Colorado Nonprofit Association

Denver Housing Unit Staff Attorney

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:
A staff attorney in the Denver Housing Unit (“DHU”) works as a legal advocate for tenants at risk of or facing
eviction and is on the front line in defending tenants to prevent eviction and homelessness. DHU provides a
range of eviction prevention services from giving brief legal advice and information, limited assistance to full
representation in court. DHU operates eviction prevention clinics to advise, educate, prepare answers for
tenants facing eviction and evaluate cases for full representation. DHU is committed to staff mindfulness and
proper work/life balance, and thus, takes active efforts to ensure that staff caseloads are properly managed.
Because of their vulnerability, DHU prioritizes assisting tenants living in federally subsidized housing.

Essential Duties:
• Deliver exceptional legal counsel and advocacy that align with program objectives and meets the
standards set forth by CLS Casehandler guidelines.
• Engage and collaborate with a highly motivated and enthusiastic team of over twenty dedicated
professionals committed to preventing homelessness.
• Display patience, empathy, and sound judgment for clients, including those with diverse backgrounds,
disabilities, and mental health challenges, while providing clear, transparent communication and
managing their expectations effectively.
• Interview clients and witnesses, investigate facts to build client defenses and case strategy, engage in
motions practice and negotiations, and represent tenants at court and administrative hearings.
• Maintain comprehensive and current documentation of client case notes in case management system.
• Aid tenants at courthouse clinics, providing information and advice while quickly assessing their legal
matter to draft pleadings.
• Research complex housing issues, involving both state and federal laws with eye towards looking for
systemic ways to address homelessness.
• Working collaboratively with partner organizations, including agencies who offer rental assistance.

Required Qualifications:
• Valid license to practice law in Colorado or ability to obtain a Colorado license as soon as practicable.
• Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
• Detail-oriented with strong critical thinking and analytical skills.
• Commitment to direct tenant advocate services.
• Ability to work at a quick pace and balance different tasks and responsibilities at the same time.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience representing clients in the court or administrative process.
• Comfortable making arguments in front of a judge or administrative body.
• Experience or knowledge of housing law, especially subsidized housing requirements.
• Bilingual
• Experience working with clients in a vulnerable population, i.e. those living in poverty, those combatting mental illness.