ProBono.Org: Staff Attorney
ProBono.Org seeks to appoint a Legal Receptionist, based in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
The Attorney will be responsible for ensuring that all work is aimed at meeting unmet access to justice needs of poor, marginalised and vulnerable South Africans, by creating opportunities for the legal profession to render pro bono legal services.
The attorney must take full responsibility for managing his or her own functional department within ProBono.Org. This requires strategic decision-making, analytic understanding, coordination and some management. It will be required that strategic planning decisions taken in respect of his or her department are implemented.
- Actively involved in the cases that come to his or her department. This involves ensuring that clients are assessed according to ProBono.Org’s criteria, are interviewed and screened. He or she needs to ensure detailed and well-prepared briefs are prepared for legal practitioners, or if other means of clearing matters are used, that these are done efficiently and professionally;
- Case management requires that the staff attorney knows exactly how many cases at any one time have been referred to attorneys and tracks and monitors those cases. The staff attorney needs to engage fully with his or her matters and ensure a qualitative service is being offered.
- Clinics and help desks that fall within the staff attorney’s department need to be set up, managed and monitored by the staff attorney. This requires ensuring that the attorneys that are meant to attend clinics attend and that the clients are all properly screened, assisted there and then, referred elsewhere for non-legal action or referred to an attorneys’ firm or counsel.
- Maintain and build strong relationships with legal professionals willing to render pro bono legal services, and to actively recruit pro bono practitioners to become involved in ProBono.Org’s projects and programmes. In addition pro bono opportunities must be developed for attorneys and advocates;
- Register attorneys who wish to undertake their LSNP pro bono work through ProBono.Org and undertake all responsibilities associated with being a Recognised Structure.
NGOs and CBOs
- Maintain and build strong relationships with NGOs, CBOs, law clinics as well as other pro bono and/or public interest law initiatives.
Financial aspects of job
- Play an active role in financial planning, budgeting and managing his or her own cost centre.
Fundraising and proposal preparation
- Prepare funding proposals, budgets for funders and implementation plans in respect of his or her department. This includes monitoring the performance of his or her cost centre in terms of these plans and budgets.
Data management and reporting
- Ensure that all information pertaining to the staff attorney’s department is recorded and stored correctly in the data management system. The staff attorney will be responsible for generating reports for the board, for donors and for strategic planning purposes. This requires playing an active role in data management.
Special projects and signature projects
- From time to time both special projects and signature projects should be conceptualised, planned and implemented by the staff attorney.
Management of Interns
- Manage his or her interns comprehensively. This requires some training, ongoing checking of their work, and assessment of their performance.
- Write up stories on cases and events for newsletters and other ProBono.Org media. This requires undertaking research for these stories and writing them up in a similar style to those that regularly appear in the newsletters and other media. The staff attorney is also encouraged to undertake more weighty research and write articles for the ProBono.Org website, and/or submit such work to other publications.
Seminars and workshops
- Organise seminars and workshops on topics relevant to his or her department for both attorneys and CBOs and NGOs.
- Admitted attorney with relevant experience;
- Interest in social justice;
- Valid driver’s licence and own car.
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