For many years, Columbia Legal Services (CLS) has represented communities facing poverty and oppression, and we use every legal tool available on their behalf. CLS has a special responsibility to serve people whose access to free legal services is restricted, due to institutionalized or immigration status. Through impact litigation, policy reform, and innovative partnerships, our staff works together to further our mission to achieve social and economic justice for all, and to reveal and end actions that harm the communities we serve. We share a deep commitment to serve and advocate alongside our clients as we seek justice together. Our vision of justice: when people have the necessary tools and opportunity to achieve social and economic justice, a more equitable and inclusive society is possible. The ideal
candidate for any position at Columbia Legal Services will be able to articulate their role in the achievement of that vision.
Columbia Legal Services seeks a full-time Staff Attorney to work in our Olympia office. The Attorney will engage in systemic, multi-forum legal advocacy to dismantle the structures that perpetuate poverty, racism, and other injusticesin Washington. This position will focus primarily on advancing policy reforms. Current examples of policy work include safeguarding essential social safety net protections, defending low-income consumers, improving systems for youth in foster care, and removing barriers to reentry from incarceration. CLS is undergoing an organization-wide strategic planning initiative, so the permanent roles and responsibilities assigned to this position will be informed by our organizational priorities. All interested applicants that meet the qualifications are encouraged to apply; however, we
envision this position as a growth and development opportunity for an attorney with 0-7 years of experience.
CLS offers a competitive and comprehensive compensation package including generous holiday and paid time off, excellent employee health care benefits, paid parental leave, and a sabbatical every 7 years. Salary is commensurate with years of experience, is based on a salary scale governed by a collective bargaining agreement, and includes an annual cost-of-living adjustment. The salary range for
an attorney with 0 – 7 years of experience is $54,835 – 68,762. This is a bargaining unit position, eligible for representation by Washington Legal Workers’ (WLW), our in-house labor union.
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