Crime Victim Staff Attorney

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616 Helena Ave, Ste 100
Helena, MT 59601
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Montana Legal Services Association
Street address: 
616 Helena Ave, Ste 100
City: 
Helena
State: 
Montana
ZIP: 
59601
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Position Title: Crime Victim Staff Attorney
Location: Billings, Helena, or Missoula

The Crime Victim Staff Attorney will provide direct emergency legal services including legal advice and brief services for crime victims throughout the state of Montana.

Specific Duties
• Interviewing, meeting with, and advising victims of crime with civil legal matters.
• Developing and maintaining specialized knowledge of the legal needs of crime victims.
• Providing services ranging from brief counsel and advice, to more extended representation on core legal issues affecting victims of crime.
• Composing correspondence, pleadings and other documents.
• Researching the law and preparing memoranda.
• Participating in MLSA’s statewide initiatives and impact work, and implementing grant and contract requirements through casework.
• Develop legal resources for use by victims of crime, advocates and pro bono attorneys.
• Provide training on legal matters affecting victims of crime.
• Other duties as assigned by the Supervising Attorney.

Requirements: 

• Law Degree and current license to practice law in Montana.
• Prior legal services experience preferred, particularly experience working with crime victims.
• A willingness to assume a varied case load.
• An understanding of the civil legal needs of crime victims, including the unique needs of populations that experience particular barriers to access to justice systems.
• Knowledge of substantive legal areas affecting crime victims.
• Ability to effectively communicate, to motivate others, and to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people with varying perspectives, and experience and expertise.
• Ability and willingness to learn and integrate new technologies and methodologies to efficiently perform responsibilities.
• A willingness to establish and maintain effective relationships with clients, the public, judges, court personnel and the bar.
• Ability and willingness to work cooperatively and collegially within a decentralized statewide law firm.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Excellent attention to detail.
• Ability to work independently in a deadline-oriented environment.
• A “can do” attitude and a willingness to pitch in where needed.
• Strong commitment to insuring equal access to justice.
• Proficient at the use of technology, including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, internet-based programs and computer-based legal research.
• Ability to travel within the state of Montana, occasionally overnight.

The Montana Legal Services Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply: 

To Apply: Send a letter of interest, resume, three professional references, and writing sample to [email protected].

Submission Deadline: Screening of applicants will begin no later than July 20, 2017, and will continue until the time of selection.

Notes: 
Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
$53,000 per year
Submission deadline: 
Monday, August 7, 2017
Expiration date: 
Monday, August 7, 2017