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Staff Attorney, Benefits and Seniors Duties: Provide legal assistance to clients in administrative proceedings before government agencies. Occasionally administrative agency decisions are appealed to the state district court or to the federal court. The primary area of case work will be Social Security Disability - SSI. Hearings are held in Minneapolis. Other cases will be Unemployment Insurance, Medical Assistance, MFIP and Food Stamps. Be able to work side by side with both highly experienced paralegals and beginning advocates. Be willing to share with other staff and draw from the experience of other experienced staff. Work closely with funding agencies to ensure compliance with funding requirements. Handle supervision and must be willing to maintain a caseload in compliance with written practice standards and comply with policies, practices, and guiding principles in furtherance of mission. Community education, outreach, intake responsibilities, and active bar participation are also required activities.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Must be licensed to practice law in Minnesota or be a candidate for Bar admission. 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 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; strong organizational capability: 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, is beneficial. Basic computer competence required.
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