For the sixth year in a row, CLASI was named one of the top workplaces in Delaware as evaluated by employees in 2021.

https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/topworkplaces/2021/08/22/2021-top-workplaces-delaware-rankings/5551377001/

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

POSITION: CLASI Housing Unit Staff Attorney

START DATE: November, 2021

SALARY: Commensurate with experience and CLASI’s collective bargaining agreement. Details on pay/benefits can be found below.

REPORTS TO: Managing Attorneys, Supervising Attorneys

LOCATION: One of our three Delaware Offices (New Castle, Kent, Sussex Counties)

POSTING OPENS: September 2021

POSTING CLOSES: When filled

 

CLASI provides free legal representation to people with disabilities, people age 60 or over, people with low incomes, and victims of crime and discrimination to help our clients obtain shelter, government benefits, educational services, medical services, orders of protection from abuse, legal immigration status, and other civil legal remedies. Under the supervision of the managing and supervising attorneys in the Housing units, the staff attorney will represent clients facing eviction and other housing problems including loss of housing subsidy, illegal ouster and poor housing conditions. In addition to individual case work, the staff attorney will also work on systemic issues faced by our housing clients and participate in trainings and other community education events.

The applicant for this position must be able to interact effectively with and be sensitive to the special needs of CLASI clients, including older adults, individuals with physical and mental disabilities, people with low incomes, and people with limited English proficiency

 

CONTEXT OF POSITION:      CLASI anticipates adding multiple staff attorneys to do eviction defense work throughout the state.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Provide direct legal services to clients and advocate on behalf of clients in court/litigation, administrative hearings, and various other venues.
  2. Supervise advocates.
  3. Engage in community education.
  4. Assist in drafting and analyzing legislation, regulations and policies.
  5. Engage in impact/systemic litigation/advocacy.
  6. Other duties as assigned depending on funding and needs.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  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 and meet admission requirements including character and fitness.
  2. Legal Services/P & A experience strongly preferred.
  3. Interest in and knowledge of the legal issues affecting individuals who are poor and with disabilities required.
  4. Sensitivity to and experience with serving vulnerable populations required.
  5. Two-year commitment required.
  6. Good organizational skills and initiative, and interest in engaging in  a broad range of advocacy skills, including litigation required
  7. Must exhibit patience, tact, and respect when dealing with the public, clients, and staff.
  8. Must be flexible since priorities and areas of emphasis may change depending on our funding and client needs.
  9. Spanish or language other than English fluency/proficiency is helpful but not required.
  10. COVID Vaccination will be required.

 

What to Include in your application: Please include a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, resume, three professional references and one brief writing sample (10 pages or less).  CLASI values a diverse work environment and strongly encourages women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, people with disabilities, people who have experienced poverty or homelessness and people who have had prior contact with the juvenile, criminal, or child welfare systems to apply. CLASI invites and encourages all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.

 

Please send your application materials to: attorneyjobs@declasi.org

 

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

POSITION: CLASI Managing Attorney for its Housing Unit

SALARY: Commensurate with experience. Details on pay/benefits can be found at www.declasi.org/jobs

REPORTS TO: Executive Director/Designee

LOCATION: One of our three Delaware Offices (New Castle, Kent, Sussex Counties)

POSTING OPENS: October 1, 2021

POSTING CLOSES: When filled

 

CONTEXT OF POSITION:

CLASI provides free legal representation to people with disabilities, people age 60 or over, people with low incomes, and victims of crime and discrimination to help our clients obtain shelter, government benefits, educational services, medical services, orders of protection from abuse, legal immigration status, and other civil legal remedies. In addition to individual case work, the staff attorney will also work on systemic issues faced by our housing clients and participate in trainings and other community education events.

The applicant for this position must be able to interact effectively with and be sensitive to the special needs of CLASI clients, including older adults, individuals with physical and mental disabilities, people with low incomes, and people with limited English proficiency

CLASI is a unionized program (NOLSW).  The Managing Attorney will be a member of the senior management team.

CLASI’s Housing Unit includes its Eviction Defense and Fair Housing programs.  The Eviction Defense Program represents clients statewide facing eviction and other housing problems including loss of housing subsidy, illegal ouster and poor housing conditions. statewide.  The Fair Housing Program is a HUD funded fair housing enforcement program, investigating and addressing housing discrimination statewide.  In addition to having overall responsibility for individual case work, the Managing Attorney, in collaboration with the Advocacy Director and other senior management, will be responsible for setting priorities and implementing housing related systemic advocacy.  The Managing Attorney will oversee both programs, with support from a supervising attorney(s).

