We are currently accepting applications for the following position(s):

Staff Attorney, full time


Staff Attorney

The Lavender Rights Project (LRP) is now accepting applications for a full-time staff attorney to serve low-income transgender, gender non-conforming, queer, and LGB+ people in Seattle and across Washington. The attorney will assist with a wide variety of legal needs ranging from direct representation in family law, employment, civil rights, and other legal areas to identity-related needs such as name and/or gender marker changes and sealing records.

LRP aims to bring someone onto our small and dedicated team whose values align with our organization’s commitment to intersectional awareness, cultural competency, accessibility, by-and-for services, and creative community legal solutions for marginalized communities.

ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION

The Lavender Rights Project (LRP) advances a more just and equitable society by providing low-cost civil legal services and community programming centered in values of social justice for trans and queer low-income people and other marginalized communities. Through direct representation and community programming, our by-and-for services provide culturally competent representation, build community resilience, and defend the rights of marginalized people.

We are a Qualified Services Provider providing representation in areas of law focusing on: discrimination, wills and estate management, family law, dependency, adoptions, and all trans / transition-related legal matters. Our work addresses both legal and systemic barriers through community organizing, community clinics and workshops, and coalition-building with existing LGBTQ+ and social justice organizations.

GENERAL JOB DUTIES

  • Complete all stages of representation for low-income LGBTQ+ clients including consultations, pre-litigation, negotiation, drafting pleadings and responses, and full litigation

  • Assist with community legal clinics provided across Washington that focus on trans and queer identity documents, estate planning, and housing rights

  • Lead monthly staff meetings with legal staff regarding client updates

  • Provide supervision, guidance, and mentorship to staff attorneys, paralegals, and law student interns

  • Develop professional and collaborative relationships with staff, Board of Directors, interns, donors, volunteers, and community members

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Washington State Bar Association membership in good standing; ability to acquire membership through reciprocity; or ability to take the next Washington Bar exam

  • Familiarity with issues pertinent to low-income LGBTQ+ communities

  • Experience working directly with LGBTQ+ communities; experience working directly with low-income LGBTQ+ communities preferred

  • Significant civil legal aid and related advocacy experience preferred

  • Ability and willingness to apply an intersectional lens to all work; understanding of the impacts of white supremacy, racism, xenophobia, classism, capitalism, and other forms of oppression on our clients and community members

  • Experience serving marginalized populations preferred, especially people of color, people with disabilities, and/or people who are or were previously incarcerated

  • Experience supervising staff preferred

COMPENSATION

Salary depending on experience; we also offer a competitive benefits package including employer contributions to healthcare premiums, paid holidays, vacation, and personal days.

TO APPLY

Please email your resume and cover letter to LRP’s Executive Director, Morgan Mentzer, at morgan@lavenderrightsproject.org by February 6, 2019.