Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services (“CPBLS”), a 501(c)(3) legal aid organization serving the civil legal needs of the low-income, is seeking a licensed attorney to support the Housing Justice Program.
Providing direct legal services for residents of Charleston County addressing civil legal issues that arise from housing instability for low-income households, especially in eviction cases – legal screening, advice, brief service, full-scope representation, and pro bono assistance through legal clinics and referrals.
Support the Charleston County Housing Court Program and its expansion throughout Charleston County by attending and representing eligible tenants at Housing Court hearings at assigned courts.
Building key stakeholder relationships in furtherance of our office objectives by creating and fostering new relationships while furthering collaborative efforts with current partnerships.
Strategizing, planning, and conducting training and outreach to communities and community organizations in furtherance of housing stability and affordability for low-income community members.
Contributing to required programmatic reporting and overall program evaluation.
Candidates will possess the following qualifications:
J.D. from an accredited law school
Licensed attorney or pending bar admission
Commitment to social justice
Excellent writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
Strong oral and negotiation skills, and the ability to work as a team member
Prior experience in managing independent projects or assignments
Experience with delivering training and presentations a plus
Diverse economic, social and cultural experiences and a second language are preferred
Law school clinic, externship, summer, or other relevant practice experience
Knowledge of housing benefits law and/or experience with housing and benefits agencies
An ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary setting to facilitate a coordinated community response and provide holistic services to clients
Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides essential civil legal services to low-income families. With private attorneys out of financial reach for such a large segment of our community, our organization provides free legal services to overcome legal barriers, prevent injustice, and secure basic needs such as food and shelter for those in our community who need it most. We provide advice and counsel, clinics on pleading preparation, offer direct representation, engage the private bar to take cases, and refer clients to various human services organizations
Limited access to the legal services is at the heart of many problems faced by the low-income community. Legal aid helps give those facing wrongful evictions the ability to remain safely housed. Legal aid provides information and resources to families in crisis facing termination from employment. Legal aid ensures families have the necessary documents surrounding custody, guardianship, conservatorship; all of which are required to access financial, medical, and educational records. With private attorneys costing $150-500/hour, they are simply not an option for the hundreds of families we serve an...nually. But, financial status should not be a barrier to accessing the court and having money should not be a requirement for obtaining justice.