Staff Attorney - Michigan Legal Help Program - Ann Arbor

Date Posted: 
Monday, October 16, 2017 - 12:00am

The Michigan Legal Help Program (MLHP), offices located in Ann Arbor, 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; we’re looking to add another dedicated staff member to our team.

Job Description: MLHP is seeking a staff attorney who is also a proficient (or willing and able to become a proficient) HotDocs and A2J Author developer. Staff attorney duties include: development of new legal information content and quality assurance updates on existing legal information content in the areas of Money and Debt; End-of-Life Planning; General Civil Procedure; Traffic, Crime and ID (inc. Driver's Licenses); 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.

A2J Author and HotDocs developer duties include: drafting new Do-It-Yourself Tools in the subject areas listed above; developing new Do-It-Yourself Tools designed by other MLHP staff attorneys, testing of all Tools, and continued maintenance on MLHP’s library of approximately 50 document assembly interviews. Work in 2018 will also include working to migrate existing A2J Author 4 Tools to the A2J Author 6 platform. MLH strives to develop ~10 new Tools per year. The developer will need to master both the A2J Author and HotDocs platforms, learn how to update and modify our existing library of tools, and work with MLH attorneys to create new tools and make modifications as part of an extensive testing process.

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. Priority will be given to those experienced with the A2J Author and/or HotDocs platforms. 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; and demonstrate a desire and ability to learn A2J Author & HotDocs.

Salary/Benefits: This is a full-time position; the salary range starts at $44,000 annually, 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 November 3, 2017.