Domestic Violence Staff Attorney

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616 Helena Ave. Ste. 100
Helena, MT 59601
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Montana Legal Services Association
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Join Montana Legal Services Association and make a difference. You’ll enjoy Montana’s outdoor lifestyle while representing those without a voice in our legal system.
MLSA is a progressive Montana non-profit law firm. We offer our attorneys challenging and fulfilling litigation work, a supportive and collegial work environment, a healthy work-life balance, and a generous benefits package.
Who We Are: MLSA is committed to the idea that equal justice under the law is a right, not a privilege. We are zealous advocates for Montanans who struggle to make ends meet and deserve their day in court.
• Our attorneys have pursued impact litigation all the way to Montana’s Supreme Court, helping to level the playing field for all Montanans.
• Our attorneys work within Montana’s Tribal Courts.
• We are nationally recognized for our forward-thinking approach to civil legal aid and for our use of technology to advance the cause of justice for all in Montana.
The Position: We’re looking for two attorneys. One to be based in MLSA’s Helena office and the other to be based in Red Lodge.
• MLSA offers company-paid health, dental, vision and life insurance; a 403(b) retirement plan; and eligibility for a health reimbursement (HRA) or health savings account (HSA). MLSA contributes $1,250 to employees each year for an HRA or HSA.
• MLSA is a Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) organization and additionally, attorney staff can be eligible for up to three separate Loan Repayment Assistance programs run through the Legal Services Corporation, Montana Justice Foundation, and MLSA. That could amount to an additional $5k-$12k of money to go directly towards loan repayment
• We also offer a generous paid leave package, including three weeks per year of annual leave, personal leave, paid sick leave, and a wellness leave program.
• And if you move from another town in Montana to join us, we offer up to $500 for relocation reimbursement (or $1,000 if you move from out of state).
Why Should You Apply?
• Live your values and put your law degree to work by representing people who deserve a voice in our legal system.
• Access to free CLE seminars and opportunities to attend national conferences and trainings.
• The chance to hone your litigation skills in a friendly and supportive work environment.


1. Law degree and current license to practice law in Montana is preferred. We will consider applicants with the ability to waive in with a qualifying UBE score, or a willingness to take and pass the next Montana Bar Exam.
2. Prior legal services experience, working low income clients,or prior experience working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, preferred.
3. Knowledge of substantive legal areas affecting domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, including, but not limited to, Orders of Protection, dissolution's, parenting plans, and other family law matters.
4. Ability to effectively communicate, to motivate others, and to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people with varying perspectives and experience.

To apply: 

Submit a resume, cover letter, 3 references, and a writing sample to our posting on Bamboo.
Screening of applicants is ongoing and the position will remain open until filled. The priority deadline for applications is February 28, 2023. Visit our website, to learn more about MLSA, our staff, and the work we do.

MLSA is an equal opportunity employer and we consider the diversity of our staff to be vital to our organization's success. We strongly encourage and welcome people of all cultures, races, educational backgrounds, life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, ages, genders, and physical abilities to apply.
Salary range: 
$57,000 and up depending on experience
Submission deadline: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2023