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Career Opportunities

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 practice 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:

Staff Attorney

Summary: Legal Aid of the Bluegrass seeks to hire a full-time Staff Attorney to work from either its Covington, Lexington, or Morehead office location. The Staff Attorneywill practice in typical poverty law areas, such as foreclosure, housing, family law, domestic violence, and public 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 Commonwealth 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 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.

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.


Ombudsman Assistant - Ashland

Summary: Legal Aid of the Bluegrass (LABG) seeks an Ombudsman Assistant for its Ashland, KY-based office. The Ombudsman Assistant will work with LABG’s long-term care ombudsman staff in providing supportive services to nursing home residents impacted by substance abuse. The Ombudsman Assistant will advocate for the rights of nursing home residents and help connect them to resources and other support services to mitigate the impact of substance abuse.

Responsibilities include:

  • Interacting with residents of nursing homes and personal care homes, nursing facility staff, other staff members, service providers, and local funders and state oversight personnel in a professional, appropriate, collegial, and cooperative manner. 
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with residents to establish trust and obtain accurate and complete information.
  • Identifying, investigating, and resolving complaints made by or on behalf of residents.
  • Developing, helping develop or maintaining relationships with citizen organizations and volunteers to participate in the program.
  • Data entry and clerical duties; etc.
  • Maintaining time records of all work related activities and enter accurate data on a timely basis into LABG’s electronic case management system as per 45 CFR Part 1626 and per LABG’s procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned

Requirements, Skill & Abilities include:

  • Four-year degree from an accredited College or University or an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal/Legal Studies or Social Work, or have equivalent experience (e.g. at least working with the elderly in an investigative and advocacy position).
  • Ability to clearly and accurately communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to advocate for the community’s most vulnerable people professionally and non-confrontationally.
  • Must successfully complete nursing home ombudsman certification exam.
  • 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 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 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.

Qualified Candidates should send resume and statement of interest to Resumes@lablaw.org with the subject line Ombudsman Assistant - Ashland.


Legal Assistant - Covington

Summary: Legal Aid of the Bluegrass seeks a Legal Assistant for its Covington, KY based office with a 50-year history of making a positive impact in Kentucky. The Legal Assistant supports the legal work of the agency, conducts in-depth client interviews and creates legal documents for attorney review.

Responsibilities include:

  • 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.
  • Conduct in-depth client interviews.
  • Under the supervisor on of an attorney 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:

  • 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
  • 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 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 all employees, 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 Assistant - Covington.


Intake Specialist Paralegal

Summary: Legal Aid of the Bluegrass seeks an Intake Specialist to work from one of its four offices in Covington, Lexington, Morehead, and Ashland. The Intake Specialist conducts intake interviews, develops client service requests, determines income, asset and case type eligibility, and gives legal advice to eligible clients in a manner that is consistent with the Kentucky Rules of Professional Conduct.

Our Intake Specialists work hand-in-hand with our attorneys to open doors to solving brutal legal problems that impact vulnerable people. This is an excellent opportunity for community-minded people looking to work on the front lines to make a difference in the lives of our community’s most vulnerable.

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 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 35 Kentucky Counties. Legal Aid of the Bluegrass’ legal practice is primarily in the areas of family law, domestic violence, government 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.orgwith the subject line Intake Specialist Paralegal.


Public Benefits Counselor - Covington Office

Summary: Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, with a 50-year history of making a positive impact in Kentucky, seeks a Public Benefits Counselorfor its Covington, KY based office. ThePublic Benefits Paralegalcounsels the elderly and other Medicare recipients in person and by telephone about public benefits, health and other insurance benefits; assists clients enroll in public benefits programs; recruits and train volunteers to supplement these services; conducts community education and enrollment events; and coordinates services with the organization’s staff attorneys.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work directly with the elderly and other Medicare beneficiaries to resolve their public benefits and health insurance problems.
  • Recruit, train and supervise volunteers to counsel the elderly and Medicare recipients on public benefits, and health and other insurance matters.
  • Develop and implement a plan for community outreach and education about Public Benefits affecting the elderly or disabled.
  • Maintain accurate and complete files and prepare timely and complete forms and records required for client services or related administrative tasks.  Enter accurate data into electronic case management systems.
  • Identify and pursue training needs.
  • 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.
  • Must be able to travel to courthouses, senior citizens center, trainings and other events
  • 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 35 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. 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 Public Benefits Counselor.


Staff Attorney - Morehead

Summary: Legal Aid of the Bluegrass seeks to hire a full-time Staff Attorney for its Morehead, 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 Commonwealth 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.orgwith the subject line Staff Attorney-Morehead.


Public Benefits Counselor - Lexington Office

Summary: Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, with a 50-year history of making a positive impact in Kentucky, seeks a Public Benefits Counselor for Lexington, KY based office. The Public Benefits Paralegal counsels the elderly and other Medicare recipients in person and by telephone about public benefits, health and other insurance benefits; assists clients enroll in public benefits programs; recruits and train volunteers to supplement these services; conducts community education and enrollment events; and coordinates services with the organization’s staff attorneys.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work directly with the elderly and other Medicare beneficiaries to resolve their public benefits and health insurance problems.
  • Recruit, train and supervise volunteers to counsel the elderly and Medicare recipients on public benefits, and health and other insurance matters.
  • Develop and implement a plan for community outreach and education about Public Benefits affecting the elderly or disabled.
  • Maintain accurate and complete files and prepare timely and complete forms and records required for client services or related administrative tasks. Enter accurate data into electronic case management systems.
  • Identify and pursue training needs.
  • 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.
  • Must be able to travel to courthouses, senior citizens center, trainings and other events
  • 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 35 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. 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 Public Benefits Counselor.


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