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HOUSING ATTORNEY – INTAKE, HOUSING, AND EVICTION DEFENSE

The Colorado Poverty Law Project (CPLP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. CPLP’s mission is to improve access to legal services for low-income Coloradans by: 1) providing legal advice and representation through our volunteer attorney network to low-income individuals; 2) educating and counseling individuals and their support organizations on legal issues common to low-income Coloradans; and 3) supporting groups advocating for new protective laws and procedures. CPLP’s work primarily focuses on housing law issues, including eviction defense and habitability claims.

CPLP is seeking to hire an intake and housing attorney to support existing CPLP staff in providing legal assistance to low-income Coloradans in the area of eviction and housing law. With the anticipated increase in 2021 residential evictions, CPLP is looking for a motivated and personable attorney to: 1) perform intake services, including conducting many client interviews and assembly of documentation; 2) provide technical assistance to assist clients in obtaining rental assistance or other resources/referrals where appropriate; 3) coordinate referrals of clients to CPLP volunteer attorneys; 4) support and mentor volunteer attorneys through client representation; 5) perform tracking of cases for reporting purposes; 6) provide technical assistance and self-advocacy support to clients; 7) represent clients as a lawyer for CPLP; and 8) perform other duties as assigned, including but not limited to preparing and conducting trainings for volunteers, preparing and conducting Know Your Rights trainings for community members and organizations, and recruiting volunteer attorneys. The staff attorney position is funded for one-year, but additional funding will be sought to continue the position for additional years.

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school and have demonstrated a commitment to public interest law. All candidates must be licensed to practice law in Colorado. The ideal candidate will also have the following qualifications:

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English

  • Experience conducting legal intakes for potential clients

  • Ability to coordinate with CPLP staff and volunteer attorneys to ensure cases are being outsourced to appropriate counsel in a timely manner and cases are properly transitioned

  • Ability to ensure data collection related to pro bono cases taken by volunteer attorneys as necessary to track achievement goals for grant reporting purposes

  • A demonstrated ability to analyze and understand current state, federal, and local legislation and orders affecting the rights of tenants, landlords, mortgagors, and mortgagees, including the Colorado’s F.E.D. statutes, Mobile Home Park Act, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, among others

  • A familiarity with Colorado eviction processes

  • Ability to work independently and desire to provide representation to indigent tenants needing legal assistance with housing issues

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CPLP is conducting as much work as possible remotely. This position will be a remote position, but candidates must be willing to engage in community outreach using all appropriate remote options, including phone and online video conferences. Candidates should also be willing to transition to in person outreach and travel accordingly if the COVID-19 situation permits, upon discussion with CPLP staff.

CPLP is an equal opportunity employer. Salary will be commensurate with experience, within a range of $60,000 to $75,000 annually. A health insurance stipend of up to $6,000 also will be provided.

HOW TO APPLY

We will review complete applications beginning immediately (we will not review incomplete applications, so please make sure to include all required materials). A complete application package is comprised of the following items:

  • One-page statement or cover letter explaining both your interest in this program and your commitment to public interest law

  • Official or unofficial law school transcript including cumulative GPA

  • Contact information for three professional references

  • Resume

Please email the above materials to shannon@copovertylawproject.org.

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