Tuesday, June 18, 2019

EXPIRED: Staff Attorney at Main Office

Anishinabe Legal Services is seeking a full-time staff attorney to provide civil legal assistance and court representation to program clients before area Tribal Courts, State Courts and Administrative Forums.


 BACKGROUND:  Anishinabe Legal Services (ALS) is a Legal Services Corporation (LSC) funded 501(c)(3) organization providing free legal assistance and court representation to low-income individuals living on or near the Leech Lake, White Earth, and Red Lake Indian Reservations in northern Minnesota.  Legal services are provided through grants and contracts with federal, state, and tribal governments, along with generous funding support from various foundations.

 RESPONSIBILITIES:  ALS is looking for a well-qualified and highly motivated licensed attorney to provide civil legal assistance and court representation to program clients before area Tribal Courts, State Courts, and Administrative Forums.  This attorney will be housed out of our main administrative office on the Leech Lake Reservation in Cass Lake, Minnesota.  Primary duties will include handling a wide variety of civil matters before State and Tribal Courts.

 This attorney is expected to be licensed to practice in the State of Minnesota by anticipated start date of position; this attorney is also expected to be licensed or willing to immediately become licensed before the Leech Lake, White Earth, and Red Lake Tribal Courts.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Qualified applicants must possess exceptionally strong oral and written communication skills, negotiation skills, litigation skills, and have exceptional organizational skills with ability to handle a large caseload of client matters throughout a wide geographic service area.  Applicants must also be able and willing to work efficiently and effectively as part of a team.

Attorneys with 3+ years of civil practice are strongly preferred, as are applicants with familiarity and experience with practicing before Tribal Courts.  Prior experience working within Indian Country is also preferred.  Native American attorneys are highly encouraged to apply.  EEO, M/F/H.

All applicants are expected to be able to begin work immediately after the hiring decision has been made, likely by the end of July 2019.  All applicants are expected to have a valid driver’s license, insurance, and automobile.

COMPENSATION:  D.O.E.  Generous benefit package includes individual and family health and dental insurance, paid time off, and life insurance.

TO APPLY:  Please send a cover letter, resume, and three (3) references to ALS Executive Director Cody Nelson, at: Anishinabe Legal Services, PO Box 157, Cass Lake, MN 56633 or email application materials to cnelson@alslegal.org.   Applications preferred by July 5th, 2019 but will be accepted until the position is filled.

Disclaimer: The use of this website does not create an attorney-client relationship. The information on this site is not legal advice. Legal advice depends on specific facts and circumstances. This website provides general information only. You should contact an attorney if you need specific legal advice or help.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Recent strategic planning at ALS

ALS staff and board recently completed a strategic planning process using services provided by Rebecca Schueller of Becky Schueller Consulting Services.  Thanks to Becky for her help in our process and planning.


We reviewed our mission, vision and values, to ensure that we are working towards what is most important for the community.  These are updated statements:

Our Mission

To ensure equal access to high quality legal assistance for historically under-served people living on or near the Leech Lake, Red Lake, and White Earth Tribal Lands and to protect legal rights and Tribal Sovereignty.

Our Vision

ALS envisions communities where all people have access to high quality, professional civil legal services that are culturally-sensitive and informed. These services will be available to all people regardless of age, race, gender, familial status, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or tribal membership.
ALS embraces collaboration so that the civil legal needs of low-income, indigent, and vulnerable individuals will always be met by ALS or its partners.
ALS promotes strong and vibrant tribal courts where individuals receive high quality, culturally-sensitive and informed legal services.
ALS envisions Northern Minnesota communities where legal rights and Tribal Sovereignty will be upheld, protected, and widely recognized.

Our Values

ALS strives to protect low-income and vulnerable individuals by safeguarding their rights to quality housing, personal and family safety, and income security.
ALS supports family safety and preservation.
ALS promotes Tribal Sovereignty.
ALS practices and promotes safety, well-being, dignity, and respect for clients and staff.
ALS fosters broad community understanding of Indian Law, Treaty Rights, and Anishinabe Values and Teachings.


Disclaimer: The use of this website does not create an attorney-client relationship. The information on this site is not legal advice. Legal advice depends on specific facts and circumstances. This website provides general information only. You should contact an attorney if you need specific legal advice or help.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

ALS needs a new home! Consider being our partner!

You may have heard by now, but ALS is working on securing funds to purchase a new building.  

411 1st Street NW, Cass Lake, Minnesota

ALS is seeking partners for this big project!  If you are interested in learning more about ALS's building needs, or would like to support general operations, please reach out to Cody Nelson, Executive Director, or Chari LaDuke-Clark, Administrative Director, by contacting the main office: 218-335-2223, or by email: cnelson@alslegal.org or claduke-clark@alslegal.org  


We appreciate your interest in our building needs and will be working soon on providing a more comprehensive peek at our current location and the planning ideas for the future building!


CHI-MIIGWECH!

(Big Thanks!)

To visit ALS's gofundme page click here: https://www.gofundme.com/anishinabe-legal-services-needs-a-new-home  


Disclaimer: The use of this website does not create an attorney-client relationship. The information on this site is not legal advice. Legal advice depends on specific facts and circumstances. This website provides general information only. You should contact an attorney if you need specific legal advice or help.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

EXPIRED: Seeking Paralegal/Non Attorney Advocate for disability clients



FTE: Paralegal/Non-attorney Advocate, Main Office

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Anishinabe Legal Services (ALS) is seeking a full-time Paralegal/Non-attorney advocate to provide direct services and case-handling duties for vulnerable adults, disabled individuals, and/or children.

BACKGROUND:  Anishinabe Legal Services (ALS) is an Indian Legal Services non-profit organization providing free legal assistance to low-income individuals living on or near the Anishinabe Reservations located in North Central Minnesota through grants and contracts with federal, state and tribal governments.

RESPONSIBILITIES:  ALS is looking for a highly motivated Paralegal/Non-Attorney Advocate to provide direct legal services for clients before administrative agencies throughout the Anishinabe Reservations in North Central Minnesota under the supervision of an attorney.  The advocate hired will be responsible to provide direct legal services to low income individuals specifically with their disability benefits including obtaining federal disability benefits through the application, reconsideration, and appeals processes, but also handling overpayments and cessation cases, as well as other legal matters related to consumer law, school law, and tribal law.

The advocate will also be required to participate in outreach activities for successful advocacy for clients including preparing newsletter articles and networking with other agency providers.  Knowledge of the Social Security Administration’s current practices and resources is helpful.  Prior experience working under the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) model is preferred, but agency will train a qualified applicant.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Qualified individuals must possess strong oral and written communication skills, negotiation skills, and have great organizational skills with ability to handle a large caseload of client matters throughout a wide geographic service area.  Applicants must be motivated and also be able and willing to work efficiently and effectively as part of a team.

Applicants with familiarity and experience practicing before Administrative Forums, specifically with Social Security Disability benefits cases or are SOAR certified, are preferred.  Native American individuals are highly encouraged to apply.  EEO, M/F/H.

All applicants are expected to have a valid driver’s license, insurance and automobile, as significant travel will be required as part of job duties and responsibilities.

COMPENSATION:  $32,000-$38,000 D.O.E. Benefits include paid individual and family health insurance, dental insurance, paid holidays, paid time off, flex scheduling, and life insurance.  

TO APPLY:  Please send a cover letter, resume and three (3) references to ALS Executive Director, Chari LaDuke-Clark, Anishinabe Legal Services, PO Box 157, Cass Lake, MN 56633 or email required application materials to claduke-clark@alslegal.org.  Applications preferred by January 4th but will be accepted until the position is filled.



Disclaimer: The use of this website does not create an attorney-client relationship. The information on this site is not legal advice. Legal advice depends on specific facts and circumstances. This website provides general information only. You should contact an attorney if you need specific legal advice or help.