Careers with MLSA

Careers with MLSA


Job Title:        Paralegal

Location:        Helena, MT

The Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) has an opening for a full-time paralegal in our Helena office. The paralegal will provide administrative and outreach support for MLSA’s Montana Health Justice Partnership (MHJP) and the Agricultural Worker Practice Group. The MHJP partners with the Montana Primary Care Association and community health providers to address the health-harming civil legal needs of patients whose health solutions lay outside the boundaries of medicine. The Ag Worker Practice Group provides free legal assistance in civil matters to eligible agricultural workers throughout Montana.

Specific Duties

  • Provide overall support to MHJP and Agricultural Worker staff attorneys.
  • Assist with outreach throughout Montana about MHJP and the Agricultural Worker Practice Group, including:

     

    • Help develop and participate in community outreach and program initiatives throughout Montana, including regular travel to community health center partner locations, agricultural worker job sites and service provider locations as seasonally appropriate.
    • Plan meetings (in person, by phone, or by webinar) of MLSA staff and community partners of MHJP and the Agricultural Worker Practice Group.
    •  Present on MLSA’s services, how to apply and project specific details of the MHJP and the Agricultural Worker Practice Group.
  • Assist with applications from those who seek legal assistance from MHJP and the Agricultural Worker Practice Group, including:

     

    • Coordinate communication among applicants, clients, MLSA intake specialists and staff attorneys regarding case status.
    • Communicate timely with applicants and clients to obtain more information as needed.
    • Perform conflict screening, assist applicants with forms and coordinate with MLSA staff in the gathering of relevant information.
  • Provide paralegal support to attorneys in ongoing cases, including:

     

    • Draft correspondence, discovery and simple pleadings, using appropriate MLSA forms.
    • Calendar all case-related dates and events.
    • File pleadings in court (conventional and electronic); serve court filings and discovery; investigate, examine and analyze documents obtained from the court files, in discovery and from other sources as needed or requested.
    • Communicate with clients as requested.
    • Assist with case file management including organizing and maintaining electronic and paper files.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to speak and write in Spanish preferred
  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • A willingness to establish and maintain effective relationships with clients, community partners, the public, judges, court personnel and the bar
  • Ability to travel extensively throughout Montana, sometimes overnight
  • A commitment to providing high quality legal assistance to low-income people in Montana
  • Ability and willingness to work cooperatively and collegially within a decentralized statewide law firm
  • Proficient at the use of technology, including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, internet-based programs and computer-based legal research
  • Willingness to learn and further develop technology skills and abilities
  • Some college, or bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Prior legal experience preferred
  • Prior outreach experience preferred

The Montana Legal Services Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Salary: $30,000 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, resume, writing sample, and three professional references to hiring@mtlsa.org.  

Submission Deadline:  Screening of applications will begin on November 27, 2017, and will continue until the time of selection.


Position Title:  Office Assistant

Location:  Billings, Montana

The Montana Legal Services Association seeks a dependable and motivated individual to provide general administrative and organizational support in our Billings office.  Specific duties include assistance opening and scanning legal mail, filing and record-keeping, organizing and ordering office supplies, assisting with walk-in clients as needed, and other duties as assigned.

This is an 18-hour per week position located in MLSA’s Billings office. The schedule is flexible within normal business hours (Mon-Fri, 8-5) and will be determined at the time of hiring. The position is supervised by the Program Assistant in the Billings office, and also reports to the attorneys in the Billings office.

Requirements:

  • Minimum of two years post-secondary education preferred
  • Minimum of two years administrative work experience preferred
  • Excellent organizational skills, with a proven ability to prioritize and manage tasks
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Good judgment and analytical skills
  • Capacity to learn and adapt to change
  • Demonstrates dependability and initiative
  • Demonstrates concern for the interests of MLSA’s clients
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks
  • Proficient at computer word processing and use of spreadsheet software
  • Willingness to learn and further develop administrative and technology skills and abilities

The Montana Legal Services Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Salary:  $12.50 per hour

To Apply:  Send a letter of interest, resume, and the names of three references by email to hiring@mtlsa.org

Deadline:  Screening of applicants will begin on November 17, 2017, and will continue until the time of selection.


