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Last Modified: 02/29/2024

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is one of the Nonprofit Times' Best Nonprofits to work for!

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Nearly 1 million people in Central Florida need legal help, but many cannot afford it.

Be a part of an organization making a difference in the Central Florida community. As an Orlando Business Journal’s 2021 Best Places to Work Honoree, Community Legal Services is a full-service civil legal aid law firm that promotes equal access to justice, which is a core American value.

We offer our employees:

  • Excellent benefits package
  • Generous paid time off
  • 100% 403B match
  • Student loan reimbursement for Attorneys
  • Ability to apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • Fantastic work-life balance

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.

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.

Leadership and Management Positions

The Director of Litigation works with leadership, managing attorneys, and staff attorneys to bring high-impact cases to address systemic breakdowns identified through our direct client representation. The Director of Litigation is responsible for supporting, refining, building, and maintaining best practice approaches to support and assist the legal team at CLS. A significant focus of the position is mentoring attorneys across CLS in developing litigation skills.

Director of Litigation

Description

  1. Provide dynamic, motivational leadership for high-quality, impactful, and innovative legal representation and advocacy to CLS’s legal team.
  2. Support, teach, and model effective litigation and advocacy approaches in state and federal courts, administrative proceedings, and the community.
  3. Mentor and develop attorneys at all levels at CLS, teaching litigation skills and strategies while ensuring they remain current on procedural and substantive law.
  4. Lead substantive law units at CLS to maximize the impact of litigation.
  5. Lead litigation teams, coordinate a strategic approach to litigation, and coordinate large scale projects.
  6. Evaluate forums for solving issues in advance of litigation.
  7. Directly handle cases within CLS priorities as attorney of records or coverage counsel, involving impact litigation and cases with media attention.
  8. Co-counsel, coordinate, and advise on all levels of litigation, including complex litigation.
  9. Develop tools and guidelines that facilitate efficient and effective litigation.
  10. Act as a resource on Rules Regulating the Florida Bar and the American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct.
  11. Generate critical and strategic thinking among staff in pursuit of CLS’ mission.
  12. Collaborate with the Director of Advocacy to identify areas of greatest impact, develop strategic advocacy goals, develop response strategies, and assist in advancing those goals.
  13. Develop litigation and advocacy strategies with a focus on CLS’s priorities, community need and systemic issues.
  14. Collaborate and communicate CLS’s strategic litigation goals to staff, partners, and stakeholders.
  15. Set numeric and programmatic goals, review and analyze regularly and adjust to meet performance goals.
  16. Identify, lead, and coordinate the use of media as it relates to client matters and impact litigation.
  17. Work with the Pro Bono Team to involve private law firms, corporate counsel, and private attorneys in co-counseling and supporting legal work.
  18. Utilize the ability to simultaneously coordinate multiple cases in State and Federal courts, while also monitoring and co-counseling cases handled by staff attorneys.
  19. Handle administrative and management tasks, including grant compliance, personnel supervision and quality assurance evaluations, staff retention, private bar relations, and strategic planning.
  20. Engage in other tasks and duties as assigned to facilitate the mission and operations of CLS.

Requirements

  • Demonstrating commitment to promoting the mission, vision, and values of CLS.
  • Unwavering dedication to high-quality legal programs, fiscal strength, and organizational integrity.

Background and Experience

  • Juris Doctorate with 15+ years of experience in the practice of law.
  • Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Florida and a member in good standing.
  • Strong Reputation among the legal community.
  • Extensive experience in civil litigation with a record of success.
  • Thorough knowledge on the Florida and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Discovery.
  • Experience in varied civil practice areas preferred.
  • Experience practicing in both State and Federal Court as lead counsel.
  • Significant trial experience.
  • Highly polished presentation and organizational skills, with the ability to engage a broad staff and client constituency effectively and consistently.
  • Experience and expertise to conceptualize new and appropriate litigation and advocacy strategies and translate them into achievable plans.
  • Must possess excellent legal project management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to “see the big picture” and provide strategic advice and input while also executing tactically policies and procedures.
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite.
  • Proof of insurance necessary.
  • Valid driver’s license with ability to travel, working both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some or weekends and evenings to perform duties within the CLS 12 county service area.

Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds at times.

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Open Attorney Positions

The Fair Housing Staff Attorney will investigate and litigate housing discrimination, cases in state and federal court and before administrative agencies. The attorney will represent individuals and organizations that have been the victims of housing discrimination and use dispute resolution techniques, including litigation to pursue systemic change to end segregation and remove barriers to housing choice.  Fair Housing Staff Attorney is a full-time position with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business needs.

Fair Housing Staff Attorney

Description

  1. Representing clients on a broad range of Fair Housing topics.
  2. Investigating claims of housing discrimination in housing transactions such as rental, sale, financing, and insuring a home
  3. Providing legal advocacy, counseling, and advice to low-income clients in civil litigation matters, regular court appearances, hearings and trials, and client interaction.
  4. Drafting of pleadings memorandums and orders, preparation and review of discovery, and negotiation of settlement agreements.
  5. Filing state and federal court and administrative complaints, conducting discovery, depositions, motions, trials, and post-trial litigation;
  6. Litigating complex cases in state and federal court under supervision of the senior attorneys
  7. Initiating and pursuing administrative claims through the Department of Administrative Hearings (DOAH).
  8. Working collaboratively with other programs and initiatives to promote housing justice and further equal access to housing for all.
  9. Must be able to perform duties and attend meetings and/or other functions, including but not limited to educational outreach events on Fair Housing topics, throughout the CLS 12 county service area.

Qualifications

  • Admitted to practice law in Florida and in good standing (Admission to practice in the Middle District of Florida is required)
  • Minimum of 3 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.
  • Ability to advocate consistently and zealously for clients in the regions we serve while managing a full caseload.
  • 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.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively both in writing and orally.
  • Must possess a high capacity to prioritize, manage simultaneous tasks, and meet strict deadlines within a rapid-paced environment.
  • Demonstrate a professional commitment to improving CLS’s presence in the regions we serve, possess strong interpersonal skills, and superior organizational skills, with the ability to engage a diverse constituency.
  • Must be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365).
  • Proficient in Westlaw, LexisNexis, and/or other legal research platforms.
  • Use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively both in writing and orally.

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Community Legal Services (CLS) is seeking a Family Law Staff Attorney for our dynamic, non-profit law firm.

Staff Attorney Family Law (Ocala)

Description

  1. High quality legal services by representing and advising clients regarding their family law matters.
  2. This position is responsible for representing low income and/or vulnerable clients on a broad range of family legal matters which includes regular court appearances, hearings, and trials in both State and Federal courts.
  3. This position also includes regular client interaction including completing intakes, conducting interviews, and providing advice and counsel.
  4. The candidate in this role will research and interpret laws, rulings, and regulations applicable to cases assigned as well as prepare and review legal writings such as pleadings, orders, discovery, and other documents for the court or government agencies.
  5. The individual in this key role will negotiate and draft settlement agreements and conduct or participate in outreach events or activities of the unit and organization.
  6. This is a Full-time position with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business needs to perform duties, attend meetings and/or other functions throughout the CLS 12 county service area.

Qualifications

  • Must be admitted in good standing to practice law in Florida. Bilingual (English/Spanish) highly preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 – 5 years’ experience in civil litigation or working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters.
  • Experience with subject matter areas within the area of family law, with a high capacity to prioritize, manage simultaneous tasks, and meet strict deadlines within a rapid-paced environment.
  • Ability to advocate consistently and zealously for clients in the regions we serve.
  • Successful candidate will have highly approachable presentation, organizational skills, and the ability to effectively and consistently engage and collaborate with a diverse constituency of community stakeholders and organizations.
  • 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.

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Community Legal Services (CLS) is seeking a Family Law Staff Attorney for our dynamic, non-profit law firm.

