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Staff Attorney


Staff Attorney

Las Cruces, New Mexico

New Mexico Legal Aid (NMLA) provides civil legal services to low income New Mexicans for a variety of legal issues including domestic violence/family law, consumer protection, housing, and benefits.  NMLA has locations throughout the state including Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Gallup, Roswell, Silver City, Clovis, Hobbs, Las Vegas, Taos, and Santa Ana. 

For this position, the staff attorney will primarily handle issues for eligible clients such as:

  • Public Benefits – SSI
  • Housing

But may also handle:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Consumer Issues
  • Family Law
  • Other areas of poverty law

The work will include:

  • Advising clients.
  • Helping them prepare paperwork
  • Representing clients in court and in administrative proceedings
  • Conducting community education and outreach to eligible clients and community organizations as necessary.
  • The successful candidate will be active in local bar and community activities and will participate in community education and outreach to eligible clients.

The attorney position will be based out of NMLA’s Las Cruces, office.  The work will primarily be in Southern part of but may include casework and outreach throughout New Mexico.  

NMLA employees enjoy:

  • Being unionized
  • A great work environment
  • Great benefits including generous leave
  • Competitive salary

The position is part of by a collective bargaining agreement. Pay is determined by years of experience and set by a union scale; click here to view the salary scale. NMLA provides comprehensive benefits, holiday and leave packages. For information about NMLA's generous benefits, and what it is like to work at NMLA click here


NMLA offers a very collaborative environment and support for less experienced attorneys. NMLA handles a wide range of creative, challenging and complex work. We are looking for highly motivated candidates who are passionate about and strongly committed to helping NMLA better serve our client communities.
  • Experience as practicing attorney preferred but will consider exceptional candidate without experience
  • Admission to practice in New Mexico required.
  • Must be willing and able to travel.
  • Must be able to effectively use computer technology and remote communications systems, including shared on-line workspaces and web meeting and video conferencing software, to effectively collaborate and co-counsel with staff located in multiple offices.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills,
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, manage a caseload and build collaborative relationships within the staff and the community.
  • Proficiency in Spanish is a plus.

Applicants will 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 qualify.


To Apply: 

Applicants must submit a current resume and a cover letter in order to be considered. Your cover letter should explain your interest in this position and the mission of NMLA. Click here to apply.  As an alternative, you can email the applicant packet to

Salary: DOE, NMLA is an EEO Employer. Application Deadline: Until filled. Resumes reviewed on a rolling basis.



Submission Deadline: 
December 2, 2023
Organization Information: 
New Mexico Legal Aid
600 E. Montana Suite D
Las Cruce3s, NM 88001
United States
Phone: 505-551-0342