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- Poverty Attorney Kent County
- Fair Housing Testers
- Request for Attorney Fellowship Proposals
- Volunteer Positions
POSITION: Full-time Staff Attorney
SALARY: Commensurate with experience and CLASI’s collective bargaining agreement.
REPORTS TO: Managing Attorney
LOCATION: Primarily Serving Kent County
POSTING DATE: October 18, 2017
CLOSING DATE: Until filled
CONTEXT OF POSITION: The staff attorney in the Poverty Program works primarily under the direction of the Managing Attorney. The attorney will be expected to engage in individual case litigation in courts and administrative agencies, legislative and regulatory advocacy, and impact litigation. Typical issues addressed by this attorney include Protection from Abuse and ancillary matters, housing, public benefits and other cases impacting people who are poor. In addition, the attorney is expected to conduct community legal education workshops and to work effectively with other agencies
and the courts.
1. Provide direct legal services to clients.
2. Supervise paralegal.
3. Prepare articles and conduct community legal education programs
and self-advocacy training.
4. Travel independently throughout the State.
5. Participate in systemic advocacy.
6. Other duties as assigned.
1. Admission to the Delaware bar preferred. If not admitted, admission to bar of another state preferred. If not admitted in Delaware, must be eligible to take the next scheduled Delaware Bar Examination.
2. Legal Services experience preferred.
3. Interest in and knowledge of the legal issues affecting people who are poor preferred.
4. Must be willing to travel within State as responsibilities require.
5. Two-year commitment required.
6. Ability to communicate in Spanish helpful.
7. Good organizational skills and initiative, and interest in engaging a broad range of advocacy skills, including litigation.
8. Must exhibit patience, tact, and respect when dealing with the public, clients, and staff.
9. Must be flexible as needs of organization and funding changes.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: To apply, email cover letter and resume to:
Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.
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.
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:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidates may address any questions about the application process to Daniel Atkins: (302) 575-0660, ext. 229 or email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
100 W. 10th Street, Suite 801
Wilmington, DE 19801or
E-mail resume and letter to: