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Welcome to the Legal Aid of the Bluegrass (LABG) employment opportunities page. Here, we will provide you with information about a variety of career options with our organization. Our LABG staff have oportunities to ensure fairness, protect families and change lives through providing legal services for those who need it most in our communities. LABG offers employment for our four locations: Ashland, Covington, Lexington, and Morehead.

    LABG employs in the following categories:
  • Attorneys*
  • Paralegals
  • Secretarial Support
  • Accounting
  • Management

*Attorneys must be licensed to practice in the State of Kentucky or be eligible to pracitce in Kentucky based on licensure in another state. Additional qualifications are listed within each job description.

We encourage student involvement through partnerships with local universities and law schools. We provide placements for students seeking professional experience in all our employment categories. Students must apply for placement with Legal Aid of the Bluegrass in addition to the requirements set through their learning institution.

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass is an equal opportunity employer who celebrates diversity and encourages professional development. Depending on the position, LABG offers excellent fringe benefits including including law school student loan benefit, state retirement, life insurance, long term disability insurance, health insurance, vacation, holidays and more.

The positions for which we are currently accepting applications are:

 

Legal Receptionist - Lexington Office

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass seeks a Legal Receptionist for its Lexington, KY based office with a 50-year history of making a positive impact in Kentucky. The Legal Receptionist will perform front desk duties for the office. In this role, you will answer and redirect phone calls, greet clients and other visitors, schedule appointments, and take accurate messages for attorneys and staff.

 Responsibilities:

  • Welcome clients and visitors upon arrival at reception.
  • Answer, screen, and forward phone calls in a professional manner.
  • Direct the flow of mail, faxes, and deliveries to reach the intended recipients.
  • Assist attorneys and staff with copying, scanning, and faxing documents.
  • Interact with clients, other staff members, service providers, and court and administrative officials in a professional, appropriate, collegial, and cooperative manner. Establish and maintain relationships with clients to establish trust and obtain accurate and complete information.
  • Actively participate in staff and planning meetings, task forces, and trainings if required.
  • Perform basic client eligibility screening.
  • Prepare legal documents.
  • Enter data appropriately in LABG’s electronic case management system.
  • Maintain time records of all work related activities and meticulously enter accurate data on a timely basis into LABG’s electronic case management system.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements, Skill & Abilities include:

  • High School Diploma or GED. Four-year degree from an accredited College or University or an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal or Legal Studies, or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Ability to clearly and accurately communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Familiarity with legal terms, legal documents, and filing.
  • Ability to use office and computer technology, including case management and word processing software.

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass is a non-profit law firm providing civil legal assistance to nearly 220,000 low income people in 33 counties from four offices located in Covington, Lexington, Morehead and Ashland. Legal Aid of the Bluegrass’ legal practice is primarily in the areas of family law, domestic violence, government and VA benefits, and housing and consumer law. It has been and will continue to be the policy of Legal Aid of the Bluegrass to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We provide equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, age, gender, gender expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected categories.

At Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, we believe that diversity and inclusion are critical to our future and our mission – creating a foundation for a creative workplace that leads to innovation, growth, and success. Through a wide variety of programs and initiatives, we invest in each employee, seeking to ensure that our people are not only respected as individuals, but also truly valued for their unique perspectives. The position is open until filled.

Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover letter

Qualified Candidates should send resume and statement of interest to Resumes@lablaw.org with the subject line Legal Receptionist-Lexington

 

Staff Attorney

 
Legal Aid of the Bluegrass seeks a full-time Staff Attorney for its Covington, Kentucky based office. The Staff Attorney will practice in typical poverty law areas, such as foreclosure, housing, family law, domestic violence, public benefits, and veteran’s benefits. Legal Aid of the Bluegrass is a dynamic civil legal aid provider seeking public interest minded attorneys to help us reach our goal of alleviating the profound and brutal effect of poverty on people’s lives. As a team member at Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, attorneys can participate with us in ensuring fairness, protecting families and changing lives through the civil legal system.
 
