Bay Area Legal Services
1-3 yrs required
Tampa, FL, United States
Jun 22, 2022
Bay Area Legal Services is a regional, non-profit public interest law firm providing the highest
quality legal counsel by:
• Assisting individuals and non-profit groups with limited access to legal services;
• Resolving the legal problems of clients; and
• Preserving the independence, hope, and dignity of those we serve.
Position Title: Staff Attorney (Full-time) - Home Office Location: Ybor City
Position Summary: This staff attorney position will be on our housing unit called TEAM ABLE with
the primary role of supporting the Hillsborough County Housing Stability Project. The primary focus
of the position will be housing law including settling landlord/tenant disputes, defending
evictions, preserving federally subsidized housing rights, and home ownership.
Applicants seeking employment with us should understand and share our commitment to the BALS’
mission and vision, and be willing to abide by the five core values of Bay Area Legal Services.
• Interview applicants and determine if eligibility requirements for established legal
services are satisfied. Documents all client case information and related time spent in case
management system accurately and timely. Ensure compliance with Legal Services Corporation (LSC)
or other grantor requirements.
• Communicate with clients to learn about their legal needs and concerns, counsel,
advise and refer them to appropriate public agencies or other community resources for additional
services needed. Explain legal options and bring possible outcomes or risks to their attention.
• Develop and implement strategies to resolve cases favorably. Prepare legal documents,
such as contracts, dispositions, briefs, oral arguments, and pleadings, accurately and in a timely
manner. Research relevant legal materials to aid decision making, gather and analyze evidence,
identify implications for cases from legal precedents or other legal information. Negotiate
settlement of cases with opposing attorneys or parties. Prepare necessary correspondence relating
to services rendered. Create and maintain relationships with organizations that are commonly
adverse parties where possible to facilitate case resolution. Attend team meetings and collaborate
with other attorneys on case questions.
• Develop arguments and represent clients participating in hearings before various
courts and administrative bodies. Present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
• Supervise legal assistants and activities of other legal personnel (legal interns,
• Assists other poverty program components as needed and offers advice in public
relations, participates in appropriate community activities. This includes participation in BALS
in-house committees and outside community/Florida Bar events when asked or needed.
• Stay informed about current legislation, especially assigned legal specialties.
Attend Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses and/or other trainings to maintain knowledge in
areas of expertise or gain new knowledge.
• Juris Doctorate (JD), Florida Bar licensed and in good standing with the Bar.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently, organize and review work of others.
• Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
• Excellent prioritization skills and ability to meet deadlines.
• Experience with legal database systems to document case assignments.
• Sympathetic and compassionate understanding of the social, economic, and legal issues
faced by low-income individuals with limited access to such services. Ability to relate well and
effectively with diverse groups and individuals.
• 1-3 years in legal practice
• 1 year litigation experience
• Previous experience in a non-profit legal services firm
• Previous experience working in the Housing and Unemployment fields
• Some experience in housing law
• Bilingual Spanish/English is a plus
• Starting salary $50,000.00 (increases based on relevant experience), excellent
benefits and reimbursement for travel for work related events.
How to Apply:
• Email cover letter and resume to email@example.com and state how you learned about
We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,
national origin, disability or veteran status.
Bay Area Legal Services