Staff Attorney (Southern NM Rural Housing )
New Mexico Legal Aid seeks a staff attorney for our housing stability project to be focused on rural areas of southern New Mexico and based out of NMLA’s Las Cruces office.
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.
For this position, the staff attorney would be focused on assisting low-income New Mexicans in rural communities in southern New Mexico, including representation in eviction cases and eviction prevention, eviction diversion, habitability issues, reasonable accommodations, subsidized housing issues, Low Income Housing Tax Credit housing issues, and other housing related work. Service levels to clients may include advice and counsel, brief services such as drafting letters, through full representation in court. In addition, the staff attorney will be responsible for connecting with community partners in rural areas of southern New Mexico and attending outreach events.
The staff attorney would be responsible for:
- Direct representation of clients in housing related matters;
- Connection and networking with community partners;
- Outreach events including “know-your-rights” trainings;
- Additional responsibilities to be assessed based on community need.
This position will be housed in Las Cruces. The staff attorney would be required to travel for outreach and court hearings to areas outside of Doña Ana County. Work from home options are available during COVID and the office recognizes the importance of COVID safety measures. 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.
NMLA employees enjoy:
- Being unionized
- A great work environment
- Great benefits including generous leave
- Competitive salary
The position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement. Pay is determined by years of experience and is set by a union scale; click here to view the salary scale. NMLA provides a comprehensive benefits, holiday and leave packages. For information about NMLA's generous benefits and what it is like to work at NMLA click here
Applicants will be subject to a background check. Please do not let this deter you from applying. NMLA is committed to a strong workforce and will review records individually to determine whether a particular record will disqualify.
- Applicants must be a licensed NM attorney, obtain a license in New Mexico through reciprocity, or qualify for a limited license. Candidates sitting for the next NM bar exam, or who are awaiting bar exam results are also welcome to apply.
- Show a passion for working with low-income individuals.
- Have excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Be comfortable litigating cases in court.
- Must be able to multitask and manage a high caseloads.
- Have computer skills including shared online workspaces and utilizing video conferencing.
Provide a current resume, three references, and a letter of interest explaining what you would like to accomplish if you are selected for this position by clicking here to apply.
Salary: DOE, NMLA is an EEO Employer. Application Deadline: 8/25/2022 or until filled. Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis.