Job Opening: Staff Attorney – Medical Legal Partnership Program

Pisgah Legal Services is seeking an attorney who will represent the organization in a multidisciplinary team as the primary staff attorney in a medical legal partnership program with RHA Health Services. The position will represent clients who are a part of RHA Health Services’ Comprehensive Care Management (CCM) Program, handling cases with an emphasis on Social Security Disability, SSI Disability and SOAR (Social Security Outreach, Access and Recovery). In addition to these areas of law, the staff attorney will be expected to address civil legal issues involved in the social determinants of health: health care insurance and services through Medicaid, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act, housing law, consumer law, and family law. This position will be primarily housed at RHA Health Services in Asheville.
Passion for promoting justice and overcoming barriers facing low-income people, being a creative and zealous staff member and a team-player and demonstrating commitment to achieving lasting results for clients and low-income communities are all important. By ensuring that the lowest-income people in Western North Carolina have access to holistic services we will increase opportunities for positive outcomes at the individual and community levels.

Responsibilities
• Commitment to PLS’ mission, values and vision.
• Experience in handling Social Security Disability, SSI Disability cases and/or NC SOAR trained
• Excellent writing, analytic, interpersonal, and public speaking skills
• Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team in a fast-paced environment – including with non-lawyers;
• Strong organizational skills and adept at managing multiple priorities and deadlines;
• Prior legal experience preferred, particularly experience working on public benefits legal issues,
• A willingness to handle a varied case load;
• An understanding of the civil legal needs of low-income people, including the unique needs of populations that experience particular barriers to access to justice systems;
• Ability to effectively communicate, to motivate others, and to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people with varying perspectives, and experience and expertise
• Ability and willingness to learn and integrate new technologies and methodologies to efficiently perform responsibilities;
• 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.
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with teams and independently.
• Fluency in Spanish would be an asset.

Salary/ Benefits
Salary ranges from $49,616 – $94,116 depending on experience. Excellent fringe benefits, including 401(k) retirement plan, as well as life, health, and disability insurance.

To Apply
E-mail resumé and cover letter describing relevant experience to employment@pisgahlegal.org. 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.

Pisgah Legal Services is a community-based non-profit corporation governed by a local Board of Directors. PLS has an annual budget of $6.4 million from a multitude of funding sources. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina (WNC), Pisgah Legal Services’ provides free civil legal assistance to low-income people in western North Carolina. The organization has offices in Asheville, Hendersonville, Rutherfordton, Brevard, Spruce Pine, Marshall, and Highlands. With a dedicated staff of eighty-three, including thirty-four or more attorneys plus supporting staff, and an active pro bono panel of 300 private attorneys, the program provides free services to more than 19,000 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.

Contact:

evie@pisgahlegal.org

Job Opening: Managing Attorney: Legal Screening, Case Acceptance & Client Access

PLS is seeking a full-time Managing Attorney to play a critical role in the delivery of civil legal services as manager of the central point of entry for all applications for PLS services. This will include the day-to-day oversight of case applications, legal screening, case acceptance and priority areas, legal conflicts, financial assistance, and client access, including language and disability access. The position will monitor and manage the accompanying technology needs related to the various delivery systems.
Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Chief Operating Officer, the Managing Attorney has the following responsibilities:
• Ensures effective client access to PLS’ screening and intake system and works closely with the COO, management and staff across PLS to identify and reduce barriers to access;
• Provides all information and services in a manner that is culturally and linguistically appropriate and ensures accessibility for individuals with disabilities;
• Works closely with all receptionists, legal screeners, and volunteers to ensure smooth operation of screening and intake;
• Develops and monitors IT/Dashboard for screening and intake, problem code trends, geographic trends, and other relevant trends necessary at the screening stage of applications;
• Develops and implements a comprehensive training curriculum and written materials for the legal screening process;
• Oversees the case assignment process for the organization; in some instances, is responsible for direct case assignment and in other areas supports or provides back-up for the process;
• Oversees the new PLS’ Financial Assistance Program that provides direct financial support to clients in need;
• Communicates clear performance expectations and provides necessary support for staff to meet expectations;
• Works collaboratively to provide basic tools required to perform duties, including identification and support of training needs and developing written policies and procedures;
• Provides regular, ongoing supervision and informal coaching;
• Works collaboratively to identify opportunities for skill development, leadership opportunities, staff recognition and rewarding achievement;
• Oversees implementation of PLS eligibility and case priority assessments by the screeners at screening and intake stage;
• Reviews information on applicants who screeners determine to be outside of PLS case acceptance guidelines and follows up as needed to provide referrals;
• Answers questions during the legal screening process regarding priorities, types of legal issues and other eligibility rules;
• Manages calls where the caller has requested to speak to a supervisor or when a screener requests that a call be handled by a supervisor;
• Handles calls where a caller has a non-priority issue but has an emergency (hearing or deadline within one week) on a case-by-case basis;
• Determines whether a conflict of interest exists in cases;
• Assures compliance with policies of PLS, NC State Bar and Rules of Professional Responsibility and other requirements, as applicable;
• Provides coverage for the legal screeners where and when needed to ensure smooth operations; and,
• Other duties as needed.

