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Staff Attorney
Job openings at Legal Aid of North Carolina

Staff Attorney

The Farmworker Unit serves migrant farmworkers and their dependents throughout the state. North Carolina agriculture depends heavily upon migrant farmworkers to cultivate and harvest its tobacco, fruits, vegetables and Christmas trees. Many workers live in labor camps and are dependent upon farm employers not only for work and housing, but also for access to goods and services. Cases typically involve wages and substandard living and working conditions. Unit attorneys also handle immigration cases, including applications for victims of labor trafficking.

The Unit’s office is centrally located in Raleigh, but staff and volunteers make regular visits to rural areas where farmworkers live and work. The Unit has three lawyers, three paralegals, a community education coordinator and support staff. Unit staff work cooperatively with advocates in community-based organizations and other providers of legal services.

Responsibilities

  • Represent clients and handle cases within program priorities, both individually and as a part of a team with other attorneys and paralegals

  • Lead evening outreach team and conduct client education sessions

  • Supervise law student or summer intern

Qualifications

  • Fluency in Spanish required

  • Experience working with migrant farmworkers and with employment and immigration law preferred

  • Must be either a member of the North Carolina Bar, eligible for admission, or willing and able to take the next bar examination

To Apply

Please submit your résumé, cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references to Lori Johnson, Managing Attorney, Farmworker Unit at lorie@legalaidnc.org.