employment opportunities with justice at work

Philadelphia Staff Attorney and Paralegal

We are hiring both a staff attorney and a paralegal to be based out of our Philadelphia office.

Pittsburgh Staff Attorney and Paralegal

We are hiring both a staff attorney and a paralegal to be based out of our Pittsburgh office.


We are hiring either a full or part-time controller to help manage our ever-growing accounting needs.

Please see all job descriptions here.


berney & sang

 Berney & Sang is a private public interest-oriented/civil rights law firm that concentrates its practice in education and employment discrimination law.  We are seeking an attorney for a full-time position that involves litigating special education and other education cases at the administrative, state, and federal trial and appellate levels.  We litigate a range of novel legal issues, including student bullying, Title VI and Title IX cases, and cases under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the American with Disabilities Act.  We have achieved a number of significant decisions in these areas and seek a candidate that is motivated to achieve social justice and transformative change through the legal system.  A passion for public interest work, strong research and writing skills, and a desire to try cases are a must.  The position is ideal from someone who is interested in being a civil rights trial and appellate attorney.  If you would like to know more about the firm's practice, please visit our website at www.berneylaw.com.  If you are interested in applying for the position, please send a resume, cover letter and unofficial transcript to David Berney at djberney@berneylaw.com.  We hope to hear from you.  

Philadelphia Board of Ethics

Associate General Counsel Position Description

The Philadelphia Board of Ethics seeks a talented attorney committed to promoting integrity in City government to serve as the Associate General Counsel. The Associate General Counsel will assist the General Counsel in serving as legal adviser to the Board and its Staff and in helping the regulated community understand and comply with the public integrity laws over which the Board has jurisdiction. The position reports to the General Counsel and is accountable to the Board.

The Associate General Counsel position is a senior-level position in a small staff and is not an entry-level position. The Associate General Counsel must be able to work independently and manage diverse projects of high complexity with minimal supervision. The work is interesting and fast-paced, requiring quick analysis, flexibility to adjust to changing priorities, and the ability to move multiple projects forward simultaneously.

The Board of Ethics is an independent City agency charged with administering, enforcing, and providing advice and training on Philadelphia’s ethics, campaign finance, and lobbying laws. These laws include standards of conduct for City employees, financial disclosure, restrictions on political activities, campaign contribution limits, and lobbying registration and reporting requirements. The five-member volunteer board, which is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council, was established in May 2006 through voter approval of an amendment to the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter.

The Board of Ethics offers a collaborative and intellectually stimulating small office environment in which to practice law. The Board’s work involves a variety of interesting and challenging legal and policy issues.


􀂃 Interpret laws and regulations relevant to the Board’s responsibilities

􀂃 Provide guidance to the regulated community by telephone, email, and in-person

􀂃 Provide legal advice to the Board and Staff on an ongoing basis

􀂃 Draft advisory opinions, regulations, and plain language educational materials

􀂃 Conduct and report on legal research

􀂃 Assist with administrative adjudications and proposed settlement agreements

􀂃 Support the Board’s training efforts

􀂃 Assist with other projects as requested by the General Counsel


􀂃 Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with a demonstrated ability to identify and analyze quickly the legal issues within complex fact patterns

􀂃 Exceptional writing and editing skills, including experience with drafting and editing substantial written work product

􀂃 Enthusiasm for collaborating with teammates, including by engaging in a writing process that relies on multiple rounds of feedback and revision

􀂃 Excellent communication skills, including the ability to listen, answer questions, explain complex legal requirements, make public presentations, and talk to diverse audiences

􀂃 Attention to detail with an ability to review for quality assurance

􀂃 Ability to organize and manage varied short-term and long-term projects and to meet deadlines with consistently high-quality work product

􀂃 Motivated, self-driven, and proactive with strong interpersonal skills

􀂃 Law degree from an accredited law school and member in good standing of the Pennsylvania Bar. At least four years legal experience preferred.

􀂃 Resident of the City of Philadelphia within 6 months of appointment

􀂃 May not have been found guilty of any criminal conduct or of any misconduct by a disciplinary authority


Compensation is competitive with comparable public sector positions. Benefits include regular hours, health, dental and life insurance coverage, and vacation, sick leave and paid holidays. The Associate General Counsel position is exempt from Civil Service requirements.

How to Apply

Review of applications for the Associate General Counsel position will begin on October 19, 2018, and will continue until a candidate is chosen. To apply, please send an email to ethics.hiring@phila.gov and attach a single PDF document with these materials in the following order: (1) résumé; (2) letter of interest that includes salary requirements; and (3) three professional references. Applicants will be notified before any references are contacted. Employment offers are conditioned upon successful completion of a background check and a City tax compliance check.

opportunities at ballard spahr

On behalf of Ballard Spahr LLP, please see the following positions we have open across our offices. To apply, please visit our website, http://www.ballardspahr.com/careers/laterals/currentopportunities.aspx

Intellectual Property EE/Software Patent Prosecution Associate | Atlanta

Our Atlanta office seeks an Associate with at least four years of patent prosecution experience in the electrical or software technologies areas. He or she will have the opportunity to join Ballard's national practice and work on both patent prosecution as well as patent litigation matters.  Excellent academic credentials, a technical background in electrical engineering or computer engineering/science, and superb writing, oral communication, and interpersonal skills are required.  Membership in both the Georgia and Patent Bars are preferred.  

