Staff Attorney (Statewide Intake, Referral & Advice Unit)
Staff Attorney – Statewide Intake, Referral & Advice Unit
New Mexico Legal Aid seeks a staff attorney for our Statewide Intake, Referral & Advice (IRA) Unit.
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 will be interviewing applicants on substantive legal issues, providing legal information and advice, referrals, and brief services such as reviewing legal documents, helping clients fill out legal forms and write simple letters, providing brief advocacy calls on behalf of clients and providing guidance for pro se clients who need help to prepare for a pro se court appearance or strategize the next step in a self-help legal matter. An IRA Attorney may also be asked to provide initial pleadings or other documents in emergency cases. If appropriate, the Intake Attorney will also prepare the client case to be transferred for extended services by an NMLA practice group or specialty unit. Referrals may also be made to NMLA's statewide Volunteer Attorney Program.
This position can be housed in any of the NMLA offices located throughout New Mexico (see the "About Us" tab on our website www.newmexicolegalaid.org for office locations). Work from home options are available during COVID and the office recognizes the importance of COVID safety measures.
NMLA employees enjoy:
- Unionized workforce
- 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
· 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 are also welcome to apply.
· Show a passion for working with low income clients with legal problems impacting their housing, economic, and personal security.
· Have excellent written and oral communication skills.
· 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 selected for this position by clicking here to apply.
Salary: DOE, NMLA is an EEO Employer. Application Deadline: Until filled. Resumes reviewed on a rolling basis.