CMLS Seeking Full-Time Attorney

Central Minnesota Legal Services: Staff Attorney position available full time for its St. Cloud office.

 

Responsibilities: The staff attorney position involves service work in the areas of family law,employment law, housing, government benefits, and criminal expungement, with an emphasis on family law. The office has a commitment to service work, including litigation, community legal education and community outreach, as appropriate to client needs. Travel may be required throughout the counties served by the CMLS offices in central Minnesota.  

 

Background: CMLS is a 3-office program with 28 employees, providing free legal representation to low-income clients in 21 counties in central Minnesota through a staff and volunteer attorney component. The position will be in the St. Cloud office, which is located 65 miles northwest of the Twin Cities along the Mississippi River. The mission of Central Minnesota Legal Services is to advocate for access to the civil justice system for low income people by providing high quality legal services and to improve the lives of people living in poverty by empowering self-advocacy skills through legal education.

 

CMLS is funded primarily by a grant from the Legal Services Corporation. CMLS also has other funding sources to provide civil legal services to other low-income populations in its 21-countyservice area. CMLS enjoys a good rapport with, and strong support, from the organized bar and the local judiciary.  

 

Qualifications: Candidates should be licensed to practice law in Minnesota. Demonstrated commitment and sensitivity to the problems of low income and vulnerable persons. Post-law school poverty law experiences are desired although new graduates will be considered. Attorneys admitted in another state can get temporary pre-exam admission. Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle required. Ability to speak Spanish/Somali is desired but not required.

 

Salary: $50,000+ D.O.E. pursuant to the CMLS salary schedule. Excellent benefits.

 

Starting Date: As close to  June 1, 2018 as possible.  

 

Application Deadline: May 11, 2018 or until filled.

 

Mail or e-mail cover letter, resume, references and writing sample to:

Sheila Merriman

CMLS

110 6th Avenue South, Suite 205

Saint Cloud, Minnesota 56301

smerriman@centralmnlegal.org

No Phone Calls Please. CMLS is an equal opportunity employer.

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