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ProfileStaff Attorney The candidate will work collaboratively with colleagues in firm’s Native American Unit and Bellingham office to identify and address the most critical needs of the six tribal communities in the Bellingham office service area through legal assistance and representation to eligible clients and client groups. Will work collaboratively with office team to provide day-to-day legal assistance and direct representation to eligible clients referred to the Bellingham office in all relevant forums, including state, federal, administrative agencies, and appellate courts. Use strategic methods and a broad range of advocacy tools in multiple forums to address high priority client needs, with particular focus on legal needs of persons and groups that experience special barriers to accessing civil legal services, including immigrants, youth, seniors, disabled persons, and other groups. Develop collaborative working relationships with a statewide network of advocates working on similar issues throughout the state and participate in advocacy task forces or work groups to address systemic issues that affect seniors, low-income persons, and communities in Washington. Engage with client community and participate in legal education events for client groups, social and human services providers, justice system stakeholders, and serve as a resource to other advocates on areas of current or acquired expertise. Utilize firm’s case management and timekeeping systems and comply with all applicable regulatory requirements and reporting needs. Help identify and develop on-line resources for use by attorneys and/or unrepresented litigants on matters within areas of expertise. Support the work of firm partners including the local volunteer lawyer program, private attorneys, programs serving the needs of unrepresented litigants, other legal aid providers and interested parties and organizations addressing the legal needs of low-income persons.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have prior experience in all aspects of civil litigation with emphasis on housing public benefits, consumer, family law, and other issues that impact low-income persons in Washington is preferred. Experience in affirmative litigation in state or federal court and experience in addressing systemic issues is a plus. Litigation experience, with particular experience in Indian Law, Tribal Courts, Federal Courts, or State and Federal administrative and experience in addressing systemic issues is a plus. Must possess strong oral and written communication skills. Washington State Bar Association membership in good standing is essential. Civil legal aid or related advocacy experience is preferred. Experience working across different cultural backgrounds is strongly preferred.
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