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Location: Belle Glade, FL | Full-Time Position
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Florida Rural Legal Services is seeking an Attorney that specializes in Housing to assist Palm Beach County residents who will be focused on cases related to rental and mortgage issues resulting from COVID-19 pandemic related loss of income. This is a 12-month contract position which may be extended.
• Interview prospective clients regarding housing and fair housing issues, analyzing legal problems, rendering legal advice, preparing legal documents, and rendering other legal assistance.
• Litigate cases in housing court, administrative forums, appellate courts, and other state and federal courts on behalf of people facing eviction.
• Represent tenants and groups in Housing Court eviction proceedings, administrative proceedings, Supreme Court actions against administrative agencies, impact litigation in Federal and other courts, and other litigation.
• Regularly appear in court, persuasively advocate for clients, conduct interviews, draft motions, prepare for trial, and negotiate settlements.
• Maintain understanding of current state of federal, state, and local legislation affecting the rights of tenants, landlords, mortgagors, and mortgagees, including the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Become familiar with practices at local courts re: eviction and foreclosure processes.
• Participate in FRLS training programs for pro bono attorneys assigned to this program, educating them on current state of federal, state, and local legislation affecting the rights of tenants, landlords, mortgagors, and mortgagees. Participate in client workshops on housing issues, as needed.
• Establish program goals, work with FRLS staff to maintain updated client information and case notes, including number of cases taken in, brief description of cases, income level of household, number of people in household, agency making referral, name of landlord or lender, actions taken, assigned attorneys, next steps, case resolutions, time
from referral to closure, and such other information as necessary to track achievement of goals, all of which shall be entered into the FRLS Case Management System. Oversee production of data and performance-based reports for FRLS monthly or as requested.
• Attend weekly case acceptance meetings at FRLS, where internal attorneys discuss cases, services to be provided, and capacity to handle case internally or externally.
• Handle assigned case load, which may include, but not be limited to, client advocacy, counseling to educate clients of their rights and responsibilities, mediating landlord-tenant communication and disputes, assistance with lease negotiations, developing a workable payment plan to maintain housing, working with lenders or mortgage servicing companies on behalf of clients to negotiate a payment suspension, repayment plan or loan modification, assisting with review and documentation of lease or mortgage modifications.
• Follow lending practices when assessing the homeowners’ ability to remain in their current home through mortgage forbearance, loan modification, refinance, or other appropriate options.
• Conduct outreach and education events and training potential clients, community groups, and other service providers about Covid19 Eviction Moratoriums, Fair Housing laws and tenant rights.
• Regularly appear in court, persuasively advocate for clients, conduct interviews, draft motions, prepare for trial, and negotiate settlements
Perform other duties assigned
1. Barred in Florida required.
2. Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school.
3. One to two years of experience representing Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers.
4. Appreciation of the importance 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. Creativity and ability to maximize the use of existing resources.
9. Working knowledge of Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint and Legal Service software.
10. Must be able effectively communicate with peers, supervisors, clients and the public.
11. Must be able to effectively work in high pressure situations which involve deadlines
12. Must be able to work weekends and travel when needed.
13. Is familiar with FRLS policies, as well as requirements of LSC and other funders, and adheres to those policies and requirements.
14. Knowledgeable of State and Federal court procedures required.
This position operates in a professional office environment.
1. This is a largely sedentary role, however, some lifting of office supplies up to 20 pounds may be required.
2. Some travel required.
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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