Staff Attorney – Bemidji

Job Description

Staff Attorney responsible for legal representation of low-income individuals in all areas of poverty law  (such as family law, orders for protection, landlord/tenant disputes,  evictions, utilities, public benefits, consumer, expungement, and other civil matters). Full-time, flexibility offered.


Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota in our Bemidji, Minnesota office.


Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota (LSNM) provides free legal representation in civil matters to low-income clients in 22 northwest Minnesota counties. LSNM comprises three staffed offices in Alexandria, Bemidji and Moorhead and a Judicare and Pro Bono program.

Attorney Duties

May include but are not limited to: representing low-income clients primarily in poverty law areas of family law, public benefits, Social Security Disability, health, public housing, and landlord/tenant issues; managing a caseload; preparing and delivering client and attorney training and other community education; conducting intake and outreach; and special legal and community projects impacting low-income clients. Some travel required.

Attorney Qualifications

  • Law degree and a license to practice law in Minnesota or eligibility for admission by motion or reciprocity.
  • Provisional hiring contingent upon taking and passing the Minnesota bar examination is possible.
  • Experience in poverty law preferred, but not required.
  • Diverse economic, social or culture experience area is a plus.
  • Awareness and sensitivity to the needs and problems of the populations we serve.
  • Ability and willingness to work with private bar.
  • Must possess the ability to work constructively with others, work hard, and use good judgment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to be flexible and accept additional duties as necessary.
  • Candidates must have a valid driver's license, working vehicle with valid insurance and willingness to travel to court proceedings, outreach opportunities, staff meetings and trainings.

Salary Range

Starting salary range: $60,000. Generous benefits package included. More information available upon request.

How to Apply

APPLICATION DEADLINE: open until filled.


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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