New Mexico Legal Aid seeks a Staff Attorney for our regional office in Las Cruces. The Staff Attorney will represent clients throughout southern New Mexico. The successful candidate will split time between our Safe to Be You! Project and our general work. The position will also include periodic office hours in our regional offices in the southern part of the state and potentially periodic office hours at non-NMLA host sites, such as shelters. Community outreach and education are strong elements of this position.
New Mexico Legal Aid’s statewide LGBTQ+ legal access program, Safe To Be You!, serves LGBTQ+ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. Project staff provide free civil legal services – legal advice, referrals and/or full attorney representation in court – to address a broad range of legal needs within the LGBTQ+ community. In addition to high volume litigation in domestic violence and family law, the staff attorney would be part of a broader holistic advocacy team litigating civil rights and impact cases throughout the State of New Mexico. Location will be subject to all public health orders regarding travel and COVID 19 with travel in southern New Mexico anticipated when and if those public health orders are modified.
The successful candidate will also handle cases for low-income individuals and families in a 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.
NMLA seeks 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.
Preferred Qualifications: Licensing in a Tribal Court and/or experience with Native American communities and legal issues. Proficiency in one or more additional languages is a plus. Ideal candidates will have community ties and connections to community organizations in southern New Mexico and experience working with LGBTQ+ rural populations.
Requirements: Candidates must be licensed in New Mexico, 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. Must be able to effectively use computer technology and remote communications systems (including shared on-line workspaces and web-meeting and/or videoconferencing software) to effectively collaborate and co-counsel with staff located in multiple offices. Must be willing and able to travel. Candidates also must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks, the ability to manage a significant caseload, and the skill to build collaborative relationships within the staff and the community.
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 letter of interest explaining what you would like to accomplish if you are selected for this position to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Salary: DOE. Excellent benefits. NMLA is an EEO Employer. Application Deadline: October 31, 2020.