Position Overview:
The purpose of this position is to provide civil legal assistance to eligible low income and elderly persons approved by program policies and priorities in areas such as housing; domestic violence related family and other family law matters, public benefits, consumer law, elder law, education, immigration, and civil rights.

Essential Functions:
  • Interviews, certifies eligibility and identifies the legal problems of FRLS clients within a specific area of law and provides clients with appropriate legal assistance in the form of advice, referrals, or actual representation.
  • Participates in outreach.
  • Represents clients in court and before administrative agencies as accepted.
  • Provides documentation, statistical information and other records as required by the Managing Attorney, Deputy Director or Executive Director.
  • Participates in case acceptance meetings.
  • Participates in training to keep up CLE's and required and legally relevant training as may be provided by the program and as mandated by Florida Bar rules.
  • Adheres to office hours, exhibits a strong work ethic and excellent time management skills, communicates and treats clients and staff with courtesy and respect, provides constructive feedback to other advocates (including paralegals) on cases discussed.
  • Serves as a role model to support staff by promoting the values of hard work, high quality advocacy and treating others with courtesy and respect.
  • Attempts to insure accessibility of the local office(s) when necessary by serving clients, including rural clients, non-English speaking clients and client with disabilities.
  • Promotes good relations with public, including client groups, service providers, press, and private bar, attending/speaking at local meetings as appropriate and approved by the Managing Attorney, Deputy Director and/or Executive Director.
  • Develops and maintains familiarity with FRLS policies, as well as requirements of LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION, CSC and other funders, and adheres to those policies and requirements.
  • Maintains accurate follow-up system to review cases when needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:
  • Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school.
  • Barred in Florida.
  • Knowledge of State and Federal court procedures preferred.
  • Some knowledge of the legal system, commitment to the mission of FRLS and compassion for the clients.
  • Ability to forge positive relationships with prospects and colleagues.
  • Good organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, yet independently.
  • Must be able to effectively and efficiently maximize existing resources.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint). Knowledge of CMS a plus.
  • Must be able to effectively work in high-pressure situations which involve deadlines.
  • Bilingual English and Spanish or Haitian Creole preferred, but not required.

Working Conditions:
Position operates in a professional office environment.

Physical Requirements:
Must be willing to travel.