Michigan Legal Help - Short-term Contract Staff Attorney

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 8:15pm

The Michigan Legal Help Program (MLHP), offices located in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Michigan, helps people who have to handle simple civil legal problems without a lawyer. One primary product of the MLHP is MichiganLegalHelp.org, an interactive, statewide website that provides legal information tools and referrals to self-represented litigants.  Legal information tools includes Articles, Common Questions and Do-It-Yourself tools, utilizing A2J Author and HotDocs, which enable litigants to complete their own legal forms. MLHP received the NLADA’s Innovations in Equal Justice Award in 2015, and the MSBF’s Access to Justice Award in 2017.


Job Description: MLHP is seeking a short-term contract staff attorney to work with us for approximately 9 months, from April 2018 – December 2018, while staff are out on leave. Staff attorney duties include development of new legal information content and quality assurance updates on existing legal information content in the areas of Family Law (all things divorce and custody-related, pre- and post-judgment; guardianships; juvenile delinquency/CPS cases; adoption; name change; emancipation) and Personal Safety (personal protection orders); assisting web visitors via LiveChat; testing of Do-It-Yourself tools related to Family Law and Personal Safety content; mastery of plain language writing skills and reviewing work of others; maintenance of Guide to Legal Help in the same subject areas; and engagement in other projects as assigned.


Qualifications: Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Michigan or eligible to take the bar examination at the next opportunity, and should demonstrate a commitment to the low income community, the principles of self-help, and the concept of using technology to increase access to justice. Qualified candidates will be self-motivated, organized, and independent workers capable of excellent communication; able to effectively manage multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet all deadlines; work well on a team and pitch in however needed to accomplish the goals of the organization.

Salary/Benefits: This is a full-time, temporary (6 month) position; the salary range starts at $44,000 annually, and goes up depending on experience. Benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, long term disability insurance, participation in a 403(b) plan, and a generous leave policy. MI PLP, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to apply. 

Send a resume and cover letter to: Angela Tripp, Director, MLHP via Amy Ciardiello at aciardiello@mplp.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with priority given to those received by March 23, 2018.