POSITION: Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM) is seeking 2-4 Housing Fellows/Contract Attorneys. Once state officials lift the temporary eviction moratorium in place due to the COVID-19 crisis, LSSCM expects increased need for legal assistance—not only from existing clients, but also from newly unemployed community members who are unable to afford housing and facing eviction, lawfully or not. The Fellows/Contract Attorneys will assist LSSCM in addressing this need, potentially through expanded eviction diversion programs. These positions will be part of either our Lansing or Ypsilanti offices—the Lansing office serves Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Shiawassee and Livingston Counties and the Ypsilanti office serves Washtenaw County. These positions are one-year contract positions with the possibility of extension depending on funding.
DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: LSSCM has served low-income residents of 13 counties in south central Michigan for more than 50 years. LSSCM helps individuals and families achieve safety, stability, and economic security by providing free civil legal services with an emphasis on homelessness prevention, domestic violence and elder abuse prevention, and assistance in accessing health care, food, and needs-based income programs. LSSCM is a program of Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP). In addition to LSSCM, MAP manages six statewide programs serving immigrant communities (Michigan Immigrant Rights Center), vulnerable older adults (Michigan Elder Justice Initiative), victims of domestic violence and elder abuse (Crime Victims Legal Assistance Program), and providing access to legal information to self-represented litigants (Michigan Legal Help Program). MAP has a staff of about 130 people in offices in Battle Creek, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Monroe, and Ypsilanti. Visit lsscm.org and miadvocacy.org for more information.
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should be licensed to practice law in Michigan, qualified to be admitted by waiver, or able to take the next Michigan bar exam. Applicants must possess excellent communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills as well as a demonstrated commitment to serving low-income individuals and underserved populations through lived or learned experience. Legal aid and/or litigation experience is a plus.
BENEFITS: Salary is from $47,000 depending on experience and includes excellent benefits.
The Michigan Advocacy Program is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
- Complete this application form.
- Send resume and cover letter to email@example.com with “Housing Fellow” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please note which location you prefer (Ypsilanti or Lansing).
Applications received by 5/25/20 will receive priority.