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Benefits and Housing Law Lead Attorney Duties: Responsible for the leadership and general supervision of the Southwest Benefits & Housing Law Unit, including the quality of the legal work. Supports and supervises the work of the Unit’s attorneys and paralegals, and oversees community education, outreach and related activities. Representing clients in contested court and administrative proceedings; developing unit and individual work plans; case reviews; job performance evaluations; legal advocacy and counseling in government benefits, housing and other civil legal matters; encouraging staff development; ensuring appropriate staff participation in client, private bar, and community activities; making case acceptance decisions in accordance with case acceptance policies; resolving client grievances; serving as a resource to volunteer attorneys handling pro bono cases; communicating policies and procedures to unit staff and the client community; handling day to day personnel issues; participating in the leadership team for the Southwest Region; meeting grant requirements and writing some grant applications and reports; ensuring compliance with policies, and state and federal law; working with other members of leadership team in maintaining and building a positive, productive, open and helpful work environment; and fully implementing values and policies with respect to equal opportunity, sexual harassment and other important matters. Community education, outreach, bar participation and community involvement are also expected activities. Assignments may change over time based upon client and firm needs. Substantial local travel is required. Other types of cases and responsibilities may be assigned depending upon client and program needs.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Must be licensed to practice law in Minnesota or licensed in another state and eligible for admission in Minnesota. 5+ years of attorney experience required. A broad-based knowledge of poverty law issues is required. Experience working in the areas of benefits and housing law is required. Prior legal work supervision or other relevant management experience preferred. Experience as a supervisor and working constructively on personnel issues is preferred. Non-academic experience working in low income communities, or other activities that demonstrate an interest in working with low income clients, will be given great weight. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with low income persons, victims of domestic abuse, and persons from different cultural backgrounds is essential. Good communication skills; ability to work constructively with others in a team work setting; good judgment; ability to learn quickly and to work hard, independently, and under pressure; and ability to handle contested hearings are all required. Fluency in a second language, particularly Spanish or Somali, will be beneficial but is not required. Basic computer competence required.
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