Staff Attorney, Agricultural Worker

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Job location
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: 

This Staff Attorney position will provide poverty law services to clients who are agricultural workers in Montana. Travel throughout Montana will be required. Attorney will be responsible for building an outreach campaign, as well as providing advice and representation to eligible workers.

Specific Duties
• Interviewing, meeting with, advising, and representing eligible clients on civil matters.
• Developing and maintaining specialized knowledge of the special legal issues faced by agricultural workers.
• Providing services ranging from brief counsel and advice, to more extended representation on core legal issues affecting MLSA clients, both in-person and by phone.
• Composing correspondence, pleadings and other documents.
• Researching the law and preparing memoranda.
• Working with other MLSA staff to recruit, train and support pro bono attorneys when appropriate.
• Participating in MLSA’s statewide initiatives and impact work, and implementing grant and contract requirements through casework.
• Conducting outreach to agricultural workers, including developing a statewide outreach plan.
• Collaborating with community partners who also work with agricultural workers.
• Other duties as assigned by the Supervising Attorney.

Requirements: 

• Law Degree and current license to practice law in Montana or willingness to become licensed to practice in Montana.
• Prior legal services experience preferred, particularly experience working on public benefits legal issues.
• A willingness to assume a varied case load.
• An understanding of the civil legal needs of low-income people, including the unique needs of populations that experience particular barriers to access to justice systems.
• Knowledge of substantive legal areas affecting low income people.
• 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.
• High level of proficiency in oral and written Spanish.
• 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 Montana and out of state, occasionally overnight.

To apply: 

To Apply: Send a letter of interest, three professional references, writing sample, and resume to [email protected].
Submission Deadline: Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the time of selection.

Notes: 
The Montana Legal Services Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Salary range: 
$48,000 and up, DOE. MLSA offers an attractive benefits package, including health, dental, vision, and life insurance, retirement and educational loan repayment assistance.
Submission deadline: 
Friday, August 25, 2017