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Last Modified: 01/18/2023

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.

Open Attorney Positions

With our continued growth in meeting the needs of Central Floridians, we are always searching for attorneys to work on our intake and advice helpline part-time.

Part Time Helpline Attorney (Orlando or Sanford)

Application Deadline: Ongoing Opportunity

Description

In this position, the attorney will:

  1. Provide advice, brief services, and referrals in various areas of civil law.
  2. Demonstrate a commitment to understanding and addressing issues of the low-income and vulnerable population that CLSMF serves.
  3. Determine client eligibility for legal services in accordance with firm policies and procedures.
  4. Empower and counsel 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.
  5. The 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.
  6. This is a part-time position that includes a minimum of 24 hours per week 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 within or outside the CLSMF 12-county service area.

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.
  • The successful candidate will have a 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.

We are always searching for a service-minded, mission driven individuals to fulfill the following position on our intake and advice helpline.

Full Time Helpline Attorney (Orlando or Sanford)

Application Deadline: Ongoing Opportunity

Description

In this position, the attorney will:

  1. Provide advice, brief services, and referrals in various areas of civil law.
  2. Demonstrate a commitment to understanding and addressing issues of the low-income and vulnerable population that CLSMF serves.
  3. Determine client eligibility for legal services in accordance with firm policies and procedures.
  4. Empower and counsel 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.
  5. The 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.
  6. This is a full-time position that may require 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 within or outside the CLSMF 12-county service area.

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.
  • The successful candidate will have a 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.

We are searching for a service-minded, mission driven individual to fulfill the following position:

Staff Attorney Housing Law (Orlando)

Application Deadline:  February 1, 2023

Description

  The Staff Attorney Housing Law 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. Staff Attorney Housing Law will be responsible for:

  1. Determining client eligibility for legal services in accordance with program policies and procedures.
  2. Frequently attending hearings, trials, mediations, and other court proceedings on behalf of eligible clients.
  3. Identifying legal needs of the low-income community and develops legal educational programs to address those needs.
  4. Supervising paralegals, legal assistants, and other subordinates in all aspects of their work.
  5. Developing and maintaining 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.
  6. Recruiting and providing services for private attorney involvement in our pro bono programs (which includes co-counseling).
  7. The candidate in this role is expected to demonstrate the ability to perform complex litigation in a highly competent and efficient manner through use of advanced advocacy skills, as shown by having significant responsibility in a broad range of work, including federal court cases, appellate level cases, and other complex civil proceedings (i.e., jury trials, litigation involving impact or novel issues, novel forums, multi-day or complex multi-party trials, relief by extraordinary write, etc.).
  8. Perform advanced legal research including use of computer-based database, e.g., Lexis, Legal Server.
  9. After two years of legal practice is expected to participate in impact advocacy.
  10. 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 within or outside the CLS 12-county service area.

Qualifications

  • Must be a member in good standing of The Florida Bar. Bilingual (English/Spanish) highly preferred.
  • Must have a demonstrable commitment to understanding and addressing issues of low-income and vulnerable constituents.
  • Must maintain professional and legal knowledge through reading and continuing education.
  • Demonstrated high attention to detail, ability to handle and manage multiple projects and deadlines at once and deal with competing priorities. 
  • Must have well developed skills in speaking and writing, including the ability to listen, negotiate, problem-solve, advise, and generally be accessible to diverse audiences.
  • Must be bondable.
  • Must have access to internet and be computer literate using Word, Excel, Microsoft Suite, and Adobe PDF programs.
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

We are searching for a service-minded, mission driven individual to fulfill the following position:

Staff Attorney Housing Law (Daytona)

Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

Description

  The Staff Attorney Housing Law 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. Staff Attorney Housing Law will be responsible for:

  1. Determining client eligibility for legal services in accordance with program policies and procedures.
  2. Frequently attending hearings, trials, mediations, and other court proceedings on behalf of eligible clients.
  3. Identifying legal needs of the low-income community and develops legal educational programs to address those needs.
  4. Supervising paralegals, legal assistants, and other subordinates in all aspects of their work.
  5. Developing and maintaining 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.
  6. Recruiting and providing services for private attorney involvement in our pro bono programs (which includes co-counseling).
  7. The candidate in this role is expected to demonstrate the ability to perform complex litigation in a highly competent and efficient manner through use of advanced advocacy skills, as shown by having significant responsibility in a broad range of work, including federal court cases, appellate level cases, and other complex civil proceedings (i.e., jury trials, litigation involving impact or novel issues, novel forums, multi-day or complex multi-party trials, relief by extraordinary write, etc.).
  8. Perform advanced legal research including use of computer-based database, e.g., Lexis, Legal Server.
  9. After two years of legal practice is expected to participate in impact advocacy.
  10. 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 within or outside the CLS 12-county service area.

