Michigan Legal Help Program - Staff Attorney - Ypsilanti
POSITION: The Michigan Legal Help Program (MLHP) is seeking a creative and motivated bilingual (Spanish) attorney to join our dedicated team of attorneys and other professionals who work together to increase access to justice using technology.
DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: MLHP works with judges, courts, lawyers, bar associations, nonprofits, self-help centers, libraries, and many others to promote coordinated and quality assistance for people addressing their own civil legal problems in Michigan. Our interactive statewide Michigan Legal Help (MLH) website is a national innovation model that provides legal information, self-help tools, and referrals to the public and to advocates helping others. Over 63,000 people visit the MLH website per week, and in 2020, people used its Do-It-Yourself Tools to create 416 sets of legal forms per day. MLHP supports a Spanish language version of the site at AyudaLegaldeMichigan.org and provides live chat assistance (LiveHelp) for all web visitors between 11am-3pm weekdays. MLHP also develops and supports Self-Help Centers around the state to provide access to public computers and legal information help from trained Navigators. Until our offices fully re-open, the MLHP Staff Attorney will be working remotely. Once our offices fully open, the staff attorney will work out of our Ypsilanti office with the rest of the MLHP team. Visit michiganlegalhelp.org for more information.
MLHP is part of Michigan Statewide Advocacy Services (MSAS), a non-profit law firm providing free legal services to low income and senior persons through several statewide programs. MSAS is administered by the Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP), which provides access to the justice system for those who need it the most through civil legal aid offices and statewide advocacy programs. MAP’s mission is 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. Visit miadvocacy.org for more information.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Primary Staff Attorney responsibilities include:
- Developing new legal information content for Michigan Legal Help: staff attorneys are assigned several substantive legal areas and are responsible for development of new content in those areas (articles, FAQs, videos, Do-It-Yourself Tool scripts, forms (if needed), and others).
- Maintenance of assigned content: staff attorneys are responsible for modification of content in their subject areas upon learning of errors, changes in law/forms/procedures, or based on regular annual review timeline.
- Participation in justice community partnerships: including SCAO forms committees, State Bar committees, Self-Represented Litigant Network work groups, Justice For All Commission committees and work groups, etc.
- Ayuda Legal de Michigan: MLH supports a Spanish language version of its resources at ayudalegaldemichigan.org. Initial translation of material is outsourced but MLH staff translate all content updates, engage in Live Help conversations with Spanish speakers, and engage in outreach efforts with the Spanish-speaking community. This work would be led by this Staff Attorney.
- Contribute to overall operations of MLH: supervise Live Help shifts; help train and supervise Live Help agents; share in training and supervision of law clerks; participate in Technology Innovation Fund projects impacting MLH; help maintain and update Guide to Legal Help; help manage quarterly usability testing events; other projects as needed.
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Michigan, qualified to be admitted by waiver, or able to take the next Michigan bar exam. Proficiency in written and spoken Spanish is required. 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. Applicants must be skilled in working with Microsoft Office and Google Suite and be comfortable learning new technology interfaces. Applicants must be able to effectively manage multiple tasks, set priorities, and meet all deadlines. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, a commitment to increasing access to justice for people without representation, the ability to take initiative in the development and completion of projects, and to work successfully on teams is required.
BENEFITS: Salary starts at $47,000 depending on experience and includes excellent benefits.
TO APPLY: Send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with “MLH Staff Attorney” in the subject line. Applications received by 6/2/2021 will receive priority.
The Michigan Advocacy Program is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.