Ballard Spahr LLP is committed to ensuring diversity in its workplace, and candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.


IP Litigation Associate | Atlanta

The Atlanta office of Ballard Spahr's national IP Litigation practice seeks an associate with at least four years of experience in intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on patent litigation.  The candidate will work on cutting-edge IP litigation in district courts around the country, as well as in IPR and other post-grant review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.  We require top academic credentials, experience with patent litigation (including taking and defending depositions), and superb written and oral communication skills.  A technical background, membership in the Patent Bar, and/or experience as a federal judicial clerk are favorably considered, but not required.

Ballard Spahr LLP is committed to ensuring diversity in its workplace, and candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Consumer Financial Services Litigation Attorney (Non-partnership Track) | New York

We are seeking a mid-level, non-partnership track attorney with three to five years of experience to join our thriving consumer finance litigation practice in our New York office. The ideal candidate will have experience in consumer finance and mortgage litigation, such as experience with the Truth in Lending Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and Equal Opportunity Credit Act, as well as federal and state laws governing unfair, deceptive and abusive acts and practices.  Active bar license in New York is required.  Licenses in PA, NJ or CT a plus. This is an excellent opportunity for professional growth in a collegial environment of a national firm. Strong communication skills are required.

Ballard Spahr LLP is committed to ensuring diversity in its workplace, and candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.


Real Estate Associate | Baltimore

Our Baltimore office is seeking a real estate lawyer with 2-4 years of experience to join our thriving national real estate practice. The ideal candidate will have sophisticated real estate finance experience (ideally GSE agency finance experience) and distinguished academic credentials. This is an excellent opportunity for professional growth in a collegial environment. Active bar in MD preferred. Ballard Spahr has one of the largest and most accomplished real estate practices in the country, with more than 125 lawyers nationwide. We help clients build, buy, sell, develop, lease, and finance real estate assets, from the tallest building in Pennsylvania to Utah's largest solar energy facility to luxury condominium hotels.

Ballard Spahr LLP is committed to ensuring diversity in its workplace, and candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.


Intellectual Property Trademark and Copyright Prosecution Associate | Philadelphia

Ballard Spahr's national IP practice seeks an associate in its Philadelphia office to help our clients protect their brands, their identities, and their products. We are looking for lawyers with two to five years of experience in trademark and copyright prosecution and maintenance, including: trademark clearance; preparation of trademark and copyright applications; trademark prosecution and maintenance filings; and international trademark portfolio management. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board practice and copyright counseling experience is helpful. Law firm experience, or significant in-house experience with trademarks and copyrights is preferred.  We require top academic credentials and superb oral and written communication skills.

Ballard Spahr LLP is committed to ensuring diversity in its workplace, and candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. (PLAN, Inc.)


2019 PLAN, Inc. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Summer Internship Program Opportunities

PLAN, Inc. is currently seeking candidates for its 2019 MLK Summer Internship Program (Program). The Program was established in 1991 to promote and support minority attorneys to work in the PLAN programs across the Commonwealth. Internship opportunities are available throughout our network (see the attached map) during the summer months for first and second year law students who are social-justice minded and have a strong desire to make a difference.  We offer 10 paid positions. Please see the attached brochure for more information on the program and application instructions. Note applicants must be open to statewide placement and provide their own housing and transportation.


2018 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. (PLAN, Inc.) Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Position Opportunity

An enhancement of our MLK Internship Program, the MLK Fellowship Program furthers PLAN, Inc.’s goal to increase cultural and ethnic diversity within PLAN programs. Established in 2004, this program places recent law school graduates and attorneys who are new-to-practice at PLAN programs for a two-year fellowship. Fellows are assigned a mentor and supervised by experienced attorneys. Student loan repayment assistance (up to $5500 per fellowship year) is also available to those who qualify.

PLAN Inc. is now accepting applications for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship position at Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services. The position will be based in the program’s Uniontown, Pennsylvania office. Applicants must be licensed in Pennsylvania with a commitment to public interest law. The program will  consider recent law school graduates who sat for the July 2017 Bar Exam. The successful candidate must be willing to travel and committed to completing the full two-year fellowship. Attached is the fellowship advertisement.

To learn more about diversity employment programs, please click here: https://palegalaid.net/internships-fellowships


Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law seeks a distinguished tax practitioner to lead their Graduate Tax Program beginning in January 2019. The Graduate Tax Program is jointly run by the Law School and the School of Business, and offers a Master of Laws (LLM) for lawyers and a Master of Taxation (MT) for accountants. The program is innovative and includes an extensive suite of online classes and classes on the ground. Villanova is looking for an experienced practitioner with teaching experience and management skills.

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values.

