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Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity Hiring Staff Attorney

PLSE is seeking a full-time Staff Attorney to provide services to low-income Philadelphians trying to navigate the challenges and barriers of a criminal past. Reporting to the Senior Staff Attorney, the Staff Attorney will prepare and provide community education around criminal record histories and pathways to pardons; draft, review, file and argue expungement petitions; draft, submit, and represent clients on pardon applications, and participate in client intake sessions and explain criminal record histories and the expungement and pardon processes to potential clients.

The position is full-time and exempt, with full benefits and a warm and supportive team atmosphere. PLSE values a diverse work environment and strongly encourages people with lived experience in the criminal justice system, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, and people with disabilities to apply.


Candidates with professional or personal experience with the criminal justice system are preferred. The successful candidate(s) must be organized, able to work independently and as part of a team, be comfortable in making presentations to large groups (e.g., community education and outreach programs), have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and a good sense of humor. The position will require occasional evening and Saturday duties.

The successful candidate(s) must:

• Be an attorney in good standing of the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

• Have a demonstrated interest in public interest law

• Demonstrate ability to work well as part of a team

• Experience providing compassionate direct client representation;

• Excellent written and oral communication skills, including legal research and writing;

• Ability to work cooperatively with people of all backgrounds;

• Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-volume work environment;

• Ability to meet deadlines and maintain attention to detail;

• Fluency in Spanish preferred but not required

To learn more and apply, click here.

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