BACKGROUND: CMLS is a 3-office program with 26 employees providing free legal representation to low income clients in 21 counties in central Minnesota. CMLS’ mission is “to provide in a highly professional manner for the basic legal needs of families and children vulnerable to abuse, violence and neglect, homelessness or major economic disruptions in their lives.” The position will be in the Minneapolis office, which primarily served Anoka and Hennepin Counties.
CMLS is funded primarily by the federal Legal Services Corporation and several smaller grants. CMLS enjoys a good rapport with, and strong support from, the organized bar and the local judiciary.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The supervising attorney is responsible for day to day supervision and mentorship of staff attorneys practicing primarily in the areas of family law, domestic violence, criminal expungement, and public benefits. The supervising attorney will also maintain a personal caseload, supervise various community-based legal clinics. The program is committed to client-focused service through litigation, administrative advocacy, community legal education and community outreach.
QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated commitment to furthering principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and ability to work effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds are essential. The supervising attorney candidate should have at least five years post-law school poverty law experience, including extensive experience in the area of family law. Licensed to practice law in Minnesota. A vehicle and valid driver’s license are required.
The ability to work closely with and supervise other professionals and support staff. Initiative and resourcefulness in assuming responsibility in solving problems. Ability to coach and encourage skill development in staff attorneys and law clerks. Demonstrated ability to develop meaningful community programming. Experience working collaboratively with the private bar, bench, and community partners.
SALARY: D.O.E. pursuant to CMLS salary schedule. Excellent benefits.
STARTING DATE: As soon as possible after the position is filled.
APPLICATION: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send resume, including references and writing sample to:
Central Minnesota Legal Services
111 North Fifth Street, Suite 402
Minneapolis, MN 55403-1604
Email applications: firstname.lastname@example.org
CMLS is an equal opportunity employer.