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Public Defender Association Seeks Civil Survival Project Staff Attorney
March 5, 2021 | Alison Pagan

Civil Survival (CSP), a project of the Public Defender Association (PDA), is looking for a reentry legal aid attorney to assist formerly incarcerated individuals across Washington State who face legal barriers to successful reentry. The Staff Attorney will offer reentry legal representation to clients, plan and manage reentry legal aid clinics and mass assistance events, provide trainings to legal professionals and impacted communities, and create self-help materials.

The Staff Attorney will provide legal services across a variety of legal areas, including legal financial obligation (LFO) remission, criminal record vacation, sex offender registration relief, and applications for certificates of restoration of opportunity (CROP). In addition to providing direct legal services, the Staff Attorney will create systems to provide more efficient legal services delivery, such as legal guides, training for pro bono attorneys and impacted communities, as well as legal clinics and mass assistance events such as Legal Financial Obligation Reconsideration Days. The attorney will work closely with a small team.

The ideal candidate will be excited to directly assist client with reentry legal aid needs, while also creating and managing systems, such as legal clinics, that offer opportunities for widescale assistance. Experience in reentry legal aid is preferred, but not required. Strong candidates will have experience managing legal assistance programs and relationships with key external stakeholders, including court personnel, other attorneys, and communities directly-affected by the criminal legal system. The ideal candidate will be motivated to help those most frequently disadvantaged by the criminal legal systems including those with disabilities, people of color, and individuals who face greatest barriers to self-advocacy.

For more information, including how to apply, click here: Public Defender Association Staff Attorney Posting