Staff Attorney-Anishinabe Legal Services

Anishinabe Legal Services is seeking a full-time staff attorney to provide civil legal assistance and court representation to program clients before area Tribal Courts, State Courts and Administrative Forums.

BACKGROUND:  Anishinabe Legal Services (ALS) is a Legal Services Corporation (LSC) funded 501(c)(3) organization providing free legal assistance and Court representation to low-income individuals living on or near the Leech Lake, White Earth and Red Lake Indian Reservations in Northern Minnesota.  Legal services are provided through grants and contracts with federal, state and tribal governments.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  ALS is looking for a well-qualified and highly motivated licensed attorney to provide civil legal assistance and court representation to program clients before area Tribal Courts, State Courts and Administrative Forms.  Primary duties will include representation of parents in CHIPS matters before area Tribal Courts, Housing and Family law, but job duties are likely to include handling a wide variety of civil matters before various forums.

This attorney is expected to be licensed in the State of Minnesota by anticipated start date of position; this attorney will also be expected to be licensed or willing to immediately become licensed before the Leech Lake, White Earth and Red Lake Tribal Courts.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Qualified applicants must possess exceptionally strong oral and written communication skills, negotiation skills, litigation skills, have exceptional organizational skills with ability to handle a large caseload of client matters throughout a wide geographic service area.  Applicants must also be able and willing to work efficiently and effectively as part of a team.

Attorneys with 5+ years of civil practice are strongly preferred, as are applicants with familiarity and experience with practicing before Tribal Courts.  Prior experience working within Indian Country is also preferred.  Native American attorneys are highly encouraged to apply.

All applicants are expected to be able to begin work immediately after hiring decision has been made, likely by December, 2013.  All applicants are expected to have a valid driver’s license, insurance and automobile, as significant travel will be required as part of job duties and responsibilities.

COMPENSATION:  D.O.E.  Benefits include individual and family health and dental insurance, paid time off, and life insurance.

TO APPLY:  Please send a cover letter, resume, and three (3) references to ALS Co-Executive Director Cody Nelson, at:

Anishinabe Legal Services
PO Box 157
Cass Lake, MN 56633

Or email application materials to cnelson@alslegal.org.   Applications preferred by November 15, 2013 but will be accepted until the position is filled.

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