Summary of Job Duties:
The Managing Attorney is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Colorado U.S. District Court Federal Pro Se Clinic (FPSC) and Colorado U.S. Bankruptcy Court Clinic (BCC). These clinics are funded through a grant to the Colorado Bar Association (CBA). The Managing Attorney plans, develops, implements, and monitors the program's legal services delivery, as well as, fostering and maintaining relationships with clients, volunteer attorneys, judges, court administrators and staff, and FPSC Advisory Committee.
Summary Job Qualifications:
The position requires a J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school, admission to practice of law in the state of Colorado and U.S. District Court – District of Colorado, and no pending or actual censure, suspension, or disbarment in any jurisdiction. It is preferred that the Managing Attorney have five years minimum experience in the practice of law in the public or the private sector in Federal Court litigating cases involving employment and/or civil rights.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Manage and supervise all daily activities of FPSC and Bankruptcy Court Clinic.
- Develop, implement, and maintain an efficient system of case assistance for pro se litigants, including overseeing the development and maintenance of a website with basic federal court legal information designed for pro se litigants and other members of the public.
- Supervise and train staff to perform all assigned responsibilities.
- Develop and coordinate the operation of statistical data tracking and quality control mechanisms.
- Prepare and submit annual budget to CBA’s Director of Pro Bono Programming; monitor and assure adherence to budget.
- Attend and present regular FPSC updates at CBA Access to Justice Department meetings, CBA All Staff meetings, CBA Executive Council meetings, and CBA Board of Governor Meetings
Perform or verify intakes, provide legal advice, oversee, and assist with placement of cases, assure client satisfaction, and answer client questions.
Volunteer Attorney Engagement
- Recruit and retain volunteer lawyers to represent clients. Provide consultation with volunteer lawyers on legal issues relating to assigned cases as requested or required to assure satisfactory representation and quality control.
- Coordinate pro bono activities with volunteer attorneys.
- Create and maintain a network of FPSC/Bankruptcy Clinic volunteers, working with local law schools, Colorado Legal Services, and others as needed to coordinate that network and its responsibilities.
- Keep abreast of legal issues encountered at FPSC and train/mentor volunteers, as needed.
- Serve as liaison with and foster good working relations with participating lawyers, FPSC Advisory Committee, courts, and court staff to assure program effectiveness, and to customize program operations as appropriate or required to meet their needs.
- Provide information about FPSC’s activities to the U.S. District Court, and FPSC’s Advisory Board.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited law school, admission to practice law in state of Colorado and U.S. District Court – District of Colorado, and no pending or actual censure, suspension, or disbarment in any jurisdiction.
- Prefer five years’ minimum practice of law in public or private sector, with experience in in Federal Court litigating cases involving employment and/or civil rights.
- Previous employment or volunteer experience performing legal services for low- and moderate-income people.
- Excellent written, oral, and listening communications skills.
- Excellent organizational and planning skills.
- Previous supervisory experience preferred.
- Experience in and demonstrated ability to interact with a wide variety of persons and constituencies with diverse economic, educational, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.
- Proficiency with computers and Microsoft Office, and database platforms.
- Medical benefits are effective on the first of the month following 30 days of employment.
- Medical Insurance: 100% employee covered with family/children option;
- Dental Insurance: Self-pay at group rates;
- Vision: Self-pay at group rates;
- Health Reimbursement Account (HRA): caps out of pocket expense at $2000;
- Group Life Insurance: employee coverage up to $50,000;
- Group Long-Term Disability Insurance: employee coverage up to $5,000;
- Paid Time Off: 15 days/year to start, 20 days/year after three years and 25 days/year after 10 years. In addition, we also offer 12 paid holidays per year;
- 401(k): Annual contribution by the employer after one year of employment equal to 10% of your salary. You may also individually contribute; and,
- Transportation/IT allowance - $225 quarterly
Working Environment: Office environment, often sharing with other staff. Physical Activities: Majority of the time is office activity (sitting). Requires the ability to lift at least 20 lbs.
CBA, DBA, and CBA-CLE provides equal employment opportunities to all individuals based on job related qualifications and ability to perform a job, without regard to any protected class, including age, sex, race, color, veteran status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or national origin. It is our policy to promote a non-discriminatory environment, free from intimidation, harassment or bias based upon protected classes.?The work environment characteristics here are representative of those employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.