SENIOR LAW PROJECT
POSITION: Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (Legal Aid) seeks a full-time attorney to supervise the Senior Law Project in its Minneapolis office. The Project is focused on protecting the rights of seniors age 60 and over using legal representation and advocacy.
Legal Aid’s mission is to advocate for the legal rights of disadvantaged people to have safe, healthy, and independent lives in their communities. 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. 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.
Legal Aid’s Senior Law Project serves clients who live in Hennepin County and Anoka County. The Project’s case priorities are set toward the basic and fundamental goals of preserving shelter including private, subsidized, assisted living, and nursing home placements as well as preserving and gaining government benefits including Social Security and Medical Assistance. In addition, the Project also handles consumer debt and financial exploitation cases, as well as limited third-party custody and immigration cases. The Senior Law Project also supports a community clinic providing basic estate planning advice.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsibilities include supervision of legal work, grant management, work planning, and evaluation of the Project’s staff. The position will also provide the opportunity to represent clients. Representation will include all levels of advocacy including litigation, policy work, and community education. The position also supervises Legal Aid’s liaison to the Latino community.
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have at least three years of experience in the practice of law and be licensed in Minnesota or eligible for admission by reciprocity. Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in and commitment to the needs of low-income/vulnerable clients. Excellent communication, analytical, and writing skills are required. Proficiency using Microsoft Windows and Office is required.
Experience supervising, teaching, and/or mentoring others is also a plus. Diverse economic, social, or cultural experiences and relevant language skills are a plus.
SALARY: Based upon experience and the Legal Aid salary schedule. Benefits include vacation, sick leave, family medical, life, and short/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 September 28, 2018, or until position is filled.
No calls please.
Legal Aid is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.