546 East Main Street
Summary: Legal Aid of the Bluegrass seeks two (2) Staff Attorneys to serve its 33 county service area but in particular, targeting two northern counties and 5 rural northeastern counties in a project based approach. Attorneys will help child victims of the opioid crisis and their caretakers access the civil legal system to help stabilize the children, bring resources to the family and assure that child victims can access educational systems. Goals are to: develop a trauma informed community response to serving child victims of the opioid crisis and their caretakers; provide appropriate civil legal services, develop new partnerships, raise community awareness, and develop and staff legal trainings for partnerships and clinics to help children with their educational needs. Staff Attorneys will practice in typical poverty law areas, such as foreclosure, housing, family law, domestic violence, public benefits, education and veteran’s benefits when a child victim is involved. The successful applicants will also work with a full time social worker in a holistic team approach. The positions will be placed in the offices located nearest the geographic target areas.
Legal Aid of the Bluegrass is a dynamic civil legal aid provider seeking public interest minded attorneys to help us reach our goals of alleviating the profound and brutal effect of poverty on people’s lives. Our offices are located in Covington, Lexington, Ashland and Morehead. As a team member at Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, attorneys can participate with us in ensuring fairness, protecting families and changing lives through the civil legal system.
The Staff Attorney provides high-quality civil legal advice and advocacy for child victims of the opioid crisis and their caretakers in all forums, including the courts, administrative agencies, and community outreach initiatives.
The Attorney will:
- Provide civil legal representation to eligible clients consistent with professional standards and policies and procedures of Legal Aid of the Bluegrass and funding sources, including preparing legal briefs and documents, and developing strategy, arguments and testimony in order to present cases in court and other forums.
- Work with private attorneys as required facilitating the delivery of legal services to eligible clients through the private bar.
- Maintain accurate and complete files and records, and prepare timely and complete forms and records required for client services and/or related administrative tasks.
- Enter accurate data into LABG’s electronic case management system.
- Interact with clients, other staff members, service providers, and court and administrative officials in a professional, appropriate, collegial, and cooperative manner.
- In coordination with the Program Administration, develop and implement a plan for advocacy work within program priorities and funding that balances service, community education, and other activities.
- Identify and pursue individual training needs and work with Program Administration to address those needs.
- Actively participate in staff and planning meetings, task forces, and trainings if required.
- Maintain time records of all work related activities and enter accurate data on a timely basis into LABG’s electronic case management system
- Participate in planning a new project, developing new partnerships, raising awareness and designing and implementing clinics in relevant legal areas.
- Work with a social worker in multi-disciplinary approach to addressing issues.
Requirements, Skill & Abilities include:
- Must hold a Law degree (J.D.) from an accredited School of Law, be admitted to practice law in the State of Kentucky, and be in good standing with the Kentucky Bar or be eligible for admission to the Kentucky Bar under Kentucky Supreme Court Rule 2.112 if admitted to practice law in another state.
- Ability to use office and computer technology, including case management and word processing software.
- Ability to balance client-advocacy and administrative responsibilities.
With a 50-year history of making a positive impact in Kentucky, Legal Aid of the Bluegrass is a non-profit law firm providing civil legal assistance to nearly 220,000 low income people in 33 counties from 4 offices located in Covington, Lexington, Morehead and Ashland. Legal Aid of the Bluegrass’ legal practice is primarily in the areas of family law, domestic violence, government and VA benefits, and housing and consumer law. Legal Aid of the Bluegrass is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates diversity and encourages professional development. The position is open until filled.
Minimum Education Required