Staff Attorney (Housing and Environment)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sep 18, 2020
Oct 18, 2020
Job Function
Position Type
Full Time

The Public Interest Law Center is seeking applications for a staff attorney to work primarily in the areas of housing and environmental justice.  Our work is aimed at stopping housing discrimination against low-income people, promoting healthy, affordable housing for people in the neighborhoods of their choice and supporting low-income, historically disinvested communities and communities of color in advocating effectively for sustainable and equitable neighborhoods.

The lawyer will work on the Public Interest Law Center’s major litigation initiatives in these subject areas and will be responsible for all aspects of such litigation including developing legal theories, factual investigation, research, discovery, trial, appeals and enforcement. The lawyer is expected to stay informed about the challenges facing the diverse communities in which we work and to identify high impact litigation solutions where appropriate.

The lawyer also will be responsible for developing and implementing a wide range of additional strategies to achieve clients’ goals. The attorney will be expected to assist community clients in negotiations over land use, provide policy and strategic guidance; and engage in advocacy, community organizing, community education and coalition building. The Staff Attorney will report to the Legal Director

The candidate must have at least at least five years’ experience practicing law, and preference will be given to candidates with experience in environmental law. While none of the following qualities is by itself a requirement, the best candidates will demonstrate: 1) excellent analytical abilities, well-developed research and technical skills; 2) demonstrated excellence in written work, including legal briefs and non-legal publications; 3) litigation or other dispute resolution experience; 4) experience in developing litigation or legal strategies; 5) initiative, creativity, and an entrepreneurial approach to new cases and strategies; 6) well organized, sound workload management, persistence, and excellent follow up skills; 7) experience in working with clients of diverse backgrounds including people experiencing poverty, individuals with disabilities, English Language Learners, individuals with Limited English Proficiency, and persons with criminal histories; 8) collaborative skills and capacity for teamwork with colleagues and clients; and 9) enthusiasm for our mission.

The Public Interest Law Center is a nationally renowned public interest law firm with a mission using high-impact legal strategies to advance the civil, social, and economic rights of communities in the Philadelphia region facing discrimination, inequality, and poverty. We combine targeted litigation, legal advice, community education, advocacy, and organizing to secure people’s access to fundamental resources and services, including a high-quality education, health care, housing and community services, employment, a healthy neighborhood and the unencumbered right to vote.

The position is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The salary and benefits are commensurate with experience.

The Public Interest Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. We are eager to receive applications from candidates who contribute to the diversity of our organization, including, but not limited to, people of color, people living with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community.The Law Center is committed to protecting the safety of children with which it comes in contact.

To apply, email a letter of interest which describes relevant experience, a resume with salary requirements, a short writing sample of ten pages or less, and contact information for at least three references to:

William Burstein

Public Interest Law Center

1500 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Ste. 802

Philadelphia, PA 19102