Summary

CPLP is seeking to hire a staff attorney to support existing CPLP staff and CPLP volunteer attorneys in providing legal assistance to low-income Coloradans in the areas of eviction, mobile homes, and housing law.

Description

The Colorado Poverty Law Project (CPLP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to improve access to legal services for low-income Coloradans by providing legal advice and representation to low-income individuals through a combination of our staff attorneys and our substantial volunteer attorney network, educating and counseling individuals and their support organizations on legal issues common to low-income Coloradans, and advocating for new protective laws and procedures. 

Position Summary

CPLP is seeking to hire a staff attorney to support existing CPLP staff and CPLP volunteer attorneys in providing legal assistance to low-income Coloradans in the area of eviction and housing law. 

CPLP is looking for a motivated and personable attorney to: 

  • Perform intake services for individuals seeking advice or representation on housing issues, including conducting client interviews and assembling documentation. 

  • Provide technical assistance to assist clients in navigating the court system, advocating for their housing rights, and securing other resources where appropriate. 

  • Coordinate referrals of appropriate clients to CPLP volunteer attorneys.

  • Support and guide CPLP volunteers through their representation.

  • Perform detailed tracking of cases and data for reporting purposes. 

  • Represent clients as a lawyer for CPLP.

  • Represent clients in mediations for CPLP and engage in mediation trainings and collaborations.

  • Prepare training materials for volunteers, conduct training sessions virtually and throughout the community for volunteers, and recruit volunteer attorneys.

  • Prepare training materials and Know Your Rights educational seminars for the community, service providers, etc. and conduct those trainings and seminars virtually and throughout the community.

  • Maintain and build strong partnerships with community partners and organizers and collaborate with community partners and organizers in furtherance of CPLP’s mission.

  • Staff CPLP legal clinics and community events including but not limited to the Larimer County and Denver County Court legal clinics, as well as a variety of community events;

  • Work with CPLP staff on crafting policy and identifying opportunities for impact litigation; and

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Skills & Qualifications

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school and have demonstrated a commitment to public interest law. All candidates must already be licensed to practice law in Colorado. The ideal candidate will also have the following qualifications:

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English.

  • Desire to provide representation to indigent tenants needing legal assistance with housing issues.

  • Detail oriented and strong organizational skills.

  • Experience conducting legal intakes for potential clients.

  • Ability to carry out all tasks in a trauma-informed and culturally-competent manner.

  • Ability to work independently while high level problem solving and to build and maintain strong working relationships with multi-disciplinary team members and community partners.

  • Ability to coordinate with CPLP staff and volunteer attorneys to ensure cases are being outsourced to appropriate counsel in a timely manner and cases are properly transitioned.

  • Ability to ensure data collection as necessary to track achievement goals for grant reporting purposes.

  • A demonstrated ability to analyze and understand current state, federal, and local legislation and orders affecting the rights of tenants, landlords, mortgagors, and mortgagees, including Colorado's F.E.D. statutes, Mobile Home Park Act, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, among others.

  • A familiarity with Colorado eviction processes.

  • Willingness to perform other tasks as needed to advance Colorado Poverty Law Project's mission to prevent homelessness and secure housing stability for all Coloradans.

This is a hybrid position, with the expectation that job functions will be performed partially at home or alternate agreed location. CPLP serves clients state-wide, and candidates must be willing to engage in community outreach using all appropriate in-person and remote options, including travel, phone, and online video conferences.  

CPLP is an equal opportunity employer. Salary will be commensurate with experience, within a range of $75,000 to $85,000 annually depending on experience. Competitive health, dental, and vision benefits will be offered.

HOW TO APPLY

We will review complete applications beginning immediately (we will not review incomplete applications, so please make sure to include all required materials).  Please merge and upload the following documents. A complete application package is comprised of the following items:

  • One-page statement or cover letter explaining both your interest in this program and your commitment to public interest law.     

  • Official or unofficial law school transcript including cumulative GPA

  • Contact information for three professional references

  • Resume

Please apply at: https://www.copovertylawproject.org/careers

Position will be open until filled. No phone calls, please.

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