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Last Modified: 03/02/2021

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Be a part of an organization making a difference in the Central Florida community. Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is a full service civil legal aid law firm that promotes equal access to justice, which is a core American value.  We offer an excellent benefit package, generous paid time off, 100% 403B match, and professional & intellectual growth. 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer: We value a diverse workforce and the promotion of inclusive culture at all levels.

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida does not discriminate against any employee or qualified applicant for employment on the basis of age, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, marital or familial status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sex, disability, socio-economic position, religion, political belief, protected genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal or State law.

Internships, Externships, and Volunteering

Are you an attorney looking for rewarding volunteer opportunities. Are you a law student or pre-law student looking for an internship/externship? Maybe a paralegal wanting to obtain legal experience while giving back?  Find out more about our volunteer opportunities by visiting this page.

COMPLETE CONFIDENCE will be maintained as you submit your resume to [email protected].

We are fortunate to receive a considerable number of applications from highly qualified individuals, and will only contact those candidates who best match the position requirements to begin the interview process.

Open Attorney Positions

Be a part of an organization making a difference in the Central Florida community. Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is a full service civil legal aid law firm that promotes equal access to justice, which is a core American value.  We offer an excellent benefits package, generous paid time off, 100% 403B match, and professional & intellectual growth.

CLSMF is currently searching for a service-minded, mission driven individual to fulfill the following position.

Application Deadline: March 14, 2021

Description:

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking a Managing Attorney of Fair Housing for our dynamic, non-profit law firm. This position includes the representation of clients on a broad range of Fair Housing topics, legal advocacy to low-income clients in civil litigation matters, regular court appearances, hearings and trials, client interaction, drafting of pleadings and orders, preparation and review of discovery, and negotiation of settlement agreements. Conduct intakes and initial client consultations to determine eligibility and level of service. Provides guidance, training, mentoring and leadership to the members of the Fair Housing and other CLSMF team members as needed.  Develops and distributes Fair Housing outreach materials and Public Service Announcements. Conducts fair housing presentations at conferences including planning and participating in activities during Fair Housing Month.

 In addition, the position will require visits to neighborhoods and apartments within the twelve-county service area to oversee housing investigations, violations, and testing.  In conjunction with the Fair Housing Testing Coordinator, recruits Fair Housing testers; prepares testing analysis as to potential for litigation. Investigates complaints and/or test results when appropriate. Reviews testing procedures, outcomes, and reports. Reviews results of the organization and takes steps to correct unsatisfactory results.  Keeps apprised of new areas of the law, particularly as it affects victims of housing discrimination. Develops long term and strategic plans for delivery of administrative and program tasks.  Acts as the program liaison with HUD. Prepares grant reports and gathers appropriate supporting documentation per HUD requirements. Establishes working relationships with local and state agencies in fields associated with housing discrimination. Attends trainings and/or conferences as required grant and/or CLSMF. As requested, participates in fundraising activities and public relations programs.

 Qualifications:

Must be admitted in good standing to practice law in Florida. Minimum of 5-7 years’ experience working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters. Experience in landlord tenant, fair housing, litigation, and public speaking.  The successful candidate must be a self-starter, with the ability to issue spot and exercise sound independent legal judgment, work as part of a team, and bring oneself up to speed quickly on any necessary or lacking knowledge base.  Must possess a high capacity to prioritize, manage simultaneous tasks, and meet strict deadlines within a rapid-paced environment. Must have administrative and supervision skills, including ability to prepare and administer grants and reports. The successful candidate will demonstrate a professional commitment to improving CLSMF’s presence in the regions we serve, possess strong interpersonal skills, highly approachable presentation, and superior organizational skills, with the ability to effectively and consistently engage a diverse constituency while managing a full caseload. Must possess excellent legal and community partnership skills, highly polished presentation skills, and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365). Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

Resumes in confidence to [email protected]

 

Nearly 1 million people in Central Florida need legal services, but many cannot afford it. Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is a full service civil legal aid law firm that promotes equal access to justice, which is a core American value.

With our continued growth in meeting the needs of Central Floridians, CLSMF has a continuous need for Attorneys to work on our Helpline part-time.

Be a part of an organization making a difference in the Central Florida community.

Description:

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc. (CLSMF), is seeking a Staff Attorney for the HELPline. In this position, the attorney will provide advice, brief services, and referrals in various areas of civil law. This is a Part-Time position which includes a minimum of 24 hours per week. An ideal candidate must demonstrate a commitment to understanding and addressing issues of the low-income and vulnerable population that CLSMF serves.

In this role, the staff attorney will determine client eligibility for legal services in accordance with firm policies and procedures. This position’s key responsibilities include empowering and counseling pro se litigants through various civil legal issues while providing local community resources for a holistic approach in addition to conducting an initial client consultation, identifying assessing and analyzing a variety of civil legal issues, conducting research, and preparing pro se pleadings/letters. Position also requires the ability to learn and utilize multiple computer platforms and technology for matters such as client interactions, case management, and phone systems. In addition, an individual in this position must maintain professional and legal knowledge through continuing education.

Qualifications:

Must be admitted in good standing to practice law in Florida. Bilingual (English/Spanish) highly preferred. No prior experience in any particular area of the law is required, however, experience in civil litigation or working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters is preferred. Experience with working in a rapid-paced environment with a high capacity to prioritize and manage simultaneous tasks. Successful candidate will have highly approachable presentation, organizational skills, and the ability to effectively and consistently engage and collaborate with a diverse constituency. Must possess excellent legal and community partnership skills and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365). Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

Resumes in confidence to [email protected]

Administrative and Management Positions

Paralegal, Legal Assistant, and Advocate Positions

Be a part of an organization making a difference in the Central Florida community. Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is a full service civil legal aid law firm that promotes equal access to justice, which is a core American value. We offer an excellent benefits package, generous paid time off, 100% 403B match, and professional & intellectual growth.

Application Deadline: March 14, 2021

Description:

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida’s Fair Housing Initiative Program (FHIP) is seeking a Fair Housing Testing Coordinator/Advocate based in our Kissimmee office. The program is funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) FHIP grants. Duration of this position is dependent on grant funding availability.

The program investigates alleged housing discrimination in an effort to combat and diminish housing discrimination under the Fair Housing Act. The Fair Housing Testing Coordinator/Advocate will be directly supervised by the Fair Housing Program Manager. The testing coordinator/advocate is directly responsible for our testing program, attends community outreach events, and conducts educational workshops on housing discrimination. Must possess polished public presentation skills with the ability to perform duties and attend meetings and/or other functions throughout 12 county service area.

Qualifications:

Minimum of one-year functional experience working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters. Bilingual (English/Spanish) required. Fair Housing Tester Coordinator or Advocate experience preferred. The successful candidate will have a highly approachable presentation, exceptional organizational skills, and the ability to effectively and consistently engage a diverse constituency while managing a full caseload. Must be a self-starter and possess the ability to demonstrate a professional commitment to improving CLSMF’s presence in the regions we serve. Must possess excellent legal and community partnership skills and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365). Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

Resumes in confidence to [email protected]