Since its founding as a Washington State non-profit civic organization in 1908, the Spokane County Bar Association (SCBA) has continuously served its attorney members.  Today over 1000 local attorneys voluntarily join the collegial SCBA. Member attorneys have unique opportunities for professional growth, connections and support, social events, continuing legal education, pro bono opportunities, leadership development and member benefits. The SCBA also provides services to attorneys outside of the region, paralegals, and other legal professionals.

The SCBA is centered in Spokane, Washington. Spokane is resource rich with four distinct seasons and accompanying outdoor activities, a continuing core district expansion with a multi-university district, Fairchild Air Force Base and as the central Pacific Northwest medical hub.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Spokane County Bar Association to enhance the integrity and competence of the legal community and to pursue greater access to justice for all county residents.

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    The JOY OF RUNNING TOGETHER is a public work of art in honor of the annual Spokane Bloomsday Run.

Join the SCBVLP as a Legal Programs Assistant/ VLP Paralegal. This will be an incredible opportunity for a talented individual who is seeking the opportunity to grow and learn about nonprofits, legal aid, public relations, operations, marketing, fund raising and customer service.

Position Summary

The Administrative Assistant provides customer service and administrative duties in support of the public, volunteer attorneys, staff, and community partners. This position works collaboratively with both the SCBA and Volunteer Lawyers Program to ensure the office functions smoothly. This position is 37.5 hours per week with a full benefits package.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides exemplary customer service to all
  • Research and deliver document request for volunteer attorneys
  • Assist with legal clinics within the courtroom
  • Assists general public with form sales and resource information regarding volunteer lawyers programs (VLP). Control inventory and manage point-of-sale form sales.
  • Keeps the office running smoothly by ensuring supplies are stocked, in order, and the office is clean (including common staff areas)
  • Legal Server data entry and extract as needed
  • Prepares and sends out professional correspondence
  • Performs general clerical duties
  • Facilitates client placement with volunteer attorney or other resource
  • Remains flexible to handle priorities as they arise
  • Assists with social and fundraising events

Position Qualifications

The Administrative Assistant provides customer service and administrative duties in support of the public, volunteer attorneys, staff, and community partners. This position works collaboratively with both the SCBA and Volunteer Lawyers Program to ensure the office functions smoothly. This position is 37.5 hours per week with a full benefits package.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Paralegal Certification desired, but not required.
  • Provides exemplary customer service to all
  • Research and deliver document request for volunteer attorneys
  • Assist with legal clinics within the courtroom
  • Assists general public with form sales and resource information regarding volunteer lawyers programs (VLP). Control inventory and manage point-of-sale form sales.
  • Keeps the office running smoothly by ensuring supplies are stocked, in order, and the office is clean (including common staff areas)
  • Legal Server data entry and extract as needed
  • Prepares and sends out professional correspondence
  • Performs general clerical duties
  • Facilitates client placement with volunteer attorney or other resource
  • Remains flexible to handle priorities as they arise
  • Assists with social and fundraising events

Physical Abilities
Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to: Sit for prolonged periods of time; stand, walk and climb stairs; operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard and utilize verbal and written communication to exchange information; Clearly see 20+ feet, with or without corrective lenses and differentiate between colors; Occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist.

Mental & Other Skills/Abilities

Adaptability: ability to adapt to changes, delays or unexpected events in the work environment; ability to manage competing demands and prioritize tasks; ability to change approach or method to best fit the situation.

Dependability: ability to respond to management direction; ability to complete tasks on time or notify the appropriate person with an alternate plan when necessary.

Interpersonal Skills: ability to maintain satisfactory relationships with others, excellent customer service skills and a good overall understanding of appropriate human relations.

Judgment: ability to work independently with limited supervision; ability to make prudent and timely decisions; ability to exhibit sound and accurate judgment.

Language Abilityability to read, and write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals; ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from management, staff, clients, customers, and the general public.

Problem Solving Ability: ability to identify and/or prevent problems before they occur; ability to formulate alternative solutions to problems when necessary; ability to transfer learning from past experiences to new experiences of similar nature.

Quality Management: ability to complete duties, on time and with precision; ability to edit the accuracy and thoroughness of one’s work as well as the work of others; ability to constructively apply feedback to improve performance, ability to generate ideas to improve and promote quality in work

Reasoning Ability: ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form; ability to walk through problems involving multiple variables.

Work Environment

While performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this job, the employee is exposed to typical office environment conditions and noise levels. Multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment is an integral part of this position. The SCBVLP follows all state and federal COVID-19 guidelines, including vaccine mandates for state funded programs.

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The SCBVLP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, marital status sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, political ideology, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, or presence of a disability. The SCBVLP, in partnership with the SCBA and legal community, is working to challenge systemic racism in the regional justice system.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $18.00 – $23.50 per hour

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to MWardrop@spokanebar.org. Application review begins immediately.

SCBA Spotlight

Volunteer Lawyers Program Coordinator

The Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) is a legal assistance program of the Spokane County Bar Association. The VLP recruits volunteer attorneys to provide free or reduced-cost legal counsel and representation in civil matters (non-criminal) to primarily low-income individuals in Spokane County and seven outlying counties.

The VLP is recruiting for an innovative leader to serve as Program Coordinator who wants to help grow a mission-driven organization. This person will work directly with clients seeking legal assistance, as well as judges, attorneys, and other legal professionals to expand access to justice in the Inland Northwest.

