Job Opportunities

Making a difference

We appreciate your interest in employment opportunities with Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, and encourage qualified applicants to review our job postings and apply for a specific opening. 

You can be proud to work at CLSMF. For more than 50 years, CLSMF’s programs, services, and people continue to embrace our Statewide community with care. Our extensive range of legal and advocacy services also means rewarding opportunities to advance in a fulfilling career with a team of dynamic professionals.  

We offer competitive salaries, a supportive work environment, and an exceptional benefit package for eligible positions, including:

  • A selection of medical, dental, prescription, life insurance, and long-term disability benefits.
  • Tax-deferred annuity (403b) plan, with CLSMF funded contributions to the plan.
  • Generous vacation, holiday, and other paid time off for vacation, personal, or floating holidays to honor the needs of our diverse employees, and approximately 14 scheduled paid holidays per year.

CLSMF is an Equal Opportunity Employer: We value a diverse workforce and the promotion of inclusive culture at all levels

CLSMF does not discriminate against any employee or qualified applicant for employment from all qualified individuals on the basis of age, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, marital or familial status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sex, disability, socio-economic position, religion, political belief, protected genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal or State law.

Internships

Are you a law student or pre-law student looking for an internship?  Find out more about our internship program. 

Volunteer Lawyers Project

Are you an attorney looking for rewarding volunteer opportunities. Learn more about how you can make a difference by doing pro bono legal work through CLSMF.
 

COMPLETE CONFIDENCE will be maintained as you submit your resume to careers@clsmf.org.

We are fortunate to receive a considerable number of applications from highly qualified individuals, and will only contact those candidates who best match the position requirements to begin the interview process.


CURRENT JOB LISTINGS

Staff Attorney or Paralegal – Medical Legal Partnership (Sanford)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking a dynamic professional to serve in either the position as either Staff Attorney or an exceptionally qualified Paralegal in an exciting medical-legal partnership between CLSMF and the West Volusia Hospital Authority (WVHA) in Volusia County. This highly visible position’s key responsibilities are providing direct legal services to underserved, low-income clients in a variety of healthcare, Social Security legal matters, including public benefits, housing and family law and measured through securing eligible case referrals, and overall positive engagement to clients and stakeholders in the service community. 

The CLSMF Medical-Legal Partnership is responsible for successfully engaging the clients eligible within this grant as funded, working in a direct service role to serve clients and providers in an outreach capacity, and supporting the firm’s productive overall presence in area served under the grant. 

Reporting to the Managing Attorney, the Medical-Legal Partnership Staff Attorney or Paralegal serves as the designated liaison between CLSMF, stakeholders throughout the provider community, non-profit leaders, and a wide array of human service entities, this position is responsible for cultivating, and coordinating effective working relationships, from inception to follow up to assure CLSMF’s impact to individuals served in Volusia County. This Medical Legal Partnership professional role is a FT position with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business need throughout the Volusia County service area by develop effective working relationships with medical and behavioral health organizations in west Volusia County and serving as CLSMF’s liaison to WVHA’s Commissioners. 

Qualifications:

  • Must be admitted to practice law in Florida or possess Certification as a Paralegal with commensurate experience
  • 2 – 4 years’ experience as a lawyer or Paralegal.  Commitment to low-income/vulnerable clients and communities on legal matters; experience working or volunteering in a health or human services setting preferred.
  • Successful candidate will have highly approachable presentation and organizational skills and the ability to effectively and consistently engage a broad constituency, including experience in community /grant-funded programs.  This is a shirtsleeves position able to creatively and zealously advocate for clients while managing a full caseload; and commitment to improving community health; with flexibility and enthusiasm about outreach and the challenges in building a new program.
  • Spoken and written fluency in English and Spanish preferred
  • Must possess excellent legal and community partnership skills and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365)
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

Staff Attorney – Housing (Daytona)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking an Housing Staff Attorney for our dynamic, non-profit law firm located in Daytona. Legal work includes representation of clients on L/T and Foreclosure matters, legal advocacy to low income clients in civil litigation matters, negotiation of settlement agreements and appeal hearings

The Housing Staff Attorney is a FT position with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business need to perform duties and attend meetings and/or other functions throughout 12 county service area. 

Qualifications:

  • Must be admitted to practice law in Florida.
  • 2 – 4 years’ experience working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters; experience
  • Successful candidate will have highly approachable presentation and organizational skills and the ability to effectively and consistently engage a diverse constituency 
  • Ability to consistently and zealously advocate for clients while managing a full caseload; and professional commitment to improving CLSMF’s presence in the regions we serve
  • Must possess excellent legal and community partnership skills and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365)
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

Paralegal – Public Benefits/SOAR (Orlando)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking a versatile Paralegal to join our expanding, non-profit law firm located in Orlando.  Funded by a collaborative grant with HSN Orlando through October 2017, this position also serves as the SOAR designee. SOAR assists individuals who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness and have a mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder to apply for the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability programs: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

The paralegal will perform legal work as specifically delegated by an attorney, and will review client cases for legal issues and make referrals to program attorneys.

