Willmar, Minnesota
Nov 03, 2017
Dec 03, 2017
Employment Status
Full Time

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (Legal Aid) is seeking a staff attorney for its Willmar office.  Law school 2017 graduates who have passed the Minnesota Bar Examination will be considered.  Legal Aid provides legal representation in civil matters to clients with low incomes, disabilities, and seniors - 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.

BACKGROUND:  Legal Aid’s Willmar office is an eight-person law office providing civil representation to low-income people in ten Western Minnesota rural counties.  The office receives funding from a variety of public and private sources and enjoys strong support from the organized bar.  Willmar is a city of 20,000 located 90 miles west of Minneapolis/St. Paul.  There is a community college, community theater, and easy access to lakes and state parks in or close to the community.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Staff Attorney will provide representation to crime victims on a wide range of poverty law issues, including family law, housing, and public benefits.  Representation of low‑income individuals can include service work, complex litigation, outreach, and community education as appropriate to client and office needs.  

QUALIFICATIONS:  Concern for the needs and rights of low-income people is required.  This position requires the ability to work positively within a small law office, supporting co‑workers while focusing on high-quality service to clients.  Second language ability is helpful.  Attorney applicants must be licensed or have passed the August 2017 bar examination.  Attorneys admitted in states other than Minnesota can get temporary pre-exam admission.  Diverse economic, social, or cultural experiences are a plus.  Proficiency using Microsoft Windows and Office required.

SALARY:  $47,000 - $51,500 DOE.  Salary based on Legal Aid salary schedule.  Benefits include vacation, sick leave, family medical, life, and long-term disability insurance.

APPLICATIONS:  Applications accepted until the position is filled.  Starting date will be negotiated based upon bar admission and office needs.  Cover letter and resume should be submitted online at:



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