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DV Attorney - Attorney for Family Violence Survivors

Missoula, MT, USA
Full-time

Join Montana Legal Services Association and make a difference. You’ll enjoy Montana’s outdoor lifestyle while representing those without a voice in our legal system.

MLSA is a progressive Montana non-profit law firm. We offer our attorneys challenging and fulfilling litigation work, a supportive and collegial work environment, a healthy work-life balance, and a generous benefits package.

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.

Who We Are: MLSA is committed to the idea that equal justice under the law is a right, not a privilege. We are zealous advocates for Montanans who struggle to make ends meet and deserve their day in court.

  • Our attorneys have pursued impact litigation all the way to Montana’s Supreme Court, helping to level the playing field for all Montanans.
  • Our attorneys work within Montana’s Tribal Courts.
  • We are nationally recognized for our forward-thinking approach to civil legal aid and for our use of technology to advance the cause of justice for all in Montana.

    The Location: You’ll be based in Missoula, Montana, made famous by A River Runs Through It. The outdoor recreational opportunities are limitless. Whether you’re getting ready to hike, bike, trail run, or explore other outdoor activities, the AllTrails app shows 67 scenic trails in the Missoula area. Missoula is rich in arts and culture and entertainment in Missoula isn’t hard to find. There is always something going on and the venues to check out include the Wilma, Top Hat, KettleHouse Amphitheater, and Dennison Theatre. Find a place to grab a beer, bite to eat, sip a cocktail on a riverside deck or dance the night away to live, local music – downtown Missoula is the place to be. Also, check out Rockin Rudy’s – you’ll thank us later.

    Why Should You Apply?

  • 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.
  • How to Apply: Submit a resume, cover letter, 3 references, and a writing sample to our posting on Bamboo. Apply here Screening of applicants is ongoing and the position will remain open until filled. The priority deadline for applications is October 17, 2022.

    Visit our website to learn more about MLSA, our staff, and the work we do.

Areas of Responsibility: 

Responsibilities:

  • Represent domestic and sexual violence victims statewide with a focus on rural populations and American Indian Reservations in Western Montana.
  • Interview, meet with, advise, and represent eligible clients in 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 for domestic and sexual violence survivors.
  • Hold regular office hours as required in communities that may be assigned based on grant funding.
Skills/Experience: 

Requirements:

  • A law degree and current license to practice law in Montana is preferred. We will consider applicants with the ability to waive in with a qualifying UBE score, or a willingness to take and pass the next Montana Bar Exam.
  • Prior legal services experience is preferred, but a demonstrated commitment to social justice through volunteer activities and internships is valued.
  • Overnight and day travel to surrounding communities is required as needed.
  • 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.
Compensation/Benefits: 

The Position: We’re looking for a Staff Attorney to be based in MLSA’s Missoula office. The pay we’re offering is $55,000 and up, depending on experience.

  • 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 which we contribute $1,250 pro-rated based upon start date.
  • Eligible at 6 months of employment – we provide student loan repayment assistance - $2,400 for an attorney.
  • We also offer a generous paid leave package, including annual, personal and sick leave, 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).
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: 
Sep 16 2022
Active Until: 
Oct 15 2022
Hiring Organization: 
Montana Legal Services Association
industry: 
Nonprofit