Working for Legal Services in Arkansas

Working for Legal Services in Arkansas

Public interest attorneys in Arkansas can work for the Center for Arkansas Legal Services or Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc., public interest non-profit law firms providing free legal services to low-income Arkansans. Public interest attorneys have been participating in this type of service in Arkansas since the 1960s.

Private practice attorneys interested in pro bono work can click here.


JOB OPENINGS

Center for Arkansas Legal Services

Domestic Violence Prevention Staff Attorney – El Dorado or Fort Smith Office

The Center for Arkansas Legal Services is seeking a full-time staff attorney to represent survivors of domestic violence. The position will be housed in either the El Dorado or Fort Smith office. Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Arkansas and must have a desire to work with low income clients. Applicants must have a commitment to providing high quality, aggressive advocacy. Duties include representing victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in civil cases, community outreach and other duties as assigned. Ability to speak Spanish is a plus. Competitive salary based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include health and dental insurance, 403(b) and cafeteria plan.  Applicants must submit a completed Center job application, resume, cover letter, and three job references to [email protected] or the Center for Arkansas Legal Services, 1300 W. 6th St., Little Rock, AR 72201 501-376-3423, 800-950-5817.  Positions are open until filled. Kindly fill out this job application.

 

Staff Attorney 

The Center for Arkansas Legal Services is seeking a full-time staff attorney. Positions available in multiple offices.  Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Arkansas, or eligible to take February or July 2020 bar exam. Must have a desire to work with low income clients. Applicants must have a commitment to providing high quality, aggressive advocacy. Duties include representing low-income clients in civil cases, community outreach and other duties as assigned. Ability to speak Spanish is a plus. Competitive salary based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include health and dental insurance, 403(b) and cafeteria plan.  Applicants must submit a completed Center job application, resume, cover letter, and three job references to [email protected] or the Center for Arkansas Legal Services, 1300 W. 6th St., Little Rock, AR 72201 501-376-3423, 800-950-5817.  Positions are open until filled. Kindly fill out this job application.

DISASTER RESPONSE STAFF ATTORNEY - Fort Smith, Little Rock, or Pine Bluff

The Center for Arkansas Legal Services is seeking a full-time disaster response staff attorney to represent survivors of the 2019 Arkansas flooding event. The position will spearhead outreach events and conduct resource/legal disaster-related presentations. The position will be housed in either the Fort Smith, Little Rock, or Pine Bluff office. Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Arkansas and must have a desire to work with low-income clients. Applicants must have a commitment to providing high quality, aggressive advocacy. Duties include representing low-income clients in civil cases, disaster-related community outreach and other duties as assigned. The ideal candidate will have a willingness to travel regularly throughout the 13 counties impacted by the 2019 flood. Position requires participation in occasional weekend and evening events and clinics. The ability to speak Spanish is a plus. Competitive salary based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include health and dental insurance, 403(b) and cafeteria plan.  Applicants must submit a completed Center job application, resume, cover letter, and three job references to [email protected] or the Center for Arkansas Legal Services, 1300 W. 6th St., Little Rock, AR 72201 501-376-3423, 800-950-5817.  Positions are open until filled. Kindly fill out this job application.

DISASTER RESPONSE COORDINATOR (Position available in Fort Smith, Little Rock, or Pine Bluff)

The Center for Arkansas Legal Services (CALS) is seeking a Disaster Response Coordinator to oversee its work with disaster community organizations and bar associations to raise awareness of the legal needs of the survivors of the 2019 Arkansas flooding event. The disaster coordinator will help train community organizations to identify unmet legal needs, develop disaster-related educational materials, train private attorneys on disaster issues, involve private law firms in co-counseling on disaster-related cases, organize resource/legal disaster-related presentations, and develop relationships with community partners. Responsibilities also include coordination of new disaster response initiatives.  Competitive salary based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include health and dental insurance, 403(b) and cafeteria plan.  Applicants must submit a completed Center job application, resume, cover letter, and three job references to [email protected] or the Center for Arkansas Legal Services, 1300 W. 6th St., Little Rock, AR 72201 501-376-3423, 800-950-5817.  Positions are open until filled. Kindly fill out this job application.

