ROBINS KAPLAN FELLOWSHIP ATTORNEY
POSITION: MidMinnesota Legal Aid (Legal Aid) seeks a full-time staff attorney for a two-year Robins Kaplan Fellowship Attorney. The Fellowship Attorney will be funded by the Robins Kaplan law firm and located at Legal Aid’s Minneapolis office. After the initial two years, the Fellowship is subject to annual renewal.
Legal Aid provides free civil legal representation to clients with low incomes and seniors throughout 21 counties in central Minnesota, and to people with disabilities throughout the state. The Minneapolis office primarily serves clients living in Hennepin County. Legal Aid’s focus is to provide the legal help needed so that its clients can meet their most basic needs such as access to safe and secure housing, safety from domestic violence, access to government programs that provide baseline cash and food support, and access to health care.
In addition to the generous funding for this Fellowship by the law firm of Robins Kaplan, Legal Aid is supported by funding from the State of Minnesota, the federal government, local governments, the United Way, foundations, other 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.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Fellowship Attorney will protect Legal Aid clients’ income and assets by working on federal income tax disputes through our Low-Income Tax Clinic and will also represent clients in debt collection and consumer protection cases. The Fellowship Attorney will also work on outreach and education focused on prevention of consumer scams and litigation and advocacy for persons whose rights have been violated.
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be licensed in Minnesota or eligible for admission by
1) Demonstrated interest in, and commitment to, the needs of low-income/vulnerable clients;
2) Commitment to working as a team member to serve client needs; and
3) Excellent communication, analytical, and writing skills. Experience in the specified areas of law, poverty law practice, or equivalent general practice is preferred. Diverse economic, social, and cultural experiences and relevant language skills are pluses. Proficiency using Microsoft Windows and Office is required.
SALARY: The Fellowship Attorney will be employed by Robins Kaplan and will receive up to year five on Legal Aid’s salary schedule ($50,000 to $54,300) depending on experience. The Fellowship Attorney may also receive funds for health insurance from Robins Kaplan.
STARTING DATE: As soon as possible after the position is filled.
APPLICATIONS: Submit cover letter, resume, three job-related references, and a writing sample
online at www.mylegalaid.org/jobs by Friday, January 19, 2018, or until the position is filled.
No calls please.
Legal Aid is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.