Litigation & Advocacy Director

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Organization information
Organization name: 
Bay Area Legal Services
Street address: 
1302 N. 19th Street
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Position Description: 

Bay Area Legal Services is a nonprofit law firm serving the Tampa Bay area for over 50 years. We assist low-income residents, veterans, seniors, children, domestic violence survivors, and many more.

Our Mission: Providing the highest quality legal counsel by:
• Assisting individuals and nonprofit groups with limited access to legal services
• Resolving the legal problems of our clients
• Preserving the independence, hope, and dignity of those we serve.

Position Title: Litigation & Advocacy Director (Full-Time) Office Location: Tampa, FL

Position Summary: This is a professional position with significant responsibility for advocate support, training, supervision and facilitating the provision of quality legal services. The Litigation Director and Advocacy Director's primary functions and duties include ensuring a strategic focus for program litigation and advocacy, and providing technical assistance, co-counseling, training and strategic support to staff on litigation and systemic advocacy as well as emerging legal advocacy approaches.

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.

Illustrative Duties
• Identify systemic issues that affect Bay Area Legal Services' clients and develop strategic litigation and/or advocacy approaches to address them, with a focus on priority substantive legal areas.
• Support, teach, and model effective advocacy and emerging legal advocacy approaches in state and federal courts, administrative proceedings, and other forums.
• Identify advocacy-related training needs and develop and conduct staff training related to changes in procedural and substantive law, litigation, and appellate advocacy.
• Train and assist advocates in obtaining attorney fees.
• Review monthly dockets of team leaders who provide direct legal services.
• Review and approve litigation expenses.
• Identify and facilitate connections across teams and create substantive law groups.
• Chair Bay Area Legal Services' Systemic Advocacy Committee.
• Facilitate and support Bay Area Legal Services' participation in statewide litigation and advocacy efforts.
• Co-Counsel with outside counsel on issues affecting the client community in select cases.
• Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Requirements
• Commitment to promoting the mission, vision, and values of Bay Area Legal Services
• Minimum ten years legal experience as a practicing attorney with six years of management supervisory experience, ideally in a legal services program.
• Member of the Florida Bar in good standing.
• Member of the Federal Bar or admission within an agreed-upon time.
• Experience as lead counsel in complex state litigation highly preferred.
• Experience as lead counsel in complex federal litigation highly preferred.
• Significant experience leading advocacy efforts other than litigation.
• Superior oral and written communication skills and editing skills.
• Excellent administrative and organizational skills.
• Management or administrative experience involving supervision of staff
• Commitment to a flexible, comprehensive view of representation on behalf of low-income people that values both individual and systemic advocacy.
• Ability to identify and respond to shifting trends in legal practice and policies that affect low-income people.

To apply: 

Send Resume and Cover Letter (including why this position is of interest to you) to [email protected] and state how you learned about the role.

Equal Opportunity Employer