Staff Attorney – Senior Advocacy Unit (Full-time)

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Bay Area Legal Services (BALS) is seeking to fill a full-time Staff Attorney position
on our Senior Advocacy Unit (SAU). The SAU provides high quality legal services to seniors (60+) in a variety of areas including home ownership, landlord/tenant, public benefits, and other issues affecting low income and vulnerable senior populations. The attorney hired will be responsible for telephone intake and brief services in three primarily rural counties (Polk, Highlands, and Hardee), as well as intake and extended representation in Hillsborough County. Travel will sometimes be required in order to assist the primary advocate assigned to the rural counties. 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

Applicants seeking employment with us should understand and share our commitment to the BALS’ mission and vision, and be willing to abide by the five core values of Bay Area Legal Services. 

Illustrative Duties:

  • Interview applicants over the telephone and in person to provide eligible seniors with legal 
    advice, brief services, and representation as appropriate. Document 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. Explain legal options and possible outcomes or risks to their attention.
  • Develop and implement strategies to resolve cases favorably. Prepare legal documents such as 
    advance directives and pleadings accurately and in a timely manner. Conduct legal research. 
    Negotiate settlement of cases with opposing attorneys or parties. Prepare necessary correspondence relating to services rendered. Create and maintain relationships with community organizations and funding partners. Attend team meetings and collaborate with other attorneys on case questions.
  • Provide full representation to senior clients in Hillsborough counties, including appearances in court proceedings.
  • Community outreach as necessary to increase awareness of free legal services for seniors in the three counties referenced.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate (JD), Florida Bar licensed and in good standing with the Bar.
  • 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.
  • 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 home ownership preservation issues and/or landlord/tenant
  • Previous experience in a non-profit legal services or public interest firm
  • Bilingual Spanish/English a plus

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.



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