Job Openings at Oklahoma Indian Legal Services
JOB TITLE: Staff Attorney
DATE: Position will be filled by July 15, 2020.
FLSA STATUS: Exempt
JOB SUMMARY: This position is responsible for providing legal assistance to
low-income Tribal members in the state of Oklahoma. The position will be an integral part of the organization’s efforts to be a partner in the state justice community.
The position will have primary responsibility for working on the organization’s project to assist Tribal members with probates needed to update titles of homes of Tribal members in Eastern Oklahoma and updating titles of Five Tribes restricted Indian land.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR CONSIDERATION:
• Juris Doctorate Degree from a certified law school.
• Membership with the Oklahoma Bar Association is required for the position.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
• Perform intake interviews for applicants and assists in screening of clients for eligibility for full representation.
• Provide high quality legal assistance to eligible clients on matters pertaining to their situations.
• Maintain a caseload commensurate with abilities and caseload difficulty.
• Comply with all applicable regulations, policies and grant requirements.
• Maintain the highest ethical standards as a member of the State Bar and stay current with updates and changes to the law.
• Support, promote and participate in the program’s volunteer activities.
• Support, promote and participate in community education, outreach and developing good public relations with the client community, state and local bar and other community groups.
• Ensure that all applicable client files, data and reports are accurate and complete.
• Demonstrate knowledge and expertise of the law and legal system.
• Embrace and support the Organization’s overall mission, standards, policies and procedures, and confidentiality guidelines.
• Perform other duties and projects as required by management.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
• Strong sense of community service.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Strong interpersonal skills: able to work well with a wide range of clients.
• Strong interpersonal skills: able to work with OILS attorneys and OILS staff
• Strong ability to mentor law student volunteers.
• Strong legal research skills
• Strong ability to prepare for and present evidence at trial.
• Strong organizational and time management skills.
• Ability to work with limited supervision.
• Demonstrate dependability through good attendance and adherence to timelines and schedules.
• Good follow through.
• Good analytical skills.
• Good problem-solving skills.
• Demonstrate resourcefulness and ability to take initiative in development and completion of projects.
• Strong computer application skills.
• Strong proficiency in case management systems.
• Able and willing to continue professional development.
This work is primarily sedentary, with many opportunities for work in community locations. The position requires the following physical activities:
• Sitting for long periods of time; occasional bending, squatting, kneeling, stooping; good finger dexterity and feeling; frequent repetitive motions; ability to speak and hear; or the ability to perform essential job functions with reasonable accommodation.
• Frequent lifting (up to 25 pounds of paper supplies or minor office equipment).
• Requires substantial time spent typing.
• Traveling to client locations and other sites as needed.
• Normal office environment.
NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this position. These statements are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees in this position.
To apply for the position, please email a resume and cover letter to Soraya Tillison at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted until Friday, July 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm CDT.