The applicant for this position must be able to interact effectively with and be sensitive to the special needs of CLASI clients, including older adults, individuals with physical and mental disabilities, people with low incomes, and people with limited English proficiency

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Supervise supervising attorneys and staff attorneys.  Some supervision of non-attorney advocates also possible.
  2. Provide direct legal services to clients but with a reduced caseload that reflects the other duties of the Managing Attorney.
  3. Engage in impact/systemic advocacy.
  4. Supervise and engage in community education.
  5. Draft, analyze, and advocate legislation, regulations and policies.
  6. In collaboration with administrative staff, assist in the preparation of reports to funders.
  7. Other duties as assigned depending on funding and needs.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  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 and meet admission requirements including character and fitness.
  2. Minimum of 5 years of legal experience required.
  3. Experience in housing work for low-income people required.
  4. Legal Services/P & A experience strongly preferred.
  5. Interest in and knowledge of the legal issues affecting individuals who are poor and with disabilities preferred.
  6. Sensitivity to and experience with serving vulnerable populations.
  7. Two-year commitment required.
  8. Good organizational skills and initiative, and interest in engaging a broad range of advocacy skills, including litigation.
  9. Must exhibit patience, tact, and respect when dealing with the public, clients, and staff.
  10. Must be flexible since priorities and areas of emphasis may change depending on our funding and client needs.
  11. COVID Vaccination will be required for new employees.

What to Include in your application: Please include a cover letter, resume, three professional references and one brief writing sample (10 pages or less).  CLASI values a diverse work environment and strongly encourages women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, people with disabilities, people who have experienced poverty or homelessness and people who have had prior contact with the juvenile, criminal, or child welfare systems to apply. CLASI invites and encourages all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.

Please send your application materials to:  Managing­­_Attorney_Job@declasi.org  

 

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

POSITION TITLE: Eviction Defense Project Staff Trainer and Pro Se Litigant Education Specialist – Full-time contract (35 hours/week)
LOCATION: Remote
REPORTS TO: Project Coordinator – Melanie George Smith
AMOUNT: $60k
DATES POSTED: October 8, 2021 – October 15, 2021
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The contracted trainer will prepare, deliver or arrange for delivery of, and continuously assess curricula to educate: (1) pro se litigants regarding their rights and necessary preparation for eviction proceedings, (2) intake specialists responding to residents’ questions and conducting initial screenings, (3) non-attorney legal advocates providing assistance to tenants in landlord-tenant legal matters, and (4) pro bono, staff, and other paid lawyers new to eviction law and/or not experienced in working with the populations we hope to serve.

DUTIES:
1) Compose and design written and digital reference materials and training curricula for:
a) Pro se litigants who will persist as defendants even if right to counsel passes.
b) Intake specialists who will respond to Delaware residents’ housing-related questions and complete an adaptable intake protocol. (For residents in apparent need of legal aid, advocates will perform an initial assessment of eligibility and help them to connect with free legal resources. Advocates need to establish rapport with callers or visitors, identify potential legal issues, and exercise discernment in making referrals.)
c) Non-attorney legal advocates under Rule 55 who will provide assistance to tenants in landlord-tenant legal matters. (As this would be an unprecedented effort it will require innovative training and ongoing revision under what is likely to be intense scrutiny.)
d) Lawyers who are not experienced in tenant advocacy and/or not experienced in working with the populations we hope to serve.
2) Lead or support others in the provision of synchronous and asynchronous training for pro se litigants, intake advocates, non-attorney legal advocates, and/or lawyers.
3) Collaborate with project staff on pro se materials, intake protocols, and legal training.
4) Contribute to training and materials for outreach workers and court volunteers.
5) Coordinate with other agencies and entities engaged in legal, social, and financial aspects of tenants’ rights.
6) Assess efficacy of different training techniques and make revisions as appropriate.
7) Create lasting materials – written, video, web-based.
8) Conduct additional trainings related to the Eviction Defense Project, including possible development of self-help materials, including videos, for tenants.

QUALIFICATIONS:
We seek an experienced educator with a demonstrated record of innovation, collaboration, and leadership; a skilled teacher, coach, and facilitator with expertise in educational best practices; and a mentor who has facility in working with diverse constituencies and who is:
1) Skilled at assessment, i.e., able to select and create tools with which to evaluate the efficacy of materials and methods and to use the resulting data to improve programs;
2) Organized, flexible, and adaptable;
3) Analytical and skilled in research;
4) Able to assimilate and clearly communicate complex information to a variety of audiences;
5) Capable of working independently and cooperatively;
6) Committed to public service and the values of legal aid organizations in Delaware;
7) Knowledgeable about the law and non-profits, particularly legal and social service organizations;
8) Proficient in project management; and
9) Adept with technology (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google applications, online databases, social media, remote learning and meeting platforms, and template-based website management including LMS) in addition to being comfortable learning new technologies.

