Employment Opportunities at The Pro Bono Project
The Pro Bono Project periodically has job openings for Staff Attorneys and Paralegal and Administrative Support and these will be posted here. We are always interested in receiving resumes from those interested in working in the access to justice area—whether attorneys, paralegals, administrative or other professionals with an interest in this area of the law.
Please check here often for a listing of available positions. You may also submit your resume with a cover letter to email@example.com; we will hold your resume on file for six months.
Part-Time Staff Attorney: Successions and Advance Directives
Position Description: This staff attorney position (also referred to as the Successions Attorney) will manage the succession, interdiction, tutorship and advance directives program at The Pro Bono Project. The attorney will directly represent some clients on successions and advance directives cases, and will place the remainder of these cases with volunteer attorneys and mentor them by providing technical legal support and assistance. This position also has primary responsibility for coordination of legal services at successions clinics.
The successions attorney will be a positive team player, who can prioritize and manage a caseload, work within deadline constraints and will interact positively and in a supportive manner with our volunteer attorneys. The Successions Attorney reports to the Managing Attorney for Direct Client Services. This position is currently funded at a part-time level of up to 28 hours per week. Some evening or weekend obligations on behalf of The Project may be required occasionally.
Duties for this position include:
- Handling a direct representation caseload;
- Recruitment, training, mentoring, and assignments of cases to volunteer attorneys/paralegals;
- Preparation of case referral packets that are given to volunteer attorneys and related data entry associated with case placement and case tracking;
- Ensuring proper grant reporting; maintaining appropriate documentation related to given caseload and grants, using case management systems and statistical grant reports;
- Updating volunteer information in the PRIME database and tracking/updating case information in PRIME for successions cases assigned to volunteers;
- Assist with expanding outreach to areas currently underserved;
- Represent The Project at external meetings held by the legal community, as needed;
- Managing and staffing additional outreach legal clinics as needs exist;
- Assist in planning and producing substantive training and support for volunteers staffing Project's outreach programs;
- Assist in promotion of Succession program through oral and written presentations; and
- Scheduling and staffing clinics at various senior centers in the area;
- Commitment to learning and staying up to date in this area of the law, including attending CLEs and other conferences as needed;
- Other duties as assigned, from time to time.
- Must possess a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, and be licensed and in good standing to practice law in Louisiana.
- Must be a notary or willing to become a notary
- Basic knowledge of Successions, Interdictions, Tutorships and Advance Directives law is preferred for this position, but not mandatory.
- Previous experience working with volunteers, or teaching/mentoring attorneys or other professionals is a plus.
- Deep commitment to public interest law and to increasing access to justice for the indigent population
- experience, Must have sensitivity, and patience and and preferably prior experience with working with a low income client population.
- Excellent organization, communication and writing skills required.
- Knowledge of computer programsComputer proficiency including (Word, Acrobat, Excel, etc.) and knowledge of and/or commitment to learn the PRIME software used by Louisiana legal service providers as a client and volunteer database for handling files and running reports.
- Must have valid unexpired Louisiana driver’s license and own vehicle to travel to events, clinics, meetings off site as needed.
- Team player, enthusiastic attitude and ability to work effectively with a wide variety of people
This is a part-time position that is compensated with an hourly wage. The ideal applicant will be willing to commit to working up to 28 hours per week. The Pro Bono Project is an equal opportunity employer.
The deadline to submit an application for this position is Friday, September 23, 2016. Please send resume, cover letter, and list of references to: Jennifer Rizzo-Choi, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
Legal/Lay Volunteer & Intern Positions
We always have a need to supplement our full time staff with legal, lay and student volunteers from the community. If you have time to spare and want to gain valuable hands-on experience, please contact The Pro Bono Project at email@example.com. We can use volunteer support in the following areas:
- Lawyers – Take a case or work in our office to review and assign cases to our volunteer lawyers.
- Paralegals – Work with our staff attorneys and paralegal to support our volunteer lawyers and clients.
- Law Students – Work with our staff and volunteer lawyers to gain hands-on experience preparing documents, going to court and other case related support work.
- Marketing or Communications Student Interns – Provide support for our Marketing, Fundraising and Communications programs under the guidance of our staff and consultants in these areas.
- Administrative Support – Work in the office answering the phones, filing documents and providing other support for staff and volunteers.