More information about the position as well as information on how to apply can be found at https://jobs.villanova.edu/postings/14772.

attorney position with the seniorlaw center

SeniorLAW Center is a nonprofit public interest legal services organization whose mission is to improve the lives of Pennsylvanians 60 and older and to protect their rights through legal representation, education and advocacy. We focus on the needs of elders, prioritizing those who are low-income, cultural/racial minorities, the disabled, and those facing other vulnerabilities and challenges.

We are currently looking for an attorney, fluent in Spanish and English, to join our team devoted to fighting physical abuse and financial exploitation of older adults in Philadelphia. The position involves providing legal advice, extended representation including filing and pursuing Protection from Abuse orders, preparation of powers of attorney, representing clients in court actions involving financial exploitation, landlord tenant matters, housing issues and consumer issues. Candidates must be in good standing in the Pennsylvania Bar. Relevant victim services training and/or experience in a legal services program or law office is preferred.

The full job description can be found at: http://seniorlawcenter.org/employment-opportunities/

Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter identifying specific relevant experience and salary range requirements to the attention of Dana Goldberg, Director, Victim Services via e-mail to employment@ seniorlawcenter.org as soon as possible.

Community Legal Services, Inc.

NPLC Energy Unit Paralegal Opening

Community Legal Services, Inc. of Philadelphia is a non-profit public interest agency providing free civil legal services to low-income Philadelphia residents. As the largest provider of free civil legal services in the Philadelphia area, CLS is both locally and nationally renowned as a premier legal services provider dedicated to ensuring access to justice for all low-income individuals and communities. CLS has eight legal units covering a wide range of civil legal services. The Energy Unit works to keep the utilities on for families through direct representation of low-income utility customers to assert their rights to continued service and affordable payment terms, representing group clients on utility rate change cases and other proceedings affecting affordability of utility service, and advocating for programs and policies which provide low income families with affordable, life-essential utility service.

This is a full-time position responsible for interviewing energy applicants at NPLC both in person and over the telephone, providing advice and representation to the unit’s clients as well as maintaining a large number of client files, under the supervision of attorneys in the unit. This position may also involve off-site intake and assistance at utility clinics organized by the Energy Unit and colleagues. Energy Unit Paralegals provide a range of service, including: negotiating affordable payment terms and resolution of utility disputes with PWD, PECO, and PGW, including communication with utility liaisons and advocating in writing on behalf of clients; advising and potentially representing clients in informal disputes at the utility level; prepare client cases for hearings before the Philadelphia Water Department, Tax Review Board, Office of Administrative Review, and Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, including helping clients compile convincing evidence and assisting witnesses with the preparation of oral and written testimony; conducting community education and trainings; and attending quarterly utility advisory committee meetings, as needed. The position may also include involvement in policy advocacy.

Excellent oral and written communication skills, attention to detail, ability to use the internet to assist with case investigation, high tolerance for interaction with bureaucracies, and the ability to deal with a high volume of direct client interaction are required. The Energy Unit Paralegal will be expected to strategically evaluate the available legal options/resources to preserve access to utility service for as long as possible. Some substantive experience in Utility law is preferred, but not required. The Energy Unit Paralegal will be expected to review relevant statutes, regulations, and utility tariffs when assessing the merits of clients’ disputes. Other responsibilities and qualifications necessary for this position include knowledge of community resources for appropriate referrals, interviewing clients, obtaining the relevant case facts and drafting thorough notes, emails and letters, negotiating favorable outcomes for clients, compassion and understanding for clients who are often dealing with significant levels of stress, and giving clients advice under the supervision of attorneys. Fluency in writing and speaking a language other than English, preferably Spanish, is strongly preferred, but not required.

Required Qualifications:

 High School Diploma or GED.

 Strong writing skills

 Computer literacy and the ability to learn a large volume of complex material quickly,

 Initiative, strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact well in a multi-cultural environment.

 Willingness and motivation to assist on substantive cases and administrative matters.

To Apply: CLS will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position has been filled. You can submit your application on CLS’s website online at:

https://clsphila.org/about-cls/available-positions/ OR https://clsphiladelphia.applytojob.com/apply/uqjlwMXUoZ/NPLC-Energy-Unit-Paralegal

What to Include in your application:

Please include a cover letter, resume, three professional references and one brief writing sample (10 pages or less). Community Legal Services values a diverse work environment and strongly encourages women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, people with disabilities, people who have experienced poverty or homelessness and people who have had prior contact with the juvenile, criminal, or child welfare systems to apply. CLS invites all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how your unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and perspective of our staff and legal services practice.

This is a full-time position covered by the collective bargaining agreement between Community Legal Services, Inc. (CLS) and the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, AFL-CIO and its affiliate District 1199C. The current minimum starting salary is $32,500 for entry-level applicants but that salary is subject to change or adjustment if an applicant has relevant years of experience and according to the provisions of the current collective bargaining agreement. Raises and benefits are also governed by that agreement.

Community Legal Services, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. CLS, Inc. does not discriminate in the selection of employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, genetics, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, CLS complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.