We will list all openings submitted to the Bucks County Bar Association on this page.  Please mail or email the appropriate contact about the position(s) you are interested in.

If you have a new position regarding the legal profession that we should include on this page, please email the information to info@bucksbar.org.  Postings will be listed for 3 months unless you inform us otherwise.  This service is open to the community.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

ATTORNEY POSITION AVAILABLE – HEARING OFFICER FOR DIVORCE AND CUSTODY -CHESTER COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS

(posted 9/8/2020)

Responsibilities:

Hearing Officer for Divorce and Child Custody conciliations.

Requirements:

Minimum of 5-10 years recent legal experience with complex family law litigation. Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school and license in good standing to practice law in Pennsylvania required. Familiarity with the pertinent statutes, rules of procedure, rules of evidence, regulations, and case law is essential. Applicants should have experience handling a broad range of family law matters.

A successful candidate should have strong communication and negotiation skills and should be able to control courtroom proceedings, including but not limited to: ruling on evidence objections, creating a complete record, facilitating settlements and memorializing agreements. The candidate should also be able to analyze evidence and write a thorough recommendation.

Competency using Word, Excel and SupportCalc helpful.

This position requires the following criminal and child abuse history clearances: criminal history report from the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP); child abuse history clearance from the Department of Human Services (Child Abuse). 

Restrictions on outside practice of law.

Salary is $71,911.84.

Qualified applicants should send cover letter and resume to Suzie A. Marker, Chester County Family Court Administration, 201 W. Market Street, Suite 5402 West Chester, PA 19380 or smarker@chesco.org.

Staff Attorney for Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania’s Community Engagement Unit

(posted 8/12/2020)

Staff Attorney – Norristown, PA (NEW081120)

 SUMMARY

Legal Aid of Southeastern PA (“LASP”) seeks a full-time staff attorney for a 1 year, grant-funded position in the Community Engagement Unit, to provide legal services to income-eligible clients in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties.  The position will be based in Norristown and will serve all four counties. The Community Engagement Unit (“CEU”) focuses on providing community outreach and collaborating with a broad and ever-expanding network of community partners.  The staff attorney will organize outreach presentations and legal service clinics; recruit, train and manage volunteer attorneys and law students; and represent income-eligible clients, largely relating to the collateral consequences of having a criminal record, including pardons, expungements and waiver of criminal court debt.   LASP’s pardon project housed in the CEU is an innovative, first-of-its-kind effort by a legal aid program to provide representation in pardon cases.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  

Direct Legal Services:

  • Interview clients, assist in determining eligibility for services, and ascertain and investigate facts;
  • Conduct legal research and interpret statutes, case law, regulations, and other sources of law;
  • Provide advice and counsel to clients;
  • Prepare legal documents, including but not necessarily limited to: briefs, pleadings, motions, notices, correspondence, memoranda, discovery and documents responsive to discovery requests;
  • Develop strategy and arguments for presentation of cases and assist in preparation of witnesses for hearings and trials;
  • Represent clients at hearings, in trial and appellate courts, and before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies;
  • Review decisions and consult with management team to determine the merit of potential appeals;
  • Maintain organized case files pursuant to LASP standards and requirements.

Public Education, Resource Development, and Trainings:

  • Assist with recruiting, training and managing a diverse, robust group of LASP volunteers, including pro bono attorneys, law and undergraduate students, and non-legal volunteers;
  • Conduct outreach, clinics, community education, and workshops;
  • Participate in external professional and community organizations relevant to casework and collaborate with programs to strengthen services to clients;
  • Develop and sustain partnerships and provide resources and training to those partners (including directly impacted people, service providers, employers, volunteer attorneys and students, and other agencies supporting people with records); and
  • Assist in the creation and updating of LASP’s legal resources, such as flyers, pro se materials, fact sheets, etc.

General Programmatic Support:

  • Track client and programmatic data and outcomes and ensure requirements of funders are met;
  • Maintain awareness of all sources of community help for potential LASP clients;
  • Become engaged in LASP team efforts to achieve office and program goals, including participation in program-wide affinity groups and task forces;
  • Develop skills and substantive knowledge through training, CLE, and other educational opportunities;
  • Assist with LASP’s development and fundraising activities, as needed;
  • Abide by all applicable professional standards of ethics and practice; and
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

 

SUPERVISOR: Community Engagement Unit Supervising Attorney

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate for this position will have a deep passion for LASP’s mission; a demonstrated commitment to social, racial, criminal, and economic justice; a desire to increase access to the law by promoting legal empowerment in marginalized communities; the ability to develop a broad set of relationships with people from diverse backgrounds; energy and enthusiasm; and a demonstrated commitment to working effectively with diverse and vulnerable client populations.  Spanish language ability is helpful, flexibility is essential. The position will require occasional evening and Saturday duties.

  • D. degree required;
  • Licensed attorney, active and in good standing, in Pennsylvania, or the ability to waive into Pennsylvania for licensing purposes;
  • Proactive communicator with solution-focused orientation, including the ability to work collaboratively with others to develop new ideas and effectively incorporate feedback;
  • Excellent time management and organization;
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative;
  • Passion for social justice, economic justice, and community-oriented work;
  • Ability to hit the ground running, multi-task, and work independently.

