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Florida Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Florida Legal Services provides a fair and equal employment opportunity for associates and job applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, Veteran status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. FLS does not condone or tolerate an atmosphere of intimidation or harassment of any form and requires the cooperation of all staff in maintaining a discrimination and harassment-free atmosphere. If accommodation is needed in order to participate in the application process, please email us at work@floridalegal.org.

Domestic Violence Hotline Attorney

Florida Legal Services (FLS) seeks a dynamic attorney with vision, initiative, and a demonstrated commitment to public interest law to fill a full-time attorney position. FLS is a statewide leader in advancing economic, social, and racial justice for poor, vulnerable, and hard to reach people through impact litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, education, and strategic partnerships. Our attorneys use their substantive expertise to identify and address systems, laws and policies which work against domestic violence (DV) survivors and their children to stay safe and achieve economic security. FLS operates a DV hotline sponsored by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The Domestic Violence Hotline Attorney will provide direct legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence and advocate for systemic change to ensure that eligible survivors can obtain fair and uniform access to services. This position can be located in our Tallahassee, Newberry or Orlando office.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide statewide legal assistance by telephone to survivors of domestic violence on various civil legal needs;

  • Provide training to other DV advocates on a range of civil legal issues affecting survivors of DV;

  • Refer clients for appropriate extended services, both  within and outside of the organization;

  • Identify and conduct advocacy on systemic issues impacting survivors of DV;

  • Assist with building and maintaining relationships with outside referral agencies and organizations;

  • Any other duties as assigned by the attorney’s supervisor.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Attorney in good standing with The Florida Bar

  • Demonstrated commitment to social, racial, and economic justice

  • Previous experience working with DV survivors is a plus

  • An understanding of and commitment to the philosophy of the Battered Women’s Movement, as well as knowledge of the feminist analysis of and the dynamics of domestic and intimate partner violence; understanding of root causes of violence against women and oppressed groups is preferred

  • Fluency in Spanish both oral and written required

  • Valid driver’s license

  • Excellent communication and time management abilities

  • Experience using LegalServer (or a similar computer-based case management system) and Google Suites a plus.

  • Commitment to work and learn in a technology-based distributed office environment.

SALARY/BENEFITS:

Salary will be set depending on experience. FLS offers an excellent benefits package including 13 paid holidays a year, generous paid time off, and fully paid medical, dental, life, and vision insurance for staff employees.
 

TO APPLY:

If you are interested in working with us, please send a resume, a letter of introduction, and salary requirements in PDF format OR Google Docs format (sent to us as a link) to work@floridalegal.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but to receive full consideration you are encouraged to submit your application no later than April 16, 2018.


Outreach Paralegal

Florida Legal Services (FLS) seeks a dynamic paralegal who has vision, initiative, and a demonstrated commitment to public interest law to fill a full-time paralegal position. FLS is a statewide leader in advancing economic, social, and racial justice for poor, vulnerable, and hard to reach people through impact litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, education, and strategic partnerships. The paralegal, under the direct supervision of licensed attorneys will be conducting significant outreach and community development work within our client communities across Florida. The position will include an initial focus on immigrant and migrant farmworker communities to assess community needs but will expand to work across FLS’ projects, such as Fair and Affordable Housing, Health Access, Economic Opportunity, Prisoner and Juvenile Justice Issues, and Children’s Rights. The paralegal will work closely with community groups and clients and will be assigned various tasks and projects to be completed in accordance with FLS policies and procedures under the supervision of FLS attorneys. The location of this position is flexible. FLS has physical offices in Tallahassee, Newberry, Orlando, and Miami. 