General Responsibilities

  • Recruit and support volunteer attorneys across CALS service area willing to assist with the civil legal needs of victims of disaster.
  • Attend meetings with the Arkansas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)
  • Develop recruitment and training materials for volunteer attorneys and survivors.
  • Help to develop technology enhancements to streamline the application and referral process for disaster survivors.
  • Coordinate and organize disaster-related presentations and clinics.
  • Coordinate grant compliance.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferred.
  • Experience that provides an understanding of the legal needs and challenges arising out of poverty, preferred.
  • Experience with recruiting and coordinating volunteers and/or experience as a volunteer.
  • Experience with providing services to disaster victims a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work productively in a fast-paced environment with multiple timelines.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and manage multiple activities and tasks.
  • Knowledge and proficiency in utilizing computer software such as MS Excel, MS Word, computer-based research, internet-based project management programs, etc.
  • Ability to use technologies to communicate with colleagues and volunteers in rural and remote locations.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to manage projects.
  • Willingness to travel regularly throughout the 13 counties impacted by the 2019 flood.
  • Position requires participation in occasional weekend and evening events and clinics.

DISASTER COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST/RESOURCE DEVELOPER (Position available in Little Rock)

The Center for Arkansas Legal Services (CALS) is seeking a full-time Disaster Communications Specialist to develop and manage all CALS disaster social media and website-related content, develop a strategic plan for long-term recovery efforts, maintain all disaster outreach materials to ensure brand consistency and accessibility, and serve as a press liaison.   Competitive salary based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include health and dental insurance, 403(b) and cafeteria plan.  Applicants must submit a completed Center job application, resume, cover letter, and three job references to [email protected] or the Center for Arkansas Legal Services, 1300 W. 6th St., Little Rock, AR 72201 501-376-3423, 800-950-5817.  Positions are open until filled. Kindly fill out this job application.

General Responsibilities

  • Manage all CALS social media accounts, creating a consistent voice, compelling content, and a strategic plan for long-term growth and impact as well as develop a social media policy for staff.
  • Oversee CALS website, developing and posting fresh content, drafting new copy, and regularly updating website to make sure pages are up-to-date, accurate, and accessible.
  • Maintain and update CALS marketing materials to ensure brand consistency and accessibility.
  • Drafting, editing and finalizing press materials.
  • Working to identify and develop proactive press pitches and news hooks to promote CALS staff, legal advocacy and community work.
  • Other communications duties as needed.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • At least 2 years of communications and marketing experience.
  • Bachelor’s/Associate’s degree in Communications, Journalism, or related field preferred.
  • Experience managing and growing strong social and digital media accounts.
  • Excellent verbal, writing and oral communications skills.
  • Self-starting, resourceful team player with sharp communications instincts and trusted decision-making ability.

Legal Secretary – Hot Springs

The Center for Arkansas Legal Services (CALS) is seeking a legal secretary for its Hot Springs office. Duties include answering the telephone; screening clients; typing correspondence and legal documents; preparing computerized reports; processing incoming and outgoing mail; handling client trust and petty cash accounts; and other duties as assigned. A successful candidate will pay keen attention to detail and have expert technology skills to deliver top quality work. Must be able to work at a fast pace on a large volume of documents and prioritize work independently. Ability to speak Spanish is a plus. Competitive salary based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include health and dental insurance, 403(b) and cafeteria plan.  Applicants must submit a completed Center job application, resume, cover letter,and three job references to [email protected] or the Center for Arkansas Legal Services, 1300 W. 6th St., Little Rock, AR 72201 501-376-3423, 800-950-5817.  Positions are open until filled. Kindly fill out this job application.

Legal Aid of Arkansas

Pro Bono Project Attorney – Springdale

Legal Aid is seeking a Pro Bono Project Attorney who will be responsible for deepening relationships with private practitioners, law firms and corporate legal departments. The successful candidate will receive an annual salary of $42,000-$75,000, depending on experience. Read the full job announcement for details and how to apply.

AmeriCorps VISTA - Capacity Building (one position)

The AmeriCorps VISTA program will have five full-time members whose projects will focus on building permanent capacity and infrastructure for Legal Aid. The VISTA members will help implement Legal Aid's strategic vision of having a more fully integrated statewide legal services system that provides services in the most impactful and efficient manner. Legal Aid still has positions open in volunteer recruitment, fundraising and communication Click here to apply.