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Domestic Violence Attorney - Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP) and Legal Aid of Western Michigan (LAWM) - Grand Rapids

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Michigan Advocacy Program has an opening for a Staff Attorney with our Crime Victims Legal Assistance Project focused on domestic violence. This program is a statewide program, but this staff attorney will be with Legal Services of Western Michigan in Grand Rapids.

Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP) provides access to the justice system for those who need it the most through its local legal services offices, Legal Services of South Central Michigan and Farmworker Legal Services, as well several statewide advocacy programs: Michigan Poverty Law Program, the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative, and the Michigan Legal Help Program. MAP has a staff of about 90 people in offices in Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Detroit, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Monroe.

Legal Aid of Western Michigan (LAWM) provides free legal assistance to low income persons and older adults through a dedicated staff of 35 lawyers and 18 support staff in 7 offices. LAWM currently serves people in 17 counties in the lower Western part of Michigan with offices in Grand Rapids, Holland, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Niles and St. Joseph.

MAP has partnered with LAWM to provide a wide range of legal representation and advocacy to victims of crime, primarily domestic violence survivors, under the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). These services will focus on emergency legal needs (e.g. personal protection order cases, emergency custody orders) and also holistic services (e.g. eviction defense and accessing public benefits when that case assists the victim in stabilizing their life after a crime). The CVLAP attorneys will be jointly supervised by managing/supervising attorneys at their LAWM office and a Supervising CVLAP Attorney. In addition, the attorneys will be supported by a statewide expert in family law. Although the CVLAP attorney positions are grant funded positions, we expect the grant to continue for a minimum of 3 years.

Applicants should be licensed to practice law in Michigan or be eligible to waive in or to take the next MI bar examination. Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated commitment to underserved populations, 2+ years of family law experience, and Spanish language skills. Salary starts at $41,000 for new attorneys; Salary for experienced attorneys will depend on experience. Includes excellent benefits.

MAP is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage minorities, women and persons with disabilities to apply.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter with “CVLAP-DV Attorney” in the subject line to:

Juan Salazar
Executive Director
Legal Aid of Western Michigan
jsalazar@legalaidwestmich.net

If you have questions about the program or the position, please email Amy Myers, amyers@mplp.org.

The position is open until filled and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis (posting date: 6/30/2017).

Date Posted: Jul 06, 2017