Pro Bono Attorney
At a glance
Kansas City, US
7 February 2024
Reporting to and working with Pro Bono Counsel, the Pro Bono Attorney will recruit and supervise any Kansas City attorneys who express interest and have capacity to engage in Family Court pro bono work.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Provide representation to the following clients appointed to Stinson attorneys by the Jackson County Family Court
- Assist in pro bono opening process for all new Jackson County Family Court appointments.
- Identify potential risk management issues related to Jackson County Family Court appointments assigned to Stinson. Elevate to Pro Bono Counsel and consult with Firm Counsel when appropriate.
- Maintain 80 to 160 open and active cases per year, ensuring proper case management and timely resolution. Representation will continue until one of the following occurs:
- Oversee administrative staff who support Stinson's Jackson County Family Court appointment pro bono work.
- Monitor expenditures to the Pro Bono Department budget incurred in Family Court matters.
- Maintain accurate time records logged to appropriate pro bono client-matter number or administrative number and submit weekly time sheets.
- Supervise attorneys who choose to engage in pro bono representation in Stinson's Jackson County Family Court appointed cases.
- Organize or provide access to initial and periodic substantive legal training and updates to support volunteer attorneys engaging in Family Court pro bono work.
- Develop and maintain substantive resource materials to support volunteer attorneys engaging in Family Court pro bono work.
- Consult with volunteer attorneys engaging in Family Court pro bono work on issues of case strategy.
- Provide mentorship, support, and supervision as needed on related pro bono matters undertaken by the firm, including but not limited to, answering questions from volunteer attorneys with guardianship cases before the Jackson County Probate Division or who are participating in the Jackson County CASA Pro Bono Program.
- Work with volunteer attorneys engaging in Family Court pro bono work to cover the Pro Bono Attorney's planned PTO that may impact attendance at scheduled court dates or ability to meet case deadlines.
- Work with volunteer attorneys engaging in Family Court pro bono work to cover their planned PTO that may impact their attendance at scheduled court dates or ability to meet case deadlines.
- Track departures of volunteer attorneys engaging in Family Court pro bono work to ensure appropriate re-staffing or transfer of pro bono matters in compliance with applicable rules of professional responsibility.
- Work with the Pro Bono Department to recognize outstanding pro bono volunteers engaging in Family Court practice.
- As needed, attend conferences and meetings relevant to the Firm's Family Court pro bono representation.
- Work with other members of the Pro Bono team to highlight the firm’s pro bono work both internally and externally.
- Work with Pro Bono Counsel on other pro bono initiatives as assigned.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
The Successful Candidate
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Self-motivated with excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Highly professional with a strong customer service orientation, commitment to meeting deadlines, and ability to multitask in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
- Strong professional, independent thinking skills with strength in problem solving and the ability to offer constructive opinions and creative solutions.
- A team player who motivates and educates other team members.
- Regular and predictable attendance is an essential function of the position.
- J.D. required.
- Active Missouri law license.
- Three (3) years' experience in the private, governmental, or public interest sector representing vulnerable persons in administrative/judicial proceedings.
- Solid understanding of the practice of law and excellent litigation skills.
- A proven ability to manage a significant caseload, maintain calendaring and docketing system due to high volume of cases and statutory time frames, and function independently.
- A proven ability to stay informed of and apply evolving legislation and standards of best practices specific to an area of practice.
- Proficiency in Word, Excel, Westlaw and Lexis Research.