Jobs and Internships

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version

Job Postings

More Opportunities

PTLA Attorney Fellowships
PTLA Internships
Intern Testimonials


Sexual Assault Litigation Attorney, Presque Isle

Pine Tree Legal Assistance has an immediate opening for a litigation attorney position based in the Presque Isle offices, working as part of a statewide team focused on civil legal needs of sexual assault survivors.  

The attorney will appear in court on a regular basis to provide representation in protection from abuse, family law, and education cases, although the attorney may also handle litigation in other areas of law as needed to provide holistic legal services for survivors of sexual assault.  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. The attorney is also expected to provide supervision support for the work of the project paralegal, both in the provision of limited legal assistance and in other work specific to the attorney’s caseload. As a result, the attorney should bill a minimum of 65% of total work time to individual cases.

The attorney will work closely with the local sexual assault agency and other stakeholders, which may include child advocacy centers, coordinated community response teams, multi-disciplinary teams, and other local collaborations that support survivors of sexual assault. The work also may include some outreach and/or trainings; and work on collaborations or other initiatives designed to address specific legal needs of sexual assault survivors. 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 sexual assault. The Presque Isle office of Pine Tree also includes another Pine Tree attorney and a paralegal working on general legal services, as well as special grant programs. The litigation attorney is expected to be a valued contributor and supportive colleague to other members of the office and to the program as a whole.

In 2017, Pine Tree will mark its 50th anniversary as Maine's oldest and largest legal aid provider.  The program is nationally recognized as a creative, effective advocate for poor Mainers.  All staff are expected to meet the program's high standards for legal advocacy and to share the program’s core values. The starting  salary is $48,750+ depending on experience. Pine Tree provides generous  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 student 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 current position has been funded through September 2018 by a federal grant, with the possibility of continued funding. A detailed job description with general and specific work expectations is available upon request from the Executive Director. All applicants should possess the following skills:

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

Because of funding constraints, attorneys with one to three years of experience are preferred. In general, applicants should be a current member of the Maine bar or licensed in another jurisdiction and eligible to practice under Rule 89(c) of the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure.  Bar admission is required.

Interested applicants should send a letter, resume, law school transcript and three references to both of the following individuals:

These positions are open until filled, but applications are encouraged by February 10, 2017.

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

Updated January 18, 2017


Sexual Assault and Underserved Survivors (STOP/ VOCA) Litigation Attorney Serving Washington and Hancock Counties

Pine Tree Legal Assistance has an immediate opening for a full time litigator to provide representation to victims of sexual assault in Washington and Hancock County, with a special focus on underserved populations, including Native Americans and agricultural workers. The position is based in Pine Tree’s Family Law Unit and can be located in either the Machias or Bangor field office. The attorney will be part of a statewide team focused on civil legal needs of sexual assault survivors.   

The attorney will appear in the Maine District Courts in Ellsworth, Calais and Machias, as well as the Passamaquoddy Tribal Court, on a regular basis. Litigation will include protection from abuse and family law proceedings; the attorney will also handle education proceedings and legal assistance in other areas of law as needed to provide holistic legal services for adult and child survivors of sexual assault.    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. The STOP/VOCA attorney in Machias should expect to bill a minimum of 55% of total work time to individual cases.

In successfully serving the target client population, the attorney will work closely with AMHC Sexual Assault Services, Passamaquoddy Peaceful Relations, and Maine Migrant Health. Other important stakeholders include child advocacy centers, coordinated community response teams, multi-disciplinary teams, Maine Migrant Education, and other local collaborations that support survivors of sexual assault, agricultural workers, or Native Americans.  To reduce barriers to access, the attorney will provide culturally-competent outreach, trainings, and consultations, and legal assistance to agricultural workers (who may have limited English proficiency) and Native Americans. 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 sexual assault. The Machias field office of Pine Tree also includes a Pine Tree attorney and paralegal working on general legal services. The sexual assault attorney is expected to be a valued contributor and supportive colleague to other members of the office and to the program as a whole.

In 2017, Pine Tree will mark its 50th anniversary as Maine's oldest and largest legal aid provider.  The program is nationally recognized as a creative, effective advocate for poor Mainers.  All staff are expected to meet the program's high standards for legal advocacy and to share the program’s core values. The starting  salary is $48,750+ depending on experience. Pine Tree provides generous  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 student 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 current position is primarily supported by a one year STOP grant and supplemented by VOCA funding, with the possibility of continued funding. A detailed job description with general and specific work expectations is available upon request from the Executive Director. All applicants should possess the following skills:

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

Because of funding constraints, attorneys with one to three years of experience are preferred. In general, applicants should be a current member of the Maine bar or licensed in another jurisdiction and eligible to practice under Rule 89(c) of the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure. 

Interested applicants should send a letter, resume, law school transcript and three references to both of the following individuals:

This position is open until filled, but applications are encouraged by February 10, 2017.

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

Updated January 18, 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 October 24. 

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

Posted October 7, 2016