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Staff Attorney – SMRLS

POSITION: Staff Attorney

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc. (SMRLS) is seeking to fill a family law attorney position in its Metro Region. The position is based in the St. Paul office. The attorney will handle contested family law matters.

SMRLS is a non-profit law firm which receives federal, state, local, public, and private funding to provide free legal help to low income and elderly people who reside in 33 counties of southern Minnesota. As Minnesota’s oldest legal aid program (founded in 1909), SMRLS has established a tradition of partnership with the private bar, a bi-partisan legislature, the Minnesota Supreme Court and other Minnesota Legal Services Coalition programs to provide access to justice. SMRLS has an experienced, dynamic staff who provide legal assistance to about 10,000 eligible persons each year.

SMRLS is a client-centered organization which is committed to its mission of providing a full range of high quality legal services, in a respectful manner, which enable clients to enforce their legal rights, maintain freedom from hunger, homelessness, sickness and abuse; and empower people and ensure equal opportunity, thus, helping people to help themselves and become economically self-reliant, to the extent their individual abilities and circumstances permit. SMRLS values, welcomes and promotes diversity in all aspects of its work. SMRLS has adopted practice standards, guiding principles, and racial justice policies, to accomplish its mission.


Provide legal assistance to clients in contested family law matters involving custody, domestic abuse, and other family law issues. Represent eligible clients in court with cases venued throughout SMRLS’ five county metro service area. Assignments may change over time based upon client and firm needs. The attorney must be willing to maintain a caseload in compliance with SMRLS’ written practice standards and observe SMRLS’ policies, practices and guiding principles in furtherance of SMRLS’ mission. Community education, outreach, intake responsibilities and active bar participation are also required activities. Willingness to accept supervision and other duties as assigned.


Must be licensed to practice law in Minnesota. Family law practice, with courtroom experience, is preferred. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with low-income clients, victims of domestic abuse, and persons of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds is essential. Excellent communication skills, ability to work positively and constructively with others in a teamwork setting, good judgment, and the ability to work hard, independently, efficiently and under pressure is necessary. Applicants must be flexible and willing to take on additional duties as assigned by SMRLS. Must be willing and able to travel to court proceedings, outreach/education activities, and other SMRLS-required events throughout SMRLS’ service area. Computer competence is necessary.


Starting salary of $53,509, or DOE, pursuant to salary scale, plus fringe benefits.


Open Until Filled. Late applications may be considered until position is filled.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and references via email only to:

Mary Moore

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services 55 East 5th Street, Suite 400

St. Paul, MN 55101-1473 Email:

SMRLS is committed to diversity in the workplace. Women, people of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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