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Staff Attorney: Litigation

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Disability Rights Pennsylvania


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November 12, 2020

Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP) is looking for experienced litigators to work on innovative and sophisticated impact litigation aimed at protecting the rights of people with disabilities to be free from discrimination, abuse and neglect in the receipt of government services and in public accommodations, employment, voting, education and housing.  In a lead role, DRP Staff Attorneys develop and litigate individual and class actions and administrative complaints and will be responsible for all stages of litigation, including fact and legal theory development, research and writing, emergency motion practice, discovery, settlement negotiations, trial, appeal and post-litigation monitoring/enforcement.  A sampling of DRP’s litigation work follows. 

DRP Staff Attorneys also assist in implementing the other legal initiatives of the organization, including drafting demand letters, advising clients about their rights, consulting with colleagues, investigating and monitoring facilities where people with disabilities live and receive services, conducting training and community outreach, participating in policy development and conducting client intake.

DRP Staff Attorneys work on legal matters affecting both children and adults with disabilities, including preventing abuse, neglect, discrimination, and unnecessary institutionalization and protecting the right of people with disabilities to participate in and equally access community life.

DRP is a private, nonprofit organization with offices in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Since 1977, DRP has been the protection and advocacy agency in Pennsylvania, operating under the authority of eight federal statutes and regulations and funded largely through federal appropriations.  These federal programs exist to protect people with disabilities against abuse, neglect, and to provide legal and advocacy assistance to those whose rights are violated in areas like special education, housing, public access, employment, waiver services, and more. 

DRP protects and advocates for the rights of people with disabilities so that they may live the lives they choose, free from abuse, neglect, discrimination, and segregation.  For nearly 40 years, DRP has offered free legal and advocacy services statewide to people with disabilities on issues that fall within its annual program goals and objectives.  To view DRP’s goal and objectives, visit https://disabilityrightspa.org/about-drp/priorities/.  DRP offers legal and advocacy services, training, information and referral, and outreach.  All services are accessed through a toll-free intake system at 1-800-692-7443.  In addition to litigation, DRP uses investigations and monitoring, policy advocacy, and education to achieve its mission. 

DRP is part of a national system of protection and advocacy agencies created by Congress in the early 1970’s to stop abuse and neglect. Since then, DRP’s mandate has grown with the passage of laws that have expanded the rights of people with disabilities. To learn more about the protection and advocacy network, visit www.ndrn.org.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must have at least five years of litigation experience, including substantial experience in federal court, and possess excellent written and oral communication skills, analytical abilities, initiative, creativity, judgment and litigation acumen. Applicants should be able to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team in a collegial environment to move projects forward. Experience specific to the rights of individuals with disabilities is preferred but not required. Applicants should be licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania. Minority candidates and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Position: Staff Attorney

Position Location: Philadelphia, but Staff Attorneys are working remotely at this time

Reports to: Legal Director and Managing Attorney – Litigation

Position Purpose and Objectives:  To assist in carrying out the legal functions of DRP.

Physical/Mental Requirements:

  1. Uses computer approximately to 6-8 hours per day.
  2. Travel to all areas of the Commonwealth, including some overnight travel required. Infrequent travel outside the Commonwealth may be required.
  3. Sits approximately 2-8 hours per day.
  4. Spends approximately 2-4 hours per day in meetings.
  5. Requires working under a moderate degree of stress (time constraints, deadlines, multi-tasking, adherence to grant requirements, complex issues, conflict resolution, etc.).

Essential Functions:

  1. Manages his or her own litigation and client caseload.
  2. Files litigation and pursues legal work.
  3. Thinks strategically and develops litigation opportunities.
  4. Conducts legal research and writing.
  5. Participates in client intake.
  6. Participates in investigating abuse and neglect and monitoring facility conditions.
  7. Prepares reports.
  8. Conducts trainings and participates in outreach.

Compensation: DRP offers a salary and benefits package that is competitive with other public interest law firms. Employment benefits include generous leave, health, dental, life insurance and 401(k) retirement plan.

Disclaimer: This position description serves as a general summary and overview of the major duties and responsibilities of the job. It is not intended to represent the entirety of the job nor is it intended to be all-inclusive. Management reserves the right to modify or rescind this position description at any time, with or without prior notice. To perform this job successfully, the employee must possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently.  Continued employment remains on an “at-will” basis.

Candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to: recruiting@disabilityrightspa.org.  Please include “Staff Attorney - Philadelphia” in the subject line.







 

Disability Rights Pennsylvania (DRP) is looking for experienced litigators to work on innovative and sophisticated impact litigation aimed at protecting the rights of people with disabilities to be free from discrimination, abuse and…

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  • Remote Possible
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Contract
  • J.D. Required

Benefits

Vacation, Sick, Personal and Vacation Days. Paid Holiday between Christmas and New Years. Commuter Benefits, Retirement Plan, Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Short and Long Term Disability.

Vacation, Sick, Personal and Vacation Days. Paid Holiday between Christmas and New Years. Commuter Benefits, Retirement Plan, Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Short and Long Term…

Location

1800 John F Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 900, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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