Hiring: Farmworker Unit Attorney
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. Many workers live in labor camps and are dependent upon farm employers not only for work and housing, but also for access to goods and services. 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.
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.
Responsibilities & 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.
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: DOE. Excellent benefits package. Relaxed office atmosphere.
Open until filled. Please send a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and three references to Managing Attorney Lori Johnson: LoriE@legalaidnc.org.
Legal Aid of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer. Selection will be based on merit and will be without discrimination because of race, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, citizenship, creed, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, age, religion, genetic information, mental disability, marital status, familial status, or any other legally-protected status.
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