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Staff Attorney | Everett Office

 
The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit law firm whose mission is to secure justice through high quality legal advocacy that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families and communities through legal representation, community partnerships, education and other advocacy.  NJP seeks applications from qualified attorneys committed to supporting our mission through the work of our Everett office serving Snohomish County, the third largest county in the state.
 
Successful applicants for this position will have experience in all aspects of civil litigation.  This includes experience in the areas of family, consumer and housing law, which impact low-income persons in Washington.  Strong litigation skills preferred.  Applicants should be culturally competent and have demonstrated experience working with low-income client communities. Washington State Bar Association membership in good standing, the ability to acquire membership through reciprocity, or ability to take the next Washington bar exam is required.  Significant civil legal aid and/or civil litigation experience is strongly preferred.  This is a full-time position.  
 
JOB DUTIES: The Everett staff attorney will undertake a range of duties including, but not limited to:
  • Work collaboratively with office team to provide day to day legal assistance and direct representation to eligible clients referred to the Everett office in all relevant forums, including state, federal and tribal courts, administrative agencies and appellate courts.
  • Use strategic methods and a broad range of advocacy tools in multiple forums to address high priority client needs, with particular focus on legal needs of persons and groups that experience special barriers to accessing civil legal services, including immigrants, youth, disabled persons, and other groups.
  • Develop collaborative working relationships with a statewide network of advocates working on similar issues throughout the state and participate in advocacy task forces or work groups to address systemic issues that impact low-income persons and communities in Washington.  
  • Engage with client community and participate in legal education events for client groups, social and human services providers, justice system stakeholders, and serve as a resource to other advocates on areas of current or acquired expertise.
  • Utilize NJP’s case management and timekeeping systems and comply with all applicable regulatory requirements and reporting needs.
  • Help identify and develop on-line resources for use by attorneys and/or unrepresented litigants on matters within areas of expertise.
  • Support the work of NJP partners including the local volunteer lawyer program, private attorneys, programs serving the needs of unrepresented litigants, other legal aid providers and interested parties and organizations addressing the legal needs of low-income persons.
NJP has an organizational commitment to fight racism and to incorporate equity and inclusion in both the work we do and work environment we create.  All staff are expected to uphold this commitment and approach their role with a desire to learn and grow in this area.
 
COMPENSATION:  
 
Starting salary is based upon years of experience, with an annual salary range starting at $61,933 to $115,754. We offer a comprehensive benefits package which includes 100% paid employee health premiums and significant premium shares for family health premiums, as well as generous time off.
 
Hours of work:  NJP’s typical client office hours are 9:00 – 5:00, Monday through Friday.  Attorney positions are exempt and those in the position are expected to work the hours needed to meet the professional responsibilities.
 
To Apply:  Submit a letter of interest, current resume and writing sample to Angela Brooks at attorneyresume@nwjustice.org. Cover letter and email subject line should clearly reference “Staff Attorney – Everett.”   Cover letter should include description of any past experience, personal or professional, with low income or other marginalized communities.  The Northwest Justice Project is especially interested in qualified candidates whose professional, personal and/or service experience allows them to contribute to and support the legal aid community’s commitment to race equity. 
Application deadline: March 19, 2019
 
NJP is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and fosters an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices. NJP actively promotes mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork and productivity. NJP is committed to maintaining an organization whose staff, Board and clients are diverse in background, experience, race, color, national origin, gender, age, religious reference, marital status, sexual orientation, sensory, mental or physical abilities, veteran status, and other qualities that strengthen the program while reinforcing its commitment to basic fairness. People of color, people who identify as transgender, lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.