126 Sewall Street
Maine Equal Justice (MEJ) seeks a full-time Litigation Director to join its dedicated and highly collaborative staff.
- Do you love working with clients to resolve their legal issues?
- Do you wish you could just fix the issue for all the clients that are impacted?
- Do you want to balance your direct, hands-on legal work with a systemic analysis and approach to what keeps poor people in poverty?
- What if your legal clients could also get organized and advocate on their own behalf with the support of an organizing and policy team?
- What if they could be the driving force behind efforts to solve poverty?
- What if you could help that happen?
Imagine working with a collaborative, smart, dedicated group of policy, organizing, and legal professionals to work together, alongside the clients you serve, to solve the problems of poverty. When we combine legislative and administrative advocacy, strategic impact litigation, and direct client assistance with the people-power of organizing, we move toward a world in which every person has a place to call home and food in the fridge.
You can be part of that.
MEJ is a nonprofit legal aid provider located in Augusta, Maine that represents the interests of people with low income in the state legislature, before the courts and administrative agencies, and through outreach and organizing in the community. MEJ strives to find solutions to poverty and ensures that people can access adequate health care, food and income security, and higher education and training.
Job Summary: This position is responsible for initiating and coordinating MEJ’s systemic litigation activities. The Litigation Director also works with Maine’s legal service providers (such as Pine Tree Legal Assistance and Legal Services for the Elderly) to identify legal issues and systemic solutions, and to leverage the efforts of the private bar in developing, negotiating, and litigating those systemic cases. The position conducts in-depth legal research and policy analysis to support MEJP’s legislative and advocacy efforts.
Maine Equal Justice is committed to building an inclusive workplace that values diversity and inclusion and reflects the diversity of our communities. We strongly encourage people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and those with lived experience of poverty to apply. MEJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
• Provides direct legal advice to clients, performs case intake, maintains individual casework records.
• Supervises, oversees, and supports the work of direct client assistance employees, including final review of closed cases.
• Identifies systemic issues, and designs and implements effective and strategic plans to address them.
• Stays current of the state of the law and procedures within areas of practice.
• Works with national backup centers and legal services colleagues nationally to identify innovative legal approaches within MEJP’s priority areas of practice.
• Conducts legal research.
• Prepares and drafts legal documents, pleadings, motions, briefs, and appeals.
• Representing clients and client groups in court, before administrative agencies, before legislative bodies, and in other appropriate forums.
• Collaborates with other staff for participating in or assisting in legislative and administrative advocacy, appropriate training; priority planning and implementation of the organization’s goals.
• Serves as a resource for other providers of services to our clients, including social service agencies, legal services organizations, the private bar, and others.
• Works with and assists other attorneys, to assure a high quality of legal representation to MEJ's clients.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Knowledge of the Code of Professional Responsibility and the Maine Bar Rules
• Knowledge of the State and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the State and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.
• Knowledge of Class Action litigation requirements
• Ability to work cooperatively with Maine’s private bar, legal service providers, and government officials.
• Knowledge of various areas of poverty law, including health, welfare, food assistance.
• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in writing, conversation, and public speaking.
• Comfort with and strong skills in technology and willingness to learn.
• Ability to work in a rapid-pace environment.
• Ability to work sensitively with individuals/families with low income.
Minimum qualifications: JD degree from an accredited Law School. Member of state and federal bars in good standing. Experience litigating class action cases that is sufficient to meet Rule 23 requirements.
Licensing/Registration/Certification Requirements: Member in good standing of state and federal bars
Special Requirements: Occasional statewide travel may be required. May attend national conferences.
Generous benefits including health, dental, long term disability, vacation, and holidays.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Submit a letter of interest and a resume addressed to Robyn Merrill, Executive Director, and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to Maine Equal Justice Partners, 126 Sewall Street, Augusta, Maine 04330. (If submitting via email, the letter and resume must be sent as attachments [pdf’s preferred] links will not be opened.) Applications will be accepted until October 22, 2018. More information about Maine Equal Justice can be found on the website: www.mejp.org. We encourage people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and those with lived experience of poverty to apply. Maine Equal Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer.