Seeking Generalist Attorney – Buncombe County Court House

Pisgah Legal Services is a community-based, non-profit law firm which provides free civil legal assistance to low-income people in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, Polk, Rutherford and Transylvania Counties of western North Carolina. These counties are in the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are more than 80,000 client-eligible people in these six counties (at or below 125% of the federal poverty level). PLS directly serves 15,000 people annually and provides community education and outreach to many other low-income clients.
PLS is seeking a full-time N.C. licensed attorney to handle general poverty law cases primarily landlord/tenant, but also a limited amount of consumer law, and public benefits issues. Legal aid experience would be helpful. Passion for promoting justice and overcoming barriers facing low-income people, being a creative and zealous attorney and a team-player, and being committed to achieving lasting results for clients and low-income communities are all important.

Responsibilities
• Work at the Buncombe County Courthouse while Small Claims Court eviction cases are being conducted.
• Review weekly docket and review pleadings for eviction cases.
• Train pro bono attorneys to handle eviction cases in Small Claims Court and appeals to District Court; assist volunteer attorneys with advice and co-counsel as appropriate.
• Triage cases; advise and represent as appropriate. (This may include on-the-spot representation, preparation for self-representation, obtaining continuances for assessment, and referring cases to other PLS staff attorneys.)
• Document all work in Legal Server case management software.
• Organize and conduct outreach and educational presentations.
• Develop and maintain relationships with other non-profit agencies, government officials, government employees, community leaders and others.
• Travel within our service area and also to meetings or conferences in other parts of NC.
• Adhere to program priorities and case handling policies, procedures and standards of practice, as well as the highest professional and ethical standards.
• Keep abreast of developments in the law and disseminate information to staff, volunteer attorneys and the public.
• Work with volunteers as needed.
• Represent and advise clients in judicial and administrative hearings in landlord/tenant, consumer, public benefits, and other areas as assigned.

Qualifications
• N.C. licensed attorney
• Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income people and communities.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with teams.
• Fluency in Spanish would be an asset.

Salary/ Benefits
Salary based on experience. Excellent fringe benefits, including 401(k) retirement plan, as well as life, health, and disability insurance.

To Apply
Submit resume, cover letter to: employment@pisgahlegal.org. Please specify this position on the cover letter and resume.

Pisgah Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Racial minorities, women, the elderly, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Contact:
8282103425
employment@pisgahlegal.org