Housing Attorneys

Location
MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Posted
Nov 12, 2017
Closes
Nov 18, 2017
Category
Legal
Employment Status
Full Time

HOUSING ATTORNEYS – FULL-TIME OR PART-TIME

POSITION:  Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (Legal Aid) seeks up to two full-time and one part-time staff attorneys for its Minneapolis office.  The attorneys will work with our housing team protecting the rights of low-income tenants through the use of legal representation and advocacy.

Legal Aid provides free civil legal representation to clients with low incomes and seniors throughout 21 counties in central Minnesota, and to people with disabilities throughout the state.  The Minneapolis office primarily serves clients who live in Hennepin County.  Legal Aid’s housing case priorities are set toward the basic and fundamental goals of eviction prevention, rent subsidy protection, and habitability rights enforcement, all with an eye toward stabilizing housing for families and individuals, as well as vindicating the rights of individual clients.

Legal Aid is supported by funding from the State of Minnesota, the federal government, local governments, the United Way, foundations, local law firms and corporations, etc.  Legal Aid enjoys a good rapport with, and strong support from the organized bar.  Legal Aid does not receive funds from the Legal Services Corporation.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The attorneys’ responsibilities will include advising clients and representing them in a variety of court and administrative forums.  The attorneys may also have the opportunity to engage in policy advocacy, provide training for tenants and advocates, and assist with community outreach/education as appropriate to client needs.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Applicants must be licensed in Minnesota or eligible for admission by reciprocity.  Applicants must also have: 

  1. Demonstrated interest in, and commitment to, the needs of low-income/vulnerable clients;
  2. Commitment to working as a team member to serve client needs;
  3. A desire to appear in court to litigate client rights;
  4. Excellent communication, analytical, and writing skills; and
  5. Proficiency using Microsoft Windows and Office is required.

Diverse economic, social, and cultural experiences and relevant language skills are pluses. 

SALARY:  Up to year 15 on Legal Aid’s salary schedule ($47,000 to $61,100) 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.

APPLICATIONS:  Submit cover letter, resume, three job-related references, and a writing sample online at: www.mylegalaid.org/jobs by Sunday, November 26, 2017, or until position is filled.

No calls please.

Legal Aid is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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