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Staff Attorney – Bethlehem Office

North Penn Legal Services (NPLS) is the regional civil legal services provider in Northeast Pennsylvania. We are a Pennsylvania non-profit organization with a mission to provide professional legal representation, advocacy, and community legal education to low-income individuals and families.

We seek staff who are committed to civil legal justice issues and helping clients resolve cases related to housing, public benefits, employment issues, family law, and other areas of public interest law. NPLS maintains staff in nine offices across twenty counties, and outreach to all counties.

NPLS is an equal opportunity employer.  We offer frequent opportunities for professional growth and development through local, state, and national trainings as well as collaboration with program and statewide law groups.

Salary is commensurate with relevant experience based on a salary scale. We offer an excellent benefits package that includes health and dental insurance, a 401(k) plan and generous paid leave and time off for holidays. Employees may qualify for and choose to elect compensation in lieu of some of these benefits. Additionally, employees may qualify for loan repayment assistance or forgiveness as we are an eligible employer for several programs. Contact HR for details: 570-320-8712.

Attorney Needed - Bethlehem

The Bethlehem office serves clients in Lehigh and Northampton counties. NPLS attorneys may provide advice or virtual outreach to clients in other counties we serve. The office has an opening for an attorney to join a staff of 12 attorneys and six paralegals.

Job requirements and duties include:

  • PA Bar admission.   
  • Representation of clients in a variety of civil case types, such as housing, landlord-tenant, consumer, and mortgage foreclosure cases.
  • Representation in magisterial district courts and courts of common pleas.
  • Representation in state and federal courts
  • Representation in administrative proceedings, such as unemployment compensation referee hearings, or ALJ hearings for SSI or public benefits.
  • Conduct workshops and outreaches for clients and community partners.
  • Inter-county travel. 
  • Experience in above areas and a demonstrated commitment to public interest work.
  • One or more years in practice (salary $55,490 to $60,290 DOE). 

Additional Considerations:

Applicants will be evaluated on their oral, writing and advocacy skills as well as prior experience. An applicant’s ability to speak Spanish is helpful and advocates who are fluent in Spanish are eligible for additional add-on compensation.

North Penn values a diverse work environment and strongly encourages women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, people with disabilities, people who have experienced poverty or homelessness and people who have had prior contact with the juvenile, criminal, or child welfare systems to apply. 

Except as required by Sections 1006(b)(6) and 1007(a)(8) of the Legal Services Corporation Act, and Part 1616 of the Corporation Regulations, when any position for employment is available, North Penn Legal Services will seek qualified applicants without regard to color, sex, race, religion, disability, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, veteran’s status or any other consideration prohibited by law and will actively recruit diverse candidates for employment.

What to Include in your application:

Please reply to resumes@northpennlegal.org. When responding, please include a statement about your specific interest in public interest law, how your experiences can contribute to our mission, and how our position meets your goals. Applications with a cover letter as well as a resume will be given preference.   

Applications reviewed until position filled.

Reference: BethlehemAttorneyMarch2024

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