RESPONSIBILITIES:

Job responsibilities may include the following:

  • Providing paraprofessional legal services under the direct supervision of an attorney to eligible clients and community groups in civil legal areas including affordable housing, environmental justice, immigration, workers’ rights, community development and advocacy, and other issues in accordance with the program's mission and principles of advocacy, all program guidelines, and; 
  • Participating in significant outreach and community legal education to clients and community groups, as assigned by a supervisor, to provide clients or others with information and assistance in program priority areas and to build a strong positive working relationship between FLS and impacted communities; 
  • Assisting attorneys or other advocates in representing clients, engaging in community organizing, and working with community groups to make improvements in the lives of low-income individuals and communities; 
  • Meeting regularly with agricultural workers, migrant workers, and immigrants, individually and in groups, developing and maintaining extensive and ongoing relationships with community groups and community organizers working with and on behalf of immigrant and migrant communities; 
  • Organizing and analyzing data obtained from the meetings held within the community and elsewhere within the statewide service area to assess community needs, assist in developing work priorities and use in advocacy efforts;
  • Investigating and developing cases and projects assigned, including conducting necessary interviews;
  • Making and following-up on referrals of clients to appropriate alternative or additional sources of assistance;
  • Conducting intakes by phone and in-person for individuals seeking legal assistance.

 
JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bilingual with Fluency in Spanish, both oral and written
  • Valid Driver’s license
  • Ability to travel extensively
  • Ability to participate in meetings outside regular business hours
  • Experience using LegalServer (or a similar computer-based case management system) and Google Suites a plus
  • Commitment to work and learn in a technology-based distributed office environment
  • Commitment to social, racial, and economic justice, a plus

SALARY/BENEFITS:

Salary will be set depending on experience. FLS offers an excellent benefits package including 13 paid holidays a year, generous paid time off, and fully paid medical, dental, life, and vision insurance for staff employees.
 

TO APPLY:

If you are interested in working with us, please send a resume, a letter of introduction, and salary requirements in PDF format OR Google Docs format (sent to us as a link) to work@floridalegal.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but to receive full consideration you are encouraged to submit your application no later than April 16, 2018.


Litigation Paralegal

Florida Legal Services (FLS) seeks a dynamic, self-starting paralegal with vision, initiative, and a demonstrated commitment to public interest law to fill a full-time paralegal position. Florida Legal Services is a statewide leader in advancing economic, social, and racial justice. We a non-profit public interest law firm that advocates for poor, vulnerable, and hard to reach people through impact litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, education, and strategic partnerships. This position will be located in our Newberry office. 


RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Provide litigation support to attorneys, including legal drafting and preparing for discovery, hearings, and trials.

  • Assist with client interviews and case investigation;

  • Conduct fact investigation, fact analysis and legal research;

  • Draft correspondence and maintain electronic case files;

  • Assist with intakes statewide for clients seeking legal assistance in accordance with FLS policies and procedures and attorneys' responsibilities; and

  • Any other duties as assigned by the paralegal’s supervisor.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bilingual with fluency in Spanish, both oral and written, required

  • Valid driver’s license

  • Ability to travel extensively

  • Excellent communication and time management abilities

  • Experience using LegalServer (or similar computer-based case management system) and Google Suites a plus

  • Commitment to work and learn in a technology-based distributed office environment

  • Demonstrated commitment to social, racial, and economic justice a plus


SALARY/BENEFITS:

Salary will be set depending on experience. FLS offers an excellent benefits package including 13 paid holidays a year, generous paid time off, and fully paid medical, dental, life, and vision insurance for staff employees.
 

TO APPLY:

If you are interested in working with us, please send a resume, a letter of introduction, and salary requirements in PDF format OR Google Docs format (sent to us as a link) to work@floridalegal.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but to receive full consideration you are encouraged to submit your application no later than April 20, 2018.


Veterans Legal Corps - AmeriCorps JD Program

AGENCY DESCRIPTION:

Florida Legal Services, Inc. (FLS) is a statewide leader in advancing economic, social, and racial justice for poor, vulnerable, and hard to reach people through impact litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, education, and strategic partnerships. FLS attorneys combine a full range of legal strategies from community-lawyering to class action litigation and serve communities across the state including survivors of domestic violence, children, immigrants, migrant workers, the institutionalized, and Veterans.

