Attorney – Community Redevelopment Project

Posted May 6, 2019 

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, a nonprofit provider of civil legal assistance to low-income people in the Charlotte area, seeks a Staff Attorney for its Community Redevelopment Project, within its Consumer Protection Program, described below.

The primary assignment for this position will be to reduce barriers to opportunity for people with criminal records and promote home ownership for low-income people through direct legal services, clinics, volunteer training and management, community education, and policy work.

Work may include travel within North Carolina and occasional evening hours. 

The Advocacy Center is committed to aggressive advocacy on behalf of low-income people in many areas of law and in all forums in which their rights and interests are determined. Advocacy Center attorneys give legal advice, represent individual low-income clients in state and federal courts and administrative agencies, work closely with our pro bono program, provide community legal education, participate in community events, assist other agencies serving low-income people and engage in legislative, administrative and other systemic advocacy projects and activities.

The Advocacy Center is funded by contributions from individuals and law firms, the United Way of Central Carolinas, grants from federal, state and local government agencies, private foundation grants and client fees but receives no Legal Services Corporation funds.

Qualifications: Graduation from law school; NC Bar license, eligible for comity or to take NC Bar exam; demonstrated commitment to low-income people; strong communication and analytical ability; interest in both individual and systemic advocacy, selfmotivated, creative and dependable. Spanish proficiency preferred but not required. 

Salary $45,000+ depending on experience; generous leave and benefits. 

To Apply: Send a detailed letter explaining your qualifications for and your interest in this specific position and in this specific organization; a resume; writing sample; names and telephone numbers of three references; your bar status; a description of your experience with low-income people; and any other relevant information to: Brittany Chadwick, Administrative Assistant, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, by email to brittanyc@charlottelegaladvocacy.org or by mail to 1431 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28204, email is preferred

The Consumer Protection Program fosters the financial stability of lower income people. The program focuses on: 

  • Building and preserving wealth in low income families by protecting home ownership and home equity through foreclosure defense and home equity theft prevention; and prevention of predatory mortgage lending and servicing abuses;   
  • Defense of debt collection and debt collection lawsuits, resolution of credit reporting errors and identity theft; enforcement of consumer protection laws through affirmative litigation and representation of consumers in bankruptcies; 
  • Preserving transportation necessary for employment, including representation in predatory, vehicle lending cases, automobile fraud, and illegal repossession; and 
  • Consumer outreach focused on education of low-income and moderate-income about how to avoid these risks and protect themselves in certain exploitative, financial transactions. 

The Community Redevelopment Project seeks to stabilize and revitalize low-income neighborhoods in Charlotte, NC, with the goal of diminishing concentrated poverty and reducing growing wealth inequality in our community. The Project works closely with public and private organizations to accomplish its mission. 

The project provides services in the following areas: 

  • Re-entry issues for targeted communities, including expunction work and driver’s license restoration; 
  • workshops to assist low-income homeowners with assessing all property tax relief; and 
  • title repair, credit repair, and other consumer protection issues. 

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women, minorities, veterans and individuals living with disabilities are encouraged to apply.