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

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

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.