Staff Attorney, Public Benefits

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

Position Title: Staff Attorney - Public Benefits Practice Group
Location: Helena or Billings

This Staff Attorney position will provide poverty law services to clients with public benefits legal issues. The preferred start date for this position is mid-September 2016.

Specific Duties
• Interviewing, meeting with, advising, and representing eligible clients on civil matters.
• Developing and maintaining specialized knowledge of public benefits legal issues.
• Providing services ranging from brief counsel and advice, to more extended representation on core legal issues affecting MLSA clients.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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: 

Salary: $48,000 and up, DOE. MLSA offers an attractive benefits package, including health, dental, vision, and life insurance, retirement and educational loan repayment assistance.

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: 
Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
$48,000 and up, DOE
Submission deadline: 
Friday, June 24, 2016