Staff Attorney Family Law (Daytona Beach)

Description

  1. High quality legal services by representing and advising clients regarding their family law matters.
  2. This position is responsible for representing low income and/or vulnerable clients on a broad range of family legal matters which includes regular court appearances, hearings, and trials in both State and Federal courts.
  3. This position also includes regular client interaction including completing intakes, conducting interviews, and providing advice and counsel.
  4. The candidate in this role will research and interpret laws, rulings, and regulations applicable to cases assigned as well as prepare and review legal writings such as pleadings, orders, discovery, and other documents for the court or government agencies.
  5. The individual in this key role will negotiate and draft settlement agreements and conduct or participate in outreach events or activities of the unit and organization.
  6. This is a Full-time position with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business needs to perform duties, attend meetings and/or other functions throughout the CLS 12 county service area.

Qualifications

  • Must be admitted in good standing to practice law in Florida. Bilingual (English/Spanish) highly preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 – 5 years’ experience in civil litigation or working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters.
  • Experience with subject matter areas within the area of family law, with a high capacity to prioritize, manage simultaneous tasks, and meet strict deadlines within a rapid-paced environment.
  • Ability to advocate consistently and zealously for clients in the regions we serve.
  • Successful candidate will have highly approachable presentation, organizational skills, and the ability to effectively and consistently engage and collaborate with a diverse constituency of community stakeholders and organizations.
  • 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.

Apply Here

Community Legal Services (CLS) is seeking a Family Law Staff Attorney for our dynamic, non-profit law firm.

Staff Attorney Family Law (Ocala, Inverness, and Tavares)

Description

  1. High quality legal services by representing and advising clients regarding their family law matters.
  2. This position is responsible for representing low income and/or vulnerable clients on a broad range of family legal matters which includes regular court appearances, hearings, and trials in both State and Federal courts.
  3. This position also includes regular client interaction including completing intakes, conducting interviews, and providing advice and counsel.
  4. The candidate in this role will research and interpret laws, rulings, and regulations applicable to cases assigned as well as prepare and review legal writings such as pleadings, orders, discovery, and other documents for the court or government agencies.
  5. The individual in this key role will negotiate and draft settlement agreements and conduct or participate in outreach events or activities of the unit and organization.
  6. This is a Full-time position with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business needs to perform duties, attend meetings and/or other functions throughout the CLS 12 county service area.

Qualifications

  • Must be admitted in good standing to practice law in Florida. Bilingual (English/Spanish) highly preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 – 5 years’ experience in civil litigation or working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters.
  • Experience with subject matter areas within the area of family law, with a high capacity to prioritize, manage simultaneous tasks, and meet strict deadlines within a rapid-paced environment.
  • Ability to advocate consistently and zealously for clients in the regions we serve.
  • Successful candidate will have highly approachable presentation, organizational skills, and the ability to effectively and consistently engage and collaborate with a diverse constituency of community stakeholders and organizations.
  • 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.

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Reports to the Senior Managing/Managing Attorney of the Family Unit, or designee. Provides comprehensive legal services to eligible clients in civil and other cases in accordance with the program’ mission and principles of advocacy, other program guidelines, the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services, and the Florida Rules of Professional Conduct. Provides leadership and direction of the assigned substantive unit at the direction of and in coordination with substantive unit manager. This position involves overseeing and guiding a team of attorneys, serving as a manager who coaches, mentors, and supports unit members while maintaining a caseload. The primary responsibility is to ensure the provision of comprehensive legal services to eligible clients in civil cases, aligning with CLS’s mission and priorities. The role requires adherence to other program policies, the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services, and compliance with the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar and Florida’s 2001 Plan for Legal Services.

Team Lead Family Law (Staff Attorney) 5th/18th Circuit

Responsibilities:

