Vermont Legal Aid seeks a 1-year, for an 80% to 100% time, Staff Attorney for our Poverty Law Project to do general poverty work and disaster relief.

Vermont Legal Aid
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Location: Chittenden County, Essex County, Rutland County, Washington County, Windsor County,
About the Job

We encourage applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, and welcome information about how your experience can contribute to serving our diverse client communities. Applicants are encouraged to share in their cover letter how they can further our goals of social justice and individual rights. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a discrimination-and-harassment-free workplace. Please see our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

General responsibilities: interview prospective clients, assess legal problems, and identify legal advice; individual and systems advocacy in a variety of forums on behalf of clients; conduct factual investigations and analysis; legal research; prepare briefs and argue appeals; become proficient in law handled by the specific law project. The position also includes doing disaster relief work, which may include participating in clinics and outreach activities.

See for job description details and for specific project information.


Starting salary is $63,800+, with additional salary credit given for relevant prior work experience. Four weeks paid vacation and retirement, as well as excellent health benefits. Attorney applicants must be licensed to practice law in Vermont, eligible for admission by waiver, or have passed the UBE with a Vermont passing score.  In-state travel in a personal vehicle required.

Application deadline is October 15, 2023. Your application should sent as a single PDF and include a cover letter and resume, bar status, writing sample, and at least three professional references with contact information. Send your application by e-mail to, include in the subject line your name, and “Poverty Law Project 2023”.  Please let us know how you heard about this position.

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

We have an active Racial Justice Committee who host staff-wide trainings in DEI, and out two staff colleges this year are focused on DEI topics presented by Tabitha Moore.

We have RJC reps at our job application screenings and candidate interviews who provide pointed questions related to racial justice and diversity to candidates. We ask candidates to explain in their applications how they can contribute to the diversification, inclusion and equity of our workforce and in relation to our clients.

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