Elder Law/Public Benefits Attorney or Paralegal

Job Description

Staff Attorney or paralegal, preferably eligible for the court’s pilot paraprofessional project, to assist low-income clients in northwest Minnesota with a focus on elder law and public benefits. Full-time or part-time and/or remote work options may be available.

Location

Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota in either Alexandria, Bemidji or Moorhead, Minnesota.

Organization

Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota (LSNM) provides legal representation to low-income clients in 22 northwest Minnesota counties with offices in Moorhead, Bemidji and Alexandria.

Attorney Duties

May include but are not limited to: representing low-income clients to elder law clients on critical legal issues underTitle III B of the Older Americans Act. The attorney/paralegal should be trained, or willing to be trained, in nursing home discharge cases, Medicaid for long-term care, and other issues unique to people over 60. Training in ethical issues most prevalent in elder law issues preferred but not required. Attorney will also work with various types of legal problems compromising financial stability representing clients with terminations, denials, and overpayments of government benefits, as well as disqualifications from and errors in calculating benefits. Typical cases involve cash assistance, food support, health care benefits, unemployment benefits, child care assistance, and disability benefits. Additionally, the attorney/paralegal will handle disqualification cases affecting employment, public utility terminations, and issues involving emergency shelter. Willingness to accept supervision and other duties as assigned including: managing a caseload; providing advice and brief services for clients where appropriate; conducting outreach; representing clients in administrative and judicial forums; and special legal and community projects impacting low income and senior clients. Some regional travel required. This position can be located in any of LSNM’s three offices but will serve clients across all 22 counties of LSNM’s service area. The staff attorney/paralegal must have strong communication skills and willingness to connect virtually, electronically, in person or on the phone with their supervisor and fellow team members.

Attorney Qualifications

  • Law degree and a license to practice law in Minnesota or candidate for admission.
  • Provisional hiring contingent upon taking and passing the Minnesota bar examination is possible.
  • For a paralegal, preferably eligible for the court’s pilot paraprofessional project.
  • Diverse economic, social or culture experience area is a plus.
  • Excellent oral and written advocacy skills.
  • Candidates must have a valid driver’s license, working vehicle and willingness to travel to court proceedings, outreach opportunities, staff meetings and trainings.
  • Sensitivity to needs and problems of low-income clients is necessary.

Salary Range

Depending on experience and qualifications. Generous benefits package included. LSNM attorneys may also be eligible for LRAP (http://lrapmn.org) and federal student loan forgiveness programs. More information available upon request.

How to Apply

APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 2, 2021 or until filled.

PLEASE SEND COVER LETTER WITH RESUME AND THREE REFERENCES VIA EMAIL ONLY TO:

Anne Hoefgen, Executive Director
Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota
[email protected]

 

Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. Discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, religion, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, age or veterans’ status is not permitted

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