POSITION SUMMARY: 
The Veterans Legal Corps will engage 260 law students to serve as AmeriCorps members around the country who are working to expand the delivery of legal services to veterans, their families, and other individuals who need it most. 

 
AMERICORPS JD/ VETERANS LEGAL CORPS:
Veterans Legal Corps JD members will improve the lives of low-income and homeless veterans by providing legal assistance that ultimately leads to higher incomes, better health, safer and more secure housing, and family stability. Members will serve in other areas of civil legal aid, which may involve veterans but will be more broadly focused. JD members will assist attorneys with legal research, drafting briefs, and intake screenings. 

ATTITUDE AND GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Support program staff, your supervisor, and administrative staff in duties as appropriate and necessary.
  • Consult with your supervisor if you have any ideas, issues, or concerns, offering analysis and solutions whenever possible.
  • Practice sound health habits, including getting sufficient rest, to effectively perform the position requirements.
  • Respect confidentiality of clients, staff, and other AmeriCorps members.

PROGRAM LEADERSHIP:

  • Make connections with individuals and volunteers in the community for program outreach and program enhancement.
  • Assist AmeriCorps members and staff in programming and activities
  • Train and assist volunteers when appropriate.  

PROGRAM-SPECIFIC DUTIES:

  • Work directly with Veterans, many of whom are institutionalized in jails, prisons, work release centers, pre-trial diversion placements, or reentry facilities. 
  • Interview and assist homeless Veterans, or Veterans at risk for homelessness.
  • Where appropriate, interview family members and review Veterans’ medical and VA records.
  • Assist with applications for Veterans and other benefits, including increased disability ratings. 
  • Assist institutionalized Veterans with apportionment of benefits to their family.

CITIZENSHIP TRAINING AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Participate in AmeriCorps training and national service events as required and requested by Volunteer Florida, the Florida Commission on Community Service.

PROGRAM TRAINING:

  • Participate in orientation training.
  • Participate in substantive veterans legal issue training as provided by Equal Justice Works    

SKILL REQUIREMENTS: 

Essential functions include:

  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to travel extensively.
  • Willingness to interview clients in shelters, jails, and other forms of institutionalization.
  • Excellent communication and time management abilities
  • Ability to learn use of a web-based case management system and Google Suites.
  • Commitment to work and learn in a technology-based, distributed office environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to social, racial, and economic justice a plus.

PROGRAM BENEFITS:

The Veterans Legal Corps AmeriCorps JD program is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides law students with the opportunity to earn an AmeriCorps education award of $1,222 that can be used to pay educational expenses or student loans. Students may seek up to $4,422 in additional compensation for their service, for a total of up to $5,644 in compensation.  The $4,422 in additional compensation may be funded by a Federal Work Study Award, the student’s law school, local bar foundation, and/or other public interest fellowship award.  In addition, students are welcome to hold outside employment to supplement their income.  

Students must complete 300 hours of service and complete these hours by September 1, 2018 unless prior approval is given by Equal Justice Works. Requirements to serve include completion of National Sex Offender Public Registry check, state criminal background check(s), FBI Fingerprint criminal background check, and submission of proof of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency.

LOCATIONS:

Florida Legal Services, Inc. has offices in Tallahassee, Newberry, Orlando, and Miami. Though there is some flexibility, this position is planned to be based in Orlando. 

TO APPLY:

With Florida Legal Services, please send a resume, a letter of introduction, and in PDF format OR Google Docs format (sent to us as a link) to work@floridalegal.org. Apply for the AmeriCorps JD program through our Student Application Manager. More information is available at http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/americorpsjd.


VISTA AFFORDABLE HOUSING PRESERVATION PROJECT (VAHPP) 
LEGAL FELLOWSHIP
 

AGENCY DESCRIPTION: 
Florida Legal Services, Inc. (FLS) is a statewide leader in advancing economic, social, and racial justice for poor, vulnerable, and hard to reach people through impact litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, education, and strategic partnerships. FLS attorneys combine a full range of legal strategies from community-lawyering to class action litigation and serve communities across the state including survivors of domestic violence, children, immigrants, migrant workers, the institutionalized, and Veterans.

