The Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) is the pro bono program of the Nebraska State Bar Association (NSBA). Created in the early 1980s, VLP furthers the NSBA mission, “Helping Lawyers Help People.” VLP creates and coordinates pro bono opportunities that are convenient, rewarding, and impactful for Nebraska lawyers. The VLP Program Attorney helps plan, implement and maintain VLP pro bono activities across Nebraska, with an emphasis on case referrals.
This is a full-time, exempt position. Generally, duties are performed Monday-Friday between the hours 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., with some evening, weekend, and extended work days. This position requires travel outside of Omaha and Lincoln to facilitate and attend program activities and events.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary is commensurate with non-profit public interest work, skills and experience considered. This position offers paid individual healthcare and dental insurance, health savings account, 401K retirement plan, life insurance, disability plan, paid NSBA membership, NSBA CLE credit opportunities, remote work policy, vacation and sick leave.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The VLP Program Attorney will:
Recruit, volunteers for VLP programs through telephone, written and in-person communication.
Schedule volunteers for VLP programs.
Conduct case placement activities and assist with case management.
Assist with operating VLP programs in venues such as courthouses, partner organizations, etc., which may include travel between Omaha and Lincoln.
Administer NE Free Legal Answers online.
Create and conduct trainings, events, CLE, and presentations to train and sustain an active volunteer network.
Create and update training materials and volunteer resources, in print and online.
Draft correspondence, reports, articles and other documents for VLP programs and activities.
Maintain databases to track volunteer information, pro bono activities and events.
Perform quality assessment of the pro bono program through surveys and other tools.
Correctly apply and comply with policies, procedures and mission statement and assists in implementing program goals.
Attend regular meetings and designated program and professional development events.
May supervise VLP staff.
Perform other duties assigned by the VLP Director or NSBA Executive Director.
SKILLS NEEDED TO SUPPORT THE NSBA/VLP MISSION
The Program Attorney will:
Work independently and within a team on ongoing, special, and nonrecurring projects.
Demonstrate poise, tact and diplomacy in all communications, internally and externally.
Have an energetic, assertive, can-do attitude to establish and maintain positive relationships, internally and externally.
Be able to make frequent, regular cold calls to attorneys statewide and interact at various events to recruit volunteers for VLP programs.
Maintain confidentiality of highly sensitive information.
Have excellent professional communication skills, oral and written.
Possess computer, data entry, and organization skills to create, maintain, and support existing and new VLP programs and activities.
Maintain a high level of attention to detail, high standards for accuracy and quality.
Establish priorities and meet deadlines.
Follow internal procedures and professional and external rules related to VLP programs.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, REQUIREMENTS
Juris Doctorate. If admitted to practice, must be a member in good standing.
Three years practice experience in civil litigation with experience in family, landlord/tenant, debtor, guardianship, probate, and general civil law preferred.
Demonstrated commitment to public service and pro bono representation.
Previous experience working with low-income and underserved communities is highly desired.
Experience managing or supervising volunteers is highly desired.
Advanced experience in computer and technical applications, including Microsoft Office programs, e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint; familiarity with legal case management system.
Knowledge of online meeting and training platforms and basic web applications.
Able to efficiently work on multiple projects simultaneously, adapt to frequent changes, and effectively manage multiple deadlines.
Available to work evenings, weekend and extended work hours as necessary to perform the function of VLP and the NSBA.
Fluency in Spanish is highly desired.
The statements in this job description reflect general details necessary to describe the principal functions of this position, the level of knowledge, the scope of responsibility, and the skills typically required for this position. The statements should not be considered an all-inclusive list of the work requirements. This position may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other NSBA areas to cover absences or relief, or to further the responsibilities of the VLP or the NSBA. Every effort will be made to update job descriptions as changes are made.
Send resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Laurie Heer Dale, Director of the Volunteer Lawyers Project, 635 S. 14th Street, Suite 200, Lincoln, NE 68508 or email@example.com