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Domestic Violence Staff Attorney

Helena, MT, USA
Full-time
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How to Apply

To Apply: Send a letter of interest, resume, and the names of three references by email to [email protected].

Deadline: Screening of applicants will begin immediately. The priority deadline for applications is January 8 2020. The position will remain open until filled.

The Domestic Violence Staff Attorney position will provide civil legal assistance to clients of the Friendship Center and to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Lewis & Clark, Broadwater, and Jefferson Counties. The position will be based at the Helena office of the Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA). Services provided will range from brief counsel and advice, to more extended representation. Requires travel within Montana.

Areas of Responsibility: 

This position will handle all aspects of legal representation for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, including client contact, pleading preparation, research, file maintenance, and hearing and trial work. Areas of law covered will include all aspects of civil poverty law, but will be focused primarily on family law and Orders of Protection. 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.
  • Conduct safety planning with clients and connect them to appropriate resources.
  • Compose correspondence, pleadings and other documents.
  • Develop law related educational programs and materials directed to the client community or agencies regarding the legal rights of survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.
  • 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, sexual assault, and general poverty law issues.
  • Participate in MLSA statewide initiatives and impact work.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Supervisor.
Educational Background: 
• Law Degree and current license to practice law in Montana.
Skills/Experience: 

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 working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, preferred.
  • An understanding of the legal needs of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, including the unique needs of populations that experience particular barriers to access to justice systems.
  • Knowledge of substantive legal areas affecting domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, including, but not limited to, Orders of Protection, dissolutions, parenting plans, and other family law matters.
  • 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.

 

Compensation/Benefits: 

Salary: $50,000 per year and up, DOE. MLSA offers an attractive benefits package, including health, dental, vision, and life insurance, retirement and educational loan repayment assistance.

How to Apply: 

To Apply: Send a letter of interest, resume, and the names of three references by email to [email protected].

Deadline: Screening of applicants will begin immediately. The priority deadline for applications is January 8 2020. The position will remain open until filled.

Additional Information: 

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.

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Organization Info

Montana Legal Services Association

Overview
Headquarters: 
Helena, Montana, USA
Annual Budget : 
$1-5M
Size: 
11-50 employees
Founded: 
1966
About Us
Mission: 

For over fifty years, the Montana Legal Services Association has helped ensure fairness for all in Montana’s justice system by providing civil, non-criminal legal services to low income Montanans living in all 56 Montana counties and on all Tribal Reservations.

Programs: 

As a private, non-profit law firm, MLSA provides non-criminal legal information, advice, and representation to thousands of Montanans each year. MLSA’s services help fight scams on seniors, assist veterans who have been denied their earned benefits, help people escape abusive relationships, and represent families living in unsafe housing conditions.

“Equal Justice for All” is our shared ideal. Every year, millions walk under these words, engraved into the United States Supreme Court building. Every day, millions of schoolchildren pledge their allegiance to a republic “with liberty and justice for all.” And on countless TV shows, you hear the words, “If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.”

Unfortunately, there is no right to an attorney for people facing non-criminal legal problems. For many people, especially those with limited incomes, the high cost of legal assistance can prevent them from obtaining even the most basic access to our court systems.

That’s why MLSA works to provide civil legal aid to low income individuals living throughout Montana – to ensure that equal justice for all is a reality for all Montanans, and not just for those who can afford it.

Awards & Accolades: 
MLSA's Medical-Legal Partnership program received a certificate of recognition for their collaborative effort to improve community health at the Montana Healthy Communities Conference.
MLSA received the Mary Byron Celebrating Solutions Award in recognition of MLSA’s work to provide civil legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence and break the cycle of violence.
MLSA received a Community Impact Award at the Montana Housing Partnership Conference recognizing the impact of the Keep My Montana Home program on saving homes from foreclosure in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis.
MLSA received the Montana Board of Crime Control’s Innovative Community Improvement Award for using technology to increase access to justice in rural Montana.
Why Work For Us?: 
  • Live your values and put your law degree to work by representing people who deserve a voice in our legal system.
  • Great benefits, generous leave, and competitive pay.
  • 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.
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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Dec 22 2020
Active Until: 
Jan 22 2021
Hiring Organization: 
Montana Legal Services Association
industry: 
Nonprofit