EJW Disaster Resilience Fellow--Attorney (Hybrid)

Orlando, FL
Full Time

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Be a part of an organization making a difference in the Central Florida community. As an Orlando Business Journal’s 2021 Best Places to Work Honoree and Orlando Sentinel’s 2022 Best Workplaces Honoree, Community Legal Services (CLS) is a full service civil legal aid law firm that promotes equal access to justice, specifically for the most vulnerable individuals in our society.

CLS offers:

  • 15 paid holidays and 24 days of paid time off
  • Excellent physical/mental health, vision, and benefits (With 95% of benefits paid for by company)
  • 100% Coverage with Dental Benefits, Life Insurance, Long/Short Term Disability
  • 100% 403B match
  • CLS pays Bar Dues and CLE Credits
  • Student loan reimbursement for Attorneys
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Ability to apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • Fantastic work-life balance
  • Various opportunities for upward mobility into leadership/more advanced roles
  • Pet Insurance
  • Wellness Committee dedicated to employee morale, with events such as company wide retreats, activities, and challenges!

CLS is currently searching for a service-minded, mission driven individual to fill the following position:

 

Equal Justice Works Disaster Resilience Program Fellow--ATTORNEY

OVERVIEW 

The fellow is tasked with providing direct legal services to clients, educating community members, and leveraging volunteer resources in order to ensure that low-income individuals who have been directly affected by disaster have access to a range of legal services needed to stabilize and rebuild their lives.  

Equal Justice Works is the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law. EJW facilitates Fellowships at legal services organizations to help fulfill the nation’s promise of equal justice for all.

The Disaster Resilience Program is a national, professional Fellowship program for attorneys designed to mobilize legal aid in disaster prone areas, including immigration and humanitarian crises, to ensure vital legal services are accessible, comprehensive, and responsive to the unique needs of individuals, families, and communities to rebuild more resilient communities.

RESPONSIBILITIES  

  1. Provide legal services to community members of Central Florida directly impacted by disasters. Responsibilities will include managing a caseload of cases that include in-court litigation
  2. Conduct outreach, education activities and leverage pro bono resources
  3. Collaborate with and participate in the statewide legal aid initiative to develop a disaster response plan including a Continuity of Operations Plan, templates, procedures, etc.
  4. Collaborate with other Equal Justice Works Disaster Resilience Legal Fellows and CLS staff.
  5. Collect and provide data on a quarterly basis relating to clients served, services provided, outcomes, and other information as requested by Equal Justice Works.
  6. Attendance at mandatory conferences including the Annual Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training. Additionally, the American Bar Association’s Equal Justice Conference, and Disaster Law Training.
  7. Participate in monthly calls that alternate between substantive legal training webinars and professional development.
  8. Supervise and mentor law students who will participate and assist with the project.

REQUIREMENTS  

  1. Commitment
    1. Demonstrating commitment to promoting the mission, vision, and values of CLS. 
    2.  Unwavering dedication to high-quality legal programs, fiscal strength, and organizational integrity. 
  2. Background and Experience  
    1. Must be a graduate of an accredited law school and licensed to practice law in the State of Florida. 
    2. Legal experience in issues pertaining to disaster recovery services is preferred (Some of the areas of law common to disaster may include but are not be limited to housing, consumer, contractor liens/disputes, insurance claims/disputes, FEMA applications/appeals/disputes, and public benefits).
    3. The ability to effectively and consistently engage a broad staff and client constituency and experience working with vulnerable clients. 
    4. Strong writing, communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
    5. An ability and desire to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts and with multiple organizations.
    6. Prior experience in managing independent projects or assignments.
    7. Must possess excellent time management skills and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365, LegalServer). 
    8. Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary. 
    9. Willingness and ability to travel to areas affected by disaster, to provide onsite training, support, and deliver disaster legal resources to local legal aid programs. 
    10. Ability to participate in onsite, virtual, and out-of-area training, including participation in the Equal Justice Works training in Washington, DC.  
    11. Must not have held a full-time, permanent, public interest lawyer position previously, including any other major legal fellowship. Applicants coming from bridge/gap fellowships or clerkships, other Equal Justice Works Fellowship Programs, or the private sector are eligible to apply.
    12. Trial advocacy skills either practical or through law school are preferred.

3Physical Requirements 

a. Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer. 

b. Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds at times.   

 

FELLOWSHIP BENEFITS

Equal Justice Works Fellows are part of a network of over 2,500 current and former Fellows dedicated to improving access to equal justice for all. As a member of the network, each Fellow has access to:

  1. Equal Justice Works’ annual Leadership Development Training, which is attended by about 300 current Fellows each year. The conference will be in-person in DC in 2023.
  2. Responsive training and technical assistance from Equal Justice Work’s immigration TTA provider.
  3. Regular substantive and skills-based webinars throughout the Fellowship. 
  4. Monthly networking and collaboration sessions with other Disaster Resilience Fellows.

Additional networking opportunities with all Equal Justice Works Fellows throughout the year.

 

GENERAL STATEMENT 

CLS is an Equal Opportunity Employer: We value a diverse workforce and the promotion of inclusive culture at all levels.

CLS does not discriminate against any employee or qualified applicant for employment from all qualified individuals based on age, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, marital or familial status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sex, disability, socio-economic position, religion, political belief, protected genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal or State law.

The statements contained in this job description reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility. It should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.

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