New Mexico Legal Aid Temporary Intake Attorney Positions Available
New Mexico Legal Aid, the state’s largest provider of civil legal services for low-income clients, has several openings for temporary attorneys to work in our Intake Unit. These attorneys will interview client applicants, then provide information and advice, provide referrals, and potentially perform other brief assistance to eligible clients. All services will be provided by phone contact.
These positions can be affiliated with any of the NMLA offices located throughout New Mexico (see the “About Us” tab on our website www.newmexicolegalaid.org for office locations). Most work will be accomplished remotely.
This work will be primarily directed to services to people whose legal issues are related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of NMLA’s client applicants will be seeking help with family law cases (including domestic violence), landlord/tenant disputes, foreclosures, problems with public benefits programs, employment or wage theft problems, low-income taxpayer disputes and consumer law problems. But there also may be calls involving tribal court issues, veterans issues, migrant farm worker issues, and various other civil law problems.
Duties for Intake Attorneys will include: interviewing applicants on substantive legal issues, providing legal information and advice, referrals, and brief services such as reviewing legal papers, helping clients fill out legal forms and write simple letters, providing brief advocacy calls on behalf of clients and providing guidance for pro se clients who need help to prepare for a pro se court appearance or strategize the next step in a self-help legal matter. Intake Attorneys also may be asked to provide initial pleadings or other documents in emergency cases. If appropriate, Intake Attorneys will also prepare the client case to be transferred for extended services by an NMLA office, practice group or specialty unit. Referrals may also include NMLA’s statewide Volunteer Attorney Program.
Intake Attorneys will be supervised by the Director of the Intake Unit, but will also collaborate with NMLA’s Litigation Director, statewide practice groups and specialty units.
Work on the Intake Team will often be fast-paced and require quick and confident decision-making about the best response that can be given to a client. We are looking for, highly motivated candidates who are passionate about justice and strongly committed to helping NMLA better serve our client community, including effective use of web-based systems and other technologies to deliver legal assistance. At least three years prior experience in a legal aid program or other relevant practice environment is preferred.
All 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. Proficiency in Spanish or tribal languages spoken in New Mexico is a plus. Attorney candidates also must be licensed in New Mexico, eligible for admission by examination, or licensed in another state and eligible for reciprocity admission or New Mexico legal aid providers limited licensing. Reliable high-speed broadband connection at home is important.
Applicants may be subject to a background search. Please do not let this deter you from applying. NMLA is committed to a strong workforce and recognizes that persons with marks on their record may still be able to perform admirably.
Send a current resume and a brief (two pages maximum) letter of interest explaining what you would like to accomplish if you are selected for a position to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Salary: DOE. NMLA is an EEO Employer. Health insurance benefits available. These positions are available immediately through December 31, 2020.
Deadline: we encourage submission of applications as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will continue to be accepted until all available positions are filled.