Poverty Law position in Hendersonville/Brevard

Poverty Law Attorney

Pisgah Legal Services (PLS) is a community-based non-profit legal aid agency governed by a local Board of Directors. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina (WNC), Pisgah Legal Services provides free civil legal assistance to low-income people in WNC. The organization currently has offices in Asheville, Brevard, Burnsville, Hendersonville, Highlands-Cashiers, Marshall, Newland, and Rutherfordton. With over 100 dedicated staff, including over 30 attorneys plus program staff, and an active group of 300 volunteer attorneys, the program provides free services to over 20,000 people per year to meet their basic needs, primarily in the poverty law areas of housing, public benefits, domestic violence prevention, health care, immigration, and consumer law.

PLS is seeking a full-time N.C. licensed attorney to handle poverty law cases in Hendersonville and Transylvania Counties. Legal aid experience preferred. Passion for promoting justice and overcoming barriers facing low-income people, being a creative and zealous attorney and a team-player and demonstrated commitment to achieving lasting results for clients and low-income communities are all important.

To view the full job posting and to apply, please visit our Career Center located at https://www.pisgahlegal.org/jobs
Pisgah Legal Services is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with our Human Resources department.

Contact:
8282103412
rocio@pisgahlegal.org

Attorney Opportunities at Pisgah Legal Services

Pisgah Legal Services (PLS) is a community-based non-profit legal aid agency governed by a local Board of Directors. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina (WNC), Pisgah Legal Services provides free civil legal assistance to low-income people in WNC. The organization currently has offices in Asheville, Brevard, Burnsville, Hendersonville, Highlands-Cashiers, Marshall, Newland, and Rutherfordton. With over 100 dedicated staff, including over 30 attorneys plus program staff, and an active group of 300 volunteer attorneys, the program provides free services to nearly 20,000 people per year to meet their basic needs, primarily in the poverty law areas of housing, public benefits, domestic violence prevention, health care, immigration, and consumer law.

Pisgah Legal Services is currently hiring for the following attorney positions: Bilingual Immigration Attorney and Medicaid Protection Program Attorney. Both position are based from any of our office locations in Asheville, Brevard, Burnsville, Hendersonville, Highlands-Cashiers, Marshall, Newland, Rutherfordton and Spruce Pine. Salary ranges from $51,819 – $98,297 depending on experience. We offer a comprehensive benefits program: Employees are eligible for medical, dental, vision and life insurance coverage the 1st of the month following the hire date. Pisgah Legal Services Pays (PLS) 100% of the Employee and 50% of the Dependent Cost for BCBS Medical and Dental coverage. PLS 50% of the Employee Coverage Cost for BCBS Vision coverage. PLS Pays 100% of Long-Term & Short-Term Disability Coverage, Life Insurance Coverage of 5x base salary + an additional $15,000 Life & AD&D Coverage. 401k Retirement Plan after 6 months of employment. Additional Fringe Benefits includes Paid Parental Leave, 12.5 Company Holidays, 22 Paid Leave Days, Paid Sabbatical Leave for Attorneys, Employee Assistance Program for entire household and a great working environment with work life balance!

To view the full job posting and to apply, please visit our Career Center at www.pisgahlegal.org/jobs. If you have any questions, please contact Rocio Borghini, HRO at (828) 210-3412.

Contact:
8282103412
rocio@pisgahlegal.org

Pisgah Legal Services currently has attorney positions available

Pisgah Legal Services (PLS) is a community-based non-profit legal aid agency governed by a local Board of Directors. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina (WNC), Pisgah Legal Services provides free civil legal assistance to low-income people in WNC. The organization currently has offices in Asheville, Brevard, Burnsville, Hendersonville, Highlands-Cashiers, Marshall, Newland, and Rutherfordton. With over 100 dedicated staff, including over 30 attorneys plus program staff, and an active group of 300 volunteer attorneys, the program provides free services to over 20,000 people per year to meet their basic needs, primarily in the poverty law areas of housing, public benefits, domestic violence prevention, health care, immigration, and consumer law.

PLS is currently seeking to fill three (3) full-time N.C. licensed attorney or attorney eligible for admission by comity for the following positions:
• Bilingual Immigration Attorney
• Medical Legal Partnership Program WNCCHS Staff Attorney
• Community Economic Development Attorney
Please visit www.pisgahlegal.org/jobs to view job postings and apply.

Contact:
8282103412
rocio@pisgahlegal.org

Domestic Violence Attorney – Hendersonville, NC

Domestic Violence Attorney – Hendersonville, NC

Pisgah Legal Services (PLS) is a community-based non-profit legal aid agency governed by a local Board of Directors. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina (WNC), Pisgah Legal Services provides free civil legal assistance to low-income people in WNC. The organization currently has offices in Asheville, Brevard, Burnsville, Hendersonville, Highlands-Cashiers, Marshall, Newland, and Rutherfordton. With over 100 dedicated staff, including over 30 attorneys plus program staff, and an active group of 300 volunteer attorneys, the program provides free services to nearly 20,000 people per year to meet their basic needs, primarily in the poverty law areas of housing, public benefits, domestic violence prevention, health care, immigration, and consumer law.

PLS is seeking a domestic violence / family law N.C. licensed attorney to work out of our Hendersonville office. The domestic violence team helps survivors of domestic violence escape domestic violence and live independent of their abusers and strives to provide holistic services to clients including at and beyond the initial protective order. Passion for promoting justice and overcoming barriers facing low-income people, being a creative and zealous attorney and a team-player and demonstrated commitment to achieving lasting results for clients and low-income communities are all important.

