The UW Moderate Means Program (MMP) is the flagship pro bono program for students at UW Law and provides legal referrals for low and moderate income individuals as a part of the statewide Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Moderate Means Program.
Focusing on family, housing and consumer law, the program connects people within 200–400% of the Federal Poverty Level to lawyers who offer legal help at reduced fees. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Experiential Education, the Staff Attorney leads the MMP by recruiting, training and supervising students; evaluating case briefs, tracking cases; creating educational materials; and communicating with participating attorneys. The Staff Attorney will work with clinic faculty, students, and pro bono partners to represent clients and manage an active caseload.
The position of Staff Attorney is integral to providing continuity of representation for MMP clients. The Staff Attorney supports program objectives by providing students with training in substantive legal issues, issue-spotting, interview skills, ethics, and the program database.
The Staff Attorney must be admitted to practice law in Washington as a member of the Washington State Bar Association. The Staff Attorney must have strong communication and interpersonal skills to be able communicate appropriately and effectively with clients, attorneys, students, and other organizations in the community. The Staff Attorney must also possess the ability to exercise sound independent judgment, to maintain client confidences and to meet high standards of ethical professional practice.
In addition, the Staff Attorney must possess excellent analytic and research skills, the ability to advocate effectively in both oral and written communications, be able to work competently within diverse communities, and be able to effectively manage frequent deadlines. The Staff Attorney must also be able to use or learn a variety of software programs, including Word and Excel, and proprietary case management systems such as the Legal Server database. Timeliness, strong communication and negotiation skills are essential.
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