Staff Attorney Posting
FLS is seeking applicants for a Staff Attorney position in our Kalamazoo office.
JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: MIGRANT STAFF ATTORNEY
POSITION: Farmworker Legal Services, (FLS), a statewide division of the Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP), is seeking applicants for a Staff Attorney position in our Kalamazoo office.
DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: MAP is a non-profit law firm providing free legal services to very low income and senior persons in 13 counties in south central Michigan. FLS is the division of MAP that provides legal assistance to Michigan’s migrant and seasonal agricultural workers, as further described at www.FarmworkerLaw.org.
FLS has six attorneys, a community advocate, a legal assistant, and numerous seasonal interns and outreach staff. Our bilingual advocates provide a full range of civil legal services to Michigan’s eligible population of 95,000 migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their dependents. Michigan’s migrant workers harvest a diversity of crops, including asparagus, strawberries, blueberries, cucumbers, cherries and apples. The majority of workers include Spanish-speaking family groups from the southern U.S. and Mexico. Case priorities address their critical legal needs in employment, workplace health and safety, housing, public benefits, and immigration law. Because FLS is recognized as “the law office of first resort” for farmworkers in Michigan, services we provide include basic legal advice, community education and referrals, and direct representation of individuals and groups in the full spectrum of local, state, and federal forums.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Staff Attorney will provide effective legal services to enforce farmworkers’ rights. Advocacy tasks will include field investigation and camp outreach, legal research and writing, negotiation, community task force participation, training, document preparation, policy analysis, and direct representation in administrative hearings, as well as state and federal litigation and appeals.
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants who are able to communicate effectively in Spanish will receive priority, as most of our clients speak Spanish as their primary language. Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Michigan, qualified to be admitted by waiver, or able to take the next available bar exam. Applicants must possess excellent communication, analytical and problem-solving skills as well as a demonstrated commitment to protecting the rights of workers, immigrants or other persons in poverty.
BENEFITS: This is a unionized position; the union salary range is $41,000 to $64,000 based on years of relevant experience, with an excellent health, disability and fringe benefits package. Kalamazoo is a college town in southwestern Michigan, located 35 miles east of Lake Michigan, and two hours from Chicago and Detroit.
MAP is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, persons with disabilities, and women are encouraged to apply. The position is open until filled; applications received by April 30, 2016 will receive priority. Apply by email with “FLS Staff Attorney” in the subject line. Send a cover letter that confirms your qualifications and includes a description of your level of Spanish competency, your current resume, an unofficial law school transcript, and a list of three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org