Position Summary

The Program Coordinator works closely with the VLP Executive Director, Standing Advisory Committee, Spokane County Bar Association, volunteer attorneys, agencies serving low-income individuals, and other legal service providers and individuals to deliver critical legal services where they are needed most in the community. As the public face of the VLP, the Program Coordinator is responsible for recruiting and managing attorney volunteers, promoting a positive VLP public image, and donor development and event-based fundraising.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Learn and act upon the emerging legal needs for community members
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key partners, such as law firms, community and governmental organizations, funders, and other individuals, and pursue additional partnerships
  • Recruit and support volunteer attorneys for client referrals and clinics
  • Develop and follow a public relations and marketing plan based upon stakeholder input and research
  • Write articles for publications and issue press releases
  • Manage social media and web page content
  • Attend statewide trainings and other events as provided by funding organizations
  • Utilize legal database to measure outcomes for the program; assist with dissemination of outcomes to major funders and community-at-large
  • Secure funding through donors, fundraising events, grant writing, and major gifts
  • Assist in the development of legal access curriculum
  • Train intake and clinic volunteers
  • Lead the planning and execution of fundraising activities and events

 

 

Additional Responsibilities

  • Attend community events, meetings, and trainings
  • Maintain customer-centered approach to working with members of the public, and effectively communicate with individuals of various backgrounds who may be in crisis
  • Create and update collateral materials
  • Maintain thorough contact information and well-organized files for all areas of responsibility
  • Assist the Executive Director in drafting the proposed annual budget
  • Seek opportunities to secure staff through internship programs and other sources
  • Update forms as needed

Position Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education/Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in public relations, grant writing, and/or fundraising. Prior experience within a non-profit organization is a plus.
  • Experience working with the public in a service capacity.
  • Ability to speak other languages a plus.
  • Experience working within the legal community is preferred but not necessary.
  • Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills a must; experience supervising staff is preferred
  • Proficient in use of Microsoft Office products.
  • Capable working in a fast-paced, busy environment.
  • Occasional overnight travel required.

Salary Range:  DOE

Work Environment

While performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this job, the employee is exposed to typical office environment conditions and noise levels. Multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment is an integral part of this position. The VLP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, marital status sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, political ideology, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, or presence of a disability. The VLP, in partnership with the SCBA and legal community, is working to challenge systemic racism in the regional justice system.

This role requires a full COVID-19 vaccination.

Apply Today: Submit Cover Letter and Resume to MWardrop@spokanebar.org

Staff Attorney Eviction Defense Program
Position Announcement
July 2022 – Closes When Filled

Join the Spokane County Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program, SCBVLP, in leading the new pre Right-to-Counsel Program in Washington State. You’ll be working in a small, but mighty civil legal aid nonprofit. You’ll have flexibility, access to excellent mentors, and generally enjoy your status as an attorney who makes a difference in our community and in the lives of our clients and the community.

The SCBVLP is a nonprofit, civil legal aid organization that works to provide civil legal resources for low-income community members in Spokane and surrounding counties.  The Pre Right-to-Counsel program works to provide attorney representation for low-income residents who are facing eviction primarily in Spokane County and a small percentage from the five surrounding counties.  Legal assistance is provided through counsel and advice, negotiated settlements, and streamlined referrals to other social service providers related to housing.  If the client/tenant does go to court, the client will be assigned to a Right to Counsel attorney either in-house or through another legal aid organization.

Job Overview

Attorney will work with and represent the tenant/ client. Attorney will act as an advocate first & foremost to ensure tenants’ rights are preserved, eviction related law are followed, and when possible, halt the eviction. The program is supported by the WA Office of Civil Legal Aid who offers additional training and on-going support to ensure success.

Compensation  – $60,000 – $68,000 a year DOE, benefits included, generous education/training/ licensing stipend. Membership to the SCBA will be provided a benefit. Attorney will represent the SCBVLP to outside stakeholders as warranted. As a 501 c 3 entity,  there may be federal opportunities for student loan forgiveness.

Qualifications

  • Licensed to practice law in Washington and in good standing.
  • Experience with civil procedure, courtroom protocol, and rules of evidence
  • Experience with housing laws and familiar with housing programs and issues in the region
  • Experience successfully working with low-income, diverse, limited English, and marginalized community members
  • Understanding of systemic racism within our regional justice system
  • Excellent communication skills especially when working in a team, with volunteers, judicial staff, opposing counsel, and others
  • Able to synthesize great amounts of information, prioritize duties, find and employ solutions for both the business and the client, master mediator
  • Proficient with all forms of technology including case management software, Microsoft products, phones, server run platforms, on-line meeting platforms, etc.
  • Able to track and implement changes to the law or local rules
  • Nonprofit board work experience is desirable and/or volunteer experience.
  • Experience in changing policy and/or advocacy is a plus

Physical Abilities:

Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to:

  • Sit for prolonged periods of time, stand, walk and climb stairs, operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard;
  • utilize verbal and written communication to exchange information
  • Clearly see 20+ feet, with or without corrective lenses and differentiate between colors occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist;

Apply Today

Submit Cover Letter and Resume to ExecDir@SpokaneBar.org.

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The SCBVLP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, marital status sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, political ideology, age, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, or presence of a disability. The SCBVLP, in partnership with the SCBA and legal community, is working to challenge systemic racism in the regional justice system.

SPONSORS OF THE SCBA

Web site advertising is here or sponsorship as we like to call it!  The cost for up to one calendar month is $250 and the size of the ad is  700 × 500 pixels.  Your sponsorship image will be link to your company web site.  See samples below for examples.

If you have an interest in advertising on our web site, contact Mark Wardrop at MWardrop@SpokaneBar.org.

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