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Legal Assistant

Helena, MT, USA
Full-time

The Montana Legal Services Association has an opening for a full time (40 hours/week) legal assistant position open in our Helena office. The legal assistant will provide half-time support to the Intake Group and half time support to the Agricultural Worker Practice Group. The successful applicant must be fluent in spoken and written Spanish and demonstrate strong people skills, and flexibility.

Areas of Responsibility: 

Specific Duties
• Answer incoming HelpLine calls and conduct initial screening of calls; assist with applications from those who seek legal assistance from the Agricultural Worker Practice Group, and other clients.
• Provide services to MLSA’s Spanish speaking clients, and translation and interpretation with clients when appropriate.
• Scan and upload applications and client documents to MLSA’s case management system; maintain calendars in the case management system and schedule advice appointments with MLSA’s advocates.
• Develop and maintain knowledge of legal and social service agencies that can help both eligible and ineligible applicants for MLSA’s services.
• Help develop and participate in community outreach and program initiatives throughout Montana.
• Provide paralegal support to attorneys in ongoing cases, including: draft correspondence, discovery and simple pleadings; calendar all case-related dates and events; file pleadings in court; serve court files and discovery, investigate, examine, and analyze documents obtained from the court files, in discovery and from other sources as needed or requested.
• Provide overall support to the Agricultural Worker staff attorneys.
• Other duties as assigned

Educational Background: 
Associate’s Degree or equivalent educational experience, required. Bachelor’s Degree, preferred.
Skills/Experience: 

• A commitment to social justice work
• High level of proficiency in oral and written Spanish.
• 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 low-income people in Montana.
• A willingness to establish and maintain effective relationships with clients, community partners, the public, judges, court personnel and the bar.
• 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 clients
The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest in working with vulnerable populations and a passion for social justice work.

Compensation/Benefits: 

Salary: $35,000 per year and up, DOE. MLSA offers and attractive benefits package including health, dental, vision, and life insurance, retirement and educational loan repayment assistance.

Additional Information: 

To Apply: Send a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to [email protected].
Submission Deadline: Screening of applications will begin on May 8, 2021, and the position will remain open until filled.

Job Function: 

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: 
Apr 28 2021
Active Until: 
May 27 2021
Hiring Organization: 
Montana Legal Services Association
industry: 
Nonprofit