FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY, FULL-TIME POSITION

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. 

In collaboration with HIAS PA, Justice at Work (JAW) and WOAR, PLA has received Legal Assistance for Victims funding for an attorney to assist victims of sex and employment trafficking in protection from abuse, custody and divorce matters. The family law attorney will also collaborate with law enforcement and immigration advocates, perform outreach and community education to various client and advocate groups throughout Philadelphia, and work with the Family Law Unit team  The PLA Family Law Unit attorney must be aggressive, an active 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.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Law degree and admission to a State Bar. Recent law school graduates are encouraged to apply. 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 AND BENEFITS:

Salary commensurate with experience and comparable to other public interest salaries. PLA provides excellent benefits including fully paid medical for employees and their dependents, a 403B retirement plan, and generous paid leave.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Philadelphia Legal Assistance 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 candidates should email a cover letter and resume to work@philalegal.org as soon as possible, and no later than October 15th.

How To Apply: 

Send resume to: work@philalegal.org