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Legal Counsel
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Colorado State University | Fort Collins, CO
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Working Title Legal Counsel Position Location Fort Collins, CO Research Professional Position No Posting Number 201900292AP Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional Number of Vacancies 1 Work Hours/Week 40 Proposed Annual Salary Range $69,000 - $71,000 Desired Start Date 08/01/2019 Position End Date (if temporary) To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 04/29/2019 Description of Work Unit

Student Legal Services is a law office situated in the hub of campus in the Lory Student Center. Staffed with 3 FTE attorneys, an office manager, and four to five student assistants, the office provides legal advice, education, and, in rare circumstances, court representation for students at Colorado State University to foster retention and success of students. The office is highly popular with students for helping them resolve legal issues that largely stem from coming-of-age mistakes and inexperience navigating social, business and government interactions.

Areas of advice provided by the office include:

* Landlord-tenant
* Criminal defense
* Assisting victims of crimes
* Sealing criminal records
* Title IX, sexual misconduct cases
* Debt and consumer issues
* Personal injury
* Domestic
* Business formation
* Preparing Wills
* Simple probate or settling of estates
* Employment
* Immigration/visa issues (provided by contract attorneys)

The office uses a guided self-help model that empowers students to help themselves. Referrals to outside attorneys are made where appropriate.

Student Legal Services attorneys also collaborate with campus and city partners in a variety of roles, bringing the legal perspective and commitment to preserving society's foundation based on rule of law and due process. The attorneys regularly speak to student groups and classes on topics including family and the law, juvenile law, alcohol laws, wills and advance directives, legal aspects of business start-up, and handling police contacts.

Student Legal Services is a department within the Division of Student Affairs, a vibrant division of the university that provides a wide array of services and programs to support students in their development as active learners, successful graduates and engaged global citizens.

Position Summary

Student Legal Services seeks a Colorado licensed attorney with the aptitude and desire to develop expertise in several of the areas of law served by the office. The current staff is dedicated to mentoring an attorney in areas that are new to the attorney and at the same time expects the attorney to be a self-starter and self-directed learner. Landlord-tenant cases are always a significant part of the caseload, so the attorney must handle lease reviews, security deposit disputes and other housing issues on a steady basis.

The role of the position is lawyer/educator/mentor. The attorney must be non-judgmental and student-centered, "meeting clients where they are." Within SLS's limited representation (advising) framework, one-hour client appointments are "working" appointments in which the Staff Attorney may educate and advise the student, co-create letters or court forms with client input, make phone calls to opposing parties, and arrange referrals to campus and other resources. The attorneys create their own letters and court documents without secretarial or paralegal assistance. At times, any attorney in the office will handle client intake and scheduling when front office staff is not available. The office uses language translators through an on-demand service when needed to assist foreign students.

The Staff Attorney should have a strong interest in becoming an active and contributing member of the campus community with a drive to network and learn the inter-workings of campus, to serve in interdisciplinary capacities for other campus departments, and to become familiar with the vast array of resources available to students.

The Staff Attorney must be dedicated to serving a diverse clientele and assist in promoting the university's mission for an inclusive campus.

Required Job Qualifications

* Juris Doctorate Degree in Law
* Active license to practice law in Colorado as of the date of application
* Active practice of law after law school while holding law license that adds up to a minimum of 3 full years. In addition to conventional legal positions, active practice of law may include private contract work, court contract, judicial clerkship, and solo start-up practice. To be considered, application materials must explicitly show that this full 3-year requirement is met.
* Ability to work non-standard hours, including evenings and weekends on occasion.

Preferred Job Qualifications

* Experience in one or more of the areas of law served by the office-please be explicit.
* Experience in public interest law, legal aid or law school clinics assisting vulnerable or under served populations.
* Interest and drive to gain expertise in several areas of law as opposed to specialization-please elaborate.
* Demonstrated capability as a self-starter and self-directed learner in a law-related or other endeavor.
* Experience serving in a collaborative role for an interdisciplinary group, such as a board member or club leadership role.
* Experience as a mentor to youth or young adults.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.