Position Title:  Intake Specialist

Location:  Helena

The Montana Legal Services Association has an opening for an Intake Specialist in its Helena office. This position is responsible for eligibility screening and referrals of clients for a statewide legal advice helpline, and may also provide telephone legal advice to clients throughout Montana. Applicants must demonstrate strong people skills and flexibility.

Specific Duties

  • Answer incoming HelpLine calls.
  • Conduct initial screening of all HelpLine calls.
  • Determine if there is a legal aspect to a caller’s problem and summarize the issue.
  • Open computer files for new clients and new cases.
  • Mail HelpLine correspondence, client education and other literature to clients.
  • Input data from on-line or paper applications.
  • Scan and upload applications and client documents to MLSA’s case management system.
  • Maintain calendars in the case management system and scheduling advice appointments with MLSA’s advocates.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of legal and social service agencies that can help both eligible and ineligible for MLSA’s services.
  • Participate in organizational projects such as conducting client surveys and tracking data on an as needed basis or the MLSA Client and Community Outreach Group.
  • Participate as a Live Help Navigator for MLSA’s website www.MontanaLawHelp.org.
  • Assist with training MLSA’s Justice for Montanans Intake and Outreach members.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Associate’s Degree or equivalent educational experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Good listening skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal skills.
  • Capacity to learn and adapt.
  • High degree of computer data entry proficiency and accuracy.
  • Call center experience a plus.
  • Ability to travel, occasionally overnight.
  • A commitment to providing high quality legal assistance to low-income people in Montana.
  • Ability and willingness to work cooperatively and collegially within a decentralized statewide law firm.
  • Proficient at the use of technology, including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, internet-based programs and computer-based legal research.
  • Willingness to learn and further develop technology skills and abilities.
  • Dependability, initiative and motivation and concern for the interests of the client.

The Montana Legal Services Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Salary:  $29,120. 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, and resume to hiring@mtlsa.org.

Submission Deadline:  Screening of applicants will begin on November 17, 2017, and will continue until the time of selection.


Position Title:             Tribal Advocate

Location:                    Browning, MT

The Tribal Advocate position will provide civil legal services to tribal member clients located on or near the Blackfeet Reservation in the area of domestic violence and related civil legal issues. Services provided will range from brief counsel and advice, to more extended representation. Requires travel within Montana. MLSA will provide legal training, and Tribal Advocate will be required to pass the Blackfeet Tribal Bar Exam to be licensed to practice at the Tribal Court. Under attorney supervision, this position will handle all aspects of legal representation of domestic violence survivors including client contact, pleading preparation, research, file maintenance, and hearing and trial work. The Tribal Advocate will also participate in MLSA’s tribal domestic violence initiatives, and implement grant and contract requirements through casework and training. The Tribal Advocate will conduct training, outreach or education services on the Blackfeet Reservation.

Specific Duties

  • Interview, meet with, advise and represent eligible clients on civil matters.
  • Refer clients to MLSA intake specialists.
  • Coordinate with Tribal Survivor’s Legal Project Supervising Attorney on all cases.
  • Compose correspondence, pleadings and other documents.
  • Identify training needs and emerging issues and provide training as needed.
  • Develop law related educational programs and materials directed to the tribal client community or tribal 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 tribal domestic violence initiatives and impact work.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Tribal Survivor’s Legal Project Supervising Attorney.

Requirements

  • Willingness to take and pass relevant Tribal Bar Exam
  • Interest in tribal law.
  • Prior experience working with domestic violence survivors or legal services experience preferred.
  • A willingness to assume a varied case load.
  • An understanding of the civil equal justice legal needs of tribal members, including the unique needs of domestic violence survivors.
  • Knowledge of substantive legal areas affecting domestic violence survivors and low income people preferred.
  • 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 tribal governments.
  • Ability and willingness to work cooperatively and collegially within a decentralized statewide law firm.
  • Associates degree.
  • 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

The Montana Legal Services Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Salary:  $32,000 per year 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, resume, three professional references, and writing sample to hiring@mtlsa.org.

Submission Deadline: Screening of applicants will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

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