Farmworker Staff Attorney

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 8:45am

POSITION:  Farmworker Legal Services, (FLS), a statewide division of the Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP), is seeking applicants for a Staff Attorney position in our Kalamazoo office.

DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM:  MAP is a non-profit law firm that provides free civil legal aid to low income and senior persons as well as statewide advocacy and support through a number of independent statewide programs, as described at https://miadvocacy.org/. FLS is the division of MAP that provides legal representation to Michigan’s migrant and seasonal agricultural workers. FLS has four attorneys, three support staff, and numerous seasonal interns and outreach staff. Our bilingual advocates provide a full range of civil legal services to Michigan’s eligible population of 95,000 migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their dependents. FLS case priorities include wage theft, discrimination, sexual harassment, workplace health and safety violations, unsafe housing conditions, civil rights abuses, and immigration. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Staff Attorney will provide effective legal services to enforce agricultural workers’ rights. Advocacy tasks will include providing basic legal advice, community education presentations and community task force participation, policy analysis and direct representation of individuals and groups in the full spectrum of local, state, and federal forums.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Applicants who are able to communicate effectively in Spanish will receive priority, as most of our clients speak Spanish as their primary language. Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Michigan, qualified to be admitted by waiver, or able to take the next available bar exam in Michigan. Applicants must possess excellent communication, analytical and problem-solving skills as well as a demonstrated commitment to serving workers, immigrants, low-income individuals, and underserved populations. Legal aid and/or litigation experience is a plus.

BENEFITS:  This is a unionized position with an excellent health, disability and fringe benefits package. The union salary range is $44,000 to $64,000 based on years of relevant experience. Kalamazoo is a college town in southwest Michigan, located 35 miles east of Lake Michigan, and two hours from Chicago and Detroit. The Kalamazoo Promise (an independent scholarship program that provides up to four years of college tuition) is available to students who graduate from Kalamazoo Public Schools.

MAP is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

TO APPLY: Apply by email with “FLS Staff Attorney” in the subject line to fls@farmworkerlaw.org. Please submit your current resume, a list of three professional references, and a cover letter that confirms your qualifications and includes a description of your level of Spanish competency. The position is open until filled; applications received by December 5, 2018 will receive priority.

Posted  November 21, 2018