  1. Determine client eligibility for legal services in accordance with program policies and procedures.
  2. Deliver legal services to eligible clients and client groups, encompassing the identification of legal issues, thorough investigation, counsel, negotiation, representation before courts, administrative bodies, and legislative/quasi-legislative entities, as well as the preparation of required documentation.
  3. Frequently attend hearings, trials, mediations, and other court proceedings on behalf of eligible clients.
  4. Identify legal needs of the low-income community and develop legal educational programs to address those needs.
  5. Offer guidance, support, mentorship, and training to unit attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, and other team members, enabling them to execute their litigation responsibilities in a professional, timely, highly competent, and efficient manner.
  6. Draft, design, review, and update substantive unit policies and procedures.
  7. Develop, motivate, and drive performance and productivity of unit members.
  8. Ensures substantive unit members adhere to CLS policies (i.e., punctual timekeeping, NetSuite entries, case notes, etc.), procedures, and a positive workplace culture.
  9. Communicate CLS and substantive unit policies, procedures, and culture within the substantive unit, fostering open communication and encouraging input from team members. Function as a facilitator for communication from the substantive unit to the executive leadership team.
  10. Assist Senior Managing/Managing Attorney with application for, adherence to, and audit of funding/grant(s).
  11. Assist Senior Managing/Managing Attorney with preparation of substantive unit budget and oversight of the adopted budget.
  12. Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with bar associations (including regularly attending bar meetings), bar leaders, legislators and other political officials and other community and non-profit organizations to assist in resource development.
  13. Recruits and provides services for private attorney involvement in CLS’s pro bono programs (which includes co-counseling).
  14. Display proficiency in executing complex litigation with a high level of competence, timeliness, and efficiency, leveraging advanced advocacy skills through assuming responsibility across a diverse spectrum of legal work.
  15. Performs advanced legal research including use of computer-based database, e.g., Westlaw, Legal Server.
  16. Identify, coordinate, and participate in impact advocacy and impact litigation.
  17. Participate in outreach events and provide community education.
  18. Assist with the direct client services to develop and design a strategic approach to client matters.
  19. Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements

Commitment

  1. Demonstrating commitment to promoting the mission, vision, and values of CLS.
  2. Demonstrating commitment to ensuring appropriate recordkeeping, documentation, and adherence to federal rules and regulations that apply to LSC-funded programs, as they apply to the position.
  3. Unwavering dedication to high-quality legal programs, fiscal strength, and organizational integrity.

Background and Experience

  • Juris Doctorate with over 5 years of experience in the practice of law.
  • Exhibit a proficiency in their role, working at a higher level of expertise than a traditional Staff Attorney.
  • Maintains a work ethic that serves as a role model for other Staff Attorneys at CLS.
  • Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Florida and a member in good standing.
  • Experience with leading a team and supervising attorneys/legal staff.
  • Must have a demonstrable commitment to understanding and addressing issues of low-income constituents.
  • Must maintain professional and legal knowledge through reading and continuing education.
  • Must be bondable.
  • Must be computer literate using Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary to travel to the offices within and occasionally, outside of, our 12-county service area.

Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk, driving, and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift to 25 pounds at times.

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Community Legal Services (CLS) is seeking a Staff Attorney & Team Leader for our dynamic, non-profit law firm.  The Staff Attorney & Team Leader will ensure that the CLS Helpline staff adheres to the highest legal, ethical, and professional standards of quality and accessibility of services in compliance with applicable policies and regulations by auditing, improving, supporting, supervising, and providing training on tasks that are to be performed by Helpline Staff, including completion of intakes, providing legal advice, and referrals.

Helpline Team Lead and Staff Attorney

Responsibilities

  1. Train and support to CLS Helpline staff on completion of intakes, screening of applicants, conflict checks, applicant eligibility and referrals to proper resources.
  2. Provide training and guidance on applicable legal advice across several areas of civil practice
  3. Conduct case reviews for substantive and procedural compliance.
  4. Engage in regular internal communication and meetings to discuss emerging common legal issues and system operations.
  5. Track, identify, and improve the effectiveness of the Helpline processes including the intake system, online intakes, and delivery of services.
  6. Track and identify emerging issues in the community, case outcomes, and other matters related to improving the client experience at the Helpline.
  7. Develop, review, and update CLS Helpline policies, procedures, materials, and manuals a regular basis and as needed.
  8. Assist with the management and maintenance of the multiple technology platforms utilized by the Helpline.
  9. Lead and inspire CLS Helpline team for optimal performance.
  10. Provide proactive and reliable support to the manager, streamlining daily operations and enhancing team efficiency.
  11. Work extended/evening shifts as needed for late shifts and outreach events.
  12. Utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills to increase the effectiveness, efficiency, and client experience at the Helpline.

Requirements

  1. Demonstrating commitment to promoting the mission, vision, and values of CLS.
  2. Unwavering dedication to high-quality legal programs, fiscal strength, and organizational integrity.

