Staff Attorney

Locations: Lafayette, Shreveport, Natchitoches, Monroe, Lake Charles, Alexandria

Law Units: Housing, Disaster, Family Law, CINC, General Law

Work Status: Full-Time


Acadiana Legal Service Corporation (ALSC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is “to provide exceptional civil legal services by advocating for fairness, protection, and justice for our disadvantaged client community.” ALSC is committed to improving the lives of marginalized low-income and elderly clients with civil legal matters throughout our service area, covering 42 parishes in north, central, and southwest Louisiana. ALSC focuses on various civil law issues including Family Law, Child in Need of Care, Disaster Recovery, Domestic Violence, Public Benefits, Elder Law, Successions, Housing, and Consumer Law. ALSC respects the values, worth, and dignity of all individuals. We foster compassion and encourage innovation, accountable stewardship, and integrity. With over 100 employees in seven offices across Louisiana, we are dedicated to seeking equal legal justice for all.

Nature of Work

This position provides high quality legal services to low-income clients under the mentorship and consultation of a Senior Attorney. This position is expected to use professional judgement and skill in carrying work to completion.

Note: According to Legal Services Corporation regulations, 45 CFR Part 1604: Outside practice of law, prohibits an outside practice of law while employed full-time at ALSC.

General Responsibilities

Duties may include and are not limited to (tasks will vary based on substantive unit):

  • Provide high-quality legal representation to individuals in accordance with the Code of Professional Responsibility. This includes interviewing clients, conducting research, factual investigation, preparing pleadings, negotiating case resolutions, discovery and motion practice, and representing clients in court and administrative hearings
  • Provide counseling, advice, and other brief services such as pro se forms and referrals, as appropriate
  • Represent clients and client groups in litigation, administrative advocacy, as well as other advocacy.
  • Co-counsel with Senior and/or Supervising Attorneys
  • Develop and implement litigation and/or advocacy strategies to address systemic legal problems
  • Analyze and comment on pending legislation and regulations consistent with the requirements of all funding sources
  • Participate in task forces, work groups, and bar activities, and establish effective working relationships with the bar and community partners
  • Comply with LSC and other funding agencies’ rules and regulations
  • Participate in training activities as a trainee or trainer for professional growth as well as required CLE credits
  • Keep abreast of legal trends, pending litigation, and regulations consistent with the requirements of all funding sources
  • Shall work closely with the clerical staff in their substantive unit under the guidance established by the Unit Managing Attorney
  • Other duties as assigned

Necessary Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

  • Knowledge of judicial and civil procedures, substantive law, appellate practice, and rules of evidence within their substantive Unit’s practice field
  • Litigation skills/trial practice at city and district court levels
  • Proficiency in legal research methods, particularly web-based resources
  • Strong organizational skills, and ability to interpret and apply legal principles to complex problems
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, courts, public officials, community representatives, and the general public
  • Effective written and oral communication skills, proficiency in computer usage, and the ability to effectively utilize a case management system
  • Knowledge of LSC federal regulations, Case Service Report (CSR) requirements, ALSC policies, Unit policies, and other practices necessary for ensuring compliance

Minimum Qualifications

  • Possession of a J.D. or LLM degree from an accredited law school
  • Current licensure to practice, including membership in the Louisiana State Bar
  • Experience in the substantive area of the Unit’s practice, encompassing civil trial and appellate practice, is desirable
  • Demonstrated ability to meet job expectations with limited supervision
  • A professional, courteous demeanor, with a strong commitment to serving low-income clients

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary ranges between $55,805
  • $5,000 Hiring Incentive! All newly hired staff attorneys will be awarded a hiring and retention incentive. Half ($2,500) will be provided after the 90-work day probationary period and the other half ($2,500) will be paid if employed after one year from hire date.
  • Relocation expenses assistance may be available. Must be able to relocate within 90 days to the job location where the vacancy exists.
  • Great fringe benefits that include paid employee health, vision, dental, and disability plans as well as a generous 403(b) retirement contribution plan.
  • Professional development and continuing legal education and bar association dues paid by ALSC.
  • Liberal leave policies including vacation, sick, and holiday pay.
  • Staff attorneys may be eligible to participate in the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program. This program offers financial assistance of up to $5,000 annually to attorneys carrying law school debt.
  • Additionally, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program through the U.S. Department of Education currently forgives the remaining balance on Direct Loans after 120 qualifying monthly payments are made under a qualifying repayment plan.
  • Staff attorneys are directly mentored by the Senior Attorney under the direction of the Unit Managing Attorney up to twelve months from the date of employment or as determined by the Unit Managing Attorney.
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Acadiana Legal Service Corporation (ALSC) is a private, non-profit law firm, providing free legal assistance in civil cases and education to low-income communities throughout 42 parishes in south, central, and north Louisiana. ALSC is an AA/EEO Employer.

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