• Contract Attorney

    All positions will remain open until filled, but we will review applicants on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply early for consideration. Please submit all application materials as soon as possible.

     

    Location: Hybrid/Ft. Pierce, FL | Full-Time Position

     

    Please review the specific job posting for more details. Salary based on experience. Apply Below.

    Job 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, public benefits, consumer, elder, and education.
    The successful candidate will serve as FRLS principal staff in support of a Medical Legal Partnership (MLP) between Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. (FRLS) and Florida Community Health Centers (FCHC) in the Treasure Coast area, will conduct education of medical personnel in recognition of legal issues, coordinate the provision of legal services by FRLS staff to clients identified by FCHC, and will provide direct legal services to mutual FRLS/FCHC clients.


    Essential Functions
    1. 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.
    2. Educates medical staff in the identification of legal issues faced by patients.
    3. Participates in outreach.
    4. Represents clients in court and before administrative agencies as accepted.
    5. Provides documentation, statistical information and other records as required by the Managing Attorney, Deputy Director, or Executive Director, and participates in preparation of periodic reporting pursuant to the MLP project grant requirements.
    6. Participates in case acceptance meetings.
    7. 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.
    8. 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.
    9. 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.
    10. Attempts to ensure accessibility of the local office(s) when necessary by serving clients, including rural clients, non-English speaking clients and client with disabilities.
    11. 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.
    12. Develops and maintains familiarity with FRLS policies, as well as requirements of LSC and other funders, and adheres to those policies and requirements.
    13.Maintains accurate follow-up system to review cases when needed.
    14. Performs other duties as assigned.


    Knowledge/Skills/Abilities
    1. Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school.
    2. Barred in Florida.
    3. Knowledge of State and Federal court procedures preferred.
    4. Some knowledge of the legal system, commitment to the mission of FRLS and compassion for the clients.
    5. Ability to forge positive relationships with prospects and colleagues.
    6. Good organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
    7. Ability to work collaboratively, yet independently.
    8. Must be able to effectively and efficiently maximize existing resources.
    9. Working knowledge of Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint). Knowledge of CMS a plus.
    10. Must be able to effectively work in high-pressure situations which involve deadlines.
    11. Bilingual English and Spanish or Haitian Creole preferred, but not required.
    Working conditions
    Occasional travel to agency locations in Florida required.
    This position operates in a professional office environment.


    Physical requirements
    This is a largely sedentary role, however, some lifting of office supplies up to 20 pounds may be required.
    This position will involve significant travel to clinics operated by Florida Community Health Centers in Ft. Pierce, Martin, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties.


    Direct reports
    None


    EEOC Statement:
    Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc., does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other characteristic protected by federal, state of local law.

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