Careers with MLSA

Careers with MLSA


Position Title:        Staff Attorney, Domestic Violence Practice Group

Location:        Bozeman, Montana

This full-time Staff Attorney position, based in the offices of the HAVEN domestic violence program, will provide poverty law services primarily to domestic violence victims in Gallatin County. Services may be provided to clients outside of Gallatin County on a limited basis.

Specific Duties

  • Interviewing, meeting with, advising, and representing eligible clients on civil matters.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Represent domestic violence victims in order of protection proceedings around the state.
  • Develop legal resources in order of protection cases for use by domestic violence victims, advocates and pro bono attorneys.
  • Provide training on orders of protection and other legal matters affecting domestic violence victims.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Supervising Attorney.

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.
  • Ability to travel within the state of Montana, occasionally overnight.

The Montana Legal Services Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Salary:  $50,000 and up per year, 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 September 27, 2018, and will continue until the time of selection.


Position Title:  Pro Bono Assistant

Location: Helena, MT

The Pro Bono Assistant will expand pro bono services for low-income people across Montana.  Specifically, the Pro Bono Assistant will coordinate pro bono referrals, follow up on pro bono cases after referral, and provide support to pro bono programs as assigned.  The Pro Bono Assistant will also support the implementation of the Montana Pro Bono Emeritus Program by working with the Pro Bono Coordinator on expansion, implementation, and outreach efforts.

Specific Duties

  • Work with Pro Bono Coordinator to manage MLSA’s statewide pro bono program.
  • Work with Pro Bono Coordinator to recruit and support pro bono volunteers across the state.
  • Develop materials for the recruitment of volunteers.
  • Assist in the coordination of training for pro bono volunteers.
  • Communicate as needed with clients and attorneys regarding the status of referrals and cases, in conjunction with pro bono coordinator’s communications.
  • Work with Pro Bono Program Coordinator to develop and implement Montana Pro Bono Emeritus Program initiatives and projects to expand the spectrum of opportunities available to pro bono emeritus attorneys and volunteers, and the services available to low-income people across the state.
  • Work with AmeriCorps member to remotely support emeritus volunteers.
  • Perform other pro bono-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferred
  • Experience that provides an understanding of the legal needs and challenges arising out of poverty.
  • Experience with volunteers or volunteering.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work productively in a fast-paced environment with multiple timelines.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and manage multiple activities and tasks.
  • Knowledge and proficiency in utilizing computer software such as MS Excel, MS Word/Works, computer-based research, internet-based project management programs, etc.
  • Ability to use technologies to communicate with colleagues and volunteers in rural and remote locations.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collegially as a team member within a decentralized statewide law firm.
  • Self-motivated and dependable.
  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to work as a team to manage projects
  • Ability to travel, occasionally overnight
  • A commitment to providing high quality legal assistance to people living in poverty
  • Willingness to learn and further develop technology skills and abilities
  • Ability to interface well with the public

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, and three professional references to hiring@mtlsa.org.

Submission Deadline: Screening of applicants will begin on September 26, 2018, and the position will remain open until filled. The preferred start date for this position is October 1, 2018.


Position Title:             Rural Crime Victim Navigator

Location:                    Helena, Montana

The Rural Crime Victim Navigator (Navigator) offers support, advocacy, information and referrals to victims, instituting a consistent human component to help guide victims through the various systems and processes related to their victimization. The Navigator refers cases as appropriate to the Rural Crime Victim Attorney and/or other MLSA advocates depending on the nature of the legal matter faced by the client. 

With funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of crime, through the National Crime Victim Law Institute, Montana Legal Services Association is implementing a comprehensive, collaborative model for the use of technology to provide legal services and information to crime victims in rural communities

Specific Duties

  • Answer incoming calls from victims of crime in Montana.
  • Conduct initial screening of crime victim calls.
  • Determine if there is a legal aspect to a crime victim’s problem and summarize the issue.
  • Create computer files for new clients and new cases.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge of, and strong working relationships with legal and social service agencies that provide services to victims of crime and make appropriate referrals and collaborate as needed.
  • 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 advocates as appropriate.
  • 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.
  • Ability to travel, occasionally overnight.
  • A commitment to providing high quality legal assistance to crime victims 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.
  • Comfortable using technology and learning new programs to aid legal service provision.
  • Willingness to learn and further develop technology skills and abilities.
  • Dependability, initiative and motivation and concern for the interests of the crime victims.

The Montana Legal Services Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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

Submission Deadline:  Screening of applicants will begin on September 20, 2018, and will continue until the time of selection.


Position Title:  Rural Crime Victim Attorney

Location:  Helena, MT          

The Rural Crime Victim Attorney provides direct emergency legal services including legal advice and brief services for crime victims throughout the state of Montana, including regular travel to rural communities.

With funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of crime, through the National Crime Victim Law Institute, Montana Legal Services Association is implementing a comprehensive, collaborative model for the use of technology to provide legal services and information to crime victims in rural communities

Specific Duties

  • Interview, meet with, and advise victims of crime with civil legal matters.
  • Develop and maintain specialized knowledge of the legal needs of crime victims.
  • Provide services ranging from brief counsel and advice, to more extended representation on core legal issues affecting victims of crime.
  • Compose correspondence, pleadings and other documents.
  • Research the law and prepare memoranda.
  • Participate in MLSA’s statewide initiatives and impact work, and implement grant and contract requirements through casework.
  • Develop legal resources for use by victims of crime, advocates and pro bono attorneys.
  • Provide training on legal matters affecting victims of crime.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Supervising Attorney.

Requirements

  • Law Degree and current license to practice law in Montana.
  • Prior legal services experience preferred, particularly experience working with crime victims.
  • Experience working in rural communities preferred, but not required.
  • A willingness to assume a varied case load.
  • An understanding of the civil legal needs of crime victims, including the unique needs of populations that experience particular barriers to access to justice systems.
  • Knowledge of substantive legal areas affecting crime victims.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with and motivate others.
  • Ability 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.
  • Comfortable using technology and learning new programs to aid legal service provision.
  • 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 the state of Montana, occasionally overnight.

The Montana Legal Services Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Salary:  $48,000 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, three professional references, writing sample, and resume to hiring@mtlsa.org.

Submission Deadline:  Screening of applicants will begin on September 20, 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 in the Billings area and on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

Specific Duties

 

 

  • Hold regular office hours as required on the Fort Peck Reservation, or in other communities that may be assigned based on grant funding.
  • Represent domestic violence victims on the 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:  $50,000 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 is ongoing and the position will remain open until filled.


Position Title:             Tribal Advocate

Location:                    Harlem, MT

The Tribal Advocate position will provide civil legal services to tribal member clients located on or near the Fort Belknap Reservations 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 Fort Belknap 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 Fort Belknap 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. 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. The position will remain open until filled.


 

 

 

 

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