VISTA AFFORDABLE HOUSING PRESERVATION PROJECT (VAHPP):
The goal of the VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project (VAHPP) is to preserve, maintain, and improve project-based Section 8 affordable housing across the United States, and it is funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and AmeriCorps VISTA. The project’s sole grantee, Equal Justice Works, manages 45 VISTA Members in the provision of capacity building services for HUD residents through legal support and community organizing. VAHPP offers a great national service opportunity for individuals interested in community lawyering, housing rights, and community development. This is a 1-year position with a start date of no later than June 1, 2018.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
Americorps VISTA Legal Fellows responsibilities include:

  • Providing generalized support and legal information to VISTA organizers;
  • Attending membership meetings and presenting “Know Your Rights and Responsibilities” workshops to tenants and tenant groups;
  • Interviewing residents and conducting research to properly identify the legal challenges of each relevant building;
  • Developing by-laws and incorporating tenant associations;
  • Facilitating meetings and/or mediations between tenant associations, landlords, and HUD representatives;
  • Representing tenant associations at administrative hearings;
  • Documenting and filing administrative complaints with HUD regarding environmental hazards, substandard management, and general quality of life issues; 
  • Recruiting and assisting pro bono attorneys to support the project;
  • Advising tenant associations and organizing sites regarding the best course of action to build tenant associations and preserve affordable housing;
  • Assisting organizing groups to assemble technical assistance teams where tenant ownership or nonprofit financing is determined to be the best course of action;
  • Providing litigation support to legal host site staff (can include legal research and writing, client interviews, administrative hearing assistance, discovery, and trial preparation) as it relates to VAHPP;
  • Researching, educating, and alerting tenant associations and VISTA organizers to which federally assisted properties are at risk of being lost to contract expiration, termination, foreclosure, or other factors that affect the property's affordability
  • Meeting regularly with tenant associations and VISTA organizers to develop action plans for the preservation of a property;
  • Coordinating tenant coalition efforts to engage owners, public officials, and HUD to preserve a particular property; 
  • Developing training materials and guides on federally assisted housing preservation forfuture attorneys, organizers, and tenant associations; and
  • Drafting publications to document the success and value of attorneys working collaboratively with tenant associations and communities on the preservation of federally assisted housing.

REQUIREMENTS : 

  • Admission to the Florida Bar.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to travel extensively.
  • Excellent communication and time management abilities.
  • Ability to learn use of a web-based case management system and Google Suites.
  • Commitment to work and learn in a technology-based, distributed office environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social, racial, and economic justice a plus.

PROGRAM BENEFITS: 
AmeriCorps VISTA Legal Fellows are volunteers who are provided a modest living allowance of $12,277.72 and benefits equal to 100% of the living allowance. Upon successful completion of the term of service, Fellows may receive a $5,920 AmeriCorps education award from the National Service Trust administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY: 
AmeriCorps VISTA Legal Fellows are lawyers or law graduates who graduated from an Equal Justice Works member law school. Fellows cannot have served more than three prior terms with other AmeriCorps programs, including the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD program. Applicants must pass criminal history background checks, which include the National Sex Offender Public Registry, a state background check in the state of service and state of application for service, and an FBI fingerprint-based criminal history check. (A criminal history is generally not a bar to serving as an AmeriCorps member as every case is evaluated individually.)

LOCATIONS: 
Florida Legal Services, Inc. has offices in Tallahassee, Newberry, Orlando, and Miami. Though there is some flexibility, this position is planned to be based in Orlando.
 
TO APPLY: 
Please send a resume and a letter of introduction in PDF format OR Google Docs format (sent to us as a link) to Florida Legal Services at work@floridalegal.org. Applications will be accepted until April 27, 2018. Applicants will also need to complete the VAHPP Community Organizer application online. More information is available at http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/post-grad/VISTA or click here to view a brochure.

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