TAX, HOMEOWNERSHIP & CONSUMER STAFF ATTORNEY
POSITION: Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (MMLA) seeks a full-time staff attorney with a passion for justice to work in its Minneapolis office with a team protecting homeowners, consumers, and taxpayers.
MMLA provides free civil legal representation to clients with low incomes and seniors throughout 21 counties in central Minnesota, and to people with income tax problems and disabilities throughout the state. MMLA is supported by funding from the State of Minnesota, the federal government, local governments, the United Way, foundations, local law firms, and corporations, etc. MMLA enjoys a good rapport with, and strong support from the organized bar. MMLA does not receive funds from the Legal Services Corporation.
RESPONSIBILITIES: MMLA seeks a full-time staff attorney for its Minneapolis office. The attorney will work with our consumer and homeownership practice group, which serves homeowners at risk of losing their houses, potential homeowners facing discrimination in borrowing or buying a house, consumers facing debt collection abuses, and taxpayers with collection actions by the IRS. The attorney’s responsibilities will include advising clients and representing them in a variety of court and administrative forums. The attorney may also have the opportunity to engage in policy advocacy and complex litigation, and to provide training for attorneys, neighborhood organizations, and other advocates, and assist with community outreach and education.
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be licensed in Minnesota, eligible for immediate admission by reciprocity, or have passed the July 2017 Minnesota Bar exam. Applicants must also have:
1. Demonstrated interest in, and commitment to, the needs and rights of low-income/vulnerable clients;
2. Commitment to working as a team member to serve client needs;
3. A desire to appear in court and administrative proceedings to litigate client rights;
4. Excellent communication, analytical, and writing skills; and
5. Proficiency using Microsoft Windows and Office.
Diverse economic, social, and cultural experiences and relevant language skills are pluses.
SALARY: Up to year ten on MMLA’s salary schedule ($47,000 to $55,400) depending on experience. Benefits include vacation, sick leave, family medical, life, and long-term disability insurance.
STARTING DATE: As soon as possible after position is filled.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Submit cover letter, resume, three job-related references, and a writing sample online at: www.mylegalaid.org/jobs by Sunday, October 18, 2017, or until position is filled. No calls please.
MMLA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.