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.

https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/topworkplaces/2020/08/23/news-journal-top-workplaces-award-winners/3365663001/

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

POSITION:                               Full-time Staff Attorney, Disabilities Law Program (DLP), New Castle County

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

REPORTS TO:                         DLP Managing Attorney, DLP Project Director

LOCATION:                              Primarily Serving New Castle County but may have some statewide responsibilities.

POSTING DATE:                      8/26/2020

CLOSING DATE:                     Until filled

CONTEXT OF POSITION:       The staff attorney works primarily under the direction of the Managing Attorney of the DLP serving individuals with mental and/or physical disabilities in more than a half dozen differently funded programs.  The attorney will supervise DLP advocates/paralegals. 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 ADA access claims, fair housing cases; government benefits appeals (including Medicaid and SSI); abuse and neglect investigations; and special education.  In addition, the DLP attorney is expected to conduct community legal education workshops, to work effectively with other agencies in the disability network and to participate in relevant committees and councils as assigned.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Provide direct legal services to clients.

  1. Supervise advocates/paralegals.
  1. Prepare articles, research memos and conduct community legal education programs and self-advocacy training.
  1. Travel throughout the State.
  1. Participate in disability network organizations, such as independent living centers and DD Partners.
  1. Assist with the preparation and presentation of data and advocacy reports to advisory councils and funding sources.
  1. Assist in drafting and analyzing legislation, regulations and policies.
  1. Attend conferences and trainings, including out of state travel, keeping abreast of community conditions and relevant laws, policies and regulations.
  1. Other duties as assigned depending on funding and needs.

**Note: during the COVID-19 pandemic, for community and staff safety reasons, community based and on-site activity may be modified or suspended, and may be conducted remotely / virtually instead.  Remote work is and may be encouraged or required based on pandemic conditions** 

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 for and will register to take the next scheduled Delaware Bar Examination.

  1. Legal Services/P & A experience preferred.
  1. Interest in and knowledge of the legal issues affecting individuals with disabilities preferred.
  1. Sensitivity to special needs of individuals with disabilities.
  1. Two-year commitment required.
  1. Ability to communicate in ASL and/or speak Spanish helpful.
  1. Good organizational skills and initiative, and interest in engaging a broad range of advocacy skills, including litigation.
  1. Willingness and ability to perform some duties in institutional settings, including prisons.
  1. Must exhibit patience, tact, and respect when dealing with the public, clients, and staff.
  1. Must be flexible since priorities and areas of emphasis may change depending on our funding and client needs.
  1. Must be willing to submit to required suitability and other background checks as required by funding sources and/or CLASI.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  To apply, send resume and cover letter to Daniel Atkins at datkins@declasi.org.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

POSITION:                               Full-time Staff Attorney, Disabilities Law Program (DLP), Kent County

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

REPORTS TO:                         DLP Managing Attorney, DLP Project Director

LOCATION:                              Primarily Serving Kent County but may have some statewide responsibilities.

POSTING DATE:                      09/02/2020

CLOSING DATE:                     Until filled

CONTEXT OF POSITION:      The staff attorney works primarily under the direction of the Managing Attorney of the DLP serving individuals with mental and/or physical disabilities in more than a half dozen differently funded programs. The attorney will supervise DLP advocates/paralegals. 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 ADA access claims; government benefits appeals (including Medicaid and SSI); abuse and neglect investigations; special education; and fair housing cases (this position will include collaborations with and/or referrals from CLASI’s Fair Housing program). In addition, the DLP attorney is expected to conduct community legal education workshops, to work effectively with other agencies in the disability network and to participate in relevant committees and councils as assigned.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Provide direct legal services to clients.

  1. Supervise advocates/paralegals.
  1. Prepare articles, research memos and conduct community legal education programs and self-advocacy training.
  1. Travel throughout the State.
  1. Participate in disability network organizations, such as independent living centers and DD Partners.
  1. Assist with the preparation and presentation of data and advocacy reports to advisory councils and funding sources.
  1. Assist in drafting and analyzing legislation, regulations and policies.
  1. Attend conferences and trainings, including out of state travel, keeping abreast of community conditions and relevant laws, policies and regulations.
  1. Other duties as assigned depending on funding and needs.

**Note: during the COVID-19 pandemic, for community and staff safety reasons, community based and on-site activity may be modified or suspended, and may be conducted remotely / virtually instead.  Remote work is and may be encouraged or required based on pandemic conditions** 

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 for and will register to take the next scheduled Delaware Bar Examination.