Responsibilities:
The Staff Attorney provides high-quality civil legal advice and advocacy for eligible clients in all forums, including the courts, administrative agencies, and community outreach initiatives.
The Attorney will:
  • Provide civil legal representation to eligible clients consistent with professional standards and policies and procedures of Legal Aid of the Bluegrass and funding sources, including preparing legal briefs and documents, and developing strategy, arguments and testimony in order to present cases in court and other forums.
  • Work with private attorneys as required facilitating the delivery of legal services to eligible clients through the private bar.
  • Maintain accurate and complete files and records, and prepare timely and complete forms and records required for client services and/or related administrative tasks.
  • Enter accurate data into LABG’s electronic case management system.
  • Interact with clients, other staff members, service providers, and court and administrative officials in a professional, appropriate, collegial, and cooperative manner.
  • In coordination with the Program Administration, develop and implement a plan for advocacy work within program priorities and funding that balances service, community education, and other activities.
  • Identify and pursue individual training needs and work with Program Administration to address those needs.
  • Actively participate in staff and planning meetings, task forces, and trainings if required.
  • Maintain time records of all work related activities and enter accurate data on a timely basis into LABG’s electronic case management system
 
Requirements, Skill & Abilities include:
  • Must hold a Law degree (J.D.) from an accredited School of Law, be admitted to practice law in the State of Kentucky, and be in good standing with the Kentucky Bar or be eligible for admission to the Kentucky Bar under Kentucky Supreme Court Rule 2.112 if admitted to practice law in another state.
  • Ability to use office and computer technology, including case management and word processing software.
  • Ability to balance client-advocacy and administrative responsibilities.
 
Legal Aid of the Bluegrass is a non-profit law firm providing civil legal assistance to nearly 220,000 low income people in 33 counties from 4 offices located in Covington, Lexington, Morehead and Ashland. Legal Aid of the Bluegrass’ legal practice is primarily in the areas of family law, domestic violence, government and VA benefits, and housing and consumer law. It has been and will continue to be the policy of Legal Aid of the Bluegrass to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We provide equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, age, gender, gender expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected categories. At Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, we believe that diversity and inclusion are critical to our future and our mission – creating a foundation for a creative workplace that leads to innovation, growth, and success. Through a wide variety of programs and initiatives, we invest in each employee, seeking to ensure that our people are not only respected as individuals, but also truly valued for their unique perspectives. This is a great opportunity for a recently licensed attorney or an experienced attorney who is looking to continue their practice by serving the civil legal needs of low-income people. The position is open until filled.
 
Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
 
Qualified Candidates should send resume and statement of interest to Resumes@lablaw.org with the subject line Staff Attorney.
 
 

Practice Group Manager

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass is seeking full-time Practice Group Managers as part of an organizational restructure. The Practice Group Manager will maintain a client caseload and manage attorneys who practice in typical poverty law areas, such as foreclosure, housing, family law, domestic violence, public benefits, and veteran’s benefits.

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass is a dynamic civil legal aid provider seeking public interest minded attorneys to help us reach our goal of empowering our clients to alleviate the profound and brutal effect of poverty on their lives. As a team member at Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, attorneys can participate with us in ensuring fairness, protecting families and changing lives through the civil legal system.

Responsibilities:

The Practice Group Manager along with the LABG Leadership team will set and guide advocacy programs addressing fundamental issues of poverty and justice within a comprehensive civil legal services model.

The Practice Group Manager will:

  • Develop and implement the vision and goals of a legal practice area Practice Group
  • Provide general supervision of the Practice Group
  • Provide leadership, mentoring, co-counseling, lead counseling, technical assistance, and expertise, including assistance with impact advocacy efforts and appeals, to attorneys and paralegals in the Practice Group.
  • Manage and supervises staff and ensure compliance with program policies and grant requirements.
  • Establish and implement Practice Group procedures for supervision, intake and case distribution.
  • Ensure adequate quality control of casework.
  • Handle cases individually where appropriate.
  • Participate in the LABG management team, in the local bar association and in other associations or organizational boards which collaborate with LABG.
  • Maintain and develop relationships and collaborative efforts with current funders, community leaders, not-for-profit agencies, grass roots organizations, other public interest offices, and governmental and elected officials.
  • Maintain regular communication with the advocacy and operations directors, including consultation on personnel, financial, administrative and advocacy-related matters.
  • Collaborate extensively with stakeholders including local, state and national advocates, government agencies, and industry leaders.
  • Work collaboratively with other LABG substantive Practice Groups, as well as other legal services providers, community groups, and government officials
  • Participate in LABG management team meetings and regularly contribute to organizational decisions
  • Oversee case referrals and provide support to volunteer attorneys and law students
  • Staff, coordinate and supervise legal clinics and trainings

