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Legal Aid of Arkansas is a public interest, not-for-profit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income individuals. We are dedicated to helping those in need by providing equal access to justice for all. If you are interested in a career with Legal Aid of Arkansas, browse our openings and complete our online application. We’ll consider you for future opportunities.


Public Service – Attorneys working for the Center for Arkansas Legal Services and Legal Aid of Arkansas have the opportunity to engage in meaningful public service work with a client population that needs and appreciates the help they receive. While not every client achieves the outcome they hope for, most appreciate the help they receive.

Professional Challenges – Legal aid attorneys have been at the forefront of significant advocacy nationwide. Arkansas legal aid attorneys are protecting the rights of tenants, shielding victims of domestic violence, and helping protect Arkansans who are low-income, elderly or have a disability from consumer scams and financial loss.

A Community of Advocates – When you work for the Center for Arkansas Legal Services or Legal Aid of Arkansas, you are a part of a national and statewide community of poverty law advocates.

Since the 1960s, legal aid attorneys have created and maintained networks for support and training. You can help make access to justice a reality for all Arkansans.


Job Openings

  • Staff Attorney

    Legal Aid is seeking a staff attorney for our Medical-Legal Partnership at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center. The attorney will provide civil legal assistance, outreach, and education to individuals who are clients at CHI St. Vincent at the main campus in Little Rock and at satellite care locations within Central Arkansas. The attorney selected will be housed in Little Rock on the CHI St. Vincent main campus and at Legal Aid’s offices at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The position is contingent on Legal Aid receiving funding from CHI St. Vincent.

    Responsibilities and Duties:
    * Handle caseload, counsel and advise clients on their legal rights, conduct legal research and writing, represent clients in court, and staff a shift on the Legal Aid HelpLine, plus other duties as assigned;
    * Recruit, train, and manage interns, volunteers, medical partners and pro bono attorneys;
    * Develop informational and legal education materials;
    * Coordinate and conduct community education and outreach at community forums, continuing legal education seminars, and medical clinics;
    * Collect data on the services provided, the legal issues for which the clients is receiving services and outcomes obtained;
    * Assume general administrative responsibilities, including grant compliance, timekeeping and case management.

    Qualifications:
    * Demonstrated commitment to public interest work and strong desire to assist indigent clients;
    * Licensed to practice law in Arkansas or awaiting bar results or reciprocity as of September 2017;
    * Familiarity with, and interest in, working in low income and diverse communities;
    * Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills;
    * Valid driver's license, liability insurance, and access to an automobile;

    Legal Aid is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.

    Compensation:

    Consistent with the Legal Aid of Arkansas salary schedule, $42,000 annually plus, DOE:
    *Supreme Court and State or Local Bar dues;
    *Mileage reimbursement and per diem when applicable;
    *Retirement plan contribution per program policy; and
    *Training and continuing legal education in relevant poverty law areas, as needed.

    Interested applicants should contact Legal Aid with any follow up questions.

    Application Process: Please email cover letter, resume, and references to:

    Lee Richardson, Executive Director at lrichardson@arlegalaid.org

    No phone calls please. E-mail is the preferred method to communicate interest.

    Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications will be vetted as received and the position is only open until filled.

  • AmeriCorps VISTA – Fundraising & Development

    Service Location: Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc. 714 South Main, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401. Service sites may include Little Rock, Springdale, Jonesboro, Newport and West Memphis.

    Site Supervisor/Title: Kesia Morrison, Communications Director, 870-972-9224 ext. 6306, kmorrison@arlegalaid.org.

    Service Position Summary:
    The Fundraising VISTA member will focus on developing a statewide resource plan geared at identifying and prioritizing possible sources of funding to support Legal Aid’s five year strategic plan and statewide access to justice initiatives.

