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Justice for Families Domestic Violence Litigator

Pine Tree Legal assistance has an immediate opening for a full time attorney to provide representation to victims of domestic violence and non-offending caregivers of child sexual assault victims in Kennebec and Somerset Counties. The position is based in Pine Tree’s Family Law Unit and located in the Augusta field office.   The attorney will appear in several of Maine’s district courts on a regular basis to provide representation in protection from abuse and family law cases, and the attorney will also handle litigation in other areas of law as needed to provide holistic legal services for survivors of domestic violence.  Many cases present more complex issues that may require significant time; others may be resolved in summary proceedings and can be completed with 5 – 10 hours of legal time. As a result, attorneys should bill a minimum of 65% of total work time to individual cases. The attorney will work closely with the local domestic violence and sexual assault agencies, as well as the district attorney’s office, and other stakeholders, which may include child advocacy centers, coordinated community response teams, multi-disciplinary teams, and others. The attorney will also establish close working relationships with other project partners and provide legal consultations as requested. Decisions about how to prioritize between these time commitments are made in consultation with the attorney supervisor.  The position is supervised by the directing attorney of the Family Law Unit, Lucia Hunt, and the attorney will work closely with other members of the Family Law Unit to support high quality civil legal representation for survivors of domestic violence and the non-offending caretakers of child sexual abuse victims. The Augusta field office of Pine Tree also includes other Pine Tree attorneys and paralegals working on other grant-funded projects and general legal services. The attorney is expected to be a valued contributor and supportive colleague to other members of the office and to the program as a whole. Applicants should be admitted to the Maine bar or eligible to practice under MRCP 89(c) and possess the following skills:

  • Demonstrated litigation experience, including the capacity to handle a high volume caseload. Previous family law experience is strongly preferred;
  • Previous experience or interest in working with survivors of domestic violence and child sexual abuse victims and their non-offending parents and caregivers;
  • The ability to work collaboratively and establish positive working relationships with domestic violence and sexual assault agencies and community partners (including the local DAs Office and the Courts);
  • The ability to work well with individuals from different cultural backgrounds and communities and with people who have experienced trauma.

A detailed job description with general and specific work expectations is available upon request from the Executive Director. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Executive Director Nan Heald at nheald@ptla.org or at Pine Tree Legal Assistance, PO Box 547, Portland, ME 04101.  The position is open until filled but applications are encouraged by May 31, 2017.

Pine Tree Legal Assistance is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified candidates of all backgrounds

Posted April 19, 2017


 

Staff Attorney - Machias

Pine Tree has an immediate opening for a full-time staff attorney in its Machias field office, which serves low-income residents of Washington and Hancock County. The office is currently staffed by an experienced full-time paralegal and supervised by an experienced managing attorney based in Pine Tree’s Bangor office.

As a general litigator, the attorney will be in court on a regular basis to provide representation in consumer, landlord/tenant and benefits (including both health and income benefits) as well as administrative advocacy in a range of different civil needs.   As resources permit and the needs of the client community require, the attorney may also handle litigation in other areas of law. While the typical caseload is handled at the District Court level, the attorney may handle administrative appeals to the Superior Court as well as appeals to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.  Depending on experience, the attorney may also handle cases in federal court.  In each field office, the attorney is also expected to provide supervision support for the work of the local office paralegal, both in the provision of limited legal assistance and in other work specific to the attorney’s caseload. 

The attorney is also responsible for community engagement and networking to strengthen Pine Tree’s reputation and access to legal services by eligible individuals in both counties. These activities include the provision of outreach and/or trainings to community agencies and other groups that serve low-income individuals, and work on collaborations or other initiatives designed to address specific legal needs of low-income individuals, including engagement with the local private bar.  Regular travel throughout the two-county service area should be expected, as well as to statewide trainings and meetings.

Pine Tree Legal Assistance will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017 and all staff are expected to share its commitment to high quality legal services to low-income Mainers.  The starting salary is $48,750+, depending on experience. Pine Tree provides paid vacation, sick and parenting leave to its staff, as well as paid dental and health insurance for employees and their families; staff attorneys with law school debt are eligible to participate in the Maine Justice Foundation’s LRAP program.  The program also covers the cost of appropriate CLE and reimburses work-related travel at the IRS rate.  The attorney must be admitted in Maine or eligible to practice under MRCP 89(c).

A detailed job description is available on request.  Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, resume and contact information for three references to Executive Director Nan Heald (nheald@ptla.org) and Regional Managing Attorney Judd Esty-Kendall (JEsty-Kendall@ptla.org).  The position is open until filled, but applications are encouraged by May 31, 2017.

Pine Tree Legal Assistance is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified candidates of all backgrounds

Posted February 23, 2017


Lewiston Office Managing Attorney

Pine Tree has an immediate opening for a managing attorney in its Lewiston field office, who must be a licensed Maine attorney with a minimum of five years of experience, preferably  as a litigator in the types of  legal services prioritized by Pine Tree. The managing attorney is currently responsible for supervising the work of  two basic field office staff (plus volunteers), as well as supporting  other staff or volunteers who are based in Lewiston but working within other specialized units at Pine Tree.   The managing attorney also handles a range of administrative issues, including those specific to the Pine Tree office condominium which houses the Lewiston office.

This is a recognized leadership position within the program as a whole;  the managing attorney is responsible for both the quality and extent of legal work undertaken by their office or project and the performance of the staff that are assigned to that office or project. As a supervisor, the managing attorney is expected to create and foster an atmosphere of teamwork and collaboration among  all staff and volunteers in the Lewiston office that will continue to strengthen program services.  The managing attorney must be an active and engaged member of Pine Tree’s small management team. She or he also serves as an advocate for local office needs within the program and takes a leadership role in monitoring and addressing the reputation of the Lewiston office(as well as that of Pine Tree overall). Networking on a local level within the civil justice community, nonprofit agencies and potential funders should be expected.

The Lewiston managing attorney will also maintain an active litigation caseload in housing, benefits and consumer issues (as well as other program priorities) for clients living in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin Counties.

Pine Tree managers must be licensed Maine attorneys with a minimum of five years of legal experience (preferably in legal aid) and two years in leadership roles.   The following qualifications are also important:

  • A demonstrated commitment to the provision of high quality legal services;
  • Enthusiasm for communicating their passion and commitment to the work to colleagues, employees, and external stakeholders;
  • The ability to teach the practice of law to new staff and volunteers;
  • Experience motivating and managing staff and/or volunteers;
  • A demonstrated commitment to strengthening the quality and reputation of the program as a statewide legal aid provider;
  • A demonstrated commitment to Pine Tree’s core values and willingness to help staff improve their work over time;
  • Strong time management, organizational and communication skills

A detailed job description is available upon request.   Pine Tree provides a strong salary and benefit package for staff and their families, including generous paid leave and LRAP assistance.  Interested applicants should provide a letter of interest, resume and list of three references to  Executive Director Nan Heald (nheald@ptla.org) or via mail to her at Pine Tree Legal Assistance, PO Box 547, Portland ME 04112.   The position is open until filled, but applications are encouraged by May 31, 2017. 

Pine Tree Legal Assistance is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified candidates of all backgrounds.

Posted October 7, 2016