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.

To apply, please email resume and cover letter to Melanie George Smith at Melanie@MelanieGeorgeSmith.com.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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

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 19801
Or
E-mail resume and letter to:
datkins@declasi.org

POSITION: CLASI Staff Attorney

Start Date: September 6, 2022

SALARY: Commensurate with experience and CLASI’s collective bargaining agreement. Details on pay/benefits can be found below.

REPORTS TO: Managing Attorneys, Supervising Attorneys

LOCATION: One of our three Delaware Offices (New Castle, Kent, Sussex Counties)

POSTING OPENS: September 1, 2021

POSTING CLOSES: When filled

 

CONTEXT OF POSITION:      CLASI anticipates adding multiple staff attorneys in Fall 2022.  We are looking for candidates who have flexible interests and skills because grant funding, staff turnover, and organizational needs will require us to determine the program assignment closer to the start date.  We will guarantee geographic location at time of offer.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Provide direct legal services to clients and advocate on behalf of clients in court/litigation, administrative hearings, and various other venues.
  2. Supervise paralegal(s).
  3. Engage in community education.
  4. Assist in drafting and analyzing legislation, regulations and policies.
  5. Engage in impact/systemic litigation/advocacy.
  6. Other duties as assigned depending on funding and needs.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  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 and meet admission requirements including character and fitness.
  2. Legal Services/P & A experience strongly preferred.
  3. Interest in and knowledge of the legal issues affecting individuals who are poor and with disabilities required.
  4. Sensitivity to and experience with serving vulnerable populations required.
  5. Two-year commitment required.
  6. Good organizational skills and initiative, and interest in engaging a broad range of advocacy skills, including litigation required
  7. Willingness and ability to perform some duties in health care settings if necessary required.
  8. Must exhibit patience, tact, and respect when dealing with the public, clients, and staff.
  9. Must be flexible since priorities and areas of emphasis may change depending on our funding and client needs.
  10. Spanish or language other than English fluency/proficiency is helpful but not required.
  11. COVID Vaccination will be required.

What to Include in your application: Please include a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, resume, three professional references and one brief writing sample (10 pages or less).  CLASI values a diverse work environment and strongly encourages women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, people with disabilities, people who have experienced poverty or homelessness and people who have had prior contact with the juvenile, criminal, or child welfare systems to apply. CLASI invites and encourages all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.

 

To apply, email cover letter and resume to   attorneyjobs@declasi.org

 

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Salary and Benefits

Salary

Effective April 1, 2021, the entry-level salaries was $­­­­­52,804 for attorneys and $32,210 for paraprofessionals.  On April 1 of each subsequent year the entry-level salary is adjusted by the CPI-U for the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City area for the immediately preceding 12-month period ending December 31, provided that such CPI-U is within the range of 1% to 4%.  Credit for years of experience is factored into a percentage of the entry level salary as follows:

Credited Years of Service Salary Factor
1 104%
2 108%
3 112%
4 116%
5 120%
6 125%
7 130%
8 135%
9 140%
10 145%
11 149%
12 153%
13 157%
14 161%
15 165%
16 169%
17 173%
18 177%
19 181%
20 185%
21 188%
22 191%
23 194%
24 197%
25 200%
26 201%
27 202%
28 203%
29 204%
30 and higher 205%

Base pay for administrative and clerical positions is included in the job posting. Salary increases are calculated in a manner similar to that described above. Benefits described below apply to all posiitons.

Benefits:

CLASI offers generous benefits that include health and dental insurance for yourself and your immediate family with coverage beginning the first day of the first month after you begin work. Premiums for our base plan are fully funded by CLASI. We also provide – at no cost to employees– short and long term disability insurance, life insurance, personal and health leave time, and a 403(b) retirement plan, to which we will contribute an amount equal to 10 % of your salary, so long as you contribute at least 1 % yourself (eligible after one year of employment, and vested after three).   We also offer a law school loan assistance payment plan of up to $250 per month.

We will pay for all the costs associated with applying for, studying for, and sitting for the Delaware Bar exam.  Once admitted we will pay for all the costs associated with maintaining Delaware bar membership including all of your CLE courses and professional development/training/conferences.

Parking is free at all of our offices and we pay for all work related travel.

CLASI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.