Legal Services of South Central Michigan - Unemployment Insurance Contract Attorney - Ypsilanti

POSITION: Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM) is seeking a contract attorney to represent eligible clients in our 13 county service area. This attorney will maintain a caseload that includes both direct service and impact work in the areas of unemployment eligibility, appealing denials of claims, and defending against recoupment actions to address the increased need for these services as a result of COVID-19. This attorney will also serve as a resource for unemployment insurance information, support, and training for other LSSCM staff. This position will be housed in our Ypsilanti office, but will serve LSSCM’s entire service area. This position will be for one-year with the possibility of extension depending on funding.

DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: LSSCM has served low-income residents of 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. We are the Legal Services Corporation and state-funded civil legal aid provider in southern and central Michigan, covering 13 counties. 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), providing access to legal information to self-represented litigants (Michigan Legal Help Program), and providing case support and training for all the legal services providers in Michigan (Michigan Poverty Law 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. Applicants should also have experience in unemployment insurance or other agency advocacy.

BENEFITS: The starting salary is from $47,000, depending on experience and includes excellent benefits. 

TO APPLY: The position is open until filled; applications received by 5/31 will receive priority. 

  1. Please submit this application form
  2. Please submit a resume and cover to jobs@lsscm.org with “Unemployment Attorney” in the subject line. 

The Michigan Advocacy Program is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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