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Housing and Consumer Attorney

Legal Aid Justice Center  ·  Charlottesville, VA  ·  Posted on February 16

Housing and Consumer Attorney
Legal Aid Justice Center Civil Advocacy Program
Charlottesville, Virginia

The Legal Aid Justice Center seeks a housing and consumer attorney to join our Civil Advocacy Program.  The attorney selected for this position will plan, develop and litigate cases in federal and state court to protect the housing and consumer rights of low-income individuals.  The attorney will also be expected to contribute brainpower and elbow grease to our robust program-wide impact initiatives designed to improve the lives of low-income Virginians. The position also involves working with organizers and community groups to achieve client goals related to protecting and increasing housing opportunities.  The attorney would also be expected to co-supervise and teach law students in one or more of our many clinics run in conjunction with University of Virginia School of Law. 

The Legal Aid Justice Center is a nationally recognized non-profit program providing free civil legal assistance from three offices throughout the state of Virginia. Our dynamic staff of more than thirty advocates pursue systemic legal advocacy for all low-income Virginians using a wide array of strategies. Through legal representation, community organization, and statewide advocacy, the Legal Aid Justice Center works both to eliminate the immediate symptoms and to address the underlying causes of poverty in Virginia. We encourage diversity, value unique voices, pursue our goals with passion, and have fun while working for the public interest.

The ideal candidate has:

  • At least three years’ experience as an attorney litigating on behalf of low income individuals;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, and housing and consumer rights;
  • Membership in the Virginia bar, confirmed eligibility to waive in, or a willingness to sit for the Virginia bar;
  • Experience working for a public interest law firm, legal services organization, or other nonprofit as an attorney or in a pro bono capacity;
  • Experience working effectively with law students or interns;
  • Outstanding communication skills; and
  • An ability to balance a variety of responsibilities with a healthy sense of humor. Location: Charlottesville, Virginia

Competitive public interest salary DOE. Exceptional fringe benefits include generous leave, fully paid health insurance, retirement plan, student loan repayment assistance, and a great work environment.

To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé, references and a writing sample by e-mail to Brenda Castañeda at hiring@justice4all.org.  Applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled as soon as they are received, so please apply as soon as possible.

The Legal Aid Justice Center is a 501(c)(3) organization and does not receive funding from the Legal Services Corporation. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.