Equal Justice Works Fellow - Applicant for Agricultural Worker Medical-Legal Partnership

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TBD
Various Locations, MN 55101
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services - Agricultural Worker Project
Job type: 
Fellowship/Internship
Position Description: 

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc. (SMRLS) is seeking a motivated third year law student or
recent law school graduate interested in applying for an Equal Justice Works (EJW) fellowship in conjunction
with SMRLS’ Agricultural Worker Project (AWP) to serve as an attorney for a Medical-Legal Partnership
between AWP and Community Health Service, Inc. If awarded, the fellowship would begin in September 2018
and last two years. More information regarding EJW fellowships can be found at
http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/. The fellowship position would be located at one or more of Community
Health Service’s clinics in Minnesota.

SMRLS provides free, high-quality legal help in critical civil matters to low-income people in southern
Minnesota as well as to agricultural workers throughout Minnesota and North Dakota. For more than 100 years,
SMRLS has helped individuals and families secure and protect their basic needs, maintaining freedom from
hunger, homelessness, sickness, and abuse. SMRLS has an experienced, dynamic staff of 60 attorneys and 45
additional staff and values, welcomes and promotes diversity in all aspects of its work.

AWP provides free civil legal services to eligible agricultural workers in any county in Minnesota or North
Dakota. AWP focuses its work on improving the working, living, and health conditions of agricultural workers
in Minnesota and North Dakota through legal representation and education. It handles cases related to wage
theft, workplace health and safety concerns, employer-provided housing conditions, employment
discrimination/retaliation, among other legal matters that specifically impact agricultural workers. Additionally,
it educates agricultural workers in Minnesota and North Dakota regarding their legal rights through extensive
outreach and presentations to agricultural worker communities.

Community Health Service is a private, non-profit organization established in 1973 that serves the health needs of
migrant and seasonal farm workers and their family members in Minnesota and North Dakota. It has year-round
locations in Minnesota in Moorhead, Willmar, Crookston, and Rochester as well as a location in Grafton, ND. In
addition, it operates mobile health units and has a seasonal clinic based in Owatonna, MN.

The Agricultural Worker Medical-Legal Partnership fellow would meet with agricultural workers in a clinic
setting to gather information and assist with legal concerns, including those related to health such as workplace
injuries, pesticide exposure, unhealthy housing conditions, and sexual harassment/sexual assault. The fellow
would be part of AWP’s team of dedicated agricultural worker advocates, which includes two attorneys and two
paralegals/outreach workers.

Requirements: 

Responsibilities:
-Meet with scheduled and walk-in agricultural worker clients in a clinic setting
-Conduct intake interviews and provide referral resources as needed
-Effectively resolve legal disputes through brief counsel and advice as well as through full representation
including litigation
-Provide legal education to agricultural workers and community partners through outreach and
presentations
-Other duties as assigned based on client and litigation needs

Qualifications:
-Must be licensed to practice law in Minnesota or awaiting bar exam results by September 2018
-Fluent in spoken and written English and Spanish
-Ability to conduct fact-intensive interviews in a detailed matter
-Demonstrated interest in serving the needs of low-income communities, preferably agricultural workers
specifically
-Comfort working with individuals from varying economic, cultural, educational, etc. backgrounds
-Strong oral and written communication skills
-Ability to remain calm and act professionally under pressure
-Excellent organizational skills
-Self-motivation and initiative
-Ability to work both as a team and independently
-Willing and able to travel in Minnesota, including possessing a current driver’s license and vehicle
-Willingness to perform outreach during evenings on occasion
-Computer proficiency

To apply: 

Submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Jessica Grosz
[email protected]
Lead Attorney
Southern MN Regional Legal Svcs.
55 East Fifth Street, Suite 1000
Saint Paul, MN 55101

Notes: 
SMRLS IS COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY IN THE WORK PLACE. WOMEN, MINORITIES, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.
Salary range: 
$46,956 + DOE, pursuant to scale, plus fringe benefits.
Submission deadline: 
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Expiration date: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017