As recovery efforts begin in Texas and Louisiana, it is clear the damage and devastation from Hurricane Harvey will certainly reach historic levels. Homes, businesses, and lives have been uprooted by the sheer force of nature, affecting millions of people.  And right behind Harvey, we will be facing the aftermath related to Irma.  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is one of the key Federal government agency sources of money to help homeowners, renters, businesses, and non-profit organizations recover from disasters.

While help has poured in from across the country, the road to recovery is going to be long.  SBA is preparing to process an extraordinary number of disaster loan applications, and we have already hired hundreds of additional staff to help process these loans.  However, demand for SBA assistance is expected to escalate quickly.  To augment our reserves, SBA is reaching out to individuals and businesses who can support our staff if needed, including the following roles – lawyers, paralegals and legal assistants.

Position: Lawyers, Paralegals and Legal Assistants.
Description: These positions require individuals to be able to perform one or more of the following functions, including but not limited to: speak with borrowers and prepare associated legal documents, review closing documents, and validate deeds and collateral. While a background in these areas is useful, training on all required tasks will be provided by SBA Staff. Personnel will be located in one of our 3 processing centers in Sacramento, CA, Dallas, TX, or Buffalo, NY.

Qualifications: Due to the range of required legal tasks we are looking for individuals with a range of qualifications. The positions call for skill sets with a background in law, so attorneys and paralegals and legal assistants are encouraged to apply. In addition to the above qualifications any applicant with fluency in a foreign language is encouraged to highlight their language and level of proficiency on their application.

Expectations: All legal specialists will become temporary SBA employees and as such will be required to meet the following requirements:
1. Be a U.S. Citizen
2. Pass a credit and background check
3. Able to work between 40 to 84 hours a week based upon case load

Compensation: The SBA will cover all travel and per diem based on the government rate for every individual. Compensation will be based on each individual’s qualifications, skillsets, responsibility, hours, and location. Compensation for attorneys and paralegals will range from $25.41 to $39.96 per hour. Overtime ($38.12 to $41.97) will be paid for hours over 40 weekly. Compensation for legal assistants will range from $16.77 to $27.01 per hour. Overtime ($25.16 to $40.52) will be paid for hours over 40 weekly.

If you are interested in an individual position as a lawyer, paralegal or legal assistant, please send your resume to PDCHR@SBA.gov or call 817-868-2300 and ask for Human Resources.

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FAMM is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that advocates for fair and individualized sentencing and prison policies that are just and cost-effective, protect public safety, and strengthen families.

FAMM is seeking lawyers to support our work on a report about state compassionate release laws, regulations, and practices.  Many states have programs that permit early release from prison for prisoners who are severely disabled, ill, and/or near death.  We are conducting a fifty-state (and the District of Columbia) survey outlining the laws and rules governing compassionate release.  See the announcement here.

This is a job well suited to a recent law school graduate, or a more experienced attorney seeking a temporary position.

You should be a law school graduate, have excellent legislative and regulatory research skills, and be a clear writer (including the ability to write for a lay audience) and communicator.

The position is open until filled.

This is a temporary contract position.  The consultant can work from our office in Washington, D.C., but need not do so. Compensation will depend on experience.

Candidates should apply by sending a letter of interest to Jobs@famm.org addressing this position, and include a resume and short writing sample.

The D.C. Access to Justice Commission has an immediate opening for a part-time attorney. This is a unique professional opportunity for an attorney who is interested in advancing access to justice for low- and moderate-income District residents on two primary projects: reporting on the legal needs of District residents and exploring national best practices in court-related projects. A successful candidate will be a self-starter with strong organizational and inter-personal skills and, preferably, a working knowledge of the District legal services network and the community it serves. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the attorney will be responsible for: (1) facilitating the completion of the Commission’s latest legal needs report; (2) providing support to the Commission on court-related projects; and (3) other Commission-related projects, as time allows.

Qualifications: 

In addition to having a law degree and relevant legal experience, the ideal candidate will have the following credentials:

  • detail-oriented and well-organized, with strong time and task management skills;
  • excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • ability to work collaboratively and as part of a team;
  • demonstrated self-reliance and ability to work independently;
  • experience as an anti-poverty or public interest legal advocate is preferred;
  • background and comfort with assessing data a plus; and
  • demonstrated commitment to the Commission’s mission.

Hours:

The Commission envisions a generally flexible schedule of about 20-25 hours per week, with some availability during regular business hours. The position is currently structured as a temporary position for 1 year, with the possibility of extension if funding becomes available. Work from home or telecommuting will be considered. Only candidates who are seriously seeking temporary, part-time employment should apply.

Salary:

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

To Apply: 

The Commission does not discriminate on any basis prohibited by law. It encourages applications from all interested persons of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.

Interested persons are encouraged to apply immediately and should e-mail a letter of interest, a list of references, a writing sample, and a current resume to D.C. Access to Justice Commission Executive Director Nancy Drane at nancy.drane@dcaccesstojustice.org. Please write “Attorney Position” in the subject line of your e-mail. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled.

The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) has worked since 1980 to ensure that our nation’s 25 million veterans and active duty personnel receive the government benefits to which they are entitled. NVLSP’s Lawyers Serving Warriors® (LSW) Pro Bono Program assists veterans with disability claims including challenges to VA denials of service-connection for PTSD due to military sexual trauma, applications for combat related special compensation, requests for medical retirement, discharge upgrades, and claims before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.

NVLSP seeks an attorney or law student volunteer to assist the LSW program in our DC office on Fridays. The volunteer will work closely with LSW attorneys to monitor case developments and ensure client readiness for representation. The position will involve extensive contact with Veteran clients and pro bono lawyers and will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of military disability law.  The position is available immediately and can continue into the fall.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and 2 references to Rochelle Bobroff, Director of Pro Bono Program at NVLSP, Rochelle@nvlsp.org.

LCE seeks a temporary staff attorney for LCE’s Schedule H Tax Project. We anticipate an employee position opening in the near future.

The temporary staff attorney position is full time. The salary is $25/hour. We are hoping to fill the position as soon as possible.

Schedule H is a D.C. tax credit for low-income individuals with high housing costs, providing a benefit of up to $1,000 per year. LCE’s Schedule H Tax Project assists low-income seniors who do not need to file a full tax return.  LCE staff and volunteers meet with clients, assist them with filling out the Schedule H forms, advise them regarding supporting documentation, and follow up with the Office of Tax Revenue (OTR) regarding disposition.

The staff attorney will be responsible for facilitating pro bono Schedule H clinics at area law firms, in which clients are scheduled for appointments withpro bono attorneys to fill out Schedule H forms.  The staff attorney will coordinate clinic appointments, including ensuring clients understand the documents they need to bring to the clinic. The staff attorney will assist with training the pro bono law firm volunteers and answering any questions that arise during the clinic.

The staff attorney will have a caseload of Schedule H clients to assist, including homebound clients and clients with limited English proficiency.  The staff attorney will also assist with training and supervising law student volunteers. Knowledge of Spanish is a plus. D.C. Bar membership or eligibility to waive in is preferred but not required.

To apply, submit a resume and two references to Rochelle Bobroff, Senior Attorney for Systemic Reform, Legal Counsel for the Elderly,rbobroff@aarp.org.