Responsibilities:

  • Serves as appointed representative for the purpose of applying for SSI/SSDI. Representation includes “standing in” for the applicant, responding to questions, receiving copies of all mail sent to the applicant, and communicating back and forth with SSA and DDS.
  • Completes all required SSA forms for SSI and SSDI; submit online whenever possible
  • Collects medical records from providers who have treated the applicant
  • Writes comprehensive SOAR Medical Summary Reports to include psychosocial, treatment, and functional information that is co-signed, as feasible, by the treating physician or psychologist
  • Conduct ongoing outreach and communication with at-risk/vulnerable individuals to maintain engagement throughout the process
  • Track applications and outcomes, including number of applications completed, approvals/denials, and time to decision
  • Report outcomes into the OAT Data system on monthly/quarterly/annual basis
  • Actively collaborate with Local SOAR Leads
  • Participate in refresher courses and quality review of applications
  • Investigate and develop cases, develop written reports to attorneys detailing results of investigation;
  • Draft motions, pleadings and other documents as directed;
  • Make and follow up on referrals of clients to appropriate alternative or additional sources of assistance;
  • Conduct legal research;
  • Serve process and execute affidavits of service; serve witness subpoenas and other papers as requested; file legal papers with appropriate courts;
  • provide assistance to clients with legal issues related to filing for losses covered by public and private insurance programs, including worker’s compensation, unemployment benefits, cash assistance (welfare), etc.;
  • Review cases for legal issues to facilitate the securing of rights, remedies and services for victims from other agencies and attorneys.
  • Conduct outreach to the local area and additional travel within the service area (15-25%)

Qualifications:

  • Paralegal certification.
  • A minimum of three years’ of experience working in a law firm as a paralegal is required.
  • Experience working on Social Security cases, experience with family law.
  • Commitment to serving low-income population.
  • Ability to collaborate with community partners. Professional connection to service community a plus.
  • Must be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365)
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.
  • Bilingual (English-Spanish; spoken and written fluency) preferred

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

Staff Attorney – Public Benefits/Veterans Benefits (Orlando) 

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking a committed Public Benefits/Veterans Benefits Staff Attorney for our dynamic, non-profit law firm located in Orlando. Legal work includes direct representation to low-income and homeless veterans with legal issues primarily focusing on VA disability benefits and discharge upgrade and low-income non-veterans in a variety of Public Benefits issues such as: Social Security Disability cessations, Medicaid, food stamps, and unemployment.

This community based role collaborates with veterans’ organizations including VA facilities, Vet Centers for combat veterans, homeless shelters, veterans courts, and Stand Downs for homeless veterans.

The Public Benefits/Veterans Benefits Staff Attorney is a FT position with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business need to perform duties and attend meetings and/or other functions throughout 12 county service area

Qualifications:

  • Must be admitted to practice law in Florida.
  • 2 – 4 years’ experience as a lawyer.  Commitment to low-income/vulnerable clients and communities on legal matters
  • Previous experience with Veteran’s Affairs or an agency of the Department of Defense preferred.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member.
  • Be able to creatively and zealously advocate for clients while managing a full caseload.
  • Previous experience working with low-income and homeless clients, veterans and/or military families preferred.
  • Must possess excellent legal and community partnership skills and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365)
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org 

Social Worker (Daytona)
The Social Worker position is part of a CLSMF initiative functioning in an outreach/support capacity designed to provide integrative links to services for adult clients with MH or other qualifying disabilities The CLSMF Social Worker is responsible for supporting clients’ basic needs by fielding referrals to/from the legal staff as part of a person centered, holistic approach to helping a diverse, at-risk client population in the Volusia County service area.  Advocacy and crisis intervention skills essential, this position ensures that the CLSMF Social Work role operates under professional, State, and LSC standards and guidelines.
 
Key responsibilities also include documenting assessments and creating service plans with clients.  This clinician will also support a client’s goal work by providing interventions, using evidence based practices, Motivational Interviewing, WRAP, etc.
 
Reporting to the designated Supervising Attorney, this position also requires a high level of coordination with community, housing, and health service providers. The CLSMF Social Worker is a FT position with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on client need
 
Qualifications:
  • Education: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited college/university in social work or counseling, with at least two years’+ post academic FTE in related field experience required. 
  • Current Florida clinical licensure relevant to degree and experience preferred.
  • Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.
  • Successful applicants will have the ability to effectively and consistently engage and manage a challenging caseload. 
  • Must be well organized, possess excellent clinical, verbal and written communication skills, and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365).
  • Ideal candidate will be a creative self-starter and skilled negotiator with community social service systems.

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org 

RECEPTIONIST/LEGAL ASSISTANT (PALATKA)

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is seeking a Receptionist/Legal Assistant for a fast-paced non-profit legal services law firm in Palatka. Some experience in family or housing/landlord tenant law preferred. Maintains case files, calendars and coordinates appointments. Prepares legal pleadings and other documents as directed. Performs typing and other clerical/secretarial responsibilities including processing client documents. Must be able to conduct discovery and perform detailed research. Experience in support of litigation preferred. Will schedule depositions, draft discovery, and issuance of subpoenas. Conducts telephonic or in person intakes with clients, meets with clients, and performs other specialized projects for the Unit as they arise.

Resumes in confidence to careers@clsmf.org

PART-TIME HELPLINE ATTORNEY/HOUSING LAW/FAMILY LAW/PUBLIC BENEFITS/ELDER LAW/CONSUMER LAW – SANFORD, FL

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc., is seeking Helpline Attorneys in various areas of civil law to provide advice and brief services to clients throughout Central Florida for up to 24 scheduled hours per week.  This position is based in our Sanford, FL office.  

Requirements

  • Applicants must possess Florida Bar membership and be in good standing with the Florida Bar. 
  • No prior experience in any particular area of the law is required, however experience in one or more areas of law as listed above is preferred.  
  • The ability to speak multiple languages including Spanish is preferred.
  • Must possess a valid Florida driver’s license.