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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 - 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.


Practice Group Manager

Legal Aid of the Bluegrass is seeking a full-time Practice Group Manager for its substantive family law unit. The Practice Group Manager will maintain a client caseload and manage attorneys who practice in typical poverty law areas, such as divorce, custody, and civil protective orders.

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 the family law legal 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, and other public interest offices.
  • 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 of legal practice is required. Family law practice experience preferred
  • 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 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. 


Staff Attorney

Summary: Legal Aid of the Bluegrass seeks to hire two full-time Staff Attorneys (one for its Ashland, Kentucky office and one 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 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 and Cover letter

Qualified Candidates should send resume and statement of interest to Resumes@lablaw.org with the subject line Staff Attorney.


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