Requirements, Skill & Abilities include:

  • Must hold a Law degree (J.D.) from an accredited School of Law, be admitted to practice law in the State of Kentucky, and be in good standing with the Kentucky Bar or be eligible for admission to the Kentucky Bar under Kentucky Supreme Court Rule 2.112 if admitted to practice law in another state.
  • Ability to use office and computer technology, including case management and word processing software.
  • Ability to balance client-advocacy and management responsibilities.
  • A minimum of 5 years legal practice required
  • Experience litigating in various legal forums, including State and Federal courts
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, donors, member organizations and other supporters
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives, highly organized
  • Must be able to travel throughout our offices, trainings and other events.

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass is a non-profit law firm providing civil legal assistance to nearly 220,000 low income people in 33 counties from 4 offices located in Covington, Lexington, Morehead and Ashland. Legal Aid of the Bluegrass’ legal practice is primarily in the areas of family law, domestic violence, government and VA benefits, and housing and consumer law. It has been and will continue to be the policy of Legal Aid of the Bluegrass to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We provide equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, age, gender, gender expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected categories. The position is open until filled.

At Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, we believe that diversity and inclusion are critical to our future and our mission – creating a foundation for a creative workplace that leads to innovation, growth, and success. Through a wide variety of programs and initiatives, we invest in each employee, seeking to ensure that our people are not only respected as individuals, but also truly valued for their unique perspectives.

Please send resume and statement of interest to resumes@lablaw.org with the subject line Practice Group Manager.


Contract Intake Paralegal Covington Office

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass seeks a temporary Contract Attorney to assist with intake services during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The position is intended to be in the Covington office but other locations will be considered.  The Attorneywill screen clients for legal eligibility and provide counsel & advice or brief services where appropriate. Areas of practice in typical poverty law areas, such as foreclosure, housing, family law, domestic violence, public benefits, and veteran’s benefits. Legal Aid of the Bluegrass is a dynamic civil legal aid provider seeking public interest minded attorneys to help us reach our goal of alleviating the profound and brutal effect of poverty on people’s lives.
It is anticipated that the position will be for 15 hours per week, but may be available for up to 35 hours per week.Daily hours will vary from 8:30am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday to meet intake call volumes. The contract will run through the end of the year. 
 
Responsibilities Include:
  • Perform general initial factual intake to determine whether the applicant for service is income, resource, and case type eligible for LABG services.
  • Give legal advice to eligible clients under the supervision of an attorney as permitted by Kentucky’s Rules of Professional Conduct.
  • Work with private attorneys as required to facilitate the delivery of legal services to low-income people.
  • Enter accurate data into LABG’s electronic case management system.
  • Interact with clients, other staff members, service providers, in a professional, appropriate, collegial, and cooperative manner.  Establish and maintain relationships with clients to establish trust and obtain accurate and complete information.
  • Actively participate in staff and planning meetings, task forces, and trainings as required.
  • Perform and complete other duties as assigned.

Requirements, Skill & Abilities include:
  • Four-year degree from an accredited College or University or an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal or Legal Studies, or have equivalent experience
  • Ability to clearly and accurately communicate verbally and in writing and have a pleasant telephone demeanor.
  • Ability to work a flexible daily schedule with work hours ranging between 8:30am to 6:00pm
  • Ability to use office and computer technology, including case management and word processing software.
Qualified Candidates should send resume and statement of interest to Resumes@lablaw.org with the subject line Contract Intake Paralegal-Covington
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