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Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (CLASI) has been recognized as a 2023 “Top Workplace” in Delaware. We are proud that we’ve been selected as a Top Workplace for seven of the last eight years, based on employee feedback gathered through an anonymous third-party survey. We invite you to learn more about CLASI’s workplace culture here.

CLASI strongly encourages interested candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, people who are LGBTQ+, veterans, people with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups. CLASI is an equal opportunity employer and committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. Candidates are encouraged to share with us how they will add to our diversity.

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

POSITION TITLE: Paralegal to Support Immigration Work (Regular Full-time Employee)

SALARY: Commensurate with experience and collective bargaining agreement. (Details on salary scale and benefits can be found at the bottom of this page.)

REPORTS TO: Immigration/Domestic Violence/Medical-Legal Partnership Managing Attorney, Immigration Supervising Attorney, Immigration Staff Attorneys

LOCATION: New Castle County Office

DATE OF POSTING: March 28, 2024

CONTEXT OF POSITION: Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (“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, income and other 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 Attorney and Staff Attorneys, the paralegal will assist clients throughout the state of Delaware but with a focus on New Castle County. The applicant for this position must be able to interact effectively with and be sensitive to the special needs of CLASI clients, including individuals with physical and mental disabilities and their families, people with low incomes, and members of legally protected classes.

RESPONSIBILITES & DUTIES:
1. Interview clients, determine eligibility for services, and conduct factual investigations and preliminary merit assessments throughout the state, but with a focus on New Castle County, and in law enforcement or criminal justice system settings.

2. Under supervision of attorney, represent clients in meetings and administrative hearings when appropriate.

3. Perform legal research and writing.

4. Work under the direct supervision of attorney(s) in the units to provide litigation support and case management, including but not limited to: discovery, file maintenance, redacting, gathering and organizing of evidence, and drafting pleadings and forms.

5. Draft correspondence and other documents under the supervision of an attorney.

6. Provide relevant social service assistance and referrals to clients as needed.

7. Participate in statewide and local community groups and councils relevant to the work and community served, including those that meet at night and/or on weekends, as necessary.

8. Manage and organize applicant and client information using forms and computerized data system; assist with the collection, preparation and presentation of data and analysis.

9. Submit timely timekeeping and other reports.

10. Travel as directed to meet with clients and participate in work-related activities.

11. 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).

12. Other duties as assigned depending on funding and needs.

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Ability to communicate effectively in both 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 challenges of CLASI clients, 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.

TO APPLY:  Please email resume and cover letter to Laura Graham at lgraham@declasi.org

CLASI strongly encourages interested candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, people who are LGBTQ+, veterans, people with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups. CLASI is an equal opportunity employer and committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. Candidates are encouraged to share with us how they will add to our diversity.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

POSITION TITLE: Paralegal to Support Immigration Work (Regular Full-time Employee)

SALARY: Commensurate with experience and collective bargaining agreement. (Details on salary scale and benefits can be found at the bottom of this page.)

REPORTS TO: Immigration/Domestic Violence/Medical-Legal Partnership Managing Attorney, Immigration Supervising Attorney, Immigration Staff Attorneys

LOCATION: Kent County/ Sussex County Office (home office – applicant’s choice)

DATE OF POSTING: March 28, 2024

CONTEXT OF POSITION: Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (“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, income and other 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 Attorney and Staff Attorneys, the paralegal will assist clients throughout the state of Delaware but with a focus on Kent and Sussex Counties. The applicant for this position must be able to interact effectively with and be sensitive to the special needs of CLASI clients, including individuals with physical and mental disabilities and their families, people with low incomes, and members of legally protected classes.

RESPONSIBILITES & 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 law enforcement or criminal justice system settings.

2. Under supervision of attorney, represent clients in meetings and administrative hearings when appropriate.

3. Perform legal research and writing.

4. Work under the direct supervision of attorney(s) in the units to provide litigation support and case management, including but not limited to: discovery, file maintenance, redacting, gathering and organizing of evidence, and drafting pleadings and forms.

