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 LITIGATION DIRECTOR FULL-TIME - Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Posted by: Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid 
Hiring entity type: Other 
Work authorization: Existing work authorization required for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Legal
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: Spanish - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: VGHw2fyWAxCadgFsMRGT9vWMvUlEfn / Latpro-3823387 
Date posted: Sep-13-2021
State, Zip: Minnesota, 55401


ABOUT: Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (Legal Aid) is seeking a full-time Litigation Director for its Minneapolis office. Legal Aids litigation practice includes representing clients in state and federal district courts, state and federal appellate courts, administrative agency hearings, and class action litigation. Legal Aid has two Litigation Directors who work as a team in supporting litigation activities organization-wide.

THE PROGRAM: Legal Aid is a 7-office, 75 attorney, nonprofit law firm, providing free legal representation and services to people with low incomes, people with disabilities, and elderly Minnesotans. Legal Aid provides these services in the following areas of law: consumer protection, disability rights, family safety/stability, government benefits, healthcare access, housing safety/stability, immigration, senior law, tax, wage theft, and youth law. To learn more about our work, visit our website or our Facebook page.


  • Apply the principles of Legal Aids Racial Justice Values Statement in all interactions
  • Originate, develop, and implement litigation strategies to advance Legal Aids mission and Racial Justice Values and to vindicate the civil and human rights of Legal Aids clients
  • Actively lead and co-counsel in affirmative cases in federal and state courts, appellate litigation in all venues, and all other non-routine, complex litigation matters as needed and requested
  • Teach the full range of litigation skills to Legal Aid colleagues
  • Mentor attorneys and advocates in developing litigation skills
  • Develop individual and organization-wide litigation trainings
  • Help identify systemic inequities and legal problems susceptible to litigation and/or policy advocacy
  • Develop strategies to recover attorneys fees in litigation and to take cases with the potential for fee recovery to support Legal Aids justice-seeking work
  • Participate on Legal Aids senior management team
  • Lead special projects as needed and requested

QUALIFICATIONS: Successfully fulfilling the above responsibilities will require the following skills and experience:

  • Must be licensed to practice law in Minnesota or eligible for admission by reciprocity
  • Minimum of 7 years of litigation experience required
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to racial justice and the needs of our client communities, using litigation to address systemic inequities in these communities
  • Strong litigation skills with a depth and breadth of litigation experience, including first-chair trial and appellate experience
  • Demonstrated teaching and mentoring experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work across multiple substantive areas of law
  • Ability to identify systemic legal issues and creative solutions to multi-faceted legal problems
  • Willingness to travel and work among Legal Aids offices in Minneapolis, St. Cloud, and Willmar
  • Proficiency using technology in litigation
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office required
  • Diverse economic, social, and cultural experiences preferred
  • Language proficiency, particularly in Amharic, Hmong, Oromo, Somali, or Spanish preferred

SALARY: Depending on experience, plus benefits, including family health and dental insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance, and generous paid time off benefits

STARTING DATE: As soon as possible after the position is filled

APPLICATIONS: Submit resume, a cover letter explaining interest in the position, and salary requirements online at by October 8th, 2021, or until position is filled.

If you require a reasonable accommodation for completing this application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in our employee selection process, please contact Jolene Chestnut at

Please direct all other inquiries to

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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