Staff Attorney

Legal Aid of North Carolina

About the organization

Legal Aid of North Carolina is a statewide, nonprofit [501(c)(3)] law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to those households whose income falls below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines. The Farmworker Unit serves eligible farmworkers who worked in North Carolina, a state that depends heavily upon farmworkers to cultivate and harvest tobacco, fruits, vegetables, and Christmas trees. The Unit’s office is centrally located in Raleigh, but staff and volunteers make regular visits to rural areas where farmworkers live and work. The Unit has four lawyers, three paralegals, a community education coordinator, and support staff. Unit staff work cooperatively with advocates in community-based organizations and other providers of legal services including farmworker advocates throughout the nation. For more information about the Unit and its work, see http://www.farmworkerlanc.org.

Duties

Represent clients and be responsible for managing litigation within program priorities, both individually and as a part of a team with other attorneys and paralegals; lead evening outreach team and conduct client education sessions. Cases typically involve a failure to pay required wages, substandard living and working conditions, unlawful recruitment practices, and may involve claims of human trafficking. Unit attorneys also handle immigration cases, including applications for survivors of labor trafficking.

Qualifications

Juris Doctorate degree. Fluency in Spanish is required. Experience working with migrant farmworkers and experience with employment and immigration law preferred. Must be either a member of the North Carolina Bar, eligible for admission, or willing and able to take the next bar examination.

Salary

$45,000 range DOE. Excellent benefits package. Relaxed office atmosphere.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Open until filled. Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Managing Attorney Lori Johnson: [email protected]

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