5. Draft correspondence and other documents under the supervision of an attorney.

6. Provide relevant social service assistance and referrals to clients as needed.

7. Participate in statewide and local community groups and councils relevant to the work and community served, including those that meet at night and/or on weekends, as necessary.

8. Manage and organize applicant and client information using forms and computerized data system; assist with the collection, preparation and presentation of data and analysis.

9. Submit timely timekeeping and other reports.

10. Travel as directed to meet with clients and participate in work-related activities.

11. 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).

12. Other duties as assigned depending on funding and needs.

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Ability to communicate effectively in both 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 challenges of CLASI clients, 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.

TO APPLY:  Please email resume and cover letter to Laura Graham at lgraham@declasi.org

CLASI strongly encourages interested candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, people who are LGBTQ+, veterans, people with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups. CLASI is an equal opportunity employer and committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. Candidates are encouraged to share with us how they will add to our diversity.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

POSITION TITLE: Elder Law Program Paralegal – Entry-Level (0-5 years of experience) Full-Time Employee (35 hours/week)

LOCATION: Delaware statewide responsibilities – with Kent County to serve as home office.

REPORTS TO: Elder Law Program (ELP) attorneys

SALARY: Depends on experience; excellent employee benefits. (Details on salary and benefits can be found at the bottom of this page.)

POSITION: Paralegal to support Elder Law Program

DATE OF POSTING: September 25, 2023

CONTEXT OF POSITION: Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (CLASI) provides free legal representation to people with disabilities, people aged 60 or over, people with low incomes, and victims of crime and discrimination to help our clients obtain shelter, income and other government benefits, educational services, medical services, orders of protection from abuse, legal immigration status, and other civil legal remedies.

Under the supervision of attorneys, the Elder Law Program (ELP) paralegal will assist clients statewide and will conduct outreach. The applicant for this position must be able to interact effectively with and be sensitive to the special needs of CLASI clients, including people who are elderly, individuals with physical and mental disabilities and their families, people with low incomes, people who speak Spanish, and victims of crime.

DUTIES:

  1. Interview clients, determine eligibility for services, and conduct factual investigations and preliminary merit assessments throughout the state.
  2. Under supervision of attorney, 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. Draft and file court pleadings using electronic filing services.
  6. Provide social service assistance to clients as needed.
  7. Participate in statewide and local community groups and councils, including those that meet at night and/or on weekends, as necessary.
  8. Manage and organize applicant and client information using forms and computerized data system; assist with the collection, preparation, and presentation of data and analysis.
  9. Submit timekeeping and other reports in a timely manner.
  10. Travel as directed to see clients, conduct outreach, and participate in work-related activities.
  11. 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).
  12. Willingness and ability to perform some duties in non-traditional settings, including but not limited to holding office hours to meet with clients on-site at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, senior centers, and other similar locations.
  13. Interpret and/or translate for other CLASI staff, as needed.
  14. Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Ability to communicate effectively in English, orally and in writing, required.
  2. Ability to communicate effectively in Spanish, orally and in writing, preferred.
  3. Paralegal certificate and/or paralegal experience preferred.
  4. College degree preferred.
  5. Sensitivity to the special problems of CLASI clients, 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 presentations.
  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 as needed.

TO APPLY: Please email resume and cover letter to Anthony Panicola at apanicola@declasi.org

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

POSITION TITLE: Legal Director, Disabilities Law Program (DLP)

LOCATION: Any one of the three CLASI offices

REPORTS TO: DLP Project Director

SALARY: Depending on experience, plus management bump (this is considered a Managing Attorney position); excellent benefits. (Details on salary and benefits can be found at the bottom of this page.)

POSTING DATE: August 14, 2023

DEADLINE: Until filled

CONTEXT OF POSITION: The Disabilities Law Program (“DLP”) provides free legal representation to children and adults with physical and mental disabilities to protect them from abuse and neglect and to advocate for their legal rights in the community (e.g., civil rights, educational services, medical services, housing, government benefits, treatment in the least restrictive environment). The DLP serves as Delaware’s Protection and Advocacy System for People with Disabilities (“P&A”). For more information about what a P&A is, see: https://youtu.be/m3vYxSe3s4M.

