Domestic Violence Staff Attorney

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Job location
221 1/2 S. Idaho St.
Dillon, MT 59725
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Montana Legal Services Association
Street address: 
616 Helena Ave, Ste 100
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

The Staff Attorney position will provide civil legal services to clients in Beaverhead County and Madison County in the area of domestic violence and related civil legal issues. Based at the Women’s Resource Center in Dillon, MT, services provided will range from brief counsel and advice, to more extended representation. Requires travel within Montana, including monthly travel to Sheridan. This position will handle all aspects of legal representation including client contact, pleading preparation, research, file maintenance, and hearing and trial work. The staff attorney will also participate in MLSA’s statewide initiatives, implement grant and contract requirements through casework and foster pro bono involvement with the private bar.

Specific Duties
• Interview, meet with, advise and represent eligible clients on civil matters.
• Compose correspondence, pleadings and other documents.
• Develop law related educational programs and materials directed to the client community or agencies regarding legal rights and responsibilities.
• Research the law and prepare memoranda.
• Handle all aspects of a client’s legal matter, including preparing pleadings, negotiation, mediation and trial work.
• Work with other MLSA staff to recruit, train and support pro bono attorneys when appropriate.
• Develop and maintain specialized knowledge of domestic violence and of general poverty law issues.
• Participate in MLSA statewide initiatives and impact work.
• Other duties as assigned by the Supervising Attorney.


• Law Degree and current license to practice law in Montana.
• Prior legal services experience or prior experience working low income clients, preferred.
• Prior experience with domestic violence issues preferred.
• A willingness to assume a varied case load.
• An understanding of the civil equal justice 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, 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, project partners 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, occasionally overnight

To apply: 

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

Screening of applicants will begin on November 1, 2016, and will continue until the time of selection.

MLSA offers an attractive benefits package, including health, dental, vision, and life insurance, retirement and educational loan repayment assistance. The Montana Legal Services Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Salary range: 
Submission deadline: 
Thursday, November 17, 2016