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Denver Housing Unit Staff Attorney

Hybrid, Work must be performed in or near Denver, CO

Details

Job Type:Full Time
Start Date:July 24, 2024
Application Deadline:July 24, 2024
Education:4-Year Degree Required
Experience Level:Mid-level
Salary:USD $66,422 - $108,011 / year

Description

Organization Overview: 

Colorado Legal Services (CLS) is Colorado’s statewide nonprofit legal aid program, with thirteen offices 

providing civil legal assistance to low-income Coloradans throughout the state. CLS provides free legal 

assistance in a broad variety of legal areas, including family law, public benefits, eviction defense, consumer 

protection, services to survivors of serious crime and human trafficking, and many others.

CLS has strengthened lives, assisted families, and supported communities–one person at a time for over 90 

years. We are committed to providing high-quality, free legal advice and representation to eligible individuals 

throughout Colorado. We have a long history of successful impact and advocacy. CLS strives to bring about 

substantive, transformational change in the lives of those we serve.


Position Summary:

A staff attorney in the Denver Housing Unit (“DHU”) works as a legal advocate for tenants at risk of or facing 

eviction and is on the front line in defending tenants to prevent eviction and homelessness. DHU provides a 

range of eviction prevention services from giving brief legal advice and information, limited assistance to full 

representation in court. DHU operates eviction prevention clinics to advise, educate, prepare answers for

tenants facing eviction and evaluate cases for full representation. DHU is committed to staff mindfulness and 

proper work/life balance, and thus, takes active efforts to ensure that staff caseloads are properly managed. 

Because of their vulnerability, DHU prioritizes assisting tenants living in federally subsidized housing.


Essential Duties: 

• Deliver exceptional legal counsel and advocacy that align with program objectives and meets the 

standards set forth by CLS Casehandler guidelines.

• Engage and collaborate with a highly motivated and enthusiastic team of over twenty dedicated 

professionals committed to preventing homelessness. 

• Display patience, empathy, and sound judgment for clients, including those with diverse backgrounds, 

disabilities, and mental health challenges, while providing clear, transparent communication and

managing their expectations effectively.

• Interview clients and witnesses, investigate facts to build client defenses and case strategy, engage in 

motions practice and negotiations, and represent tenants at court and administrative hearings.

• Maintain comprehensive and current documentation of client case notes in case management system.

• Aid tenants at courthouse clinics, providing information and advice while quickly assessing their legal 

matter to draft pleadings.

• Research complex housing issues, involving both state and federal laws with eye towards looking for 

systemic ways to address homelessness.

• Working collaboratively with partner organizations, including agencies who offer rental assistance.


Required Qualifications: 

• Valid license to practice law in Colorado or ability to obtain a Colorado license as soon as practicable.

• Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.

• Detail-oriented with strong critical thinking and analytical skills.

• Commitment to direct tenant advocate services.

• Ability to work at a quick pace and balance different tasks and responsibilities at the same time.


Preferred Qualifications: 

• Experience representing clients in the court or administrative process. 

• Comfortable making arguments in front of a judge or administrative body.

• Experience or knowledge of housing law, especially subsidized housing requirements.

• Bilingual

• Experience working with clients in a vulnerable population, i.e. those living in poverty, those combatting mental illness.


Compensation and Benefits:  

  

The salary range is $66,422-108,011 and is commensurate with years of experience, with newer attorneys on the lower end of the scale.  We also offer a generous plan that includes 100% employer paid premiums for employee health, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance as well as partial employer paid premiums for spouses/dependents, based on a sliding scale. We also offer Dependent Care and Medical Flexible spending accounts, a 403(b) retirement account, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Additionally, CLS offers a $350.00 monthly stipend (to be used as you choose), generous paid time-off and 12.5 paid holidays per year. CLS values its employees’ commitment to working hard for the population it serves and recognizes the importance of work/life balance; therefore, we offer flexible work schedules and hybrid work arrangements as appropriate. We promote and foster a diverse, inclusive, equitable, and psychologically safe work environment, striving to be a “Best Place to Work” in Colorado.  

Organization Overview: 

Colorado Legal Services (CLS) is Colorado’s statewide nonprofit legal aid program, with thirteen offices 

providing civil legal assistance to low-income Coloradans throughout the state. CLS provides free legal…

Benefits

We also offer a generous plan that includes 100% employer paid premiums for employee health, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance as well as partial employer paid premiums for spouses/dependents, based on a sliding scale. We also offer Dependent Care and Medical Flexible spending accounts, a 403(b) retirement account, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Additionally, CLS offers a $350.00 monthly stipend (to be used as you choose), generous paid time-off and 12.5 paid holidays per year. CLS values its employees’ commitment to working hard for the population it serves and recognizes the importance of work/life balance; therefore, we offer flexible work schedules and hybrid work arrangements as appropriate. We promote and foster a diverse, inclusive, equitable, and psychologically safe work environment, striving to be a “Best Place to Work” in Colorado.  

We also offer a generous plan that includes 100% employer paid premiums for employee health, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance as well as partial employer…

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual in english and Spanish

Bilingual in english and Spanish

Location

Hybrid
Work must be performed in or near Denver, CO
Denver, CO, USA

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