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Litigation - General Attorney / Public Interest Law Attorney in Bellingham, WA

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Company name

Northwest Justice Project

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Practice Area

Litigation - General/Commercial
Public Interest Law

Years of Experience

Min 1 yrs required


Bellingham, WA

Date Last Verified

Mar 10,2018

Posted on

Mar 09,2018

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Staff Attorney The candidate will work collaboratively with office team to provide day-to-day legal assistance and direct representation to eligible clients referred to the office in all relevant forums, including state, federal, administrative agencies, and appellate courts. Will 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 Project’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 Project 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 must 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. Should have Washington State Bar Association membership in good standing, the ability to acquire membership through reciprocity, or ability to take the next Washington Bar exam. Civil legal aid or related advocacy experience is preferred. Spanish language proficiency is preferred. Should be culturally competent and have an interest in working with low income or other marginalized communities. Experience working across different cultural backgrounds is strongly preferred. Demonstrated experience and/or connection to Project’s client communities is preferred.

Application Deadline: March 16, 2018.

Additional info

Send letter of interest, current resume and writing sample with the subject line 'Bellingham Attorney' position. Cover letter should include description of any past experience and competence, personal or professional, working with low income or other marg

Company info

Karen Holland
Northwest Justice Project
1814 Cornwall Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225