administrative Positions
CLASI welcomes applications from individuals interested in volunteering in any of our three offices to help with tasks such as bookkeeping, public relations, and special event planning.

Send resume and cover letter to:
Daniel Atkins, Esq.
CLASI
100 W. 10th Street, Suite 801
Wilmington, DE 19801or
E-mail resume and letter to:
datkins@declasi.org

CLASI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.