Qualifications

  • Must be a member in good standing of The Florida Bar. Bilingual (English/Spanish) highly preferred.
  • Must have a demonstrable commitment to understanding and addressing issues of low-income and vulnerable constituents.
  • Must maintain professional and legal knowledge through reading and continuing education.
  • Demonstrated high attention to detail, ability to handle and manage multiple projects and deadlines at once and deal with competing priorities. 
  • Must have well developed skills in speaking and writing, including the ability to listen, negotiate, problem-solve, advise, and generally be accessible to diverse audiences.
  • Must be bondable.
  • Must have access to internet and be computer literate using Word, Excel, Microsoft Suite, and Adobe PDF programs.
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

We are searching for a service-minded, mission driven individual to fulfill the following position:

Staff Attorney Family Law (Kissimmee)

Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

Description

The Staff Attorney is to provide:

  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.

We are searching for a service-minded, mission driven individual to fulfill the following position:

Staff Attorney Family Law (Daytona)

Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

Description

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

  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.

Paralegal, Legal Assistant, and Advocate Positions

We are searching for a service-minded, mission driven individual to fulfill the following position:

Helpline Intake Specialist (Orlando)

Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

Description

Community Legal Services (CLS) is seeking a Helpline Intake Specialist for our dynamic, non-profit law firm. The Helpline Intake Specialist is responsible for:

  1. Receiving and reviewing requests for assistance and complete intakes for customers to determine eligibility.
  2. Collaborating with all units at Community Legal Services (CLS) for purposes of transferring cases for assistance.
  3. Monitoring daily online intakes through the case management system.
  4. This position also complete intakes received through any online intake portal, for any customer referred by community organizations, and for customers experiencing urgent matters.
  5. The candidate in this role will triage legal issues for customers throughout the intake process and draft and send referrals to other legal aid organizations as advised by the Helpline team for legal issues outside of the CLS service area or outside of areas of law.
  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

  • High School diploma or equivalent. Bilingual (English/Spanish) highly preferred.
  • Experience working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters (Public Interest Law or a Non-Profit Organization preferred).
  • Successful candidate will have high capacity to prioritize, manage simultaneous task, and meet deadlines within a rapid-paced environment.
  • Must possess typing skills of 50 WPM, working knowledge of Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook), and case management system.
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

Administrative and Management Positions

We are searching for a service-minded, mission driven individual to fulfill the following position:

Manager of Volunteer Services (Regional)

Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

Description

Community Legal Services is seeking a Volunteer Manager for our dynamic, non-profit law firm.  The Volunteer Manager will administer all aspects of the organization’s volunteer and non-paid internship program including recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers. The Volunteer Manager will be responsible for:

  1. Communicating with all departments of the organization to identify available opportunities and needs for volunteers. 
  2. People management and engagement of volunteers.
  3. Supporting departments of the organization that regularly work with volunteers, including pro bono, community outreach, and substantive law units.
  4. Managing the recruitment of volunteer staff to fit these roles using a variety of resources and techniques, and helps manage, document, and communicate onboarding processes for the different types of volunteers. 
  5. Gathering information about each volunteers’ skills, availability, and goals; matches volunteers with appropriate opportunities based on this data.
  6. Conducting continuous evaluation of the programs and services delivered by the volunteer and implements corrections when necessary.
  7. Regularly communicates with volunteers to ensure placement is a good fit for individuals’ skills and goals. 
  8. 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 within or outside the CLS 12-county service area.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field highly preferred.
  • Proven experience as Volunteer Manager or in Human Resources preferred.
  • Successful candidate is motivated, detail-oriented, self-starter, and quick learner.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong leadership skills with ability to motivate and encourage others.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or related software.
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

We are searching for a service-minded, mission driven individual to fulfill the following position:

Manager of Grants (Daytona/Ocala/Orlando)

Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

Description

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLS) is seeking a qualified applicant to fill the Manager of Grants position for our dynamic, non-profit law firm. As part of the Programs team, the Manager of Grants is responsible for:

  1. Identifying, vetting, and responding to grant opportunities that move the firm’s strategic goals forward.
  2. Maintaining grant portfolios by meeting funders’ reporting requirements and managing relationships with the funders.
  3. Applying knowledge of grant management to ensure efforts meet defined objectives, follow a structured timeline, and are delivered on-schedule and within budget.
  4. Reviewing grant conditions and local, state, and federal laws related to non-LSC grant funding requirements and ensuring CLS compliance
  5. This position involves research and develop foundation proposals, ensuring that proposals, budgets, outcomes/deliverables, plans and other proposal elements are well-written, compelling, and consistent with the strategic direction and funding needs of CLS.
  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 within or outside the CLS 12-county service area.

 Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Graduate degree or Juris Doctorate preferred.
  • A minimum of five years of experience in resource development and sales/funding pursuits, grant/proposal writing and/or grants management activities in a for profit or nonprofit organization.
  • Ability to manage others’ output to determine informational needs, to collect and analyze information, and to devise and develop statistical analyses and reports.
  • Strong communication skills both orally and in writing for effective and persuasive communication.
  • Able to motivate others to work together towards a common goal.
  • Maintain staff by leading and developing personal growth opportunities.
  • Must be computer literate using Word, Excel, and Microsoft Suite and possess excellent typing skills.
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

We are searching for a service-minded, mission driven individual to fulfill the following position:

Manager of Pro Bono Development

Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

Description

Community Legal Services is seeking a Manager of Pro Bono Development for our dynamic, non-profit law firm.  The Manager of Pro Bono Developmentwill work in collaboration with Director of Pro Bono Services to implement the strategic vision and plan to strengthen and expand pro bono support from lawyers, non-lawyers, private law firms, corporations, and other partners. The Manager of Pro Bono Developmentwill be responsible for:

  1. Implementing strategies, in collaboration with program staff, to engage, train and support pro bono attorneys and other volunteers, including law interns, in support of CLS’s programs.
  2. Enhancing and maintaining appropriate pro bono and volunteer management databases including our case management system.  
  3. Developing, implementing, and maintaining protocols for volunteer recruitment, retention, status reports and feedback from clients and pro bono partners.
  4. Serving as the designated liaison between CLS and pro bono stakeholders throughout the legal community. 
  5. In conjunction with CLS staff, participate in private bar events. 
  6. Report pro bono attorney retention and engagement goals as established by CLS leadership. 
  7. Supervise Pro Bono Development team members and to ensure the successful implementation of recruiting, engagement, and retention activities.
  8. Work with CLS SLU’s, develop and implement a strong pro bono attorney mentorship and co-counseling program. 
  9. Maintain a volunteer attorney communication plan in order to sustain relationships with volunteer attorneys.
  10. The candidate in this role is expected to identify opportunities for CLS staff to engage in PAI activities as part of the pro bono program at CLS.
  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 within or outside the CLS 12-county service area. 

Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate with 5 years of experience in the practice of law.
  • Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Florida.
  • Must be a member in good standing of The Florida Bar.
  • Must Maintainhighly polished presentation and organizational skills and the ability to engage a broad constituency, including experience and expertise to conceptualize new and appropriate engagement strategies and translate them effectively and consistently into achievable plans. 
  • Possess excellent communications skills, is highly self-motivated, professional, and capable of independently managing workload and prioritizing tasks in a fast-paced legal environment with minimal supervision. 
  • Must be computer literate using Word, Excel, and Microsoft Suite.
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

We are searching for a service-minded, mission driven individual to fulfill the following position:

HR Generalist (Orlando)

Application Deadline: February 1,2023

Description

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLS) is seeking a qualified applicant to fill the Human Resources Generalist position for our dynamic, non-profit law firm. This position reports to and receives general direction from the Chief Human Resources Officer. The Human Resources Generalist supports the human resources function of the legal services program, including recruitment, onboarding, employee relations, personnel records management and compliance with all required federal, state, and local employment and labor laws and regulations. This position is responsible for:

 

  1. The entire recruitment and onboarding process.
  2. Conducting new-hire orientation program.
  3. Maintaining new hire personnel records in accordance with federal, state and program requirements.
  4. Administering employee benefits.
  5. Generate new hire Personnel Action Forms (PAFs) for review.
  6. Maintain absolute confidentiality of all data.
  7. Maintain HRIS system and staff rosters.
  8. Function as assistant to the Chief Human Resources Officer.
  9. Provide clerical support and performs other duties as assigned.
  10. Assist in the development and presentation of training programs.
  11. Responsible for the Wellness Committee.
  12. Perform research into HR related topics, as required.
  13. 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 within or outside the CLS 12-county service area.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in human resources management or related discipline. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Successful candidate is a motivated, detail-oriented self-starter and quick learner.
  • Must possess a high capacity to prioritize, manage simultaneous tasks, and meet strict deadlines within a flexible environment and be highly articulate with polished communication and writing skills.
  • Experience with HRIS platforms.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills.
  • PHR/SPHR, SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP certification preferred.
  • Must be computer literate using Word, Excel, and Microsoft Suite and possess excellent typing skills.
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

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.