LASP is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate in the recruitment, selection, or advancement of employees on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, creed, age, religion, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or on any other basis prohibited by law.

TO APPLY:  Send resume, cover letter and writing sample to Kesha James, Deputy Director for Advocacy at Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, by email to Hiring@lasp.org.  Position will remain open until filled

 

Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania Job Announcement

(posted 8/5/2020)

SUMMARY

Legal Aid of Southeastern PA (LASP) seeks an attorney to manage its Doylestown Office in Bucks County. LASP serves low-income individuals and families in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.  The Doylestown Managing Attorney position involves supervising, training and motivating Doylestown Office staff to provide the highest quality legal services in accordance with LASP program guidelines, the ABA Standards for the Provision of Civil Legal Services, and the Pennsylvania Code of Professional Responsibility.  The Managing Attorney will also carry a caseload commensurate with his or her expertise and managerial responsibilities.  The caseload will focus on representing parents/guardians in dependency cases, but will also require knowledge of family law issues facing clients, such as custody, domestic violence and divorce, and general knowledge of other poverty law issues, including public benefits, consumer law and bankruptcy, employment, expungements, housing, and other areas.  The position is full-time.  See here for more information.

Legal Secretary (Jenkintown)

(posted 7/02/20)

Compensation: Salary will commensurate with experience.
Employment type: full-time

Small diverse Jenkintown Law Firm is seeking a Legal Secretary with a minimum of 2 years plus legal experience in Personal Injury and Family Law. Must have great typing, communication and computer skills. Knowledge of E-Filing of Court documents a must. This individual must be mature, organized, articulate and hard working. There is free parking as well as accessibility to Regional Rail and public transportation. We offer benefits and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania Job Announcement LASP CARES ATTORNEY FELLOWS – Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery County Offices

(posted 7/01/20)

SUMMARY

Legal Aid of Southeastern PA (LASP) will implement a LASP CARES Attorney Fellows program through CARES Act Funding from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  LASP CARES Attorney Fellows will serve full-time temporary positions through November 30, 2020 to address issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Fellows will receive salary and benefits commensurate with experience and LASP’s personnel policy.  7 Fellows will be funded with 1 each in Bucks and Chester County, 2 in Montgomery County, and 3 in Delaware County who also may work with LASP’s Regional Housing Unit.  Fellows will address problems resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, including loss of employment, unemployment insurance claims, other claims for public benefits including SNAP, TANF, and medical assistance; loss of housing through eviction or foreclosure and other housing-related matters including utility termination and access to rental assistance; advanced directive preparation, and family law issues related to the pandemic.  Fellows will also support special projects including eviction prevention projects in Bucks and Montgomery counties and a Mobile Home Tax Assessment project in Chester County.  Fellows may also be expected to conduct home visits, community outreach and education, and must have the capacity to work remotely.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

  1. Interviewing clients, assisting in determining eligibility for services, and ascertaining and investigating facts;
  2. Conducting legal research and interpreting statutes, case law, regulations, and other sources of law;
  3. Providing advice and counsel to clients;
  4. Preparing legal documents, including but not necessarily limited to: briefs, pleadings, motions, notices, correspondence, memoranda, discovery and documents responsive to discovery requests, and advanced directives;
  5. Developing strategy and arguments for presentation of cases and assisting in preparation of witnesses for hearings and trials;
  6. Representing clients at hearings, in trial and appellate courts, and before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies;
  7. Reviewing decisions and consulting with management team to determine the merit of potential appeals;
  8. Collaborating with external professional and community organizations relevant to casework;
  9. Conducting clinics, community education, and workshops;
  10. Becoming engaged in LASP team efforts to achieve office and program goals, including participation in program-wide affinity groups and task forces;
  11. Developing knowledge of community referral resources and assessing community and client needs;
  12. Enhancing skills and substantive knowledge through training, CLE, and other educational opportunities;
  13. Abiding by all applicable professional standards of ethics and practice;
  14. Completing required administrative tasks including entering of notes and timekeeping in LASP case management software, and maintaining of physical files;
  15. Ensuring that requirements of grants and contracts which may provide funding for the position are met, and assisting with grant reports;
  16. Performing other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned.

SUPERVISOR:  Managing and Supervising Attorneys in assigned unit or office.

QUALIFICATIONS: License to practice law in Pennsylvania or admitted in another jurisdiction and eligible for admission to Pennsylvania. 0-5 years’ experience as a lawyer; demonstrated proficiency in word processing, Outlook products, case management software, and online legal research tools; Passionate commitment to public interest law and serving low-income individuals and vulnerable populations; Strong written and oral advocacy and organizational skills.  The successful candidate must be willing to accept complex and challenging cases and develop creative strategies to assist clients.  Candidates must have the ability to work remotely and have reliable transportation for outreach assignments.  Spanish language proficiency is desirable.

LASP is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate in the recruitment, selection, or advancement of employees on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, creed, age, religion, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or on any other basis prohibited by law.

TO APPLY:  Send resume and writing sample to Kesha James, Deputy Director for Advocacy at Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania by email to Hiring@lasp.org.  Position will remain open until filled and will be filled quickly as funding for the program ends November 30, 2020