Staff Attorney – Senior Advocacy Unit (Full-time)

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Bay Area Legal Services is seeking to fill a full-time staff attorney position on our Senior Advocacy Unit (SAU) with a focus on homeownership preservation.

The SAU provides high-quality services, advice, and other assistance, including legal representation, to seniors (60+) who are facing obstacles to preserving their homeownership. Examples of obstacles are pending or threatened foreclosure, no clear title to home, construction fraud, and unaffordable mortgage payments. Representation will include negotiating resolution of property charge and mortgage defaults, assisting with loan modifications, and legal representation defending foreclosure, filing Chapter 13 bankruptcy, filing probate, and filing suit in response to illegal liens on homestead property. The position will be supervised by the Team Leader of the Senior Advocacy Unit (SAU).

Office Location

Ybor City
1302 N 19th Street
Suite 400
Tampa, FL 33605

Illustrative Duties

  • Interview applicants and determine if eligibility requirements for established legal services are satisfied. Documents all client case information and related time spent in case management system accurately and timely. Ensure compliance with Legal Services Corporation (LSC) or other grantor requirements.
  • Communicate with clients to learn about their legal needs and concerns, counsel, advise and refer them to appropriate public agencies or other community resources for additional services needed. Explain legal options and bring possible outcomes or risks to their attention.
  • Develop and implement strategies to resolve cases favorably. Prepare legal documents, such as contracts, dispositions, briefs, oral arguments, and pleadings, accurately and in a timely manner. Research relevant legal materials to aid decision making, gather and analyze evidence, identify implications for cases from legal precedents or other legal information. Negotiate settlement of cases with opposing attorneys or parties. Prepare necessary correspondence relating to services rendered. Create and maintain relationships with organizations that are commonly adverse parties where possible to facilitate case resolution. Attend team meetings and collaborate with other attorneys on case questions.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate (JD), Florida Bar licensed and in good standing with the Bar.
  • Three years or more of Civil Litigation Experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, organize and review work of others.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Excellent prioritization skills and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Experience with legal database systems to document case assignments.
  • Sympathetic and compassionate understanding of the social, economic, and legal issues faced by low-income individuals and the elderly with limited access to such services. Ability to relate well and effectively with diverse groups and individuals.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Previous experience with homeownership preservation issues.
  • Previous experience in a nonprofit legal services or public interest firm.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Still have questions?

If you live or have a case in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas or Sarasota counties, we may be able to help.

How do I apply? Am I eligible?

Call (800) 625-2257

to apply for service.

Or complete our online application

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