Job Opportunities

Since 1989, ELAP has been the primary provider of volunteer pro bono legal services in East King County, working with over 200 volunteer attorneys.  We look to hire individuals with a demonstrated commitment to civil legal aid and a passion for serving survivors of domestic violence in need of legal services. If you feel that your qualifications fit the description for a position listed below, we invite you to send us a résumé and cover letter for review.

OPEN POSITIONS

DV Staff Attorney

Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) is adding to our legal team!  This full-time position will provide legal services to survivors of domestic violence throughout King County.

This is a dynamic opportunity to make equal access to justice in our community a reality. Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) provides civil legal services to survivors of domestic violence (DV) throughout King County, and pro bono legal aid to low-income individuals in East King County.

Please read the qualifications (below) carefully.  Before applying, you MUST have a current license to practice law in Washington State, you MUST have a passion for equal justice for marginalized communities, and you MUST have the ability to work in a holacratic organization.

 DUTIES:

  • Evaluating the needs of and advising qualified low-income survivors of domestic violence through in-depth client interviews and other methods of fact-gathering (court documents, Judicial Information System (“JIS”), police reports, third parties, etc.);
  • Assisting clients with drafting and filing Petitions for temporary orders, return hearings, as well as drafting any necessary additional pleadings;
  • Assisting the work performed on cases by other Staff Attorneys, and rule 9/externs, including court administrative rules, working with ELAP clients, drafting pleadings, and preparing for hearings;
  • Monitoring active cases to determine if additional pleadings/filings are necessary to address client safety concerns and whether additional court filings are needed to assure client safety;
  • Providing limited representation of clients for filing of necessary additional petitions or motions, and representation in court through entry of Temporary Orders. Responding to or filing Motions for Reconsideration or Revision as needed and appropriate;
  • Coordinating with the ELAP Staff Attorney holacracy to represent clients as efficiently as possible in the fact-gathering and representation process;
  • Participating in ELAP Staff Meetings as well as ELAP Legal Staff Meetings addressing current case issues and legal topics of concern at the court or in the community;
  • Attending Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) conferences identified as furthering the pursuit of ELAP’s Mission as it relates to the Staff Attorney role;
  • Representing ELAP at workgroups or other meetings sponsored by agencies in the King County Civil Legal Aid and the State communities as needed;
  • Coordinating with area-wide legal advocates regarding individual client needs in a team atmosphere;
  • Regularly appearing in Family Law Court in King County Superior and District Courts as needed;
  • Fully complying with ELAP’s Mission, Vision, Policies and Procedures and the professional responsibility rules of the Washington State Bar Association;
  • Performing such other related duties as directed by the Executive Director.

 QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Demonstrated practical experience as an attorney in Domestic Violence and Family Law cases, including case management, drafting of pleadings, interacting with the court system, and representation of clients in court.
  • MUST HAVE a current WSBA license in good standing
  • Outstanding verbal, written and interpersonal skills
  • Intermediate computer knowledge (including basic word processing and data entry) and database familiarity (Legal Server experience a plus)
  • Collaboration and team building work style
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Self-starter, with the ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to problem solve and utilize available resources
  • Enthusiasm for and commitment to the ELAP mission
  • Bi-Lingual candidates will be given special consideration

Job Type: Full-time (40 hours per week)

Salary: $55,000.00 /year.  Benefits include paid Holidays, paid vacation and sick time, matching 401k, medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, bar dues, and fully compensated CLEs.

Eastside Legal Assistance Program’s Statement on Discrimination

Eastside Legal Assistance Program is committed to a policy of pluralism and equal opportunity in an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices for its client communities, Board, and staff. Pluralism refers to the active promotion of mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork and productivity among people who are diverse in work background, experience, education, race, color, national origin, sex, age, religious preference, marital status, sexual orientation, sensory, mental and physical abilities, veteran status, or any other perceived differences. The resulting diversity is both a source of program strength and a matter of fundamental human fairness.


Full Time Bilingual (English/Spanish) Client Placement Coordinator

Reports To: Program Director

Location: Bellevue, Washington

ELAP is a non-profit organization dedicated to making the legal system more accessible to those most in need by providing free, high quality, civil legal services to low-income residents of NE, East, and SE King County, and domestic violence legal aid to residents throughout King County.

Some of those services include legal clinics, Domestic Violence Impact Program, Know Your Rights Workshops, Medical Legal Partnership, and Project Safety (working with victims of crimes). ELAP supports DV survivors through help from attorneys placed at DAWN and Lifewire.

ELAP has an organizational commitment to fight racism and incorporate equity and inclusion in both the work and work environment. All staff are expected to uphold this commitment and approach their work in the organization with a desire to learn and grow in this area.

Job Description

ELAP is looking for a highly motivated, outgoing, detailed-oriented, and organized person to join our team. The key to success in this role is having a high level of flexibility and a desire to help.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

· Manage all client calls/contacts, screen for eligibility, summarize cases, and connect clients to appropriate ELAP legal service or community agency;

· Manage clinic schedules, and communicate with pro bono attorneys and non-attorney volunteers who staff clinics;

· Enter attorney time into case management software;

· Substitute for volunteer clinic managers at clinic sites, as needed;

· Assist with outreach to inform and educate public about ELAP services;

· Assist with building client files;

· Other duties as assigned.

Essential Qualifications

· Must be Bilingual (Read, speak, and write clearly in English/Spanish);

· Bachelor’s Degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the essential duties of the job.

· Three or more years working for a non-profit in a professional setting, preferably in legal services;

· Ability to maintain confidentiality;

· Excellent organizational skills with ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple projects;

· Ability to learn quickly, pay exceptional attention to detail, and engage in critical thinking and problem solving while maintaining a high level of quality and productivity;

· Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills (both telephone and in person);

· Ability to work with a diverse population and maintain composure in stressful situations;

· Intermediate to advanced skills in internet navigation and in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook (Proficiency in Legal Server a plus);

· Valid driver’s license and insurance;

Day/Hours and Benefits

Hours: 9:00 – 5:00, Monday through Friday

Salary: $41,600

Benefits: Health/dental insurance, 401(k), paid vacation.

Send resume and cover letter describing experience and interest in position to: Esperanza Borboa, esperanza@elap.org.

Application deadline: May 12, 2019

ELAP complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws prohibiting employment discrimination. ELAP promotes mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork and productivity in the workplace. People of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQ, those with disabilities, mature workers, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply.