Housing Attorney

Public Justice Center

Location

Baltimore, MD

Category

Attorney

Posted

July 30, 2020

Type

Full-Time

Description/Duties

For a full description, see www.publicjustice.org/en/jobs-and-internships.

The Human Right to Housing Project seeks the realization of a human right to housing that is fair, affordable, habitable, and accessible, with security of tenure and cultural adequacy. The Human Right to Housing Team develops and implements its project priorities with the goal of dismantling white supremacy and advancing race equity. Project attorneys and paralegals provide legal services to low-income tenants in eviction and habitability cases, collaborate with community organizing partners to build tenant power, and advocate in state and local legislatures and government agencies for tenants’ rights. The attorney will report to the lead attorney of the housing team. This position is made possible by a one year grant focused on providing legal representation and outreach to tenants facing eviction in Baltimore City in the wake of COVID-19. We will seek and hope to get additional funding to continue the position.

Core Duties:
✓ Providing legal advice and representation to low-income tenants facing eviction;
✓ Providing know-your-rights trainings and outreach to community groups;
✓ Thorough and timely case and file management, including timekeeping;
✓ Developing and advancing the goals of the Human Right to Housing Team at the PJC, including contributing to the team’s workplan and race equity analysis;
✓ Actively participating in coalition and team meetings and advancing policy advocacy as needed.

Skills/Qualifications

The following qualifications are valued for this position. Applicants should also identify other related or supplementary skills and experiences.
• Maryland bar admission or admission to another state bar.
• Spanish/English bilingual (or proficient) in writing and speaking is strongly preferred.
• Prior legal experience with low-income and other oppressed communities and clients.
• Passion for social justice and commitment to the vision of the Public Justice Center.
• Understanding of the principles of race equity analysis and the intersection of racism and poverty and their application to the PJC’s organizational life and to our work.
• Attention to detail and keen organization skills.
• Ability to work under deadline and manage multiple tasks.
• Lived experience with our client communities highly desired.
• Ability to empathize and sensitively respond to people in crisis situations.
• Excellent use of MS Outlook, Word, and Excel; database programs a plus.
• Strong problem-solving abilities, time management, and organizational skills.
• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with others both in and outside of the PJC.

Compensation

This is a full-time, exempt, professional position. The attorney may be called upon to work hours in excess of 40 hours in a workweek, including the potential for evening and weekend work. Local travel will be required at times. Salary range for an attorney with 1-5 years of experience is $60,000-70,000 and increases with experience, plus $1,000 Spanish language bonus if qualified. An excellent cafeteria benefit package is offered including options for health, dental, disability and life insurance, and retirement plans.

How To Apply

Applications should be submitted by August 19, 2020, to be assured of consideration, but applications will be accepted and interviews conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. To apply, please submit, by email only, a cover letter explaining your interest, resume, two legal writing samples, and the names and telephone numbers of three references. Please send applications to Matt Hill, hillm@publicjustice.org with “Housing Attorney applicant” in the subject line.

The Public Justice Center is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that encourages all interested persons to apply regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, citizenship, creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, age, religion, genetic information, physical or mental disability, marital status, or any other legally protected status. We strongly encourage Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and other applicants of color, people with disabilities, and other people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.