Are you ready to leave the grind of a monotonous private sector career where case results feel like they make no real difference? Or are you graduating from law school and want to do the most meaningful work there is? If you are interested in changing a child’s life, then read this: Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, a non-profit, public interest law firm, is seeking a full-time Attorney for its Children’s Attorneys Project. The Children’s Attorneys Project represents abused and neglected children in foster care, advocating for what they want to happen and ensuring their voices are heard in the child welfare/dependency action as decisions that will change the trajectory of their lives are being made. From the time a child first enters the system until they exit it, our lawyers are by their side: attending all court hearings, visiting them in their homes and within the community, counseling them about their options, keeping them informed about their cases, advocating for them during meetings, and helping them plan for their futures.
The Children’s Attorneys Project began in 1999 with one attorney and has since grown to 29 attorneys, as well as 350 volunteer attorneys, allowing us to represent every child in foster care in Clark County. Our dedicated team has four nationally certified child welfare law specialists and a team of experienced attorneys ready to train lawyers excited to do this important work. Our office received the National Association of Counsel for Children’s award for being the best children’s law office in the nation, and our lawyers are respected by the judiciary and work to shape child welfare policy as they advocate for the most vulnerable in the courtroom: the children.
Preferred Experience and Skills
The ideal candidate is committed to public interest law and community service and has the desire to work with and zealously advocate for our clients. While some litigation experience is helpful, no prior experience is necessary as Legal Aid Center provides extensive training. The ability to speak Spanish is always beneficial. The candidate must be a licensed attorney in good standing from any United States jurisdiction (Nevada offers special licensing for attorneys relocating to Nevada to provide legal services through Legal Aid Center.)
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 years old, 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 also available. Benefits start on date of hire.
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.com/LegalAidSNV, Facebook and YouTube.
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Please email cover letter, resume and a brief writing sample to:
Human Resources Department
Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada is an ADA/Equal Opportunity Employer
Deadline: Open until filled