Staff Attorney - Community Economic Development Project
Iowa Legal Aid
March 12, 2018
Des Moines, Iowa
Full Time - Entry Level
Position: Staff Attorney to work in Iowa Legal Aid’s Community Economic Development Project. Iowa Legal Aid’s CED program project helps low-income Iowans in distressed communities grow their businesses into the employers of tomorrow through sound legal advice and transactional legal assistance.
Responsibilities: Staff Attorneys with Iowa Legal Aid provide free legal assistance and community legal education to low-income people. Services provided by the Staff Attorney working in the Community Economic Development Project will include:
Comprehensive legal assessments to determine clients’ specific legal needs.
Transactional legal services, such as forming LLCs, negotiating commercial leases, tax planning, contract negotiation, negotiating loans, and regulatory compliance.
Legal education for clients and service providers.
Representation in adversarial work under limited circumstances, including tax controversies with federal and state agencies, and commercial lease disputes.
If appropriate and permitted under Iowa Legal Aid’s restrictions, impact advocacy focused on reducing barriers for low-income people engaging in self-employment and entrepreneurship.
The legal assessment covers the following substantive areas:
Business formation and governance;
Tax – income, employment, etc.;
Employer – employee issues;
Commercial leasing & contract drafting; and
Commercial collection actions.
Qualifications: Applicants must be graduates of law school and licensed to practice law in Iowa, be eligible for admission on motion or be available for the next scheduled bar examination. Prior experience in the practice of law or working with poverty law issues is preferred. Applicants must possess a demonstrated interest in poverty law and have a strong commitment to providing a full range of legal services to low-income people. Prior experience with business and transactional law is considered, but is not required. Individuals with bilingual skills are encouraged to apply.
Additional Salary Information: Entry level salary is $43,732. Non-entry level salaries are dependent on experience. Excellent fringe benefits.
Internal Number: SA-CED
About Iowa Legal Aid
Iowa Legal Aid provides free legal assistance with civil legal problems involving basic necessities for low-income individuals in all 99 Iowa counties. Offices are located in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, Mason City, Ottumwa, Sioux City and Waterloo. Iowa Legal Aid helps clients who meet income and asset guidelines, based on the size of the household. Some Iowans in need of assistance, including those who are 60 and older, may be exempt from financial guidelines. A fee is not charged for services, however, clients may need to pay court filing fees or other costs of representation; Assistance ranges from providing counsel and advice to representation before various agencies and courts. Services are provided in the following areas: Consumer, Education, Employment, Family, Health, Housing, Benefit Programs and Individual Rights. Iowa Legal Aid does community legal education presentations and has over 20 printed booklets on various legal topics; a variety of legal educational materials are also available on Iowa Legal Aid’s website, www.iowalegalaid.org.