Colorado Nonprofit Association

Attorney for Consumer Protection and Public Benefits Unit

Organization Overview: Colorado Legal Services (CLS) is Colorado’s statewide nonprofit legal aid program, with thirteen offices providing civil legal assistance to low-income Coloradans throughout the state. CLS provides free legal assistance in a broad variety of legal areas, including family law, public benefits, eviction defense, consumer protection, services to survivors of serious crime and human trafficking, and many others.

CLS has strengthened lives, assisted families, and supported communities–one person at a time for over 90 years. We are committed to providing high-quality, free legal advice and representation to eligible individuals throughout Colorado. We have a long history of successful impact and advocacy. CLS strives to bring about substantive, transformational change in the lives of those we serve

Position Summary: The Consumer Protection and Public Benefits Unit Attorney will support low-income individuals and families by providing legal advice, brief service, representation, outreach, and other community-based work in the areas of:

· Consumer law (including, but not limited to, debt collection defense, consumer bankruptcy, repossessions, utility shutoffs, record sealing, and in other areas as needed)

· Public benefits law (including, but not limited to, the denial, loss, or reduction of benefits, overpayments, and intentional program violations in programs such as SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, SNAP, Social Security, Medicare, TANF, Old Age Pension, and others)

Essential Duties:

· Provide high-quality legal advice, brief services, and representation to clients in consumer and public benefits cases in accordance with CLS’ priorities and Casehandler Standards

· Display patience, empathy, and sound judgement while providing clear and transparent communication to clients, managing their expectations effectively

· Perform client and witness interviews, carry out thorough investigations, draft legal documents and pleadings, and negotiate on behalf of clients

· Represent clients in court and at administrative proceedings

· Consult and co-counsel with other CLS attorneys, paralegals, and support staff

· Achieve and maintain knowledge of consumer and public benefits laws as well as other poverty law developments

· Regularly engage in professional development and training opportunities

· Maintain thorough and up-to-date records (including timekeeping and client case notes) in CLS case management systems

· Work as a member of a legal team, actively participating in regular case staffings as well as office and organization-wide projects focusing on community education, the development of legal informational materials, and outreach to client populations

· Travel within El Paso, Teller, and Fremont Counties, as appropriate

· Promote an office culture that emphasizes equity, diversity, inclusion, harmony, cohesiveness, work quality, continuous improvement, and excellent service to clients

Required Qualifications:

· Valid license to practice law in the state of Colorado or ability to obtain a Colorado license as soon as practicable

· Excellent written and verbal communication skills

· Detail-oriented with strong critical thinking, analytical, and time management skills

· A strong commitment to advocacy in the public interest and a passion for social justice

· A sensitivity to the legal needs of low-income individuals, seniors, individuals with disabilities, minorities, and individuals with limited English proficiency

Preferred Qualifications:

· Past experience working with low-income populations, individuals who have experienced trauma, at-risk seniors, and/or individuals with disabilities

· Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish

This position reports to: Assistant Supervising Attorney for Consumer Protection and Public Benefits Unit