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Staff Attorney - Reno

Company: Nevada Legal Services
Location: Reno
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Nevada Legal Services (NLS) strengthens communities across Nevada by ensuring fairness and providing equal access to justice. We are a non-profit legal aid organization providing free legal services to low income people in every county in Nevada. Our primary source of funding is through a grant from the federal Legal Services Corporation.


Nevada Legal Services has a staff attorney opening in our Reno office. The staff attorney will provide full-scope legal representation in a variety of cases in our core services including representing tenants in eviction cases, assisting with removing barriers to housing and employment, assistance with the denial or termination of public benefits, and counseling clients on a variety of legal matters. Legal issues the attorney may face can change depending on the needs of our client communities. The staff attorney will also be responsible for conducting and planning outreach on a variety of topics, visiting with clients across northern Nevada, and will require travel to our rural communities. Overnight stays may be required.

Responsibilities:
* Represent clients before administrative agencies and in courts across Nevada with a variety of legal issues including eviction defense, subsidized housing terminations, unemployment benefit denials, SNAP, TANF and Medicaid denials and terminations, criminal and eviction record sealing, and other matters.
* Provide counsel and advice on a variety of topics and assist our pro bono programs providing services in other areas of law.
* Conduct outreach and educational seminars relevant to our client communities and develop appropriate relationships with service providers and community partners.
* Travel across northern Nevada to appear in court, meet with clients or conduct community outreach and education. Overnight stays may be required.
* Participate in strategy discussions, collaborate with team members, assist other advocates, and help establish new and relevant programs to assist our clients and client communities.
* Follow all requirements of the personnel and case management manuals regarding timely completion of timesheets, mileage reimbursements, and other administratively required documents as well as maintaining cases in accordance with our case handling standards.

Compensation and Benefits:

* Paid sick and vacation time
* Paid medical, dental, vision and life insurance
* Full-time (34 hours per week)

Nevada Legal Services (NLS) is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and fosters an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices. NLS actively promotes mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork and productivity. NLS is committed to maintaining an organization whose staff, Board and clients are diverse in background, experience, race, color, national origin, gender, age, religious reference, marital status, sexual orientation, sensory, mental or physical abilities, veteran status, and other qualities that strengthen the program while reinforcing its commitment to basic fairness. People of color, people who identify as transgender, lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals needing a reasonable accommodation for the application, interview process or for more information about the program may send a request to the email address provided.

Requirements:

  • Applicants should be licensed to practice in Nevada or in another state and eligible for admission pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 49.1. Recent graduates will be considered but continued employment will be contingent on passing the bar examination.
  • J.D. from ABA accredited law school.
  • Applicants must have an interest and passion for helping low-income Nevadans, demonstrate cultural sensitively and have an ability to work with diverse cultures.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with a diverse team.
  • Excellent communication skills and experience addressing a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to work independently, handle changes or unexpected events, and establish cordial working relationships with court and administrative personnel, coworkers, service providers, and clients.
  • Excellent oral and written advocacy, analytical and organizational skills.
  • Capability to work with low-income clients from diverse backgrounds, including clients with physical and mental disabilities and clients with limited English proficiency.

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Keywords: Nevada Legal Services, Reno , Staff Attorney - Reno, Other , Reno, Nevada

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