Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Temporary Staff Attorney

Job Type

Full Time
Temporary

Published

06/07/2018

Start Date

09/04/2018

Application Deadline

07/31/2018

Address

PO Box 32040
Newark
NJ

United States

Description

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ), a Newark-based legal services organization dedicated to serving

the legal needs of the poor in New Jersey, seeks two (2) attorneys to fill temporary vacancies in the

office. VLJ’s mission is to improve the lives of economically disadvantaged adults, children, and families

living in New Jersey by empowering them with the tools, advice, and pro bono representation needed to

obtain fair and equal treatment within the legal system. To carry out its mission, VLJ operates a number

of distinct legal programs, which include a Bankruptcy Program, Children’s Representation Program,

Child Support Program, Consumer Program, Disaster Legal Response Program, Divorce Program,

Promise Neighborhood Program, Reentry Legal Program, Tenancy Clinic, Trafficking Victims Legal

Assistance Program, and Veterans Legal Program. More information about VLJ can be found at our

website at www.vljnj.org.


VLJ will hire two (2) attorneys for six-month, temporary positions from September 2018 through

February 2019:

• One attorney will work exclusively on VLJ’s New Jersey Human Trafficking Victims Legal

Assistance Program, providing representation on a variety of civil legal issues for survivors of

trafficking.

• One attorney will oversee and/or provide support on a number of VLJ’s other programs, that

involve, but are not limited to, housing, bankruptcy, and education legal issues.


Responsibilities will include client representation, coordinating VLJ programs; reviewing intake and

advising clients; staffing legal clinics; recruiting, training and supporting pro bono attorneys; placing

cases with volunteer attorneys; managing attorney and client data and files; and conducting outreach in

the community.


VLJ seeks highly motivated attorneys with a demonstrated commitment to public interest law for this

position. The ideal candidate will have:

• License to practice law in the state of NJ

• Experience working in civil legal services, law school clinic, fellowship, and/or clerkship is

preferred

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

• Fluency in Spanish is preferred

• Excellent organizational skills and the ability to multi-task

• Working knowledge of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

• Candidates should be detail-oriented, have the ability to work both as part of a team and

independently and have the flexibility to attend morning or evening meetings/activities

• Sensitivity to the needs and problems of low-income persons

• Some travel throughout New Jersey will be required

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in Spanish is preferred.

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

J.D.

How To Apply

http://www.vljnj.org

To be considered for this position, send a cover letter detailing your relevant experience and a resume to

vljpersonnel@gmail.com. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please include "Staff

Attorney” in the subject line of your email.


Volunteer Lawyers for Justice is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  Salary commensurate with experience.


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