DNA People’s Legal Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit legal aid organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income people who otherwise could not afford to hire an attorney. Since 1967, DNA has provided free legal aid in remote portions of three states and seven Native American nations, helping thousands of low income people annually to achieve long lasting economic stability by providing access to tribal, state and federal justice systems. DNA provides legal assistance, advice and representation in U.S. and tribal courts, promotes tribal sovereignty, and offer community education programs that promote greater understanding of the law. DNA’s services have helped people living in poverty use existing policies and laws to protect their property and assets, stay safe from physical, mental and financial abuse, avoid exploitation and safeguard their civil rights Responsibilities: (a) Under the supervision of a Senior Attorney, the Managing attorney leads an office or unit to ensure that clients receive the full range of high-quality legal services. (b) Responsible for the day to day management and oversight of the office or project to which he or she is assigned. (c) Engages with client and community groups, local stake holders, bar associations, and governmental associations to: identify; assess; and meet client and community legal needs. (d) Be familiar with and follow all DNA and funder policies, and all applicable state, federal, and local regulations. (e) Participate in community outreach, training programs, and client education events. (f) Participate and coordinate remote, local, or online intake. (g) Handles a caseload consistent with managing attorney responsibilities. (h) Perform other duties as assigned.
Requirements: Managing attorneys must be a graduate of an accredited law school and a member of the Arizona, New Mexico, or Utah bar association, or if licensed in another jurisdiction, able to gain admission to one of these jurisdictions within one year by motion or reciprocity. Must have three (3) to five (5) years of experience as an attorney in a legal aid organization or similar non-profit law firm with strong litigation skills; strong oral and written communication skills; the ability to travel and work throughout the DNA service area; competence in working with diverse individuals and communities, especially with Native Americans, persons of color, and other marginalized communities; a commitment to providing legal services to the poor; the ability to identify and successfully pursue strategic, systemic, and affirmative advocacy; good judgment, ability to handle stress, initiative, and willingness to work as a team; and ability to manage and supervise others, including the ability to mentor other students and law students. Managing Attorneys are supervised by a Senior Attorney.
WHAT TO SUBMIT: Employment Application, Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts and (Writing Sample-Attorneys only) HOW TO APPLY: Email: HResources@dnalegalservices.org | Direct: 928.871.4151 Fax: 928.871.5036 (Faxed documents accepted) Preference is given to qualified Navajo and other Native American applicants. DNA requires all applicants to be eligible to work within the United States. DNA will not sponsor visas unless otherwise noted on the position description. DNA-People’s Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.