Job Posting

 

CONNECTICUT URBAN LEGAL INITIATIVE, INC.

35 ELIZABETH ST — KNIGHT HALL

UCONN SCHOOL OF LAW

HARTFORD, CT 06105

JUNIOR STAFF ATTORNEY POSITION

 

Duties & Responsibilities

CULI, a nonprofit law program on the campus of University of Connecticut School of Law, is seeking an entry- to mid-level associate to serve as a Staff Attorney working with the legal staff, students, and clients of CULI.  The Staff Attorney will report to the Executive Director of CULI and will spend the majority of his or her time engaging in the practice of law in the various practice areas of the clinic, managing a portfolio of clients, and providing legal assistance to nonprofit organizations and other CULI clients, including public sector entities such as municipalities and housing authorities.  Client matters will include real estate transactions, contract negotiations, tax issues, corporate and governance concerns, and other non-litigation projects.  In addition, the Staff Attorney will have the opportunity to assist in teaching the clinical class, oversee and manage law students on projects, draft legal updates for the CULI website and hone his or her legal skills in project management and public-interest lawyering. 

Examples of projects in which the Staff Attorney might assist:

  • Providing legal support to a number of start-up nonprofit organizations by assisting with budget and business structures, negotiating agreements, and facilitating nonprofit corporate development;
  • Preparing and filing organizational documents with the Connecticut Secretary of the State’s office to create Connecticut nonstock corporations, as well as applications for recognition of charitable tax-exempt status with the IRS;
  • Facilitating meetings of Boards of Directors of nonstock corporations facing complex corporate issues, mitigating conflicts of interest, researching legal questions, and presenting analysis;
  • Representing clients in transactions both buying and selling residential real estate, often with federal or state encumbrances and income restrictions;
  • Assisting public housing authorities on regulatory compliance, administrative hearings, various elements of large scale mixed-income housing redevelopment projects, drafting and interpreting agreements, and meeting with residents, community leaders, and stakeholders to accomplish revitalization goals;
  • Updating the website and utilizing a newly created database to monitor and alert current and prior nonprofit clients regarding annual federal and state reporting requirements, changes in the laws affecting nonprofits, and other assistance, including drafting, reviewing and editing educational materials for the website, aimed at both clients (current, former, and future) and pro bono attorneys seeking guidance as they volunteer for local nonprofits.  

Basic Qualifications

Admitted to Connecticut Bar by the start of employment with CULI; one to five years of legal experience as a licensed attorney in any jurisdiction, preferably in transactional  or public interest law.  The candidate should be prepared to start as soon as possible.

Additional Qualifications

Strong educational credentials, interpersonal skills, organizational ability, time-management skills, research and writing skills.  Project management background and experience with websites preferred.

Compensation

CULI will offer the successful candidate a salary as well as health insurance. Salary will be commensurate with experience for an attorney working in public interest law.

Application

Please forward your resume, a cover letter, a transcript and a writing sample to bambi.roberts@uconn.edu.   Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and interviews will be scheduled when appropriate, until the position is filled.

 

 

 

 

 

CULI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of CULI to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, political affiliations, marital status, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism or other non-merit factors, except where otherwise provided by law.