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Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. (ILAS) is the largest public interest law firm in the State of Idaho. The firm has offices in Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston, Nampa, Boise, Twin Falls, Pocatello, and Idaho Falls. ILAS also maintains three statewide attorney-staffed advice lines, addressing senior, housing, and domestic violence related legal issues. ILAS seeks equal justice for the underprivileged and low-income community through legal representation, community outreach, and education. 

Whether you are staff, a student, or a volunteer, Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. offers interesting and challenging work where you can help those in need, develop new skills, and gain insight into your community.

Information regarding available employment, internship, externship, and volunteer opportunities is listed below. If you are interested in Pro Bono Opportunities, please click here: Pro Bono.

 

 Employment Opportunities

Managing Attorney-Lewiston 

Idaho Legal Aid Services (ILAS) is seeking applicants for a full time managing attorney in our Lewiston office to serve clients in Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis and Nez Perce counties. The attorney may represent clients in a variety of areas including family law where there has been domestic violence, housing, public entitlements, Indian and senior law. Must be a member of the Idaho State Bar or able to readily obtain admission. Staff are eligible to participate in a telecommuting program after three months at ILAS.  

Ideal candidate will have litigation or family law experience and a history of public service. Salary depending on experience; example: five years of experience, $67,900+ for a 37.5 hour week. Excellent benefits include life, health, dental, and disability insurance. May also qualify for a Legal Services Corporation loan repayment program and federal loan foregiveness programs. Email your cover letter, resume, and list of three references to bevallen@idaholegalaid.org. ILAS is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 

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Staff Attorney - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Falls, or Twin Falls

Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. (ILAS), Idaho's largest public interest law firm, is seeking applicants for a staff attorney positions based out of our Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Falls, or Twin Falls Office. The attorney selected for this position must have an interest in poverty law and a passion for serving vulnerable and at-risk populations. This position will provide direct legal representation to Idahoans with critical legal needs. Cases will primarily focus on housing law (eviction defense, foreclosure, housing discrimination, etc.) and representation of survivors of domestic violence, stalking, sexual violence, and sex trafficking. Duties will include managing a caseload from beginning to end, communicating with clients, drafting legal documents, making court appearances, and collaborating with coworkers and partner agencies or organizations. This attorney will also draft legal education materials and conduct outreach and legal education to individuals and organizations that serve our client community, including LGBTQ, unhoused, refugee, immigrant, Latinx, and Native American communities. 

ILAS provides excellent opportunities for meaningful work and the professional growth of its employees. Our staff love working at ILAS because of our mission and the opportunity to make a difference in people's lives. In recent staff surveys, ILAS's culture was described as supportive, collegial, flexible, and collaborative. We value a sustainable work/life balance. This is a full-time position for 37.5 hours per week. Staff are eligible to participate in a telecommuting program after three months at ILAS. 

The entry-level annual salary for this position for a person with less than one year of experience is $60,000. Excellent benefits including life, health, dental, and disability insurance. Full-time ILAS employees may qualify for a Legal Services Corporation loan repayment program and federal loan forgiveness programs. ILAS offers generous leave benefits and a retirement plan. Relocation assistance is available. 

ILAS is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. We value a diverse workforce to serve our client community. Email your cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to Bev Allen at bevallen@idaholegalaid.org (please indicate which office(s) you are interested in). You can also email Ms. Allen to request application or interview accommodations. Positions will be posted until filled.

Qualifications

The candidate hired for this position must be a member of the Idaho State Bar or be able to transfer based on their UBE score. Extra consideration will be given to applicants with a history of public service or fluency in languages relevant to our client community.

 

Contract Attorneys - Lewiston, Twin Falls, and Idaho Falls

Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. (ILAS), Idaho's largest no-cost, public interest law firm, has an exciting opportunity for an attorney in the 2nd, 5th, and 7th Judicial Districts. As required by ILAS's Legal Services Corporation funding, ILAS is looking to contract with a private attorney at a rate of $80-$100 per hour to accept (at your discretion) eviction defense and domestic violence related family law cases for low-income Idahoans referred from local offices. ILAS will provide access to training materials, pleadings, and our staff attorneys to support the contract attorney. 

The contract will begin as soon as possible and end on December 31, 2023. The total hours worked under the contract will be negotiated but will not exceed 75 hours for the year. The attorneys selected for these contracts must believe in ILAS's mission of providing equal access to justice and must be members of the Idaho State Bar. ILAS can provide malpractice insurance if attorney applicants do not have their own coverage.

Email your cover letter and a resume to sunriseayers@idaholegalaid.org (please indicate which office you are applying for). Application deadline is January 20, 2023. ILAS is an equal opportunity employer. To request application or interview accommodations, email sunriseayers@idaholegalaid.org.

 

Internship, Externship, and Volunteer Opportunities

Information regarding available employment, internship, externship, and volunteer opportunities with Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. are listed below.

If you are interested in Pro Bono Opportunities through the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program, please click here for more information: Pro Bono

 

Volunteers

Volunteers are vital for us to serve our client community. Legal volunteers, such as active and retired attorneys, law and paralegal students, and financial and accounting sector volunteers and marketing, media, or communication sector volunteers, contribute invaluable services to our offices each year. 

If you are interested in volunteering at an ILAS office, please call our statewide number at: (208) 746-7541 to be connected to your local office's volunteer coordinator.

 

Internships and Externships
Opportunities: 1L, 2L, or 3L Internships or Externships; select offices may offer undergraduate internships

Compensation: Unpaid; Credit Available

Position Description: The intern/extern will work with staff attorneys on legal research projects and will assist with cases. The intern may work in a variety of legal areas, including housing, family and domestic violence, consumer, public benefits, guardianships, wills and trusts, elder, and/or Indian law. 

The intern will have the opportunity to take on substantial responsibilities, which may include: calling and meeting with clients; interviewing witnesses; assisting in trial preparation; researching and writing briefs and memorandums; drafting complaints and other pleadings; and/or conducting educational workshops. The intern may also be responsible for administrative tasks like filing and copying.

Time Commitment: The time commitment for internship or externship will generally be governed by the law student's school's requirements to obtain credit.  For interns who will not receive credit, the weekly time commitment is negotiable.  However, for a summer internship, at least fifteen hours per week for eight weeks is required. 

Qualifications: 1L applicants must have completed the first year of law school. 2L or 3L applicants may be in any semester of study. The applicant must have an interest in working with the low-income community and addressing poverty law issues. The applicant should: be self-motivated; possess a strong sense of justice; exhibit professionalism; be willing to work under deadlines; and, have excellent interpersonal skills and quality legal writing skills or a strong interest in improving his or her writing ability.

For more information regarding internship or externship opportunities, please call our statewide phone number at: (208) 746-7541 to be connected to the intern/extern coordinator at your local office.

 

 

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