Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Hiring 1 year Outreach Project Attorney

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 foundational support.

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 position is specially funded under a one year project grant.  Attorney duties will include: extensive outreach and civil legal education efforts across the three Reservation service area entailing a significant amount of travel, creation of self-help materials specific to tribal communities, and direct client services including handling a caseload that covers a wide variety of civil legal matters such as housing, family law matters, and debt/consumer issues.

This attorney is expected to be licensed in the State of Minnesota by anticipated start date of position.  This attorney will also be 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 strong oral and written communication skills, negotiation skills, litigation skills, have exceptional organizational skills with ability to handle variety of client matters throughout a wide geographic service area.  Applicants must also be able and willing to work independently.

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

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:  $44,000-$55,000 D.O.E.  Benefits include 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 Chari LaDuke-Clark at: Anishinabe Legal Services, PO Box 157, Cass Lake, MN 56633 or email application materials to claduke-clark@alslegal.org.   Applications are preferred by October 1, 2017 but will be accepted until the position is filled.


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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

2018 Law School Graduates: interested in partnership with ALS on fellowship?

Attention 2018 law school graduates:  ALS wants to host a fellow!  ALS proposes fellowship projects concentrating on services to a Native American population in Rural Minnesota and primarily with Elders in Elder Law and Protection matters. The Equal Justice Works RFP application is open until Sept. 27th.  If you are a current 3L, have an interest in Native American and Elder Law, and would like more information about our organization, please contact Chari at 1-800-422-1335 or by email: claduke-clark@alslegal.org.    Applicants preferred by Sept. 5th.


FELLOWSHIP HOST ORGANIZATION – ELDER ABUSE PREVENTION AND OUTREACH PROJECT

Anishinabe Legal Services
Date Posted: 08/23/2017
Practice Areas: Native American Law, Elder Law, Domestic Abuse
About Anishinabe Legal Services (ALS):  ALS is the first Native American Legal Services organization in the United States, providing 50 years of service to the Native communities in North Central Minnesota.  ALS primarily provides civil legal representation to individuals at or below 125% of the federal poverty guideline.  In addition to providing individual representation, ALS also seeks to enhance tribal sovereignty by providing services within the tribal court. 

Opportunity:
ALS is seeking to host law students or recent graduates for Equal Justice Works Fellowships beginning in September 2017. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in Native American and/or Elder Law to make a difference in the lives of those at-risk.  Project duties would include direct representation of elders, outreach activities, collaboration with resource programs, tribal code review and drafting, etc.  Interested candidates should contact the Administrative Director to discuss their ideas and experience or interest.

Responsibilities
Conduct intake interviews with potential clients
Research and write documents in support of casework, litigation efforts, and outreach
JD anticipated by May 2018, recent law graduate, or an experienced attorney seeking to
make a career change to public interest work
Strong writing skills
Experience working with Native Americans, Elders, or other vulnerable individuals
Knowledge of Native American Law and jurisdiction is a plus
Must be highly organized and motivated, able to multi-task, manage a high volume workload, be a strong team-player, and have excellent time management skills

Salary
$44k - $50k/year plus benefits and potential Loan Repayment Assistance.

Interested Applicants:

Please submit a letter of interest and resume to Chari at claduke-clark@alslegal.org as soon as possible.  The Equal Justice Works Fellowship Application is due mid-Sept. and we want to meet with the perfect candidiate to help create a proposal for the Elder Abuse Prevention and Outreach Project.  ALS is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from diverse candidates.


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Thursday, August 3, 2017

2017 Needs Assessment, ONLINE SURVEY available now!

Every 5 years, ALS undertakes a comprehensive Needs Assessment Surveying Process.  ALS is currently in the process of receiving information and completed surveys from community members and will soon be holding Focus Groups on all three reservations.

TAKE THE SURVEY:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ALSsurvey2017

It's about 20 questions, takes just a few minutes, but your input is invaluable to help the Program determine the civil legal needs of the community and whether or not more outreach is necessary to inform individuals of available resources.

Thanks to the Tiwahe Foundation, ALS is able to hold Focus Group meetings this year!  ALS is seeking 10 individuals from each of the three reservations: Red Lake, Leech Lake, and White Earth, to take part in a 1 time focus group meeting.  Provide input on your community's legal needs, discuss challenges and barriers, and bring forth ideas to your legal services program!  Participants will receive a $25 gift card for their participation, limited to 10 individuals per group.  Elders are strongly encouraged to attend.

Please call or email Chari for more information about the Focus Group meetings--to be scheduled a location near you!  218-335-2223 x 102 or claduke-clark@alslegal.org.  

MIIGWECH for your participation!

Special thanks to local businesses for their support with goods or services for a drawing.  Individuals who have completed a survey can be entered to win:

Walmart Gift Cards
Gas Cards
Free Oil Changes from Bemidji Dondelinger



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Friday, April 28, 2017

ALS to celebrate 50th Anniversary with June 23rd dinner program!

Please contact Chari  or Jeannie for more information, by calling 218-335-2223 or emailing: info@alslegal.org.





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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Job Announcement: FTE Attorney position

 FTE Staff Attorney __________________________________________________________________________________

 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 foundational support.

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.  Primary duties will include representation of parents in child protection matters before area Tribal Courts, housing and family law, but job duties also include handling a wide variety of civil matters before various forums. 

This attorney is expected to be licensed in the State of Minnesota by anticipated start date of position.  This attorney will also be 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 strong oral and written communication skills, negotiation skills, litigation skills, 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 practicing before Tribal Courts.  Prior experience working within Indian Country is also strongly preferred.  Native American attorneys are highly encouraged to apply.

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:  $44,000-$55,000 D.O.E.  Benefits include 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 Chari LaDuke-Clark at: Anishinabe Legal Services, PO Box 157, Cass Lake, MN 56633 or email application materials to claduke-clark@alslegal.org.   Applications are preferred by April 10th 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.