The Legal Director of the DLP will provide advocacy leadership/coordination, legal supervision, and co-counsel support within the program. The Legal Director will supervise and coordinate the legal advocacy of attorney and advocacy staff working in the DLP throughout the state. The Legal Director will promote an appropriate mix of advocacy (e.g. litigation in judicial and administrative forums; legislative, regulatory, and committee work; community education), cultivate impact litigation, and support the Project Director with policy advocacy.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Coordinate, supervise, mentor, and support legal advocacy of DLP staff statewide.
  2. Monitor DLP staff caseloads, management, and processing of cases to promote quality of representation.
  3. Oversee and provide direct representation in impact cases and co-counseling support to other DLP attorneys; maintain reduced individual caseload as needed.
  4. Participate in policy work and statewide councils, groups, and committees as delegated by the Project Director.
  5. Onboard new staff; plan, coordinate, and implement training to new and existing staff in conjunction with CLASI’s Advocacy Director.
  6. Coordinate the recruitment and assessment of applicants for DLP legal staff positions.
  7. Collaborate with the Project Director in developing and monitoring achievement of program priorities.
  8. Serve as a member of CLASI’s Senior Management and Leadership Teams and participate actively in other CLASI committees to support the good of the organization.
  9. Collaborate with staff across CLASI’s other programs to facilitate and enhance CLASI services.
  10. Fulfill any other reasonably related program duties delegated by the Project Director.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Admitted to practice law and in good standing. If not admitted in Delaware, must be eligible for and willing to register to take the next scheduled Delaware Bar Examination.
  2. Minimum of five years’ experience as an attorney.
  3. Experience supervising staff or programs.
  4. Interest in and knowledge of the issues affecting individuals with disabilities.
  5. Ability to travel statewide and, at times, out-of-state for conferences.
  6. Willingness to work evenings and weekends if needed for meetings and community education presentations.
  7. Successfully complete government clearance by the United States Government Office of Personnel Management. Clearance must be completed/obtained within the first 3 months of hire and other background checks as may be required by funders.
  8. Must complete COVID-19 primary vaccination series, booster, and bivalent booster (unless exemption applies).

CLASI strongly encourages interested candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, people who are LGBTQ+, veterans, people with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups. CLASI is an equal opportunity employer and committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. Candidates are encouraged to share with us how they will add to our diversity.

APPLICATION: Provide letter of interest and résumé to Marissa Band at mband@declasi.org

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

POSITION TITLE:  Housing Unit Staff Attorney – Full-time

LOCATION:  Delaware Statewide Responsibilities – Home office in Wilmington, Dover, or Georgetown

REPORTS TO: Managing Attorney, Housing

SALARY: Depending on experience; excellent benefits. (Details on salary and benefits can be found at the bottom of this page.)

POSTING DATE: June 16, 2023

CONTEXT OF POSITION:
Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (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. CLASI provides employees with a supportive and collaborative work environment.

The work of the Housing Unit focuses on: 1) providing representation to individual households facing eviction, housing instability, or unsafe conditions; 2) enforcing Fair Housing rights; and 3) working towards systemic change in Delaware.

CLASI’s Housing Unit is looking for candidates who believe that each individual in Delaware has the right to safe, affordable housing and who is willing to bring innovation and energy to asserting this right for every client.

Under the supervision of the Managing Attorney, the staff attorney will be responsible for providing direct legal assistance to clients throughout the state of Delaware. The staff attorney is responsible for appearing in court, providing training for partners and the community, engaging in systemic and policy advocacy, and other duties as identified and necessary to meet the objectives of the program.

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, people with limited English proficiency and members of protected classes.

DUTIES:

  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. Travel as directed to see clients and participate in work-related activities, including outreach events and presentations that occur at night or on weekends, as needed.
  7. Become and remain well-informed regarding basic legal principles applicable to area(s) of practice.
  8. If fluent in another language, interpret and/or translate documents for other CLASI staff, as needed.
  9. Other duties as assigned.

