Housing and Consumer Staff Attorney

Washoe Legal Services, a non-profit, public interest law firm is seeking a Staff Attorney for our Housing and Consumer Department.

Staff attorneys in this unit provide counsel, advice, and direct legal representation to low-income individuals who are facing foreclosure or eviction and ensure that a consumer’s rights are protected. The types of cases and issues include evictions; uninhabitable and unsanitary living conditions; wrongful lockouts; housing discrimination; termination of utilities or other basic services; consumer fraud; deceptive trade practices; fair debt collection practices; and other related matters. 

Excellent legal writing and communication skills are a must. Must be comfortable working with vulnerable populations and representing clients in a courtroom environment. Experience with consumer and housing issues a plus, including NRS 118A and post-COVID eviction protections on a state and federal level. Exposure to Section 8 and LIHTC programs is helpful but not required. Qualified candidates must be a member of the Nevada Bar or possess an active and good standing Bar License from any United States jurisdiction and comply with Supreme Court Rule 49.1.

Additional qualities desired:

  • Ability to understand the lives and struggles confronting low-income and vulnerable people in our community.
  • An empathetic communicator with a positive attitude.
  • Desire to problem-solve and make decisions efficiently.
  • Enjoys being a part of a great team of caring individuals.
  • Loves challenges and dislikes being bored.

The salary is depending on experience and is typically between $60,000 to $66,000 a year. WLS offers a generous benefits package (including paying 100% coverage for employee health benefits and 75% for dependents and a 401(k) matching program), an excellent work-life balance, and the opportunity to gain valuable legal experience. 

Applicants should submit a resume to Olga Garcia at ogarcia@washoelegalservices.org. Applications are accepted until the position is filled.

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