Legal Services of South Central Michigan - Staff Attorney - Battle Creek
POSITION: Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM) is seeking a staff attorney for its Battle Creek office. The staff attorney maintains a caseload that includes both direct service and impact work in the areas of housing, public benefits, elder, consumer law and domestic cases. The staff attorney also promotes community relations by engaging with the public and partner service providers. Our attorneys are currently working remotely due to the pandemic, but in-person work, from the office in Battle Creek, may eventually resume if conditions permit.
DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: LSSCM is a division of the Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP). MAP works to advance the safety, independence, and economic stability of those most affected by poverty, racism, and other structurally oppressive systems by increasing access to justice and working for systemic solutions. MAP has provided civil legal aid for those unable to afford an attorney for more than 50 years. Today, MAP’s Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM) has five legal aid offices in south and central Michigan serving 13 counties with an emphasis on homelessness prevention, domestic violence and elder abuse prevention, and assistance in accessing health care, food, and needs-based income programs. In addition to LSSCM, MAP manages six statewide programs serving immigrant communities (Michigan Immigrant Rights Center), vulnerable older adults (Michigan Elder Justice Initiative), victims of domestic violence and elder abuse (Crime Victims Legal Assistance Program), migrant and seasonal farmworkers (Farmworker Legal Services), providing research and training support to all legal aid advocates (Michigan Poverty Law Program), and providing access to legal information to self-represented litigants (Michigan Legal Help Program). MAP has a staff of about 200 people in offices in Battle Creek, Detroit, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Monroe, and Ypsilanti. Visit lsscm.org and miadvocacy.org for more information.
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should be licensed to practice law in Michigan, qualified to be admitted by waiver, or able to take the next Michigan bar exam. The ideal applicant will be able to communicate with a broad range of people, but particularly people in crisis or who are unfamiliar with the legal system. We value analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as a demonstrated commitment to serving low-income individuals and underserved populations through lived or learned experience. Legal aid and/or litigation experience is a plus.
BENEFITS: Salary is from $47,000 depending on experience and includes excellent benefits. MAP is a unionized program.
The Michigan Advocacy Program is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
- Complete this application form, and
- Submit your resume and cover letter by email with “Battle Creek Staff Attorney” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The position is open until filled; applications received by August 13, 2021, will receive priority.