Legal Aid of NC Attorney for Farmworker Unit

Position:  Attorney for Farmworker Unit 

Background:  Legal Aid of NC is a statewide, nonprofit [501(c)(3)] law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to those households whose income falls below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines.  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, and may involve claims of forced labor. 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 four 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.  For more information about the Unit and its work, see  

Responsibilities & Duties:  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. 

Salary:  DOE. Excellent benefits package. Relaxed office atmosphere. 

Application Deadline:  Open until filled. E-mail cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and names/contact information of three references to Managing Attorney Lori Johnson: 

*Legal Aid of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer.* Minorities, women, senior citizens and the persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.