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Position: Staff Attorney

Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota seeks to fill the position for staff attorney at its Pine City Office. The Pine City Office provides civil legal services to eligible individuals in Pine and Kanabec counties.

Organization:

Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota (LASNEM) provides legal representation to low-income and senior citizens in 11 counties with offices in Duluth, Grand Rapids, Virginia and satellite offices in Brainerd and Pine City. In the 63 years since LASNEM was founded, we have become an integral part of the justice system and a cornerstone of Northeastern Minnesota’s commitment to the proposition that equal access to justice is a basic human right. Our main offices are located in Duluth, Grand Rapids, and Virginia, with staffed satellite offices in Brainerd and Pine City. In addition to a full range of general poverty law services, LASNEM operates special projects to focus on the unique needs of the clients we serve, such as the Senior Law Project, the Native American Outreach Project in Itasca County, Domestic Violence Courts in both Crow Wing and Itasca Counties, and integral work for partnerships to prevent homelessness. LASNEM is also one of the seven legal services programs that form the Minnesota Legal Services Coalition.

In every case that we handle, our goal is always to help our clients reach sustainable, holistic resolutions to the problems they face. Legal problems do not arise in a vacuum, nor does resolving a legal matter always achieve the client’s goals of safety, stability and opportunity. To that end, we work closely with a large number of community partners all across our service area. Working in tandem with our community partners can often spark a virtuous cycle of success for our mutual clients.

Responsibilities:

The staff attorney position at the Pine City location requires the representing low-income individuals in all areas of poverty law, such as family law, orders for protection, landlord/tenant disputes, evictions, utilities, public benefits, consumer, expungement and other civil matters. The types of services provided include legal advice, brief service or extended representation. Aside from direct services, the staff attorney position requires preparing and delivering client and attorney training and other community education; conducting intake and outreach; appearing in administrative and judicial forums; active bar participation and special legal and community projects impacting low income clients.

The staff attorney position is currently the only attorney position housed at the Pine City office. The staff attorney’s work will be supported by the Pine City office paralegal. The staff attorney will be supervised by the Director of Advocacy, who is based in another LASNEM branch office. Therefore, the staff attorney must have strong communication skills and willingness to connect virtually, electronically, in person or on the phone with their fellow team members. Training, mentoring and support will be consistently available for the new staff attorney at the Pine City office by both the Director of Advocacy and fellow LASNEM attorneys and paralegals.

Qualifications:

Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Minnesota or eligible for admission by motion or reciprocity. Previous experience in poverty law is preferred but not required. Demonstrable awareness and sensitivity to the needs of the populations we serve is necessary. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license, working vehicle and willingness to travel to court proceedings, outreach opportunities, staff meetings and trainings. Excellent written and communication skills, ability to work constructively with others, ability and willingness to work hard, good judgment and willingness to work independently are all necessary qualifications for this position. Applicants must be flexible and willing to accept additional duties as necessary.

Compensation:

Pursuant to salary scale and depending on experience.

LASNEM offers excellent health, vacation and 403(b) benefits.

LASNEM attorneys may also be eligible for LRAP (http://lrapmn.org) and federal student loan forgiveness programs.

More information available upon request.

 

Deadline to Apply: Tuesday, September 25, 2018.

 

Please submit a cover letter, resume and list of three references via email only to:

Dori Streit, Executive Director,

Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota

424 W. Superior St., Suite 302

Duluth, MN 55802

dstreit@lasnem.org

 

Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. Discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, religion, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age or veterans’ status is not permitted.


Job Announcement

Position: Paralegal

Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota seeks to fill the position for paralegal at its Pine City Office. The Pine City Office provides civil legal services to eligible individuals in Pine and Kanabec counties.

Organization:

Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota (LASNEM) provides legal representation to low-income and senior citizens in 11 counties with offices in Duluth, Grand Rapids, Virginia and satellite offices in Brainerd and Pine City. LASNEM was founded in 1952, and has become an integral part of the justice system and a cornerstone of Northeastern Minnesota’s commitment to the proposition that equal access to justice is a basic human right. In addition to a full range of general poverty law services, LASNEM operates special projects to focus on the unique needs of the clients we serve, such as the Senior Law Project, the Native American Outreach Project in Itasca County, Domestic Violence Courts in both Crow Wing and Itasca Counties, and integral work for partnerships to prevent homelessness. LASNEM is also one of the seven legal services programs that form the Minnesota Legal Services Coalition.

In every case that we handle, our goal is always to help our clients reach sustainable, holistic resolutions to the problems they face. Legal problems do not arise in a vacuum, nor does resolving a legal matter always achieve the client’s goals of safety, stability and opportunity. To that end, we work closely with a large number of community partners all across our service area. Working in tandem with our community partners can often spark a virtuous cycle of success for our mutual clients.

Responsibilities:

The paralegal position at the Pine City location provides supportive legal work to staff attorneys with their representation of low-income individuals in all areas of poverty law, such as family law, orders for protection, landlord/tenant disputes, evictions, utilities, public benefits, consumer, expungement and other civil matters.

Position responsibilities include:

  • Conduct initial interviews of applicants to assist with determination of services;
  • Drafts correspondence; drafts and files petitions, motions, affidavits, legal memoranda, discovery documents, settlement proposals, orders, and other pleadings;
  • Arranges for and monitors service of documents, obtains settings for court hearings, maintains contact with court administration as necessary, manages files including deadline tracking and tickling;
  • Maintains client relationships through frequent contact, assists clients in preparing affidavits, expense lists, discovery responses and other information necessary to the case, updates attorney and client with new information;
  • Assists attorneys in trial preparation by preparing case summaries, exhibits for presentation at trial, witness lists and trial notebooks, interviewing witnesses, and preparing and arranging for subpoenaing of witnesses;
  • Attends trial with attorneys, takes notes of testimony for use by attorney at trial and in preparing closing arguments and findings of fact, assists with witness management at trial, and provides other assistance to the attorney during court proceedings.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with advocates, court staff, and other community resources; attends trainings, workshops, and various continuing legal education courses.

Qualifications:

Previous paralegal experience in areas of poverty law is preferred but not required. Demonstrable awareness and sensitivity to the needs of the populations we serve is necessary. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license, working vehicle and willingness to travel to court proceedings, outreach opportunities, staff meetings and trainings. Excellent written and communication skills, computer skills, ability to work constructively with others, ability and willingness to work hard, good judgment and willingness to work independently are all necessary qualifications for this position. Applicants must be flexible and willing to accept additional duties as necessary.

Compensation:

Depending on experience, pursuant to the salary scale. LASNEM offers a comprehensive benefits package with excellent health/dental/life/disability insurance; 403(b) retirement plan; exceptionally generous and flexible paid time off; and LASNEM observes all federal holidays.

 

Deadline to Apply: September 21, 2018.

 

Please submit a cover letter, resume and list of three references via email only to:

Dori Streit, Executive Director,

Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota

424 W. Superior St., Suite 302

Duluth, MN 55802

dstreit@lasnem.org

 

Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. Discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, religion, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age or veterans’ status is not permitted.