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Last Modified: 09/14/2022

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 Family Law (Sanford)

Application Deadline: October 1 ,2022

Description

The Staff Attorney provides:

  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 CLSMF 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 Housing Law (Daytona)

Application Deadline: October 1 ,2022

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 – Fair Housing

Application Deadline: September 26, 2022

Description

Community Legal Services (CLS) is seeking a Fair Housing Attorney for our dynamic, non-profit law firm. The Fair Housing Staff Attorney is responsible for:

  • Representing clients on a broad range of Fair Housing topics.
  • Providing legal advocacy to low-income clients in civil litigation matters, regular court appearances, hearings, and trials.
  • Drafting of pleadings and orders, preparation and review of discovery, and negotiation of settlement agreements.
  • The 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 need.
  • 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 highly encouraged)
  • Minimum of 4 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.
  • 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).
  • 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: October 1, 2022

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.

Paralegal, Legal Assistant, and Advocate Positions

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

Community Initiatives Coordinator (Tavares/Orlando)

Application Deadline: October 1 ,2022

Description

The Community Initiatives Coordinator works with the Manager of Community Initiatives to oversee and plan the implementation of outreach strategies in Orange, Osceola and Lake Counties. This position ensures the smooth flow of events and participants’ engagement. 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 our 12 county service area.

Qualifications

High School Diploma, or comparable experience required. Two or more years of experience working with a community-based organization, working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities. Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred. The successful candidate will possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, exceptional organizational skills, and the ability to effectively and consistently engage a diverse constituency. Must be a self-starter and possess the ability to demonstrate a professional commitment to improving our 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.

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

Helpline Intake Specialist (Orlando)

Application Deadline: October 1, 2022

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.

Special Assistant to the Chief Program Officer (Orlando)

Application Deadline: October 1 ,2022

Description

The Special Assistant to the Chief Program Officer is a mission driven, motivated, and enthusiastic professional with extraordinary communication skills and ability to handle multiple priorities and will be responsible for:

  1. Managing internal and external projects in coordination with other units and/or organizations on behalf of the Chief Program Officer.
  2. Prioritizing and managing multiple strategic initiatives simultaneously.
  3. The ability to see the big picture as well as manage details.
  4. Coordinating internal review of materials; scheduling and maintenance of calendar; prioritizing appointments and meetings; responding to incoming requests and inquiries; and managing internal tracking.
  5. Preparing for internal and external meetings, including gathering content and research that has been prepared by relevant teams, and as needed preparing new materials, policy briefings, talking points, and presentations.
  6. Converting brainstorming and strategic planning sessions into draft products, proposals, agendas, and plans.
  7. Participating in the design and monitoring of assessment tools and outcomes measurements.
  8. Commitment to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion principles, including utilizing organization’s equity lens to inform all work.
  9. 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 of our 12-county service area.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required (advanced degree preferred).
  • Demonstrated project management skills/certification preferred.
  • Experience working in non-profit organizations.
  • Ability to respect and handle sensitive and confidential information with high ethical standards.
  • Demonstrated high attention to detail, ability to handle and manage multiple projects and deadlines at once and deal with competing priorities.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders – is thoughtful, curious, and personable.
  • Demonstrated project management skills/certification preferred.
  • 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:

Manager of Volunteer Services (Regional)

Application Deadline: October 1, 2022

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.

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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.