Background and Experience

  1. Must be a member in good standing of The Florida Bar.
  2. Must have been an attorney for at least 5 years; at least 1 year managing experience required
  3. Must have a demonstrable commitment to understanding and addressing issues of low-income constituents.
  4. Must maintain professional and legal knowledge through reading and continuing education.
  5. Must have at least 90 days of time on CLS Helpline.
  6. Must demonstrate proficiency in the Helpline process to a degree suitable to train others.
  7. Must be bondable.
  8. Must be able to attend meetings and/or other functions at various locations throughout service area.
  9. Must possess excellent legal and community partnership skills and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365).
  10. Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.
  11. This is a Full-time position with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business needs to perform duties, attend meetings and/or other functions throughout the CLS 12 county service area.

Physical Requirements

  1. Prolonged periods siting at a desk and working on a computer.
  2. Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds at times.

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Open Paralegal Positions

Paralegal (Real Property Rights Protection)

OVERVIEW

Reports to and receives general direction from Senior Managing Attorney, Staff Attorney or designee, the paralegal provides paraprofessional legal services to eligible clients in civil and other cases, under the direct supervision of an attorney, in accordance with the program’s mission and principles of advocacy, other program guidelines, the ABA Standards for Providers of Civil Legal Services and the Florida Rules of Professional Conduct.

RESPONSIBILITIES 

  1. Assists clients within the entire Community Legal Services (CLS) service area which may require frequent travel throughout the CLS service areas for meetings.
  2. Completes Client Intake processes and determines client eligibility for legal services in accordance with program policies and procedures.
  3. Gathers information, interviews clients and witnesses; investigates and develops cases; prepares written reports to attorneys detailing the results of the interview/investigation.
  4. Makes and follows up on referrals of clients to appropriate alternative or additional sources of assistance.
  5. Works jointly in partnership with supervising attorney on assigned cases.
  6. Represents clients at administrative hearings within the guidelines governing advocacy by non-attorneys.
  7. Maintains accurate, complete, well-organized electronic case/project records, files, and calendars.
  8. Performs legal research including use of computer-based databases, e.g., Thomson-Reuters/Casetext computerized practice software.
  9. Keeps abreast of new areas of the law, particularly heirs’ property, probate, and estate planning.
  10. Serves process and executes appropriate affidavits of service; serves witness subpoenas and other papers, as requested, files legal papers with appropriate courts.
  11. Participates in outreach to clients and community groups to strengthen community partnerships.
  12. As requested, participates in fundraising activities and public relations.
  13. May participate in the orientation and training of employees and volunteers, including law school interns.
  14. Actively participates in umbrella groups and task forces.
  15. Greets clients, applicants, and other visitors to the office in a courteous and polite manner.
  16. Answers telephones and refers callers to appropriate staff members, other CLS offices or other  agencies, as appropriate
  17. Opens and distributes mail and provides other clerical services, as necessary.
  18. May perform duties of the work of higher or lower classified positions, as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS 

Commitment

  1. Demonstrating commitment to promoting the mission, vision, and values of CLS.
  2. Unwavering dedication to high-quality legal programs, fiscal strength, and organizational integrity.
  3. Commitment to continued learning and training.

Background and Experience 

  1. Legal Studies Education and/or Paralegal certification.
  2. Experience with heir’s property remediation and prevention, property ownership and preservation, real estate law, estate planning, litigation, and/or probate is a plus.
  3. Law firm experience (2+years), experience in support of litigation and commitment working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters also a plus.
  4. Florida Notary a plus.
  5. Bilingual (English Spanish; spoken and written fluency) preferred.
  6. Excellent phone and in-person professional customer service ability required, with superior organizational and highly polished communication and writing skills.
  7. Must be a self-motivated, professional, and capable of independently managing workload and prioritizing tasks in a fast-paced legal environment with minimal supervision.
  8. Microsoft Office Suite proficiency required.
  9. Valid Florida license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary to perform duties and attend meetings and/or other functions throughout 12 county service area.
  10. Ability to work independently and to travel; possibility of working weekends and evenings

3Physical Requirements

  1. Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  2. Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds at times.