  1. Legal Services/P & A experience preferred.
  1. Interest in and knowledge of the legal issues affecting individuals with disabilities preferred.
  1. Sensitivity to special needs of individuals with disabilities.
  1. Two-year commitment required.
  1. Ability to communicate in ASL and/or speak Spanish helpful.
  1. Good organizational skills and initiative, and interest in engaging a broad range of advocacy skills, including litigation.
  1. Willingness and ability to perform some duties in institutional settings, including prisons.
  1. Must exhibit patience, tact, and respect when dealing with the public, clients, and staff.
  1. Must be flexible since priorities and areas of emphasis may change depending on our funding and client needs.
  1. Must be willing to submit to required suitability and other background checks as required by funding sources and/or CLASI.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  To apply, send resume and cover letter to Daniel Atkins at datkins@declasi.org.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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

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

REPORTS TO: MLP Project Director, MLP Managing Attorney, and MLP Supervising Attorney

LOCATION: Home office choice is flexible; position will have some statewide responsibility

POSTING OPENS:  August 1, 2020

POSTING CLOSES: Until filled

CONTEXT OF POSITION:  The staff attorney works primarily under the direction of CLASI MLP Supervising Attorney, MLP Managing Attorney, and MLP Project Director/Deputy Director. The attorney will be responsible for training health care partners, and for providing direct legal assistance and representation to referred patients and their families throughout the state of Delaware on a variety of civil legal matters across the “I-HELP” MLP categories.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Provide direct legal services to clients, which includes litigation, administrative hearings, and written advocacy.
  2. Supervise paralegal(s).
  3. Prepare articles and brochures for clients and providers, and conduct trainings for health care provider partners.
  4. Travel throughout state as needed.
  5. Participate in national MLP networks and conferences.
  6. Assist with the collection, preparation, and presentation of social determinant of health and outcome data and analysis.
  7. Assist in drafting and analyzing legislation, regulations and policies which impact MLP clients.
  8. Other duties as assigned depending on funding and needs.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Admission to the Delaware bar preferred. If not admitted to the Delaware bar, admission to bar of another state preferred. If not admitted in Delaware, must be eligible to take the next scheduled Delaware Bar Examination.
  2. Direct legal service experience, including litigation experience, strongly preferred.
  3. Interest in, and knowledge of, the legal issues affecting marginalized populations and individuals with low income preferred.
  4. Sensitivity to special needs of non-U.S. Citizens, survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault, homeless individuals, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with low incomes.
  5. Ability to communicate in Spanish preferred.
  6. Two year commitment required.
  7. Good organizational skills and initiative, and interest in engaging a broad range of advocacy skills, including litigation.
  8. Willingness and ability to perform some duties, such as walk-in intake hours and/or health care provider trainings, in health care settings, as (Note: during the coronavirus pandemic, for patient and staff safety reasons, on-site hours with partners are currently suspended.)
  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.

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

 AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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

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

REPORTS TO: MLP Project Director, MLP Managing Attorney, and MLP Supervising Attorney

LOCATION: New Castle County will be the home office, but the position will have some statewide responsibility

POSTING OPENS: August 28, 2020

POSTING CLOSES:  Until filled

CONTEXT OF POSITION:  The staff attorney works primarily under the direction of CLASI MLP Supervising Attorney, MLP Managing Attorney, and MLP Project Director/Deputy Director. The attorney will be responsible for training health care partners, and for providing direct legal assistance and representation to referred patients and their families throughout the state of Delaware on a variety of civil legal matters across the “I-HELP” MLP categories.

This position will primarily focus on work with provider partners under a “Victims of Crime Act” grant, to holistically address the unmet civil legal needs of referred patients/clients who are survivors of family violence and/or sexual assault.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Provide  direct  legal  services  to clients, which includes litigation, administrative hearings, and written advocacy.
  2. Supervise paralegal(s).
  3. Prepare articles and brochures for clients and providers, and conduct trainings for health care provider partners.
  4. Travel throughout state as needed.
  5. Participate in national MLP networks and conferences.
  6. Assist with the collection, preparation, and presentation of social determinant of health and outcome data and analysis.
  7. Assist in drafting and analyzing legislation, regulations and policies which impact MLP clients.
  8. Other duties as assigned depending on funding and needs.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Admission to the Delaware bar preferred. If not admitted to the Delaware bar, admission to bar of another state preferred. If not admitted in Delaware, must be eligible to take the next scheduled Delaware Bar Examination.
  2. Direct legal service experience, including litigation experience, strongly preferred.
  3. Interest in, and knowledge of, the legal issues affecting marginalized populations and individuals with low income preferred.
  4. Sensitivity to special needs of non-U.S. Citizens, survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault, homeless individuals, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with low incomes.
  5. Ability to communicate in Spanish preferred.
  6. Two year commitment required.
  7. Good organizational skills and initiative, and interest in engaging a broad range of advocacy skills, including litigation.
  8. Willingness and ability to perform some duties, such as walk-in intake hours and/or health care provider trainings, in health care or social service provider settings, as needed. (Note: during the coronavirus pandemic, for patient and staff safety reasons, on-site hours with partners are currently suspended.)
  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.

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

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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.