Family Law Unit Staff Attorney

Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA) seeks to immediately hire a full-time attorney for its Family Law Unit.  PLA is a non-profit legal services organization primarily funded by the Legal Services Corporation. PLA views the practice of family law to be an integral part of the war on poverty and family violence.  This includes taking a wide variety and complex mix of family law cases, including child custody, child and spousal support, protection from abuse and divorce. The family law practice at PLA also focuses on issues of family violence. 


The PLA Family Law Unit attorney must be an assertive litigator with both courtroom presence and good research and writing skills, empathetic to client concerns (particularly family violence), able to deal with highly emotional situations, willing to work as part of a team of both attorneys and paralegals, and always maintain the highest ethical standards. The family law attorney will also perform intake, outreach and community education to various client and advocate groups throughout Philadelphia, and work with the Family Law Unit team.


QUALIFICATIONS:  Law degree and admission to a State Bar.  Candidates with at least 3 to 5 years litigation experience preferred.  Commitment to family violence issues preferred.  Prior work experience at a public interest law firm or in the area of family law preferred.  Ability to speak and write Spanish or other language effectively is preferred, but not necessary.



Salary is commensurate with years of experience based on union scale. Full health coverage. Generous holiday and leave benefits.



Philadelphia Legal Assistance (PLA) is an equal opportunity employer. PLA values a diverse work environment and strongly encourages women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, people with disabilities, people who have experienced poverty or homelessness, and people who have had prior contact with the juvenile, criminal, or child welfare systems to apply. PLA invites 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.

Interested applicants should forward a resume and cover letter via email to:


Hiring Committee

Philadelphia Legal Assistance

718 Arch Street, Suite 300N

Philadelphia, PA 19106

Phone: (215) 981-3800     Fax: (215) 981-3870


Application deadline is July 18, 2019, but applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  The position will remain open until filled and applications will be accepted until that time.

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