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Open Internship/Fellowship Positions

Community Legal Services is a seeking service-minded law student for the 2024 Equal Justice Works Resilience Program Summer Law Student Fellowship (Student Fellow). Through this program the Student Fellow will assist with ensuring that Floridians before, during, and after disasters have access to legal information and services. An ideal candidate will have strong public speaking skills and a strong writer.

The Student Fellow would be expected to support the EJW Disaster Resilience Program Fellow (Attorney Fellow) across our twelve-county service area making presentations about disaster legal services and make connections with potential clients and community partners.

The Student Fellow will also support the work of the Attorney Fellow in providing direct legal services to clients and leveraging volunteer resources in order to ensure that low-income individuals who have been directly affected by disaster have access to a range of legal services needed to stabilize and rebuild their lives. Assisting with the creation of legal information materials for distribution and developing trainings for the community.  It is key that disaster-prone areas are able to access vital legal services that are comprehensive and responsive to the unique needs of individuals, families, and communities so lives can be stabilized and communities rebuilt to be more resilient.

Equal Justice Works is the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law. EJW facilitates Fellowships at legal services organizations to help fulfill the nation’s promise of equal justice for all.

The Disaster Resilience Program is a national, professional Fellowship program for attorneys designed to mobilize legal aid in disaster prone areas, including immigration and humanitarian crises, to ensure vital legal services are accessible, comprehensive, and responsive to the unique needs of individuals, families, and communities to rebuild more resilient communities.

The location for the fellowship will be at one of the CLS offices across our twelve-county service area, with a preference in Orlando or Daytona. Some remote working may be permitted at the discretion of the Attorney Fellow and Director of Advocacy.

Equal Justice Works Resilience Program Summer Law Student Fellowship (Summer 2024)

Responsibilities:

  1. Provide support and assistance for the EJW Disaster Resilience Fellow (Attorney) in the delivery of legal information and services to community members of Central Florida directly impacted by disasters. Responsibilities will include assisting the EJW Disaster Resilience Program Fellow (Attorney) in managing a caseload, drafting legal documents, maintaining contact with clients and other duties as assigned.
  2. Assist with creating and conducting outreach and education activities, including the leveraging of pro bono resources.
  3. Collaborate with and participate in the statewide legal aid initiative to develop a disaster response plan including a Continuity of Operations Plan, templates, procedures, etc.
  4. Collaborate with other Equal Justice Works Disaster Resilience Legal Fellows and CLS staff.
  5. Collect and provide data relating to clients served, services provided, outcomes, and other information as requested by Equal Justice Works.
  6. Participate in monthly calls that alternate between substantive legal training webinars and professional development.
  7. Must complete 300 hours of service within an eight to ten-week period.
  8. Must complete all required program reporting and documentation.

Requirements

Commitment

  1. Demonstrating commitment to promoting the mission, vision, and values of CLS.
  2. Unwavering dedication to high-quality legal programs, fiscal strength, and organizational integrity.

Background and Experience

  • Must be a 1L or 2L law student at an accredited law school and Equal Justice Works member law school, who has completed at least their first year of law school by the start of their summer placement.
  • Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Must possess excellent time management skills and be computer literate.
  • An ability an desire to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts with multiple organizations.
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary to drive across our twelve-county service area as needed.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to areas affected by disaster, to provide onsite training, support, and deliver disaster legal resources to local legal aid programs.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident (e.g., green card)
  • Understanding of evidence, civil procedure, torts, and other legal practice areas preferred.

Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods siting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds at times.

Fellowship Benefits

  • Significant amount of on-the-job training on working in the field of disaster legal services and within a legal aid firm.
  • Participants will receive a $7,000 stipend for their service. Students have the option to apply for unlimited outside funding through their university or other sources.
  • Equal Justice Works Fellows are part of a network of over 2,500 current and former Fellows dedicated to improving access to equal justice for all. As a member of the network, each Fellow has access to:
  • Responsive training and technical assistance from Equal Justice Work’s immigration TTA provider.
  • Regular substantive and skills-based webinars throughout the Fellowship.
  • Monthly networking and collaboration sessions with other Disaster Resilience Fellows.
  • Additional networking opportunities with all Equal Justice Works Fellows throughout the year.

