New Mexico Legal Aid seeks a full- or part-time Staff Attorney for our regional office in Gallup. The Staff Attorney will represent clients in a variety of civil cases, primarily in McKinley and Cibola Counties and the Navajo Nation.
The Staff Attorney will focus on housing stability and eviction defense, but will handle cases for low-income individuals and families in a wide variety of poverty law areas including family law, public benefits, consumer issues, domestic violence law, tribal law and federal Indian law. We use a community lawyering model, so work will include participating in community activities, providing community education as well as outreach to eligible clients.
Our office is located in Northwest New Mexico, in a town that borders on the Navajo Nation and Zuni Pueblo and is close to the Arizona border. We have many hiking and biking locations in and near town, and are close to many beautiful areas such as Red Rock Park, El Morro National Monument, Canyon de Chelly and Cibola National Forest. Our community has high poverty and high needs but is rich in cultural, linguistic and artistic diversity.
The NMLA office in Gallup handles a wide range of creative, challenging and complex work. We are looking for 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.
Three years' experience as a licensed attorney preferred. Must be willing to take the Navajo bar exam if not already licensed in Navajo court. Must be willing to travel. Must be able to effectively use computer technology and remote communications systems, including shared on-line workspaces and web meeting and videoconferencing software, to effectively collaborate and co-counsel with staff located in multiple offices. Candidates also must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks, manage a caseload and build collaborative relationships within the staff and the community. Proficiency in Navajo or Spanish is a big plus.
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 people with marks on their records 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: email@example.com