Description:

A Non-Profit Organization is a non-profit public interest organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income Philadelphia residents. As the largest provider of free civil legal services in the Philadelphia area, A Non-Profit Organization is both locally and nationally renowned as a premier legal services provider dedicated to ensuring access to justice for low-income individuals and communities. A Non-Profit Organization has several legal units covering a wide range of civil legal services.

We are currently seeking a Staff Attorney for the Homeownership and Consumer Rights Unit (HCRU) to help preserve and grow homeownership among low-income Philadelphians. This attorney would represent clients facing the potential loss of their home through mortgage or tax foreclosure. Representation includes all the elements of litigation including client interviewing, investigation, discovery, identifying and preparing witnesses and exhibits, drafting pleadings and briefs, and representing clients in administrative and court hearings and at trial. This attorney would, among other things, perform the following duties:
  • Represent homeowners facing mortgage or tax foreclosure in state court and federal bankruptcy court.
  • Assist homeowners in qualifying for a range of local, state, and federal mortgage loan modification programs and property tax programs.
  • Bring affirmative litigation on behalf of homeowners to enforce consumer protection laws such as the Pennsylvania Loan Interest and Protection Law, the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, and the Truth in Lending Act.
  • Provide supervision and support to paralegals, social workers, and interns, as appropriate.
  • Engage in systemic advocacy, including policy, administrative and legislative advocacy and racial justice initiatives, as well as organizing and teaching community and professional education sessions on a variety of issues regarding mortgage and tax foreclosure programs, intergenerational wealth and the racial wealth gap, homeownership and the preservation of affordable housing, and other substantive areas of housing law and policy

Required Qualifications:
  • Four or more years of litigation experience or its equivalent.
  • Strong team player eager to work in a fast-paced, high volume work environment.
  • Commitment to high quality, compassionate representation for clients.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks while maintaining strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle direct service cases and impact cases of a complex nature.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with staff at all levels of the organization.
  • Excellent people skills and the ability to maintain positive relations with a diverse population.
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial and economic justice.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Previous work experience in a public interest or nonprofit setting preferred
  • Bilingual preferred