Staff Attorney - Eastern WA

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United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Northwest Justice Project
Street address: 
401 Second Avenue S, Suite 407
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit statewide law firm with a mission of Combating Injustice • Strengthening Communities • Protecting Human Dignity. NJP secures justice for people in or near poverty through high quality legal advocacy that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families and communities through legal representation, community partnerships, education, and other advocacy.

NJP will be contracting with Office of Civil Legal for COVID Pandemic legal aid funding to expand its capacity to address the civil legal needs directly and indirectly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This position will be housed in one of NJP’s Eastern Washington field offices. This is a regular, full-time position covered by NJP’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. Current NJP employees earn seniority based on original hire date as long as no break in employment over one year has occurred. Expected start date is July 1, 2021.

The attorney will undertake a range of duties including but not limited to:

Provide high quality legal assistance and representation to eligible clients on legal issues that arise directly or indirectly from the COVID-19 pandemic. It is anticipated that this work will focus on consumer and bankruptcy issues, but the attorney may be asked to pivot and adapt to additional COVID-related civil legal needs that NJP determines to be the most urgent.

Develop collaborative working relationships with advocates and community partners both locally and throughout the state who are working to address civil legal needs directly and indirectly related to the COVID pandemic, particularly in the area of consumer issues and bankruptcy.

Engage with low-income individuals and communities through participation in legal education events for client groups and community partners to build trust, educate and empower community members to exercise their legal rights.

Use strategic methods and a broad range of advocacy tools to address high priority civil legal needs directly or indirectly resulting from COVID-19.

Utilize NJP’s cases management and timekeeping systems and comply with all applicable regulatory requirements and reporting needs.

NJP has adopted the Washington Race Equity and Justice Initiative (REJI) and is organizationally committed to fight racism and to incorporate equity and inclusion in our advocacy work and our internal systems and work environment. NJP expects all staff to uphold the REJI commitments and approach their role with a desire to learn and grow in this area.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package which includes 100% paid employee health premiums and significant premium shares for family health premiums, as well as generous time off.

Hours of work: NJP’s typical client office hours are 9:00 – 5:00, Monday through Friday. Attorney positions are exempt and those in the position are expected to work the hours needed to meet the professional responsibilities.


Culturally competent to work effectively with diverse low-income individuals and communities.

Three years’ experience in the practice of consumer or bankruptcy law is preferred but not required.

Washington State Bar Association membership in good standing, the ability to sit for the July, 2021 Washington Bar
Examination or the ability to acquire membership through admission by motion.

A demonstrated ability to establish trust and connections with low-income client communities.

Excellent communication, analytical, negotiation, and problem-solving skills.

Willing and able to be physically present in the identified geographic service area.

Ability and willingness to travel throughout Eastern Washington to both represent clients and engage in community legal education and outreach.

Must be able to work in one of NJP’s Eastern Washington offices.

To apply: 

To Apply: Please follow this link to apply. You will be asked to submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample. Cover letter should include description of any experience, personal or professional, with low income or other marginalized communities. Northwest Justice Project is especially interested in qualified candidates whose professional, personal and/or service experience allow them to contribute to and support the legal aid community’s commitment to race equity.

Application Deadline: June 11, 2021

NJP is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and fosters an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices. NJP actively promotes mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork and productivity. NJP is committed to maintaining an organization whose staff, Board and clients are diverse in background, experience, race, color, national origin, gender, age, religious preference, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sensory, mental or physical abilities, veteran status, and other qualities that strengthen the program while reinforcing its commitment to basic fairness. People of color, people who identify as transgender, lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals needing a reasonable accommodation for the application or interview process or for more information about the project should contact the Human Resources Department by calling (206) 464-1519.
Salary range: 
$64,751 to $121,022
Submission deadline: 
Friday, June 11, 2021