Staff Attorney, Moderate Means Program (50% FTE)

Seattle, WA
Part Time
11-07-2019
Job #: 173510 Exp.: 2+ Years
Description:
As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for six consecutive years.

Founded in 1899, the University of Washington School of Law is one of the nation’s top public law schools; it also enjoys strong private support for leading programs in Asian Law, Global Health, Law & Technology, Tax, and Environmental Law. Located in William H. Gates Hall, a new state-of-the-art facility in vibrant Seattle, the School of Law is also home to the Gates Public Service Scholars program and the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services.

The University of Washington School of Law is seeking a part time (50% FTE) Staff Attorney for the Moderate Means Program.

The UW Moderate Means Program (MMP) is the flagship pro bono program for students at UW Law and provides legal referrals for low and moderate income individuals as a part of the statewide Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Moderate Means Program.

Focusing on family, housing and consumer law, the program connects people within 200–400% of the Federal Poverty Level to lawyers who offer legal help at reduced fees. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Experiential Education, the Staff Attorney leads the MMP by recruiting, training and supervising students; evaluating case briefs, tracking cases; creating educational materials; and communicating with participating attorneys. The Staff Attorney will work with clinic faculty, students, and pro bono partners to represent clients and manage an active caseload.

The position of Staff Attorney is integral to providing continuity of representation for MMP clients. The Staff Attorney supports program objectives by providing students with training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interview skills, ethics, and the program database.

The Staff Attorney must be admitted to practice law in Washington as a member of the Washington State Bar Association. The Staff Attorney must have strong communication and interpersonal skills to be able communicate appropriately and effectively with clients, attorneys, students, and other organizations in the community. The Staff Attorney must also possess the ability to exercise sound independent judgment, to maintain client confidences and to meet high standards of ethical professional practice.

In addition, the Staff Attorney must possess excellent analytic and research skills, the ability to advocate effectively in both oral and written communications, be able to work competently within diverse communities, and be able to effectively manage frequent deadlines. The Staff Attorney must also be able to use or learn a variety of software programs, including Word and Excel, and proprietary case management systems such as the Legal Server database. Timeliness, strong communication and negotiation skills are essential.

Responsibilities:
Legal Services
  • Recruit and train students several times a year
  • Provide daily supervision of students
  • Conduct case evaluation and review
  • Work with community partners to place cases
  • Serve as a resource to lawyers, students and interns
  • Work with faculty and students to conduct case evaluation, applying legal principles to fact patterns
  • Work with MMP partners - GU and SU law schools and the WSBA – on overall program evaluation and improvement
  • Manage the MMP budget and approve payment of program bills
  • Provide program reports to the WSBA

Client Intake
  • Conducting case management for the MMP by utilizing specialized legal knowledge to manage workflow and meet the MMP’s needs and requirements.
  • Working with students and MMP staff to coordinate and improve case intake, management practices and procedures, maintaining internal case databases, and supporting students and staff to comply with case management best practices.
  • Independently managing client communications, conducting case outreach activities, and assisting in providing updates and other information to MMP staff, students and clients.
  • Review and determine client eligibility.

Conflict Checks
  • Working with MMP staff to manage the conflict check system by applying applicable rules of professional conduct in evaluating potential conflicts, coordinating and improving conflicts and ethics management practices and procedures, maintaining internal conflicts databases, and supporting students and staff in complying with ethical requirements established by Washington State Bar Association.

Programmatic Duties
  • Manage MMP’s volunteer and intern programs
  • Support MMP’s engagement in the legal and non-legal communities to promote education and community awareness of pro bono resources and assist with policy reform and fundraising initiatives.

File maintenance and Record Keeping
  • Prepare and file documents in compliance with applicable law and court rules, and maintaining hard copy and electronic files and databases.
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements:
  • Juris Doctor.
  • Admission to the Washington State Bar Association.
  • A strong educational background in the legal areas of housing, consumer, and family law, and/or a minimum of 2 years’ experience in legal services and the legal areas of housing, consumer and family law.
  • Professional References.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Desired:
  • A strong educational or experiential background in poverty law.
  • A demonstrated history of working with diverse clientele.

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