Volunteer Attorney Program Coordinator, Brief Services Clinics

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc. (SMRLS) is seeking fill a full time Volunteer Attorney Program Coordinator position to be located in its St. Paul Office. The person hired will be expected to organize, administer and staff legal clinics for clients on topics including eviction expungements, criminal record expungements, wills, and the Ramsey County Housing Court Clinic, to be held throughout SMRLS service area. Volunteer attorneys give legal advice to our clients and help them fill our legal documents at these clinics.

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, including the St. Paul metropolitan area.  As Minnesota’s oldest legal aid program (founded in 1909), SMRLS has established a tradition of partnership with the private bar, a bipartisan Legislature, the Minnesota Supreme Court and other Minnesota Legal Services Coalition programs in providing access to justice.   SMRLS has an experienced, dynamic staff of 60 attorneys and 45 other staff. Hundreds of volunteer attorneys help staff provide legal assistance to over 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 persons and ensure equal opportunity, thus helping persons 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 and guiding principles to accomplish its mission.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Volunteer Attorney Program Coordinator position is responsible for identifying locations and community partners to host the clinics, recruiting volunteer attorneys to serve as subject-matter experts at the clinics and volunteer attorneys and law clerks to staff the clinics, assisting with client screening and scheduling, providing staff support during the clinics in the Metro area and some outside the Metro area, record maintenance, statistical and financial reporting for the clinics,  marketing the clinics and SMRLS, public speaking, providing other support to the Volunteer Attorney Program as needed,  and other duties as assigned.  Significant personal contact with attorneys and volunteers throughout the SMRLS’ service area is required, with some travel throughout those counties.  The responsibilities of this position may change over time based upon client and SMRLS program needs.

QUALIFICATIONS

Attorneys licensed to practice law in Minnesota preferred, but other candidates will be considered. Some related experience is preferred. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with low-income clients, victims of domestic violence, and persons of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds is essential. Excellent communication skills required.  Public speaking and ability to meet with professionals is required.  Public relations skills and the ability to project a positive image of SMRLS, both directly and through yourself as a representative of SMRLS, are required.  Demonstrated ability to work effectively with low income persons, battered women, and persons from different cultural 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.  Creativity, initiative and solid organizational skills are essential.  Computer competence in Microsoft Suite is necessary. Applicants must have access to a car and be willing and able to travel to clinic, outreach and client education activities and other SMRLS-required activities throughout SMRLS’ service area.

SALARY

Starting salary based on current or new salary scale, and depending on experience, plus excellent fringe benefits. 

TO APPLY

Apply online or submit cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Carol Bros, Volunteer Attorney Program Supervisor
SMRLS     
55 E. 5th St., Suite 400                   
St. Paul, MN 55101
 

SMRLS is committed to diversity in the workplace.  Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

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