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NMLA seeks Migrant Farm Worker Program Managing Attorney

 

New Mexico Legal Aid seeks candidates interested in serving as a managing attorney for our Centro Legal Campesino Migrant Farm Worker Program. The position can be based in either Albuquerque or in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

 

The managing attorney will lead NMLA’s statewide advocacy, outreach and community education on behalf of migrant and seasonal farm workers. The work will focus on cases involving legal rights and issues impacting agricultural workers throughout the state. Case work will include systemic pattern cases strategically selected to address issues of significant importance to our clients.

 

We are looking for highly motivated individuals who are passionate and strongly committed to helping NMLA better serve the farmworker community, including development of effective team strategies to handle complex advocacy and extended representation cases. 

 

Requirements: English-Spanish bilingual fluency highly preferred. Prior experience with migrant and seasonal farm worker advocacy highly preferred. Must be willing to travel. Candidates also must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks, manage a significant caseload and build collaborative relationships within the staff and the community. Must be licensed to practice law in New Mexico, or eligible for a New Mexico Legal Services Provider limited license, or admission by reciprocity, if licensed in another state.  

 

Send a current resume and a letter of interest explaining what you would like to accomplish if you are selected for the position to: jobs@nmlegalaid.org

 

Salary:  DOE, NMLA is an EEO Employer.  Deadline:  September 4, 2018

 

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Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking Legal Helpline project attorney

 

New Mexico Legal Aid (NMLA) has an opening for a Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking Legal Helpline Project Attorney in its Albuquerque Office. This position will have a statewide focus in leveraging NMLA domestic violence advocacy resources and serving as a representative to partner agencies, key stakeholders and clients regarding legal services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. This position is currently funded through 6/30/2019.

 

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be responsible for coordinating DV Helpline services, including promoting the Helpline and NMLA services, building collaborative relationships with law enforcement, the judiciary, DV/SA providers and other stakeholders around the state and providing referrals and legal assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. The applicant should be a self starter, require limited supervision; and possess excellent writing and communication skills and be committed to serving the needs of domestic violence victims and the poverty population. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.

Work: Candidate is expected to:

  • establish and coordinate DV Helpline services
  • answer DV helpline questions
  • handle cases in family law/domestic violence
  • participate in community education and outreach to domestic violence victims, providers and other stakeholders around the state
  • train on relevant legal topics
  • participate in the recruitment of DV Helpline pro bono and volunteer attorneys
  • participate in a public education campaign promoting the Helpline services.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Advocacy experience in the areas of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking highly preferred.
  • Admitted to the State Bar of New Mexico, or licensed in another state and eligible for admission by reciprocity or for New Mexico limited legal aid license

 

To Apply: If you are interested, please apply no later than August 31, 2018. Send a current resume and a letter of interest explaining what you would like to accomplish if you are selected for this position to: jobs@nmlegalaid.org

 

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AmeriCorps Member: Native Communities Medical-Legal Partnership Attorney

Program Start/End Date: 09/01/2018 to 10/30/2019

Schedule: Full Time

Education Level: JD/Law Grad

New Mexico Legal Aid has received a multi-state grant from AmeriCorps to host one-year AmeriCorps members to facilitate the medical-legal partneAmerican Indians and Natives throughout the US. 14 members will be recruited throughout the US as follows: six attorneys in Alaska (Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai, Nome, Sitka), four attorneys in Oklahoma (Oklahoma City), and one attorney in each Arizona (Phoenix), Nebraska (Omaha), New Mexico (Albuquerque) and Utah (Montezuma Creek). The attorney selected will be housed at host site’s local office. AmeriCorps Member will ideally begin between August 1,2018,or  as soon as possible thereafter and continue for one year.

Practice Areas: Children's Rights, Consumer Protection/Debt/Bankruptcy, Disability Law/Rights, Education, Elder Law, Employment/Labor, Family Law, General Legal Services, Health Law, Housing/Landlord-Tenant, Juvenile Issues, LGBTQ, Litigation, Native American/Indian/Tribal Law, Poverty, Probate/Trust & Estate Issues, Public Benefits/Social Security, Racial Justice Issues, Women's Rights

Member Description

The AmeriCorps member will offer trainings for health providers and comprehensive legal assistance for low-income patients at partnering hospital or health clinic serving tribal members from the Navajo Nation, New Mexico’s 19 Pueblo tribal communities and other eligible tribes. By focusing on cases that promote income growth, housing stability, and personal safety, the MLP uses legal advocacy as a tool to address social determinants of health. The AmeriCorps member position is open in Albuquerque and nearby Santa Ana, NM.

The AmeriCorps Member will provide direct legal assistance to low-income patients at First Nations Community HealthSource Health Center http://www.fnch.org/ in Albuquerque. Areas of legal advocacy include public benefits, housing, special education, domestic violence, elder law, family law, and consumer law. The AmeriCorps Member will be an attorney authorized to practice in state and/or tribal court, and before administrative agencies. The AmeriCorps Member will be responsible for providing periodic trainings and presentations to providers at medical facilities, as well as for regularly consulting with medical providers.  