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. Two-year commitment required.
  5. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  6. Ability to undertake legal analysis.
  7. Ability to communicate effectively in Spanish, both orally and in writing, strongly preferred, but not required.
  8. Commitment to working with marginalized populations and sensitivity to their needs.
  9. Ability and willingness to make effective public presentations.
  10. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  11. Ability to travel across the state and work evenings and weekends occasionally for out-of-office training sessions, agency-related meetings, and community education presentations.
  12. Strong computer skills, including ability to use Microsoft Word, Outlook, etc.
  13. Ability to handle multiple projects and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines.
  14. Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others.
  15. Ability to accept constructive criticism, willingness to engage in continuous training, supervision, and evaluation.

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. Candidates are encouraged to share with us how they will add to our diversity.

CLASI is unionized and members of the bargaining unit (attorneys and advocates) are represented by Delaware Legal Aid Workers, NOLSW/UAW Local 2320. More information about CLASI can be found at www.declasi.org. This position will be in the bargaining unit. CLASI’s salary scale is available at www.declasi.org/employment.

To apply, please email resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Sarah Rhine at SRhine@declasi.org.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

POSITION TITLE: Full-time Qualified Tenant Advocate/Housing Advocate

LOCATION: Delaware statewide responsibilities – home office in Wilmington, Dover, or Georgetown

REPORTS TO: Managing/Supervising Attorney, Housing

SALARY: Depending on experience; excellent benefits. (Details on salary and benefits can be found at the bottom of this page.)

POSTING DATE: January 18, 2023

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. CLASI provides employees with a supportive and collaborative work environment.

Effective March 1, 2022, the Delaware Supreme Court has authorized Qualified Tenant Advocates to represent tenants in eviction matters, both in and out of court, under the supervision of a legal aid attorney.

Qualified Tenant Advocates, under the supervision of attorneys in the Housing Unit, will assist clients with eviction defense in each of the three Delaware Counties: New Castle, Kent or Sussex County. The Qualified Tenant Advocate (“QTA”) will focus on helping clients facing eviction to achieve housing stability. The QTA will handle intake and client representation duties. The QTA will focus on identifying any potential defenses a tenant may have that would save the tenant from being evicted and will represent the tenant in alternative dispute resolution, resource navigation, negotiations, and/or in any eviction hearing in the Justice of the Peace Court.

The Qualified Tenant Advocate will have paid, employer-provided, on-the-job training. In addition, this position will provide opportunities for professional development.

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.

DUTIES:
-Undergo an extensive training program and continuous training, supervision and evaluation.

-Conduct intake and interview clients; engage in factual investigations.

-Under supervision of attorneys, provide advocacy in eviction defense cases, including representing tenants in alternative dispute resolution and/or in court for a hearing.

-Research and provide referrals to community resources, including the Delaware Housing Assistance Program, Eviction Prevention Navigators, and social services.

-Assist clients to locate affordable housing and develop relationships with landlords and property managers throughout the state of Delaware

-Draft correspondence and other documents under the supervision of attorneys.

-Provide administrative support to attorneys.

-Travel as directed to see clients and participate in work-related activities, including outreach events and presentations that occur at night or on weekends, as needed.

-Become and remain well-informed regarding basic legal principles applicable to area(s) of practice.

-Interpret and/or translate documents for other CLASI staff, as needed.

-Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:
-Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

-Ability to communicate effectively in Spanish, both orally and in writing, strongly preferred, but not required.

-Commitment to working with marginalized populations and sensitivity to their needs.

-Ability and willingness to make effective public presentations.

-Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

-Ability to travel across the state and work evenings and weekends occasionally for out-of-office training sessions, agency-related meetings, and community education presentations.

-Strong computer skills, including ability to use Microsoft Word, Outlook, etc.

-Ability to handle multiple projects and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines.

-Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others.

-Ability to accept constructive criticism, willingness to engage in continuous training, supervision, and evaluation.

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 diverse and inclusive workplace.

