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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.  We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We  encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds, including women, Black, indigenous and people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, immigrants,  and people who have experienced poverty or homelessness.

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.”

Pay and Benefits at PTLA

The salary range for PTLA attorneys and senior leadership in 2021 is $54,250 -$91,250, depending on experience.  The starting range for paralegals and administrative staff in 2021 is $40,250 - $62,250, depending on experience. All staff are eligible for a very generous benefit and leave package.  Pine Tree staff attorneys are eligible to participate in a LRAP program administered by the Maine Justice Foundation in addition to other loan forgiveness programs for which they may be eligible, including the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

Current Opportunities:

  • Consumer Litigation Attorney


Consumer Litigation Attorney

Pine Tree Legal Assistance has an immediate opening for a full-time staff attorney in either its Portland or Lewiston office to handle consumer-related work through December 2021 under a current grant (which may be extended in 2022.) This is a full-time litigation position primarily focused on representation in consumer law matters within the six counties served by Portland and Lewiston (York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin), although case coverage in other areas of Maine may be required on an occasional basis.

The attorney should expect to handle a wide range of consumer issues, including but not limited to defense of debt collection and disclosure proceedings, consumer issues related to housing (including those arising from landlord/tenant issues, mobile home parks, and ‘rent to own’ situations), student loan advocacy,  and other consumer issues.   The attorney should expect to be in court on a regular basis and to handle a high volume of cases (which will require travel as needed in accordance with evolving court procedures for how different matters are being scheduled.)

The attorney will be part of an active Consumer Law Practice Group within Pine Tree and expected to provide support and share strategy on consumer cases with colleagues around the State. In addition, the attorney will take a leadership role in providing outreach and training on consumer rights to other agencies and client organizations impacted by these issues,  develop or update Pine Tree’s client education materials and other program resources specific to consumer issues, and support external activities that contribute to Pine Tree’s  reputation for excellent legal work and success in developing new funding partnerships. The full job description is available on request.

Applicants must already be admitted to the practice of law in Maine or eligible to practice law under MRCP  89(c).  Prior litigation experience is required;  bankruptcy expertise would also be very helpful.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, current resume and contact information for three references (and indicate if they have preference to work in either the Portland or Lewiston office.) This information should be sent to both Executive Director Nan Heald (nheald@ptla.org), Deputy Director Chet Randall (crandall@ptla.org), and Human Resources Director Olesya Shkut (oshkut@ptla.org).  Applications are encouraged by February 19, 2021 but will be accepted until the position is filled.  Pine Tree is an EE/EO employer.