Position: Iowa Legal Aid has a Staff Attorney opening in its Central Iowa Regional Office located in Des Moines. Staff Attorney positions in other Iowa Legal Aid regional offices may open up as the year progresses.
Responsibilities: Staff Attorneys provide free legal assistance and community legal education to low-income people. Assistance ranges from providing counsel and advice to representation before various agencies and courts. Areas of priority established by Iowa Legal Aid’s Board of Directors include income maintenance programs, housing, health care, domestic violence, education, individual rights and selected consumer issues.
Qualifications: Applicants must be graduates of law school and licensed to practice law in Iowa, be eligible for admission on motion or be available for the next scheduled bar examination. Prior experience in the practice of law or working with poverty law issues is preferred. Applicants must possess a demonstrated interest in poverty law and have a strong commitment to providing a full range of legal services to low-income people. Individuals with bilingual skills are encouraged to apply.
Additional Salary Information: Entry level salary is $43,732. Non-entry level salaries are dependent on experience. Excellent fringe benefits.
Internal Number: SA-DM
About Iowa Legal Aid
Iowa Legal Aid provides free legal assistance with civil legal problems involving basic necessities for low-income individuals in all 99 Iowa counties. Offices are located in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, Mason City, Ottumwa, Sioux City and Waterloo. Iowa Legal Aid helps clients who meet income and asset guidelines, based on the size of the household. Some Iowans in need of assistance, including those who are 60 and older, may be exempt from financial guidelines. A fee is not charged for services, however, clients may need to pay court filing fees or other costs of representation; Assistance ranges from providing counsel and advice to representation before various agencies and courts. Services are provided in the following areas: Consumer, Education, Employment, Family, Health, Housing, Benefit Programs and Individual Rights. Iowa Legal Aid does community legal education presentations and has over 20 printed booklets on various legal topics; a variety of legal educational materials are also available on Iowa Legal Aid’s website, www.iowalegalaid.org.