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Staff Attorney - L. David Shear Children’s Law Center (CLC) (Tampa Office)

Position Description:
One open position for staff attorney to represent victims of crime in civil legal proceedings:

  • Direct, holistic legal representation of child victims of abuse/neglect in dependency court.

Office location: L. David Shear Children’s Law Center (CLC), Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL

Illustrative Duties:

  • Representation of the child in dependency court proceedings.
  • Advocating for child clients in a variety of settings, including meetings with the Department of Children and Families and in educational, mental health, and medical settings as part of a multidisciplinary team that includes a CLC social worker.
  • Conducting child client interviews in the community, including at placements and schools.
  • Providing counsel and advice to child clients.
  • Providing advice and assistance in connection with crime victim compensation.
  • Referral to additional social services in coordination with CLC social worker.
  • Participating in community efforts to improve outcomes for children in care.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • FL Bar License and in Good Standing

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Legal aid experience
  • Bi-lingual/Spanish
  • Dependency experience
  • Educational advocacy experience

Compensation: $46,930+ DOE and excellent benefits

How to Apply: Send resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This position will remain open until filled.

Part-Time Staff Attorney II - Veterans Medical Legal Partnership (St. Petersburg Office)

Position Description:

This is a part-time professional position involving the delivery of high quality legal advice, counseling and brief services as a licensed attorney. It requires excellent client interviewing skills, a substantial knowledge of a broad range of poverty law issues, including but not limited to family law, landlord-tenant, and public benefits, Veterans Benefits and the ability to give accurate legal advice to clients during their initial intake. This position will work closely with our partners, Bay Pines VA Health System and Stetson School of Law Veterans Program to provide legal assistance that has a positive impact on the health outcomes of our veteran clients. This position will play an integral role in the expansion of Bay Pines VA MLP services to Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

Illustrative Duties:

  • Perform high volume client intake and interviews, confirming applicant eligibility determinations and evaluating the complexity of each client's legal problem at the Bay Pines VA MLP and Outreach sites
  • Provide immediate legal advice, counseling and brief services to clients, including the preparation of appropriate confirming letters and any necessary self-help attachments
  • Provide extended legal representation including but not limited to negotiations, mediations and litigation to clients
  • Refer clients with non-legal problems to appropriate social service agencies, and those with complex advocacy issues or who have problems requiring litigation to full service teams or branch offices
  • Use computerized system for accurate recording of client information such as case notes, case management and referrals
  • Participate in appropriate community, regional,statewide and national activities to promote and further the work of Bay Area Legal Services and the Bay Pines VA MLP
  • Supervise Paralegals, Intake Specialists and other personnel as directed by Team Leader
  • Assist the Team Leader and Bay Pines VA MLP Team with the preparation of statistical reports
  • Assist in developing and updating appropriate legal instructional materials and other written materials as requested by the Team Leader
  • Assist with the delivery of services to Veterans as prescribed by the Team Leader Minimum

Qualifications:

  • Florida Bar licensure and active practice of law as a Bar member in Florida for at least two years.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work closely and cooperatively with other team members.
  • Demonstrated ability to interview clients to determine essential facts with regard to the nature and severity of their legal problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to accept major responsibility and to work effectively in an independent but closely supervised environment
  • Demonstrated ability to make public presentations and trainings to clients, VA MLP Partners, members of the private bar and other stakeholders

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Familiarity and experience with poverty law issues, including but not limited to family law, landlord tenant, and public benefits
  • Familiarity and experience working with a wide range of social service agencies
  • Internet, e-mail,and word processing experience in a Windows-based environment is highly preferred
  • Prior experience working with the veteran population and/or prior military service are also preferred.

Compensation:Depends on experience.

How To Apply: Send your resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This position will remain open until filled. 

Thank you for your interest in employment with Bay Area Legal Services, Inc.

BALS is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

You can obtain information about various EEO provisions by contacting our EEO contact person, Gale B. Pinkston, at 813.752.1335, ext. 110 (Hillsborough County) or 1.800.625.2257, ext. 119 (all other counties) or 1.800.955.8771 /TTY. BALS prohibits discrimination in employment and the delivery of services based on race, color, national origin, familial status, disability, sex, religion, age and military status. Any person who believes he has been discriminated against may contact our EEO contact person.

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