    Essential Functions of Position:
    In coordination with the Executive Director, develop a comprehensive resource development plan geared at identifying and prioritizing possible sources of funding to support Legal Aid’s five-year strategic plan and statewide access to justice initiatives, including initiatives spearheaded through other AmeriCorps programs;
    Work with the Executive Director to plan at least one specific community impact project;
    Coordinate with statewide staff to identify strengths and weaknesses in the existing fundraising strategy;
    Work with Legal Aid and statewide staff to connect with possible funders and foundations;
    Coordinate with the Arkansas Access to Justice Foundation to support the continuation and expansion of a statewide legal services fundraising campaign;
    With close supervision from the Executive Director and Communications Director, create a plan for legislative education and outreach;
    Assist the Executive Director and statewide staff with donor cultivation;
    Research and develop fundraising strategies, i.e. through private donations, in-kind supports and fundraising events;
    Assist with grant writing and contacting prospective donors;
    Coordinate training on grant writing and resource development for involved staff;
    Coordinate with Executive Director and Communications Director to develop a social media and email marketing campaign designed to drive fundraising efforts;
    Access to Vulnerable Populations: The Arkansas Service Commission has determined that the probability of access to vulnerable populations is so great that all members will undergo all required criminal background checks: NSOPR, FBI, and Arkansas State Police, as well as other states, as necessary.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required: Applicants must have exceptional communications skills, a reliable form of transportation and driver’s license. Experience with fundraising or grant writing is a plus.

    Academic and Experience Qualifications: Experience or interest in the area for which the applicant is applying is preferred but not required. Associates or bachelors degree preferred.

    Commitment Required: November 2017 to October 2018

    AmeriCorps Program Benefits:
    Living allowance of $1023 per month.
    Post-service cash award (approximately $1,500) or Segal AmeriCorps Educational Award ($5,775), dependent upon successful completion of service hours.
    Health insurance provided.
    Liability insurance and per diem/mileage per Legal Aid policy provided.

    For more information: For more information or to apply please email Kesia Morrison, Communications Director, at kmorrison@arlegalaid.org.

  • AmeriCorps VISTA – Volunteer Recruitment

    Service Location: Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc. 714 South Main, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401. Service sites may include Little Rock, Springdale, Jonesboro, Newport and West Memphis.

    Site Supervisor/Title: Kesia Morrison, Communications Director, 870-972-9224 ext. 6306, kmorrison@arlegalaid.org.

    Service Position Summary:
    The Volunteer Recruitment VISTA will work with statewide staff to strengthen and implement volunteer recruitment mechanisms to increase the number of pro bono attorneys and other volunteers supporting the organizations’ efforts.

    Essential Functions of Position:
    Develop and execute a plan to increase the capacity of the statewide volunteer program;
    Work with statewide partners to identify and implement best practices to increase the number of pro bono attorneys and to increase pro bono attorney participation;
    Implement volunteer recruitment mechanisms to increase the number of pro bono attorneys and other volunteers supporting the organization’s effort, with a focus on streamlining statewide pro bono processes;
    In coordination with Executive Director and pro bono coordinators, develop an orientation program for new volunteers that includes information about resources and responsibilities;
    Coordinate with statewide legal aid taskforces to provide training to pro bono attorneys on poverty and substantive legal issues;
    Develop and implement a system to collect and report outcomes achieved by pro bono attorneys statewide;
    Support statewide volunteer recruitment with ongoing communications, nominations and reporting;
    Identify community partners willing to support and collaborate on volunteer recruitment program;
    Explore the use of technology, such as video conferencing, to connect staff and pro bono resources to individuals in remote, underserved, or hard-to-reach communities;
    Travel to events to encourage participants to volunteer.
    Access to Vulnerable Populations: The Arkansas Service Commission has determined that the probability of access to vulnerable populations is so great that all members will undergo all required criminal background checks: NSOPR, FBI, and Arkansas State Police, as well as other states, as necessary.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required: Applicants must have exceptional communications skills, a reliable form of transportation and driver’s license.

    Academic and Experience Qualifications: Experience or interest in the area for which the applicant is applying is preferred but not required. Associates or bachelors degree preferred.

    Commitment Required: November 2017 to October 2018

    AmeriCorps Program Benefits:
    Living allowance of $1023 per month.
    Post-service cash award (approximately $1,500) or Segal AmeriCorps Educational Award ($5,775), dependent upon successful completion of service hours.
    Health insurance provided.
    Liability insurance and per diem/mileage per Legal Aid policy provided.

    For more information: For more information or to apply please email Kesia Morrison, Communications Director, at kmorrison@arlegalaid.org.


Apply

Thank you for expressing interest in a career with Legal Aid. To apply for an open position, please complete our online application by clicking on the link below.

Click here to access our online Employment Application.

If you wish to apply for a position that is not listed, we are always accepting applications. Remember to check back often for new job postings.

Looking to volunteer? You can still make a difference for our organization by applying to be a Pro Bono Attorney. Providing pro bono services to people of limited means can mean the difference between justice for some and justice for all. For more information on how to volunteer, please visit our Become a Pro Bono Attorney page under How To Help.


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