Careers with MLSA

Careers with MLSA


Position Title:  Staff Attorney

Location:  Dillon, MT

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.

Requirements

  • 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

The Montana Legal Services Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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 hiring@mtlsa.org.

Submission Deadline:  Screening of applicants will begin on May 15, 2018, and will continue until the time of selection.


Job 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 May 7, 2018, and will continue until the time of selection.


Position Title:             Staff Attorney, Domestic Violence

Location:                    Billings, MT

This Staff Attorney position will provide poverty law services to domestic violence victims throughout the state of Montana. Grant funding at present concentrates services on the Northern Cheyenne and Fort Peck Indian Reservations.

Specific Duties

  • Hold regular office hours as required on the Northern Cheyenne and Fort Peck reservations, or in other communities that may be assigned based on grant funding.
  • Represent domestic violence victims on the Northern Cheyenne and Fort Peck Indian Reservations.
  • Interviewing, meeting with, advising, and representing eligible clients on civil matters.
  • Handle all aspects of legal representation including client contact, pleading preparation, research, file maintenance, hearing and trial work.
  • Work primarily in the area of family law, but may also assist with other poverty law issues including consumer, housing, employment, public benefits, and probate.
  • Develop law-related educational programs and materials directed to the client community or agencies regarding the legal rights and responsibilities of domestic violence victims.
  • Developing and maintaining specialized knowledge of the legal needs of domestic violence victims, and of general poverty law issues.
  • Providing services ranging from brief counsel and advice, to more extended representation on core legal issues affecting MLSA clients.
  • 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, Deputy Director for Advocacy, or Executive Director.

Requirements

  • Law Degree and current license to practice law in Montana.
  • Prior legal services experience preferred, particularly experience working with domestic violence victims.
  • 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.
  • Overnight and day travel is required, both in and out of the state of Montana.

The Montana Legal Services Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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 hiring@mtlsa.org.

Submission Deadline:  Screening of applicants will begin on May 1, 2018, and will continue until the time of selection.


Requests for Proposal

Click the following link for the MLP Tech RFP for Centricity Programmer. Responses are due on May 7, 2018, by 5:00pm Mountain Time.

http://www.mtlsa.org/wp-content/uploads/MLP-Tech-RFP-for-Centricity-Programmer-TIG-17011.pdf

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