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Staff Attorney Bellingham and/or Mount Vernon, WA

Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit statewide law firm with a mission of Combatting Injustice ● Strengthening Communities● Protecting Human Dignity. NJP secures justice for people in or near poverty through high quality legal advocacy that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families and communities through legal representation, community partnerships, education, and other advocacy.


NJP seeks applications from qualified attorneys committed to supporting our mission through the work of our Bellingham and Mount Vernon offices serving Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan and Island Counties, in Northwest Washington. This position will focus on serving six tribal communities in the service area of the Bellingham/Mount Vernon office as well as one or two practice areas. A willingness and ability to work in Bellingham and/or Mount Vernon and travel throughout Whatcom, Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties is necessary. This is a full-time position.


Applicants should be culturally competent and have demonstrated experience working with Native American communities, low-income client communities, communities of color, limited English speakers and persons with disabilities, as well as interest in work serving general legal services population. Experience working across different cultural backgrounds is strongly preferred. Demonstrated experience and/or connection to NJP’s client communities preferred. Experience in affirmative litigation in state, federal, or tribal court and experience in addressing systemic issues is a plus. Civil legal aid and related advocacy experience is preferred. Must be willing to be engaged with the community to be served, including becoming admitted to tribal courts.


Northwest Justice Project is especially interested in qualified candidates with professional, personal and/or service experience that allows them to contribute to and support the legal aid community’s commitment to race equity.


Starting salary is based upon years of experience, with an annual salary range starting at $73,142 to $133,712. NJP offers compensation for those who are regularly asked to use a language other than English in their work. We provide a comprehensive benefits package that includes 100% paid employee health premiums and significant premium shares for family health premiums, as well as generous time off.

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