Employment

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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.

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:

  • Consumer Litigation Paralegal
  • Bangor Paralegal Specialist

 

Consumer Litigation Paralegal

Pine Tree Legal Assistance has an immediate opening for a full-time paralegal through December 31, 2021 to handle a wide range of consumer matters pursuant to a specific consumer grant, which may be continued in 2022. The position is based in its Augusta office, although Pine Tree will consider requests to work from a different PTLA office location.

Consumer matters can include debt collection, disclosure proceedings, bankruptcy, foreclosures, security deposits, student loans, credit reporting, unfair trade practices, utility issues, home or auto financing, real estate liens, land installment contracts, and comparable issues. The paralegal will be expected to support a wide range of activities related to these types of cases, including specific responsibility for intake and related client communication on cases and matters funded by the grant, outreach activities and support with various office duties.  On a weekly basis, the paralegal can be expected to spend up to 9  hours/week responding to requests for legal help from low-income individuals primarily by phone but also including individuals who are referred by community partners.  Later in the year, this may be expanded to include online intake requests and/or walk-ins at local PTLA offices (which are currently closed to the public because of the pandemic.) Intake responsibilities include initial contacts and client interviews, eligibility screening, computerized data entry of clients in the case management system, and the provision of legal information and referrals when appropriate. Careful and detailed documentation of requests is essential. Under attorney supervision, the paralegal will also provide legal assistance to eligible clients, including documenting specific violations of consumer protections, requesting, and organizing relevant financial information to establish the legal case, client counseling and general litigation support.  In addition, the paralegal may provide administrative support with various office duties, including ordering of office supplies and other facilities issues. The full job description is available on request.

Previous experience with consumer matters is very helpful. Candidates who meet the existing criteria for this position and are fluent in a second language are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should email a letter of interest, resume and three references to HR Director Olesya Shkut at oshkut@ptla.org, with a copy to Deputy Director Chet Randall at crandall@ptla.org and Director of Intake Maureen Boston at mboston@ptla.org. Applications are encouraged by March 17 but will be accepted until the position is filled.


Bangor Paralegal Specialist

The Bangor office of Pine Tree Legal Assistance has an immediate opening for a full-time paralegal position., This staff person will primarily support two specialized units at Pine Tree that are housed in the Bangor office: (1) the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic(LITC), which provides free legal assistance statewide to low-income taxpayers with IRS disputes, and (2) the Farmworker Unit(FWU), which provides free legal assistance to agricultural workers throughout New England with a wide range of legal needs (including various employment issues,  the right to safe housing, and protection from sexual harassment or abuse.) Both units serve a diverse client population, including many individuals with limited English proficiency.  

The paralegal will initially prioritize work with the LITC staff attorney to help manage the volume of cases and client communications, as well as to support the referral of appropriate cases to pro bono volunteers. Taxpayer problems vary widely but all present serious consequences to the family if left unaddressed, and Pine Tree operates the only low-income taxpayer clinic in Maine.   The paralegal will work closely with the LITC attorney in developing the legal file, which may also include coordination of tax preparation by volunteers around the State.   The paralegal will also participate in one weekly shift on the statewide telephone ‘call center’ which handles incoming requests for legal help from a wide range of potential clients.

The paralegal will also work with a two attorney team to support client communications and ongoing casework for existing clients and to strengthen the network of civil legal aid support for agricultural workers throughout New England. The paralegal will support the staff attorneys in two primary ways: (1) handling individual cases, and (2) strengthening the coordination of services between local nonprofits and state agencies serving agricultural worker sand the local legal aid providers involved in addressing their legal needs. Individual casework may require ongoing communication with clients about the status of their cases and support in documenting particular aspects of the legal claim.  The regional work may include coordination and support for ongoing meetings, teleconferences and the development of bilingual client education materials.  If pandemic restrictions ease later in the year, it may involve outreach activities (in Maine or other New England states) to ensure that agricultural workers have information about their legal rights and potential legal resources in their communities.  In addition, the paralegal will spend some time on a weekly basis responding to local office needs and handling more general administrative tasks, working in partnership with the experienced office paralegal. The full job description is available on request.

This position has been currently approved as a 12-month position, but may be extended if funding allows. Candidates should have strong time management skills to support both Pine Tree ‘s tax and farmworker specialists and previous experience with those areas would be very helpful. Fluency in Spanish is highly desirable, although not required.

Interested applicants should email a letter of interest, resume and three references to HR Director Olesya Shkut at oshkut@ptla.org, with a copy to Deputy Director Chet Randall at crandall@ptla.org, Bangor Managing Attorney Erica Veazey at eveazey@ptla.org,  and Director of Intake Maureen Boston at mboston@ptla.org. Applications are encouraged by March 17 but will be accepted until the position is filled.