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Organization TypePublic Interest
Years of Experience
Attorney The candidate counsels and represents clients in negotiations, legal and administrative proceedings in accordance with MPAS casework standards, Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct, and other standards of legal practice. Prosecutes cases on behalf of MPAS as a plaintiff. Collaborates directly with other MPAS staff, co-counsel, experts, and consultants to develop and implement legal, policy, and other advocacy strategies. Gathers information and conducts research for cases in litigation or being prepared for litigation. Prepares correspondence/memos, motions/responses to motions, court pleadings, legal briefs, proposed legislation and other legal documents. Provides legal guidance and consultation to MPAS staff, consumer groups, community organizations, external attorneys representing persons with disabilities, and disability rights agencies regarding relevant legal opinions, remedies available to resolve problem situations, and the like. Maintain client records in accordance with agency standards. Participates in various outreach/training activities including representation on various community boards/work groups, public presentations, training, and development of written materials to educate others about MPAS, the rights of individuals with disabilities, disability laws and issues, issues of importance to persons with disabilities, and the like. Maintains current knowledge of legal mandates, case law, and Agency policies related to the rights of individuals with disabilities. Attends staff meetings, training and inservice programs. Coordinates, assigns and reviews the work of assigned legal interns. Develops legal manuals and brochures. Participates in development and maintenance of legal reference resources including a listing of private attorneys who are competent in the legal rights of individuals with disabilities and willing to accept cases on a pro-bono basis. Participates in identifying and applying for various federal and state grants. Other duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate must have Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school. Active membership in the Michigan State Bar is essential. Valid State of Michigan identification and ability to travel to court, meetings with clients and similar activities as required. Must have interpersonal skills necessary to provide effective legal representation to persons with disabilities including presenting cogent legal arguments at hearings and negotiating resolution of cases. Written and computer skill is necessary for the creation of correspondence/memos, court pleadings, legal briefs, motions, proposed legislation and educational materials. Working knowledge of legal practices and procedures and court rules is essential.
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