EMPLOYMENT

STAFF ATTORNEY

Position Overview

The staff attorney will work under the direction of the Executive Director and Director, Legal Services. The ideal staff attorney will have excellent writing, communication, and problem solving skills. S/he must be able to work both independently and collaboratively and thrive in a fast-paced environment. The staff attorney must possess sound legal judgment, have the ability to think creatively, be able to quickly grasp legal issues and factual claims, be compassionate and detail oriented.

 

Responsibilities

The staff attorney will handle a broad range of matters, including but not limited to:

  • Conducting client intake including completion of all necessary forms for clients.

  • Serving clients who will potentially need a variety of types of legal assistance including, but not limited to, Tax Foreclosure Prevention counseling, Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention counseling, Landlord-Tenant counseling and Eviction Prevention assistance, and Land Contract counseling.

  • Providing Court Representation which may include physical as well as remote appearances in the state and federal courts and in related administrative proceedings, in addition to the preparation of pleadings

  • Maintaining client confidentiality under all circumstances.

  • Interacting with other staff to advise on and/or facilitate the execution of the organization's programmatic and/or operational initiatives.

  • Drafting and filing legal documents with the appropriate government agencies.

  • Collecting and tracking necessary documents for client service and reporting

  • Drafting correspondence to clients and government agencies.

  • Participating in various organization staff meetings.

  • Providing other assistance that may be necessary to further the goals of the program or the organization.

  • Performing other duties as assigned by the Executive Director or Director, Legal Services.

 

Preferred Qualifications

The Staff Attorney must be thoroughly committed to the organizations mission. In addition they must possess:​​

  • J.D. from an accredited law school and admitted to practice in Michigan.

  • At least one year experience in the practice of law, experience in housing law and civil litigation preferred.

  • Ability to be self-motivated and to work independently.

  • Ability to evaluate evidence and determine whether legal standards have been met.

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.

  • Ability to apply legal standards to factual situations.

  • Ability to guide non-lawyers with application of legal standards.

 

Specifics

  • Full-time Position.  Attorney will represent clients in court or at virtual hearings as determined by the Court and by UCHC; and also will work at the UCHC office. 

  • Salary commensurate with experience. UCHC offers generous medical benefits and time off.

  • Schedule:  8:30 - 4:30 or 9:00 -5:00 Monday - Friday, though some additional time may be required depending on court filings. 

  • Expected start date:  June 29, 2020

  • Position open until filled.

 

Interested candidates should send a resume, a completed employment application, cover letter, and three references to employment@uchcdetroit.org

 

About UCHC

United Community Housing Coalition (UCHC) is a nonprofit comprehensive housing assistance organization, which has provided a variety of housing-related services to Detroit's low-income residents since 1973.

The organization has worked with tenants, homesteaders, homeowners, the homeless, community organizations rebuilding neighborhoods and providing affordable housing, religious, civil rights, labor and housing advocacy organization to improve, preserve and expand affordable housing opportunities for low-income Detroiters.

Because of its long history and significant expertise as a comprehensive housing services provider in Michigan, the organization is frequently asked to provide advice to other organizations in communities across Southeast Michigan.

All service are provided to income-eligible families and individuals free of charge.

United Community Housing Coalition (UCHC) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, UCHC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, and termination. Consistent with state and federal laws, UCHC is committed to maintaining a workplace free from the abuse of drugs and alcohol.
 

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