FTE Staff Attorney-Anishinabe Legal Services White Earth Reservation Office

Anishinabe Legal Services is seeking a full-time staff attorney to provide civil legal assistance and court representation to program clients on or near the White Earth Reservation in Northern Minnesota. 

BACKGROUND:  Anishinabe Legal Services (ALS) is a Legal Services Corporation 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 along with foundational support.

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 on or near the White Earth Reservation.  Primary duties will include representation of parents in CHIPS matters before the White Earth Tribal Court, civil commitment defense, and landlord/tenant law.  The attorney will be primarily housed out of ALS’ White Earth Reservation office located in the village of White Earth, Minnesota.

This attorney is expected to be licensed in the State of Minnesota by the anticipated start date of position, or have taken the July 2018 Minnesota bar exam.  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 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 3+ years of civil practice are strongly preferred, as are applicants with familiarity and experience practicing before Tribal Courts.  Prior experience working within Indian Country is also strongly preferred.  Native American attorneys are highly encouraged to apply.

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:  $45,000 + D.O.E.  Employer paid benefits include individual and family health and dental insurance, paid time off, flex scheduling, and life insurance.  Loan repayment assistance may be available for eligible attorneys.

TO APPLY:  Please email a cover letter, resume, and three (3) references to ALS Executive Director Cody Nelson at cnelson@alslegal.orgApplications are preferred by August 31st, 2018, but will be accepted until the position is filled.