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Pine Tree Legal Assistance employs a diverse team of individuals, each committed to making our communities more just.

Pine Tree Legal Assistance is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified candidates of all backgrounds.

Not convinced yet? This is what Legal Services Corporation President Jim Sandman has to say about PTLA:

“Since Pine Tree Legal Assistance opened its doors in 1967, it has developed a national reputation for leadership and innovation in the delivery of legal services to low-income people.  Pine Tree was the first legal aid program in the country to create a website to provide basic  legal information to people without a lawyer.  Pine Tree created statesidelegal.org,, the go-to national website for veterans and  military families seeking information about their legal needs. In Maine, Pine Tree has had a huge impact: the abolition of debtors’ prison, the right to due process and a fair hearing in state welfare proceedings, the first successful employment discrimination lawsuits, improved housing codes and accessibility for people with disabilities, and nationally acclaimed foreclosure prevention work are all legacies of Pine Tree’s commitment to fairness and justice for all.  Pine Tree is a national standard-setter for excellence in legal aid.”

Current Opportunities:

Staff Attorney - Bangor Office

Staff Attorney - Machias Office

Managing Attorney - Augusta Office

 

 


Staff Attorney - Bangor Office

Pine Tree has an immediate opening for a full-time staff attorney in its Bangor field office, which serves low-income residents of Piscataquis, Penobscot and Waldo County. A local staff of nine people (primarily attorneys) are currently working in the office on a variety of legal projects or services to specialized client populations.  This full-time staff attorney will work as part of a three person team (together with an experienced managing attorney and paralegal) in providing general legal services to the local client population.

This is a high volume litigation position;  the attorney should expect to be in court on a regular basis throughout the service area in order to provide representation in housing and consumer matters, as well as to handle administrative proceedings (especially in public benefits) for area residents. As resources permit and the needs of the client community require, the attorney may also handle litigation in other areas of law. While the typical caseload is handled at the District Court level, the attorney may handle administrative appeals to the Superior Court as well as appeals to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.  Depending on experience, the attorney may also handle cases in federal court. Regular travel throughout the three-county service area should be expected, as well as to statewide trainings and meetings.

A detailed job description is available upon request.

Previous litigation experience is essential; prior work as an advocate for low-income individuals is highly desirable. The starting salary for a PTLA attorney is $50,750+, depending on experience, with a generous benefits package.

To apply:
Applicants should provide a letter of interest, resume and contact information for three references via email to Managing Attorney Judd Esty-Kendall (jesty-kendall@ptla.org) and Executive Director Nan Heald (nheald@ptla.org). The deadline for applications is March 27.

Pine Tree Legal Assistance is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified candidates of all backgrounds.


Staff Attorney - Machias Office

Pine Tree has an immediate opening for a full-time staff attorney in its Machias field office, which serves low-income residents of Washington and Hancock County. The office is currently staffed by an experienced full-time paralegal and supervised by an experienced managing attorney based in Pine Tree’s Bangor office. Because other legal aid resources in the service area are so limited, the general staff attorney in the Machias office should expect to handle a wide range of civil legal problems, consistent with program priorities.

As a general litigator, the attorney will be in court on a regular basis to provide representation in consumer, landlord/tenant and benefits (including both health and income benefits). Additionally, the attorney will be expected to provide administrative advocacy in a range of different civil needs, including special education. As resources permit and the needs of the client community require, the attorney may also handle litigation in other areas of law. While the typical caseload is handled at the District Court level, the attorney may handle administrative appeals to the Superior Court as well as appeals to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.  Depending on experience, the attorney may also handle cases in federal court. Regular travel throughout the two-county service area should be expected, as well as to statewide trainings and meetings.

A detailed job description is available upon request. 

Previous experience as an advocate for low-income individuals is desirable. The starting salary for a PTLA attorney is $49,750+, depending on experience, with a generous benefits package.

To apply:

Applicants should provide a letter of interest, resume and contact information for three references via email to Managing Attorney Judd Esty-Kendall (jesty-kendall@ptla.org) and Executive Director Nan Heald (nheald@ptla.org). The deadline for applications is March 15th.

Pine Tree Legal Assistance is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified candidates of all backgrounds.


Managing Attorney - Augusta Office

Pine Tree has an immediate opening for a managing attorney based in its Augusta office.  The Augusta office currently includes staff handling general legal services, as well as specialists in the Fair Housing Unit and Veterans Unit. The Augusta managing attorney has also traditionally supervised the attorney handling foreclosure defense cases.  The Augusta managing attorney’s caseload will primarily involve general legal services (especially housing and consumer matters) for low-income individuals living in the four county area served by the Augusta office (Kennebec, Somerset, Knox and Lincoln Counties.)

The managing attorney at Pine Tree is a recognized leadership position within the program as a whole. The managing attorney is responsible for both the quality and extent of legal work undertaken by their office or project and the performance of the staff that are assigned to that office or project. As a supervisor, the managing attorney is also expected to create and foster an atmosphere of teamwork and collaboration among staff and volunteers that will continue to strengthen program services within their office or project.   The managing attorney must be an active and engaged member of Pine Tree’s small management team and committed to supporting their colleagues around the program. The managing attorney should be an advocate for local office and project needs within the program.  The managing attorney is also expected to promptly identify and bring issues of concern or controversy related to their office /project work or personnel to senior program managers for resolution.  When program wide protocols or decisions have been made by the Board of Directors or senior staff manages, the managing attorney plays an essential role in supporting/enforcing implementation of those decisions on a local basis.   The managing attorney also takes a leadership role in monitoring and addressing the reputation of their office/projects (as well as that of Pine Tree overall) within their local community.  Networking on a local level within the civil justice community, nonprofit agencies and potential funders should be expected.   Management responsibilities are currently anticipated to require a minimum of 15 hours/week. Managing attorneys also maintain an active caseload, adjusted to reflect their management responsibilities.   

Pine Tree managers must be licensed Maine attorneys with a minimum of five years of experience as a legal aid attorney and two years in leadership roles within the program or community.   The following qualifications are also important:

•    A demonstrated commitment to the provision of high quality legal service within their own work and program wide;
•    Enthusiasm for communicating their passion and commitment to the work to colleagues, employees, and external stakeholders;
•    The ability to teach the practice of law to new staff and volunteers;
•    Experience motivating and managing staff and/or volunteers;
•    A demonstrated commitment to strengthening the quality and reputation of the program as a statewide legal aid provider;
•    A demonstrated commitment to Pine Tree’s core values and willingness to help staff improve their work over time;
•    Strong time management, organizational and communication skills

Additional information about the position is available upon request.  The expected annual salary will be in the range of $58,000 – $75,000 depending on experience; Pine Tree provides a very generous benefits and leave package to all of its staff.
To apply
Applicants should provide a letter that details your interest in the position, your qualifications, and what you hope to contribute to Pine Tree’s future, together with a current resume and contact information for three professional references.  Application materials should be emailed to both Executive Director Nan Heald at nheald@ptla.org  and Deputy Director Chet Randall at crandall@ptla.org by March 31st, 2019, although the position will remain open until it is filled.

Pine Tree Legal Assistance is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified candidates of all backgrounds.


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