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Agricultural Worker and Housing Staff Attorney

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This Staff Attorney will provide poverty law services to clients who are agricultural workers and housing law services to low income clients. Poverty law services for agricultural workers will include, but not be limited to, wage claims, immigration, legal issues related to domestic violence, housing and public benefits.  Travel throughout Montana is required. The Attorney is responsible for building an outreach campaign, as well as providing advice and representation to eligible clients in Montana.

Areas of Responsibility: 

Specific Duties

  • Interview, advise, and represent eligible clients on civil matters.
  • Develop and maintain specialized knowledge of the special legal issues faced by agricultural workers.
  • Develop and maintain specialized knowledge of housing law and general poverty law issues.
  • Provide services ranging from brief counsel and advice, to more extended representation on core legal issues affecting MLSA clients, both in-person and by phone.
  • Compose correspondence, pleadings and other documents.
  • Research the law and prepare memoranda.
  • Work with other MLSA staff to recruit, train and support pro bono attorneys when appropriate.
  • Participate in MLSA’s statewide initiatives and impact work, and implement grant and contract requirements through casework.
  • Conduct outreach to agricultural workers, including developing a statewide outreach plan.
  • Support the development of legal resources in the area of housing law.
  • Collaborate with community partners who also work with agricultural workers and in housing.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Advocacy or Executive Director.


  • Law Degree and current license to practice law in Montana or willingness to become licensed to practice in Montana.
  • Ability to speak and write in Spanish, preferred
  • Prior legal services experience, preferred.
  • 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 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 and the bar.
  • Ability and willingness to work cooperatively and collegially within a decentralized statewide law firm.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • 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 Montana and out of state, occasionally overnight.
  • MLSA offers company-paid health, dental, vision and life insurance; an educational loan repayment assistance program; a 403(b) retirement plan; and eligibility for a health reimbursement or health savings account.

  • The pay range we’re offering is $55,000 and up, depending on experience.

  • We also offer a generous paid leave package, including annual, personal and sick leave, 12 holidays, and a wellness leave program.

  • And if you move from another town in Montana to join us, we offer up to $500 for relocation reimbursement (or $1,000 if you move from out of state).

How to Apply: 

How to Apply: Email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three professional references to [email protected]. The position will remain open until filled.

Visit our website to download a detailed job description and to learn more about MLSA, our staff, and the work we do.

Job Function: 

Organization Info

Montana Legal Services Association

Helena, Montana, USA
Annual Budget : 
11-50 employees
About Us

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.


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: 
Oct 14 2021
Active Until: 
Nov 14 2021
Hiring Organization: 
Montana Legal Services Association