Farmworker Project Attorneys - One Full-Time, One 50% Part-Time

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Job location
31 South Mills Street
Madison, WI 53715
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc.
Street address: 
230 W. Wells Street Room 800
City: 
Milwaukee
State: 
Wisconsin
ZIP: 
53203
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. (LAW) has an opening for one full-time staff attorney and one 50% part-time staff attorney with the Farmworker Project. The positions can be located in any of Legal Action of Wisconsin's six offices -- Milwaukee, Madison, Racine, Green Bay, Oshkosh or La Crosse.

In the cover letter, applicants should clearly state both their office availability and preference(s). Applicants should also specify if they are applying for the full- time position, the part-time position, or both.

LEGAL ACTION OF WISCONSIN, INC.

Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. (LAW) is a law firm funded by the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation (WisTAF), and other sources to provide free civil legal aid to low-income persons in the southern 39 counties of Wisconsin. In addition, Legal Action operates a statewide farmworker project.

FARMWORKER PROJECT

Legal Action=s Farmworker Project represents agricultural workers throughout the state of Wisconsin. Our advocacy team represents farmworkers in enforcing claims related to their farmworker status. We ensure that agricultural workers receive the wages they have earned and that employer provided housing meets legal standards. We represent survivors of workplace crimes in immigration related matters. We also protect the rights of farmworkers who need to access public benefits programs such as unemployment insurance and FoodShare.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

The Staff Attorney will have the opportunity to engage in significant litigation and other high-impact advocacy affecting farmworkers. Areas of focus are employment law, particularly enforcement of rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state and federal laws protecting farmworker workers. The Staff Attorney may also represent clients in other matters such as unemployment compensation and immigration related remedies for survivors of workplace crimes.

All Legal Action staff attorneys are responsible for providing quality and aggressive representation of clients in service cases and in impact work, and for performing all duties associated with such representation. Attorneys must keep up with the law as it changes and develops, particularly in their area of specialization. Attorneys must also adjust to the changing legal needs of their clients. Attorneys are expected to share responsibility for the development and maintenance of good working relationships with community groups, as well as with state and local bar associations. Attorneys will be called upon to provide training and other assistance to members of Legal Action's Volunteer Lawyer Project. Each staff attorney is responsible for serving on at least one Firm Priority Committee

The position involves rural travel around the state of Wisconsin. The Staff Attorney will be expected to travel to migrant camps and other locations frequented by agricultural workers in order to complete client intake and referrals, hold client meetings, and conduct worker rights education sessions. The Staff Attorney should expect to work some evening hours in order to ensure communication with clients who work during the day. Some overnight travel will also be necessary.

OTHER DUTIES

Staff attorneys may train and supervise paralegal staff. Other duties may be assigned from time to time.

Requirements: 

For this position, prior farmworker law, employment law, immigration law, or other civil legal aid experience is preferred --but not required.

Ability to communicate with clients in Spanish, or in another language spoken by Wisconsin farmworkers, is strongly preferred.

Admission to the Wisconsin Bar or the ability to become admitted by the Fall of 2018 is required.

We welcome applications from candidates with varied experience – from seasoned farmworker advocates to 2018 law graduates.

LAW has an affirmative action plan for the hiring of members of minority groups and women. Academic training and performance, writing ability, and the nature and extent of prior experience in civil legal aid is important. We also consider the applicant=s knowledge and understanding of the civil legal needs of farmworkers, commitment to providing civil legal aid to low income people, prior work in the client community, and cultural affinity with the client community.

Legal Action requires a personal commitment to civil legal aid work and equal justice for our low-income clients, and a high commitment to providing quality and aggressive representation in service cases and in impact work. Attorneys must be knowledgeable in state and federal law and procedure. Attorneys must meet high standards of written and courtroom advocacy. Applicants must be able to communicate both orally and in writing in a clear and concise manner and work harmoniously with others.

The staff attorney must have a driver=s license and be willing and able to travel throughout the state. Access to a car is preferred, but not required. Reimbursement for mileage and other travel expenses is provided.

Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Possess computer skills, including word processing, Internet, email, and web-based activities.

To apply: 

Interested applicants should send: a cover letter, a resume, the names and contact information of 3 references, and a writing sample to:

Erica Sweitzer-Beckman
Farmworker Project Director
Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc.
230 West Wells Street, Room 800
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203
[email protected]

Applicants who have graduated in the last five years should submit a law school transcript. Email applications are preferred and strongly encouraged. When using email, please use PDF for all documents.

Applicants should provide information concerning any prior experience in farmworker law or within civil legal aid to low-income people.

DEADLINE
These positions will be open until filled; but, we will review applications on a rolling basis. To assure early consideration, please submit application materials as soon as possible. Review of applications will begin on December 8, 2017.

Notes: 
Starting salary depends upon experience and qualifications, with a minimum starting salary of $45,727 per year for attorneys with 0 - 1 year of experience. Currently, attorney salary increases $1324 for each year of legal experience at the time of hire. The position includes full fringe benefit package, which currently includes health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, a retirement plan, and four weeks of vacation leave per year. The position is subject to a probationary period of up to one year. The position is governed by the Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc. Personnel Policies which are subject to unilateral change by the Legal Action Board of Directors. As with any Legal Action position, there is no guaranteed period of employment and employment is "at will," subject to termination at any time. If a staff attorney is located in the Madison office, that position is governed by the United Legal Workers collective bargaining agreement. Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
Starting salary depends upon experience and qualifications, with a minimum starting salary of $45,727 per year for attorneys with 0 - 1 year of experience.
Submission deadline: 
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Expiration date: 
Friday, December 22, 2017