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Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada seeks a creative and highly experienced Directing Attorney to head its Consumer Rights Project to shape and guide the program’s delivery of high-quality legal services to low-income Nevadans. The Directing Attorney will lead and manage all aspects of Legal Aid Center’s civil litigation unit, a team of 14 attorneys, 15 advocates, and 3 support staff, dedicated to providing economically vulnerable Nevadans an array of legal services involving fraud and deceptive trade practices (including issues involving payday/title loans, abusive debt collection and lending, automobile purchase/repair), housing justice, criminal record sealing, and management of our program assisting culinary members/bartenders with similar services. 

The ideal candidate will be an accomplished litigator with broad-based legal experience, a proven track record of leadership and program development, and a true passion for justice.  In this role, the selected attorney will have the opportunity to identify and oversee the litigation of high-impact cases, as well as create, implement, and oversee new and innovative legal service delivery models and programs.  The attorney will be on the forefront of emerging issues, conceptualizing and guiding the development of Nevada laws to promote economic justice for low-income consumers, guard against unfair and predatory legislation, and address and redress critical and systemic issues impacting low-income and vulnerable populations to further Legal Aid Center’s goals and objectives.

Position Overview

The Directing Attorney will oversee the direction of the legal and advocacy work for the Consumer Rights Project and will work with legal staff to maintain consistently high-quality, high-impact services. With the Executive Director, the Directing Attorney will lead strategic planning to ensure that the program is addressing the most significant barriers facing people living in the low-income communities it serves. The Directing Attorney will supervise and coordinate a team of attorneys and advocates to implement the organization’s priorities and strategic vision. The Directing Attorney approves and may guide complex litigation and appeals, helps resolve highly technical or novel legal issues, and ensures that legal staff has access to training, supervision, guidance, and mentoring.

This is an incredible opportunity for a visionary leader who brings the experience, ability, and passion to guide the Consumer Rights Project team and has the drive to lead the unit’s important impact work for people living in poverty. The Directing Attorney joins Legal Aid Center at an exciting period and has the potential to lead staff in shaping Legal Aid Center’s structure and service delivery to address the needs of historically marginalized communities in Clark County. Legal Aid Center seeks a bold, clear, and creative leader who will use all available data to develop the Consumer Rights Project’s legal strategy. The Directing Attorney is also responsible for ensuring ongoing assessment of the quality and impact of the Consumer Rights Project’s legal strategy, its advocacy, and legal services.

Reporting to and working with the Executive Director, this position focuses on establishing and implementing the programmatic vision for the organization’s legal work, recognizing the various and inter-related tools a quality, impactful legal nonprofit must employ: meaningful community engagement, client counseling, litigation, permissible policy advocacy, and strategic use of media.

Key Responsibilities

  • Oversee the development of an innovative strategic plan, based on a clear vision and in alignment with Legal Aid Center’s mission.
  • Develop, lead, and ensure high-quality and high-impact legal advocacy, service delivery, and management.
  • Approve, oversee and, where appropriate, participate in complex litigation and appeals.
  • Supervise and provide litigation support to legal staff and ensure that lawyers at every level in the program have adequate supervision and opportunities to grow professionally.
  • Oversee the programmatic work and directly supervise a team of approximately 30 that includes lead attorneys, staff attorneys, advocates, and legal assistants.
  • Expand and elevate the Consumer Rights Project’s advocacy work and incorporate best practices to make the project a model among legal services providers.
  • In collaboration with the HR Director, provide DEI-related activities including initiating and maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive (DEI) culture, adopting diverse hiring practices, and promoting cultural competency among staff.
  • Inspire and enhance an organizational culture that values collaboration, transparency, respect, trust, and accountability.
  • Represent the work and vision of Legal Aid Center to partners, stakeholders, the public, and the national legal services community.
  • In collaboration with the Chief Operating Officer, assist with streamlining operations including integrating new technologies to ensure compatibility with service delivery and greater consistency and efficiency.
  • In conjunction with the HR Director and members of the leadership team, build a community with robust retention and recruitment strategies for all Legal Aid Center’s current and prospective staff.
  • Champion the strategic use of data and technology to ensure effective and accurate decision-making and advocacy strategies across the organization.

Qualifications

  • JD from an accredited law school.
  • Current Bar membership in good standing to practice law in any state, Nevada preferred.
  • Federal and state litigation experience, including experience with appeals. Experience in areas of practice covered by the Consumer Rights Project is highly desirable.
  • 10+ years of management experience preferred.
  • A genuine passion and deep commitment for the mission of Legal Aid Center.
  • Clearly stated vision for the delivery of legal services, leadership and mentoring of legal staff, collaborative communications, and union relations.
  • Demonstrated experience developing effective legal strategies and delivering results, establishing realistic objectives, and evaluating progress.
  • Supervisory experience with the ability to motivate, advise, coach, and give constructive feedback to staff at all levels.
  • Significant experience effectively using current technology and remote communications to supervise.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience advocating for policy reform at the state and/or local level.
  • Demonstrated skills in managing, leading, and motivating a high-performing legal team

Salary and Benefits

Salary is dependent upon experience with annual increases available. Our excellent benefits include 100% employer-paid health insurance for an employee, spouse/domestic partner, and dependents up to 26, loan repayment assistance which usually pays the entire student loan payment, a 403B match dollar for dollar up to 5% of an employee’s salary after 12 months of employment, 12 weeks paid parental leave, a generous paid time off policy, and flex work options. Reasonable relocation benefits are also available.

About Legal Aid Center

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada is a dynamic, progressive, non-profit law firm providing high-quality representation to the most underserved members of the Southern Nevada community. During its 64 years of service, Legal Aid Center has protected and advanced the rights of survivors of domestic violence, tenants facing eviction and homelessness, adults with disabilities and the elderly facing abuse and exploitation, consumers victimized by fraudulent and deceptive business practices, children who have experienced abuse and neglect, and many others, giving them a voice in court and a chance to regain control over their lives. Legal Aid Center is the most diverse law firm in Nevada staffed with compassionate and devoted employees who together create a collaborative and supportive work environment devoted to protecting the rights of its clients. 

Please visit www.lacsn.org   for more information about our organization and select careers for current opportunities. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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Please send cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample to:
Human Resources Department
Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
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Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada is an ADA/Equal Opportunity Employer

Deadline: Open until filled