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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 other exempt staff in 2021 is $54,250 -$91,250, depending on experience.  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.

The starting range for paralegals and other non-exempt staff in 2021 is $40,250 - $62,250, depending on experience.

All staff are eligible for benefits that include health insurance (PTLA covers 97% to 100% of premium),  vision insurance, dental insurance (at no cost to an employee), 403 (K) Retirement Plan with 5% match of annual salary, Flexible Spending Accounts, HSA contributions to eligible employees, Disability, Life & AD&D Insurance (at no cost to an employee), Voluntary Life Insurance, Employee Assistance Program, Wellness Programs, 12 Paid Holidays, paid parental leave and very generous paid leaves starting at 247,5 hours of sick and vacation time.

Important Notice: Applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws

You can review the posters below, which will inform you about these rights:

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)

Current Opportunities:

Family Law and Victim Rights Attorney, Augusta

Family Law and Victim Rights Attorney, Bangor

Fair Housing Enforcement Attorney, Augusta

 

Family Law and Victim Rights Attorney, Augusta

Working in partnership with Family Violence Project staff and a domestic violence resource center serving Kennebec and Somerset Counties, the attorney should expect to provide a range of legal services primarily to individuals who have experienced domestic violence, as well as those who have experienced sexual assault.  Legal advocacy will range from advice and limited representation to full legal representation in the cases in which representation will have the greatest impact in the two-county service area. The project will focus primarily on protection from abuse, with advocacy for economic abuse and to address other financial protections, as well as extended family matter cases.  The overall approach will also include screening and representation or referral for related housing, consumer, benefits, and other common civil legal issues (which may be handled by other Pine Tree staff.  The attorney’s litigation caseload will average 100 cases/year, depending on experience when they start.

The attorney will use case-referral systems and case acceptance protocols currently used within Pine Tree’s family law and victim rights unit and will work closely with the partner agencies to refine the referral form and develop referral protocols. The attorney will need to be able to assess and triage cases in consultation with their supervising attorney, provide consultations to staff of the Family Violence Project in appropriate case-related issues, consult and collaborate with other service providers, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and others involved in the community response team, and put in place systems to most effectively address the holistic legal needs of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The attorney will work with the statewide team to gain skills and participate in training including Maine specific legal topics, trauma-informed interviewing, working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, including secondary traumatic stress, and trial skills, among other topics.

The attorney is also responsible for community engagement and networking to strengthen Pine Tree’s reputation and access to legal services by eligible individuals, consistent with other work and time commitments.  These activities can include the provision of outreach and/or trainings to community agencies and other groups that serve survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, or low-income individuals, or work on collaborations or other initiatives designed to address specific legal needs of domestic and sexual assault survivors.

The full job description is available on request.

Prior experience working with victims of domestic violence or sexual assault is required.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and 3 professional references to Managing Attorney and position supervisor Ms. Lisa Chase (lchase@ptla.org) with copies to Executive Director Ms. Nan Heald (nheald@ptla.org), Deputy Director Mr. Chet Randall (crandall@ptla.org) and HR Director Ms. Olesya Shkut (oshkut@ptla.org).


Family Law and Victim Rights Attorney, Bangor

Working in partnership with Partners for Peace and the Penobscot National Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center serving Penobscot and Piscataquis County, the attorney should expect to provide a range of legal services primarily to individuals who have experienced domestic violence, as well as those who have experienced sexual assault.  Legal advocacy will range from advice and limited representation to full legal representation in the cases in which representation will have the greatest impact. The project will focus primarily on protection from abuse, with advocacy for economic abuse and to address other financial protections, as well as extended family matter cases.  The overall approach will also include screening and representation or referral for related housing, consumer, benefits, and other common civil legal issues (which may be handled by other Pine Tree staff.  The attorney is expected to provide full representation in  100 cases per year (primarily protection orders), and provide limited service in an additional 50 cases/year. 

The attorney will use case-referral systems and case acceptance protocols currently used within Pine Tree’s family law and victim rights unit and will work closely with the partner agencies to refine the referral form and develop referral protocols. The attorney will need to be able to assess and triage cases in consultation with their supervising attorney, provide consultations to partner agency staff in appropriate case-related issues, consult and collaborate with other service providers, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and others involved in the community response team, and put in place systems to most effectively address the holistic legal needs of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.. The attorney will work with the statewide team to gain skills and participate in training including Maine specific legal topics, trauma-informed interviewing, working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, including secondary traumatic stress, and trial skills, among other topics.

The attorney is also responsible for community engagement and networking to strengthen Pine Tree’s reputation and access to legal services by eligible individuals, consistent with other work and time commitments.  These activities can include the provision of outreach and/or trainings to community agencies and other groups that serve survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, or low-income individuals, or work on collaborations or other initiatives designed to address specific legal needs of domestic and sexual assault survivors.

The full job description is available on request.

Prior experience working with victims of domestic violence or sexual assault is required.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and 3 professional references to Managing Attorney and position supervisor Ms. Lisa Chase (lchase@ptla.org) with copies to Executive Director Ms. Nan Heald (nheald@ptla.org), Deputy Director Mr. Chet Randall (crandall@ptla.org) and HR Director Ms. Olesya Shkut (oshkut@ptla.org).  


Fair Housing Enforcement Attorney, Augusta

We are currently looking for a Fair Housing Enforcement Attorney who is responsible for enforcement of national and state fair housing laws through direct representation of low-income Maine residents who experienced violations of their rights as protected class members. Specific grant requirements are defined in the Statement of Work between Pine Tree Legal Assistance and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in connection with the current award (which runs through June 30, 2023.) The attorney will provide direct representation in the administrative complaint process through the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and/or the Maine Human Rights Commission. The attorney should also expect to represent clients in Maine’s Superior Courts or Federal Courts, but especially in the Kennebec Superior Court in Augusta. Court cases will involve affirmative litigation to seek injunctive relief and damages, including emotional damages, as well as legal fees.  The litigation is frequently complex and involves extended discovery and motion practice. The administrative complaints in the attorney’s case load are not summary proceedings and frequently require extended work.  The attorney in this role is also expected to consult and with and provide supervision support for the work of the local office paralegals and attorneys both in the provision of limited legal assistance and in other work that advances the purpose and intent of the Fair Housing Unit.

Community outreach is a critical component of the work performed by the attorney. In addition, trainings and presentations related to the Fair Housing Act and Maine Human Rights Act are also a critical component of the position with targets set out in the grant requirements. Compliance with grant reporting requirements is also a component of the position. Other required activities include development of written client education materials, collaborations, and other initiatives designed to address specific legal needs of low-income individuals harmed by discrimination and to affirmatively further fair housing. The attorney is expected to work closely with the Fair Housing Testing Coordinator in executing project goals and strategizing around case development and affirmative action to address systemic discrimination in housing practices.

This position is best suited for an attorney comfortable with the expectations and requirements of affirmative litigation. Trauma-informed lawyering skills are valuable.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, a current resume and 3 professional references to Deputy Director and position supervisor Mr. Chet Randall (crandall@ptla.org) with copies to Executive Director Ms. Nan Heald (nheald@ptla.org), and HR Director Ms. Olesya Shkut (oshkut@ptla.org).