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Company: Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. (MP
Location: Lansing
Posted on: May 17, 2019

Job Description:

ATTORNEY Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) has an immediate opening for a full-time attorney position. The job responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: Providing legal representation and consultation to persons with disabilities.Providing technical legal assistance, legal education services and training to agency staff, consumer groups, and persons with disabilities. Must possess a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited school of law and admitted to practice law in the state of Michigan. Minimum two years' experience preferred.-- Demonstrated effective written and oral communication and problem-solving skills are critical. Salary minimum $50,000 and up depending on experience, excellent benefits.-- Located in Lansing. MPAS is the agency designated by the Governor of the State of Michigan to protect and advocate for the legal rights of individuals with disabilities. MPAS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, political belief, creed, national origin, marital status, or disability.-- ---- -- -- -- -- Interested applicants please send, e-mail or fax COVER LETTER AND RESUME to: -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Camilia Limas ---------------------------------------------------- Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 4095 Legacy Parkway, Suite 500 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lansing, MI-- 48911 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 517-487-0827 (FAX) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --EMAIL RESUME TO: CLimas@mpas.org -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION:---- Friday, May 17, 2019 JOB SUMMARY: Provides direct legal representation to individuals with disabilities experiencing violation of their rights and/or difficulty receiving services from providers. -- PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: Counsels and represents clients in negotiations, legal and administrative proceedings in accordance with MPAS casework standards, Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct, and other standards of legal practice.Prosecutes cases on behalf of MPAS as a plaintiff.Collaborates directly with other MPAS staff, co-counsel, experts, and consultants to develop and implement legal, policy, and other advocacy strategies.Gathers information and conducts research for cases in litigation or being prepared for litigation.Prepares correspondence/memos, motions/responses to motions, court pleadings, legal briefs, proposed legislation and other legal documents.Provides legal guidance and consultation to MPAS staff, consumer groups, community organizations, external attorneys representing persons with disabilities, and disability rights agencies regarding relevant legal opinions, remedies available to resolve problem situations, and the like.Maintain client records in accordance with agency standards.Participates in various outreach/training activities including representation on various community boards/work groups, public presentations, training, and development of written materials to educate others about MPAS, the rights of individuals with disabilities, disability laws and issues, issues of importance to persons with disabilities, and the like.Maintains current knowledge of legal mandates, case law, and Agency policies related to the rights of individuals with disabilities.Attends staff meetings, training and inservice programs.Coordinates, assigns and reviews the work of assigned legal interns.Develops legal manuals and brochures.Participates in development and maintenance of legal reference resources including a listing of private attorneys who are competent in the legal rights of individuals with disabilities and willing to accept cases on a pro-bono basis.Participates in identifying and applying for various federal and state grants.Other duties as assigned. JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Juris Doctor Degree from an accredited law school.Active membership in the Michigan State Bar.Valid State of Michigan identification and ability to travel to court, meetings with clients and similar activities as required.Demonstrated commitment to the civil rights of all people and the ability to work with individuals with a variety of disability characteristics and cultural backgrounds.Ability to maintain confidential information.Interpersonal skills necessary to provide effective legal representation to persons with disabilities including presenting cogent legal arguments at hearings and negotiating resolution of cases. The incumbent is also required to communicate technical legal information in non-technical terms.Demonstrated ability to respond in an empathetic/compassionate manner while maintaining neutrality and composure to sensitive situations, emotionally charged issues, and the like.Written and computer skills necessary for the creation of correspondence/memos, court pleadings, legal briefs, motions, proposed legislation and educational materials.Demonstrated ability to utilize the Agency database and work with various computer software packages.Analytical ability to research, analyze, and apply legal principles, facts and precedents to a variety of client problem situations.Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize multiple priorities and demands.Ability to work independently and as part of a team.Working knowledge of legal practices and procedures and court rules. The incumbent is also required to have a general understanding of disability advocacy issues.Demonstrated litigation experience.Ability to adapt and respond to multiple priorities and demands with varying deadlines.Physical ability to properly operate required office equipment.Background clearance. -- WORKING ENVIRONMENT: Normal office environment with little discomfort or exposure due to unfavorable working conditions.Work involves travel to various locations throughout the State with some exposure to adverse weather, traffic hazards, and the like. Minimal exposure to injury and/or communicable diseases when using standard precautions.Evening and weekend hours may be required.Lansing State Journal.Category: Legal, Keywords: Attorney

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