Qualifications

• Passion for and commitment to PLS’ mission, values and vision.
• Licensed to practice law in any state (NC preferred) and in good standing with NC State Bar or other; ability to obtain comity with N.C. is also preferred.
• Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including applicants, clients, staff, board members, donors, community groups, member organizations and other and stakeholders.
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work well with teams and independently.
• Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income people and communities.
• Experience in legal services poverty law practice.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Fluency in Spanish would be an asset.
• Supervision experience required. Volunteer supervision experience would be an asset.
• Meticulous organizational habits with the ability to manage large amounts of information, establish priorities, write procedures, and handle urgent issues daily.

Salary/ Benefits
Salary ranges from $57,616 – $102,000 depending on experience. Excellent fringe benefits, including 401(k) retirement plan, as well as life, health, and disability insurance.

To Apply
E-mail resumé and cover letter describing relevant experience to employment@pisgahlegal.org. PLS invites all applicants to include in their cover letters 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.

Pisgah Legal Services (PLS) is a community-based non-profit legal aid agency governed by a local Board of Directors. PLS has an annual budget of $7.5 million from a multitude of funding sources. 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, Hendersonville, Highlands-Cashiers, Rutherfordton, Brevard, Burnsville, and Marshall. With a dedicated staff of 85, including thirty-six attorneys plus program staff, and an active group of 300 volunteer attorneys, the program provides free services to more than 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.

Contact:

employment@pisgahlegal.org

Upcoming CLE Video Replays in Asheville

Comfort Suites Outlet Center, 890 Brevard Rd.

Registration is limited to 10; Masks are required

Thursday-Friday, February 11-12, 2021

MCB 2020 Annual Review

CLE Credit: 12.0 hours including 2.0 Ethics/Professional Responsibility,

1.0 Substance Abuse and 1.0 Technology

Reg:  8:45-9:00am; Program: 9:00am-3:30am daily (lunch included)

Tuition:  $550

 

Friday, February 26, 2021

Lawyers Mutual Consulting Services:  Evolving & Thriving During A Pandemic

 

CLE Credit: 6.0 hours including 1.0 Ethics/Professional Responsibility,

1.0 Substance Abuse, & 1.0 Technology

Reg:  8:45-9:00am; Program: 9:00-3:30pm

Tuition: $295 (lunch included)

 

For more information or to register for the 2020 Annual Review, please contact Sally Davis, Tar Heel Seminars at 252-567-3053 or tarheelseminars@gmail.com; for more information or to register for the Evolving & Thriving During a Pandemic, please go to www.lawyersmutualconsulting.com and click on Events

 

Seeking Paralegal

Full-time position for real estate, business and related litigation practice. Duties include drafting documents, maintaining and organizing files, real estate closing preparation and title searching. Must be able to work in a challenging and detailed oriented practice. Looking for a self-starter who takes the initiative, adds value and is able to work well under pressure with frequent interruptions and deadlines. General knowledge, attitude and attention to detail essential. Must have excellent communication skills, and advanced working knowledge of office computer programs, including proficiency with wordprocessing and electronic spreadsheets. Legal experience strongly preferred. Health insurance provided. Provide resume and salary requirements to hiring_paralegal@dem3.com or by fax to 828-255-0868

Contact:

hiring_paralegal@dem3.com

Seeking Title Searcher

Asheville Law Firm with a thriving residential and commercial real estate practice seeks a full-time title searcher to join its team. Candidate must be a critical thinker with strong attention to detail, strong investigative, research and problem solving skills and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Candidate should have the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and adapt well to change. Must possess strong organizational skills and be able to work independently but also be a team player. This role requires some travel to/from courthouses and tax offices as well as, on occasion, standing for long periods of time. Competitive salary and excellent benefits package offered.

Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Search for and verify titles
• Search real estate records
• Compile lists of mortgages, contracts and other instruments pertaining to titles
• Search, analyze and evaluate records relating to titles of homes, land and buildings
• Ensure that the title to a property in question has no restrictions that may prevent or hinder its sale or use
• Examine deeds, deeds of trust, liens, judgments, easements and plats/maps to determine ownership, encumbrances and to verify legal descriptions of
property
• Analyze chain of title and preparation of reports outlining title-related matters
• Read and draw large, complicated property descriptions and compare for accuracy from deed to deed in chain of title

For more information or to apply, please visit our Careers page.