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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.

Current Opportunities:

DOJ Holistic Legal Services Litigator Position - Portland Office

Managing Attorney - Augusta Office

 



Holistic Litigator Position - Portland Office

Pine Tree has an immediate opening for a litigator based in its Portland office to provide high-quality, low-barrier legal services to survivors of sexual assault, primarily in summary proceedings at the District Court level.  The primary service area is Cumberland, Sagadahoc and Lincoln Counties, with occasional coverage for clients in surrounding communities. The temporary position is funded through September 2019 by a DOJ Legal Assistance to Victims grant for which renewal funding will be sought.

Legal advocacy will range from advice and limited representation to full legal representation, primarily involving protection from abuse and consumer matters (which can present significant challenges to survivors seeking to establish their independence and financial stability.)   The attorney should expect to handle a minimum of 5 full representation matters and 10 limited representation matters/month throughout the service area.  In addition, the attorney is expected to provide consultations to staff of the local sexual assault support and Children’s Advocacy Centers in appropriate case-related issues, consult and collaborate with other service providers, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, the Department of Health and Human Services, and others involved in the community response team, and utilize systems to effectively address the holistic legal needs of survivors of sexual assault and non-offending parents of child sexual assault victims. Travel to attend court, client and partner agency meetings and statewide trainings should be expected.

The Portland field office of Pine Tree includes Pine Tree attorneys and paralegals working on other grant funded projects and general legal services.   Pine Tree is committed to providing strong supervision and support to its staff:  the attorney will benefit from internal and external training programs and have the opportunity to collaborate and consult with colleagues with expertise in a broad range of substantive and procedural law issues significant to program clients.  Consistent with Pine Tree’s core values (https://www.ptla.org/our-core-values), the attorney is expected to be a valued contributor and supportive colleague to other members of the office and to the program as a whole.  Additional information about the position is available upon request.

The attorney should be admitted to practice in Maine or eligible to serve under MRCP 89 (c). Previous litigation experience is required.  Expertise in trauma-informed interviewing and representation of survivors of sexual assault in protection from abuse matters and/or consumer advocacy is strongly preferred.

The annual salary will be in the range of $51,000+ 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 and your qualifications, 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 Family Unit Managing Attorney Lucia Chomeau Hunt at lhunt@ptla.org by December 10, 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.


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 Octover 30th, 2018, 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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