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Staff Attorney | Walla Walla, WA

Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit statewide law firm with a mission of Combatting Injustice • Strengthening Communities • Protecting Human Dignity.  NJP secures justice for people in or near poverty 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 Walla Walla office serving Benton, Franklin, Columbia, and Walla Walla counties.  This is a full-time position.  

Northwest Justice Project is especially interested in qualified candidates with professional, personal and/or service experience that allows them to contribute to and support the legal aid community’s commitment to race equity.  

JOB DUTIES: 
The Walla Walla 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 Walla Walla office in all relevant forums, including state, federal, administrative agencies, and appellate courts.  
  • Use strategic methods and a broad range of advocacy tools 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, seniors, disabled persons, and other groups. 
  • Collaborate with a statewide network of advocates working on similar issues throughout the state and participate in advocacy task forces and work groups to address systemic issues that affect seniors, low-income persons, and communities in Washington. 
  • Engage with client community members and organizations, 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. 
  • Coordinate with 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. 

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Member of the Washington Bar, the ability to acquire membership through admission by motion, or willing and able to take next bar.
  • Experience in civil litigation with emphasis on housing issues that impact low-income persons in Washington is strongly preferred. 
  • Applicants should be culturally competent and have demonstrated experience working with low-income client communities, communities of color, limited English skills, and persons with disabilities. 
  • Bilingual Spanish is a plus. 

Willing and able to travel throughout the geographic service area to engage with people throughout Benton, Franklin, Columbia, and Walla Walla counties.

COMPENSATION: Starting salary is based upon years of experience, with an annual salary range of $64,751 to $121,022.  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 Human Resources at attorneyresume@nwjustice.org. Cover letter and email subject line should clearly reference “Staff Attorney – Walla Walla.”   Cover letter should include description of any experience, personal or professional, with low income or other marginalized communities.  

Application Deadline: March 26, 2021.

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 preference, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, 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. Individuals needing a reasonable accommodation for the application or interview process or for more information about the project should contact the Human Resources Department by calling (206) 464-1519.