Although AmeriCorps members will work independently at their local location, the member will be part of a national collaborative network of members to improve social determinants of health for American Indians and Alaskan Natives. All members from all participating programs will attend a week-long MLP Boot Camp in Albuquerque, NM. The MLP Boot camp will train each member on vision of the project and arm each member with the tools to nurture each new attorney-hospital partnership. Each member will have a local litigation supervisor for day-to-day activities. Project support will be provided by the MLP Project Director, including monthly conference calls, AmeriCorps updates and NMLA’s Native American Program.

Qualifications

  • New Mexico bar membership or eligibility to waive into the New Mexico bar, or eligibility to take the next available bar exam.  
  • Navajo Nation or relevant Pueblo tribal bar membership or eligibility to take the next bar exam, if applicable
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service 
  • Legal experience assisting persons with low incomes (may include student legal clinics, internships)
  • Knowledge of the legal issues impacting persons with low incomes
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts
  • Prior experience in managing independent projects or assignments
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office 365 computer programs
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Ability to travel throughout the surrounding region 
  • Those with experience regarding Indian Law are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Ability to begin program as soon as possible after August 1, 2018

Salary

The AmeriCorps Member will receive an annual living allowance as determined by AmeriCorps. Additionally, members will receive a Segal Education Award, health insurance, and other benefits. Interested applicants should contact jobs@nmlegalaid.org with any follow up questions.

Other Benefits Provided:

  • Health and dental insurance provided
  • Parking provided
  • Position related travel reimbursement and bar dues provided

Member placement is contingent upon ability to pass AmeriCorps, State and Tribal-mandated criminal background checks.

Application Instructions:

Please send a current resume and letter explaining what you hope to accomplish if you are selected for this position to: jobs@nmlegalaid.orgApplication deadline is August 24, 2018, however candidates are encouraged to apply sooner as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. NMLA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.

Contact Information:

Christopher Sanchez, Executive Assistant, jobs@nmlegalaid.org

Why become an AmeriCorps Member?

Help your community: Know that you are giving your time, talent, wisdom, and experience to your community and neighbors who need you.

Help yourself: Through service, you can add to the quality and health of your life. Research indicates that volunteers enjoy better health, make new friendships, stay active and involved in the community, and learn new skills.

Make a difference: Be part of a national movement to transform America through the involvement of its citizens.

Save money for the organizations you serve: By donating your time and skills, you help make funds go farther for organizations that address critical needs in your community.

 

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New Mexico Legal Aid Seeks Staff Attorney in Hobbs

New Mexico Legal AId Legal Aid seeks a staff attorney to be based in Hobbs, NM. The attorney will handle a variety of cases in Hobbs and Lea County in southeastern New Mexico. Case work will include family law, housing law, consumer issues, public benefits cases and other issues. The attorney will be active in local bar and community activities, and will participate in community education and outreach to eligible clients. This position is supported by funding from the J.F. Maddox Foundation in Hobbs.

 

The attorney also will be part of an innovative partnership between New Mexico Legal Aid and Legal Aid of Northwest Texas to build a regional advocacy team that will include attorneys based in Roswell NM and in Odessa-Midland TX as well as in Hobbs. The project will focus on common issues, cases and individual clients from Hobbs and nearby Texas communities. The project hopes to create a nationally replicable model for building collaborative regional capacities for litigation and community advocacy in neighboring rural communities divided by one or more state borders. We are looking for highly motivated candidates who are passionate and strongly committed to helping NMLA better serve clients in the Hobbs area, including development of effective team strategies to handle complex advocacy and extended representation cases

 

Requirements: Candidates must be licensed in New Mexico or eligible for admission by examination or licensed in another state and eligible for reciprocity admission or for a New Mexico legal aid providers limited license. Dual licensing in New Mexico and Texas is a plus. Candidates must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks, manage a significant caseload and build collaborative relationships within the staff and the community. Must be willing to travel. Must be willing to travel. Proficiency in Spanish is a strong plus.

 

Send a current resume and a letter of interest explaining what you would like to accomplish if you are selected for this position to: jobs@nmlegalaid.org

 

Salary: DOE, NMLA is an EEO Employer. Deadline: August 31, 2018

 

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NMLA Staff Attorney position available in Roswell

 

New Mexico Legal Aid is seeking a Staff Attorney for our regional office in Roswell. The Staff Attorney will represent clients throughout southeastern and east central New Mexico, including in Roswell, Hobbs, Carlsbad, Clovis, Portales and other surrounding communities.

 

The Staff Attorney will handle cases for low-income individuals and families in a wide variety of poverty law areas including family law, housing, public benefits, and consumer issues. The Staff Attorney will be active in local bar and community activities. The work will include participating in community education and outreach to eligible clients; and recruitment of and collaboration with pro bono attorneys.

 

The NMLA offices in Roswell, Hobbs and Clovis handle a wide range of creative, challenging and complex work. We are looking for highly motivated candidates who are passionate and strongly committed to helping NMLA better serve our client communities, including development of effective team strategies to handle complex advocacy and extended representation cases.