Responsibilities

• Commitment to PLS’ mission, values, and vision.
• Representation and advice to clients in prevention of domestic violence and other poverty law cases.
• Conduct client interviews with trauma-informed approach; advise and represent clients in Small Claims, District, and Superior courts or administrative proceedings as appropriate. (This may include representation, preparation for self-representation, obtaining continuances for assessment, and referring cases to other attorneys).
• Document all work in Legal Server case management software.
• Organize and conduct outreach and educational presentations.
• Develop and maintain community relationships including other non-profit agencies, government officials, government employees, community leaders, and others.
• Travel within our service area and also to meetings or conferences in other parts of NC.
• Adhere to program priorities and case handling policies, procedures, and standards of practice, as well as the highest professional and ethical standards.
• Keep abreast of developments in the law and disseminate information to staff, volunteer attorneys, and the public.
• Work with volunteers, including volunteer attorneys, on a regular basis.
• Assist in fundraising in coordination with PLS Development Team.

Qualifications

• N.C. licensed attorney
• Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income people and communities.
• Demonstrated skills at socio-economic and cultural sensitivity and ability to assist upset or ill people.
• Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with teams and independently.
• Fluency in Spanish would be a strong asset.

Salary/ Benefits
Salary ranges from $51,819 – $98,297 depending on experience.

Our salary scale is predetermined based on the years of relative professional work experience that qualify for this position to ensure equity in pay. Pisgah Legal Services is a Living Wage Certified Employer in 18 WNC counties: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey.

Pisgah Legal Services Pays 100% of the Employee Only and 50% of the Dependent Cost for BCBSNC Medical and Dental coverage. Pisgah Legal Services 50% of the Employee Cost for BCBSNC Vision coverage. Employees are eligible for medical, dental and vision coverage the 1st of the month following the hire date. Pisgah Legal Services Pays 100% of Long-Term & Short-Term Disability Coverage, Life Insurance Coverage of 5x base salary + an additional $15,000 Life & AD&D Coverage. 401k Retirement Plan with Company Matching available after 6 months of employment. Additional Fringe Benefits includes Paid Parental Leave, 12.5 Company Holidays, 22 Paid Leave Days, Sabbatical Leave for Attorneys, Employee Assistance Program and a great working environment with work life balance!

To Apply
Submit your online application with resume and cover letter through our Career Center located at https://www.pisgahlegal.org/jobs

PLS invites all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.

Pisgah Legal Services is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with our Human Resources department.

COVID-19 Safety Information:
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Pisgah Legal Services has worked tirelessly to promote evidence-based practices across our entire organization. With this in mind, as of January 4th, all Pisgah employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccine. Employees who are unvaccinated or have an approved exemption will be required to provide verified weekly COVID-19 test results. We currently have COVID-19 safety precautions in place such as working remotely as our business allows, requiring face masks while meeting with clients or co-workers, providing outdoor meeting areas to meet with clients while wearing masks, limiting onsite visits by meeting virtually or by phone with clients. Pisgah Legal Services also conducts temperature checks at our location upon arrival.

Contact:
8282103412
employment@pisgahlegal.org

Preserving Homeownership CLE

Free CLE for Volunteer Attorneys Exploring Various Legal Tools & Strategies for Preserving Homeownership in Low-Wealth Families. Fee of $75 for non-volunteer attorneys.

Register here.

About this event

Schemes to obtain real property at below market value from unsuspecting/uninformed owners have been in the forefront of recent news in our community. Pisgah Legal Services and the Buncombe County Bar’s Pro Bono Committee is planning a half-day CLE to address the legal issues related to this topic to inform lawyers how to better protect their clients. Topics will include partition sales, ethics, heir property matters, and estate planning for people of limited means but who own real property.

This CLE is free to attorneys who agree to take two pro bono referrals from Pisgah Legal Services within one year of the training. Referrals do not have to be in the areas of law covered in the CLE. Other attorneys are welcome to attend for a fee of $75. Optional networking lunch following the training – $15/person (lunch fee applies to volunteers and non-volunteers).

Speakers

Heather Goldstein is a principal at The Van Winkle Law Firm, focusing on incapacity planning, client advocacy and litigation in a wide variety of situations where an elderly person is vulnerable to exploitation.

Tikkun Gottshalk is a partner in the Asheville law firm of Deutsch & Gottschalk, PA. Tikkun handles a variety of matters for the firm, most of which relate to real estate transactions or disputes, such as partitions, LLC dissolutions, foreclosures, and HOA matters.

Annette Hiatt is a Senior Staff Attorney with the Land Loss Prevention Project (LLPP). She works across LLPP’s practice areas on matters such as heir property stabilization, farm business and succession planning, foreclosure prevention, and various aspects of real property law.

Sally Kestin is a reporter for the Asheville Watchdog. Former investigative reporter at The Sarasota Herald-Tribune, The Tampa Tribune and The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and recipient of numerous national journalism awards, including the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. She was a 2006 Pulitzer Prize finalist in investigative reporting.

Agenda

8:15am – 8:30am – Registration

8:30am – 8:45am – Welcome & Introductions

8:45am – 9:15am – Stories of Local Homeowners, Sally Kestin

9:15am – 10:15am – Estate Planning Considerations, Heather Goldstein

10:15am – 10:30am – Break

10:30am – 11:30am – Partitions, Tikkun Gottschalk

11:30am – 12:30am – Exploring Heir Property Options, Annette Hiatt

12:30pm – 1:30pm – Optional Lunch ($15/person)

Approval of 3 hours of CLE credit pending with NC Bar.