Self-Help Supervising Attorney


Washoe Legal Services (WLS), a non-profit, public interest law firm is seeking a Supervising Attorney for our Self-Help Unit. We at WLS are dedicated to providing experienced and diverse legal services to protect the essential needs of Northern Nevadans. WLS offers a 35 hour work week, best in class benefits package, and generous paid time off (PTO) policy along with flexibility to maintain a positive work-life balance.

This is a new position at Washoe Legal Services that will supervise our current Self-Help Coordinators (SHC). The Self-Help Supervising Attorney will place the organization in a better position to build out the delivery models and program to meet the growing needs of the community. The Self-Help Supervising Attorney will enhance services by consulting and advising the SHCs, and may evaluate self-help clients for placement on our pro bono case list.

The Self-Help Unit sees walk in clients on a regular schedule. SHCs are also available by appointment or to see walk-ins during other times as schedule permits. SHCs help with legal forms in a variety of legal matters including family law, landlord/tenant, housing stability related issues, non-domestic protective orders, small claims, records sealing, powers of attorney, and name changes. SHCs also assist litigants with electronic filing by educating them regarding procedures, locating forms and navigating the e-filing system. A SHC travels to the Washoe County jail once a week to help inmates process documents.


Job duties will include the following:

  • Supervise current Self-Help Coordinators (SHC)
  • Current planning includes overseeing a self-help program located at the Reno Justice Court (with potential for expansion to assist family court clients).
  • Manage the Washoe County Detention Center Inmate Program which helps jail inmates regarding certain civil matters. This consists of reviewing the detention center online request system and assigning staff to respond based on the complexity of the request.
  • Serve as the liaison on this contract with the Washoe County Detention Center and will handle more complex legal requests from inmates and may occasionally visit the jail to see clients as needed.
  • Act as the liaison with the Reno Justice Court and assist in reporting for contracts and/or grants as needed for program funding.
  • Developing clinics and virtual or remote ways to provide self-help, as well as providing counsel and advice on such matters and referrals to suitable resources.
  • Coordinating with community partners and serving as a community resource.

Excellent legal writing and communication skills a must. The Self-Help Supervising Attorney should have strong research skills and some familiarity with the legal topics listed above and/or a willingness and ability to learn concepts quickly. Prefer Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) candidate 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 to comply with Supreme Court Rule 49.1.


Additional qualities desired:

  • Ability to understand the lives and struggles confronting low-income and vulnerable people
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. An empathetic communicator with a positive attitude that is able to explain complex legal matters in a manner that ensures the clients comprehension.
  • Desire to problem-solve, make decisions efficiently and refer clients to resources as appropriate.
  • Enjoy being a part of a great team of caring individuals providing an invaluable service.
  • Loves challenges and dislikes being bored
  • Technical skills including competent use of Word, Excel, Outlook, database programs such as eFlex, and common office equipment.
  • Patience

The salary is up to $78,000 a year depending on experience and qualifications. This is not a work from home position. WLS Benefits Package pays 100% of the Employee Medical (2 plans to choose from), Dental, Vision, and Life plans along with paying for 75% of dependent’s benefits premium. The PTO accrual program starts accruing immediately to earn over 5 weeks of PTO a year (increase in PTO accrual after 2 years) to help promote excellent work-life balance. WLS has a 401(k) matching program, an Employee Assistance Program, Flexible Spending Account, Dependent Care Account, supplemental benefits, and of course the opportunity to gain valuable courtroom experience. If you are looking for a workplace that values your contributions and helps the community as well as gives you flexibility to have a great work-life balance then WLS may be the place for you!


Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Leiga Monge at Applications accepted until the position is filled.

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Full Time


Self-Help Supervising Attorney


Washoe Legal Services

Job Location

Reno, NV
United States