 

Requirements: Three years’ experience as a licensed attorney preferred but will consider exceptionally well qualified entry level candidates. Candidates must be licensed in New Mexico or eligible for admission by examination or licensed in another state and eligible for reciprocity admission or for a New Mexico legal aid providers limited license. Candidates must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks, manage a significant caseload and build collaborative relationships within the staff and the community. Must be willing to travel. Must be willing to travel. Proficiency in Spanish is a strong plus.

 

Must be willing to travel. Must be able to effectively use computer technology and remote communications systems, including shared on-line workspaces and web meeting and videoconferencing software, to effectively collaborate and co-counsel with staff located in multiple offices. Candidates also must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks, manage a caseload and build collaborative relationships within the staff and the community. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.

 

Send a current resume, and a letter of interest explaining what you would like to accomplish if you are selected for this position to: jobs@nmlegalaid.org

 

Salary: DOE, NMLA is an EEO Employer. Application Deadline: August 24, 2018.

 

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NMLA Staff Attorney position available in Gallup

 

New Mexico Legal Aid is seeking a Staff Attorney for our regional office in Gallup. The Staff Attorney will represent clients throughout northwestern New Mexico, including in Gallup, Grants and other surrounding communities.

 

The Staff Attorney will handle cases for low-income individuals and families in a wide variety of poverty law areas including family law, housing, public benefits, and consumer issues. The Staff Attorney will be active in local bar and community activities. The work will include participating in community education and outreach to eligible clients, and recruitment of and collaboration with pro bono attorneys.

 

The Staff Attorney also will handle a significant caseload to assist domestic violence victims, including an opportunity to be involved in outreach and case handling for NMLA’s statewide LGBTQ+ Legal Access Project, “Safe to Be You!,“ which provides holistic civil legal services to LGBTQ+ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. The project especially focuses on services to LBTQ+ survivors living in New Mexico’s rural and Native American communities. Candidates with experience working as advocates on behalf of Native American or LGBTQ+ clients are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

The NMLA office in Gallup, centered in one of the highest poverty communities in the state, handles a wide range of creative, challenging and complex work. We are looking for highly motivated candidates who are passionate about justice and strongly committed to helping NMLA better serve our client communities, including development of effective team strategies to handle complex advocacy and extended representation cases.

 

Requirements: Three years’ experience as a licensed attorney preferred but will consider exceptionally well qualified entry level candidates. Must be licensed in New Mexico, or eligible for licensing by reciprocity, limited legal aid providers licensing, or by sitting for the next available New Mexico bar examination. Must be willing to travel. Must be able to effectively use computer technology and remote communications systems, including shared on-line workspaces and web meeting and videoconferencing software, to effectively collaborate and co-counsel with staff located in multiple offices. Candidates also must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks, manage a caseload and build collaborative relationships within the staff and the community. Proficiency in Spanish, Navajo or Zuni languages is a plus.

 

Send a current resume, and a letter of interest explaining what you would like to accomplish if you are selected for this position to: jobs@nmlegalaid.org

 

Salary: DOE, NMLA is an EEO Employer. Application Deadline: August 24, 2018.

 

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NMLA seeks Domestic Violence Staff Attorney for Albuquerque Family Advocacy Center

 

New Mexico Legal Aid (NMLA) has an opening for a Domestic Violence Staff Attorney to be based in the Albuquerque Family Advocacy Center. The Family Advocacy Center is an innovative co-location facility where victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking can get “one-stop” help from NMLA, specially trained medical personnel, law enforcement agencies, and a rage of other community agencies to deal with legal, personal safety, housing and economic issues that befall victims.  See more information about the Family Advocacy Center at: https://www.cabq.gov/police/albuquerque-family-advocacy-center

 

The FAC Domestic Violence Attorney will work on site at the Family Advocacy Center in Albuquerque, to assist clients with Orders of Protection and other related cases affecting the personal safety and economic security of victims. The attorney also will be a key member of NMLA’s statewide family law practice group.

 

Qualifications: The attorney will be responsible for representing victims referred to NMLA through the Family Advocacy Center, the Domestic Violence Resource Center or other partner agencies.  The attorney will also coordinating NMLA’s services with services offered by other DV advocacy organizations, and will help NMLA build collaborative relationships with law enforcement, the judiciary, and other DV advocacy stakeholders. The applicant should be a self starter, require limited supervision; and possess excellent writing and communication skills and be committed to serving the needs of domestic violence victims and the poverty population. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.

 

Requirements: Three years’ experience representing victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking is highly preferred. Must be licensed in New Mexico, or eligible for licensing by reciprocity, limited legal aid providers licensing, or by sitting for the next available New Mexico bar examination. \Must be willing to travel. Must be able to effectively use computer technology and remote communications systems, including shared on-line workspaces and web meeting and videoconferencing software, to effectively collaborate and co-counsel with staff located in multiple offices. Candidates also must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks, manage a caseload and build collaborative relationships within the staff and the community. Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.

 

Send a current resume, and a letter of interest explaining what you would like to accomplish if you are selected for this position to: jobs@nmlegalaid.org

 

Salary: DOE, NMLA is an EEO Employer. Application Deadline: August 27, 2018.

 

Posted: April 17, 2018