Hot Line Staff Attorney

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111 North 5th Street suite 402, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Minneapolis, MN 55403-1604
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Central Minnesota Legal Services
Job type: 
Position Description: 

POSITION: Family Law Hotline Attorneys, temporary full or part-time
Central Minnesota Legal Services seeks to hire full or part-time attorneys for its Centralized Intake and Hotline Project focused on family law. The Project is for one year. The positions will be located in our Minneapolis office.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The staff attorney positions in the Centralized Intake and Hotline Project involve working with other attorneys and staff to provide legal assistance to eligible clients residing in CMLS’ twenty-one county service area in Central Minnesota. The positions will primarily involve screening telephone applicants for eligibility and determining whether cases fit CMLS’ case priorities, or the priorities of other legal aid partners involved in this project. The positions will also involve providing brief advice in family law primarily by phone and email if the caller’s legal matter can be handled with brief advice. Duties include recording call information and legal advice provided in our electronic case management system. The attorneys will be supervised by the CMLS Management Team. CMLS has a hybrid work policy and some remote work available.
BACKGROUND: The mission of Central Minnesota Legal Services is to increase access to justice by providing high quality legal services to individuals experiencing poverty, challenging inequities, and empowering community members to participate in our civil legal system.

CMLS is a three-office program providing free legal representation to low-income clients in 21 counties in central Minnesota. The Minneapolis office serves Anoka and Hennepin Counties.

CMLS is funded primarily by federal and state grants. CMLS also has other funding sources to provide civil legal services to specific low-income populations in its service area. CMLS enjoys a good rapport with, and strong support from, the organized bar and the local judiciary.

Salary: $60,000 -$72,258 D.O.E. pursuant to the CMLS salary schedule. Excellent benefits. The availability of benefits depends on whether a part-time or full-time position is offered. Remote work available in a hybrid weekly schedule.

Starting Date: Negotiable


QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated commitment and sensitivity to the problems of marginalized communities and individuals experiencing poverty. Prior experience with family required. Experience in family law, poverty law or law school clinical experience preferred. Candidates should be licensed to practice law in Minnesota. Ability to speak a second language, particularly Spanish or Somali, is a plus. Ability to use an electronic case management system and electronic resources relevant to the hotline project.

Demonstrated commitment to furthering principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion and ability to work effectively with people from different backgrounds are essential. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, and communities to apply. We welcome information about how your experience can contribute to serving our diverse client community. Must have strong communication skills, ability to work constructively in a team setting, exhibit good judgment, ability to learn quickly and work independently.

To apply: 

Application: Send cover letter, resume, references, and writing sample to:

Hiring Committee
Central Minnesota Legal Services
111 North Fifth Street, Suite 402
Minneapolis, MN 55403-1604
Email applications: [email protected]

No Phone Calls Please

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
60,000 to 72,258
Submission deadline: 
Monday, April 10, 2023