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The Legal Rights Center- Staff Atty (Community Defense Program)

09 May 2017 9:08 AM | Lariss Maldonado (Administrator)



Application Deadline: Until filled

The Legal Rights Center (‘LRC’) seeks outstanding candidates for the Staff Attorney

position described below. The LRC is a community-based nonprofit providing

high-quality representation, at no cost, for individuals charged with crimes in

Hennepin County. Please review our website, www.legalrightscenter.org , for more

information about the organization and our programs.


The Staff Attorney must be qualified and prepared to handle criminal and delinquency cases in our Community Defense Program. This involves the holistic and client-centered defense of indigent clients in adult and juvenile court throughout Hennepin County. Client education and community outreach are an important component of this Staff Attorney position. As such, the Staff Attorney will work with our Community Advocates and staff in a variety of outreach and educational tasks related to community enrichment and engagement.

Starting salary will be at the annual rate of $35,000 for an attorney who is not yet

licensed in Minnesota, or $40,000-$42,000 for an attorney who is currently licensed

in Minnesota, with an increase to a rate of $45,000 at the beginning of 2018. Health

and dental insurance provided.


Though the position is open to those with limited experience in criminal defense

work, the most qualified candidates will:

Demonstrate a commitment to working as part of a defense team that

incorporates non-attorney advocates as part of a ‘client-centered practice’

and to pursue a multi-disciplinary approach to criminal defense.

Show experience working with indigent and minority populations and in

identifying the various legal and non-legal needs and issues facing our

diverse clientele.

Demonstrate the ability to step out of the courtroom and to educate the

public as to the human impact of the criminal justice system (as part of our

Community-driven Defense Program).

Demonstrate experience solving problems creatively. Demonstrate prior experience of being responsible for all aspects of the defense process (for e.g., interviewing clients, developing defense strategies, investigating cases and interviewing witnesses, trial preparation, negotiation and in-court hearings and trials).

Demonstrate prior experience incorporating their own personal interests in other social justice or civil rights issues into their daily work.


Admitted to practice law in the State of Minnesota (or eligible based on reciprocity or pending the results of the July 2017 bar exam)

Experience with indigent and minority populations

Strong oral and written communication skills

Strong organizational skills

Demonstrated success as a team player, but able to work independently

Must be able to work within the context of an organizational mission that is not solely focused on criminal defense

Excellent listening skills

Computer skills

Willingness to use own vehicle for travel to suburban courts (mileage and parking reimbursed)

Must pass background check for working with youth and vulnerable adults.


Secondary Language skills

Previous experience working in a Public Defender Office or with a non-profit legal office

Previous experience working within a holistic or client-centered framework

Prior trial and criminal defense experience

Experience working with youth and juveniles


To apply please email your resume, cover letter (explaining your interest in the

position and detailing your specific interest in joining the Legal Rights Center and

why you are a qualified candidate), and a writing sample to

jobs@legalrightscenter.org For more information, please contact Andrew Gordon at

agordon@legalrightscenter.org or 612-677-2137.


The Legal Rights Center was created by communities of color working in coalition; a

diverse staff best meets the needs of our communities.


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