CLASI is unionized and members of the bargaining unit (attorneys and advocates) are represented by Delaware Legal Aid Workers, NOLSW/UAW Local 2320. This position will be in the bargaining unit. CLASI’s salary scale is available at the bottom of this page.

TO APPLY: Please email a cover letter, resume, and list of references to Sarah Rhine at SRhine@DECLASI.org

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

POSITION TITLE: CLASI Staff Attorney

START DATE: Rolling

SALARY: Commensurate with experience and CLASI’s collective bargaining agreement. (Details on salary and benefits can be found at the bottom of this page.)

REPORTS TO: Managing Attorneys, Supervising Attorneys

LOCATION: One of our three Delaware offices (New Castle, Kent, or Sussex County)

CONTEXT OF POSITION: CLASI anticipates adding multiple staff attorneys throughout 2024. 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/unit 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.

CLASI values a diverse work environment and strongly encourages women, people of color, veterans, 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: Please provide a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, a resume, three professional references, and one brief writing sample (10 pages or less). Email your application materials to attorneyjobs@declasi.org.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (“CLASI”) is recruiting testers to help investigate complaints of discrimination in the housing market here in Delaware. To do this, CLASI conducts testing for compliance with Fair Housing laws statewide. Testing is a controlled process wherein a tester will either call or visit a housing provider posing as an interested party. Testers will have to collect information that will be utilized to assist in investigations. CLASI uses these tests to determine if housing providers are discriminating against potential buyers/renters based on their race, color, familial status, disability, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Testers must attend a 2 to 3-hour training session. Following this training, the test coordinator will contact the Tester when a test is ready to be performed and ask if they are able to commit to conducting that test. If the Tester agrees, then the test coordinator will send all the information that they need to complete the test. CLASI relies on email for communication to notify testers, set up scenarios, and submit tests.

Testers are paid a stipend ($50 – $90) for each test that is conducted, and they are reimbursed for mileage, tolls, and postage. Testers are also paid $40 for completing their training.

Testers must:

– Be capable of following instructions, and of being impartial and observant;

– Have excellent writing skills and attention to detail;

– Be capable of submitting testing materials timely;

– Have reliable transportation;

– Have a telephone.

Testers must NOT:

– Be a licensed competitor of the person or organization to be tested in the listing, rental, sale, or financing of real estate;

– Have prior felony convictions or convictions of crimes involving fraud or perjury; per U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) regulations, CLASI must perform a criminal background check before approving an application.

TO APPLY:  If you are interested in applying to become a Fair Housing Tester, please contact CLASI’s Fair Housing Coordinator Kate Cirrito at kcirrito@declasi.org, or 302-647-7969.

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 work 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, CLASI Executive Director, 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.

Attorney Positions
Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (“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.
Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.
100 W. 10th Street, Suite 801
Wilmington, DE 19801
OR
E-mail resume and cover letter to:
datkins@declasi.org

Salary and Benefits

Salary:

Effective April 1, 2024, the entry-level salary is $­­­­­62,227 for attorneys and $37,958 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 2% to 7%. 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 positions.


Benefits
:

CLASI offers excellent benefits, including:

  • Health and dental insurance for employees and their immediate family (including domestic partners) with premiums for the base plan fully funded by CLASI
  • Vision, short and long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at no cost to employees
  • Generous annual and health leave time
  • 14 paid holidays and 4 personal days
  • 403(b) retirement plan, with CLASI contributing an amount equal to 10% of the employee’s salary when they contribute at least 1% (eligible after one year, vested after three)
  • Hybrid work options
  • Law school loan assistance payment plan of up to $250/month funded by CLASI
  • Access to Public Attorney Student Loan Repayment Assistance Program providing up to $5,000/year in assistance funded by the state (eligible to apply after one year at CLASI; for more details please click here)
  • Unique bar exam preparation program providing 10 weeks of paid leave to study for the Delaware Bar and a CLASI attorney mentor providing individual advice and support
  • All costs associated with applying, studying, and sitting for the Delaware Bar Exam and maintaining Delaware Bar membership, including all CLE courses, professional development, training, and conferences
  • Free parking and reimbursement for any work-related travel