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Open Staff Positions

Reporting to the Manager of Pro Bono Services, the Pro Bono Coordinator acts as a liaison between CLS and the private bar associations while promoting pro bono involvement by the private attorneys. This position recruits and schedules attorneys for the Legal Advice Clinics, Pro Se Workshops, full representation, and other pro bono projects throughout the law firm’s service area. They also participate and assist in all the law firm’s activities for recruiting, retaining, and recognizing pro bono attorneys.  Responsible for maintaining the Pro Bono office to be systemized and orderly to achieve maximum efficiency in the delivery of quality legal services to clients.

Pro Bono Coordinator

Responsibilities:

  1. Place pro bono referrals and directs intakes with appropriate volunteer attorneys, track case progression by sending quarterly status reports to volunteer attorneys, track volunteer attorneys’ time and expenses, submit check request for reimbursement, close case files in a timely manner.
  2. Coordinate the Pro Se Family Law Workshops, reserve rooms for workshops, workshop assistants and attorneys’ correspondence, maintain all workshop attendance records and attend workshops as needed.
  3. Coordinate and oversee the Legal Advice Clinics; recruits attorneys, set appointments for clients and Attorneys, maintain legal advice clinic log, electronic case records for compliance requirements, and enter time into case management system.
  4.  Network with attorneys by attending Bar Associations functions, as well as the Bar Association’s Family Law Sections, and Legal Support Association meetings and functions monthly.
  5. Assist with the planning, organizing, and preparing for the recognition events held for all volunteers, assist with the nomination for Florida Supreme Court Pro Bono awards and pro bono service recognition awards throughout the service area.
  6. Submit articles and pictures to Communications to promote and recognize attorneys.
  7. Recruit attorneys to give presentations within the community when there are requests from outside programs or when CLS provides this service, maintain records of numbers of persons who attend community education clinics, enter attorneys’ time into case management system, assist with developing video and PowerPoint programs for these presentations.
  8. Recruit and work with office volunteers and law students on office work and projects that may be delegated and suitable for the volunteers recruited.
  9. Assist with establishing training for attorneys to learn areas of law involving our client’s needs. Assist Resource Development staff with private bar fundraising campaigns as needed.
  10. Receive and enter all attorney time for Teen Court Programs into the case management system,  work in conjunction with the Teen Court Programs in providing recognition to the attorneys.
  11. Answer telephones and refer callers to appropriate staff members, other CLS offices or other agencies, as appropriate.
  12. May perform duties of the work of higher or lower classified positions, as assigned.

Requirements

Commitment

  1. Demonstrating commitment to promoting the mission, vision, and values of CLS.
  2. Unwavering dedication to high-quality legal programs, fiscal strength, and organizational integrity.

Background and Experience

  • Bachelor of Arts degree preferable.
  • Law office and legal experience preferable.
  • Must have strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred.
  • Must demonstrate compassion and commitment to understanding and addressing issues of low-income clients.
  • Must be a self-motivated, professional, and capable of independently managing workload and prioritizing tasks in a fast-paced legal environment with minimal supervision.
  • Microsoft Office Suite proficiency required.
  • Ability to perform duties and attend meetings and/or other functions throughout 12 county service area
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary to travel on behalf of CLS; possibility of working weekends and evenings.

Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods siting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds at times.

Fellowship Benefits

  • Significant amount of on-the-job training on working in the field of disaster legal services and within a legal aid firm.
  • Participants will receive a $7,000 stipend for their service. Students have the option to apply for unlimited outside funding through their university or other sources.
  • Equal Justice Works Fellows are part of a network of over 2,500 current and former Fellows dedicated to improving access to equal justice for all. As a member of the network, each Fellow has access to:
  • Responsive training and technical assistance from Equal Justice Work’s immigration TTA provider.
  • Regular substantive and skills-based webinars throughout the Fellowship.
  • Monthly networking and collaboration sessions with other Disaster Resilience Fellows.
  • Additional networking opportunities with all Equal Justice Works Fellows throughout the year.

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Additional Information

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.

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.