MLC is looking to add a full-time attorney to its team. MLC advises non-profit organizations of all kinds (and in some cases, their donors or affiliated companies) on the legal issues that arise by virtue of being a non-profit. MLC also acts as “outside general counsel,” providing a lawyer’s perspective on all manner of decisions and connecting clients with appropriate resources. As a result, the attorney hired for this position will advise on a wide variety of transactional and compliance matters, including corporate structure and governance, federal tax law and planning, state charitable trust law, grantmaking, and impact investment.
Part of our vision is to empower talented people (attorneys and non-attorneys) to pursue their vision of a career that advances the public good. To that end, the attorney that fills this position will have a unique opportunity to grow with the company, influence what it becomes, and shape their career.
MLC believes in the value of a diverse and inclusive team, and strongly encourages candidates from historically marginalized groups to apply, including people of color, people with disabilities, formerly incarcerated people, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or gender non-conforming, first and second-generation immigrants, and people from low-income families.
Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter.
Prior Experience:We are open to all lawyers interested in a career in non-profit law. We will prioritize candidates with significant legal or non-legal work experience in areas directly relevant to our current practice or with the potential to supplement our practice over time.
Priority Skills: There are many ways to be excellent and, while we expect everyone to have both strengths and weaknesses, we are looking for excellence in as many of the following skills as possible:
Writing (especially for a non-lawyer audience): Much of our work is writing e-mails providing informal analysis and answers to client questions. Attorneys will also help develop free resources for non-profits through MLC’s blog and website.
Attention to Detail: MLC attorneys spend significant time drafting or reviewing governing documents, contracts, and regulatory filings, and it requires a certain mindset to minimize errors.
Legal Analysis: Becoming an expert takes time, but it starts with an analytical and precise approach to answering complex legal questions.
Customer Service: The success of our business relies on customer satisfaction, and keeping clients happy is an essential skill for an attorney in and of itself.
Leadership and Teamwork: In a legal practice, it is easy to default to working alone. MLC wants to function as a team to the fullest extent possible and bring the most out of each other.
Utilizing Technology: MLC wants to reduce the cost of legal services to non-profits by leveraging technology; we cannot do that without tech-savvy employees.
Priority Traits: In addition to the above skills, MLC is prioritizing the following traits as it considers candidates for this position:
Kindness: MLC operates on the principle that you cannot do good without being kind. And, even if you can, we are not interested in trying it here.
Idealism: MLC is for attorneys who want to lean into their idealism and imagine how a law firm can be a progressive force, both externally and internally. The goal is to pay everyone well, but impact, rather than profit, will drive many decisions.
Adaptability:MLC is a corporate and transactional practice. It is also a tax practice. Often it is a regulatory and compliance practice. Occasionally, it is a trust practice. And more practice areas may develop. Each MLC attorney may build their own areas of expertise, but we are looking for someone adaptable that enjoys learning and variety.
Additional Details:MLC is fully remote and will continue to offer this option even if it offers an in-person option in the future. Licensure is required in the state where the attorney plans to practice. MLC is currently California-based, so California licensure is a plus, as is licensure in a state with an opportunity for growth for the business.
Mill Law Center (MLC) is a new, fast-growing law firm dedicated to the non-profit sector, with a focus on advancing progressive causes consistent with its mission and building a non-hierarchical and equitable work environment. MLC is a law firm for attorneys and non-attorneys who want to embrace their idealism fully while remaining in private practice.
Mill Law Center provides legal support to the non-profit and social enterprise sectors, including: (A) Individuals or companies seeking to launch a new non-profit, apply for tax-exemption, and establish a structure for long-term sustainability and impact; (B) Established public charities, private foundations, and other exempt organizations seeking outside general counsel, with specific expertise in corporate law, tax law, charitable trust and solicitation law, impact investment, and charitable gift planning; (C) Lawyers and other experts with different areas of focus that want to support non-profits (whether paid or pro bono) and wish to consult with non-profit law experts; and (D) Entrepreneurs and companies that want to explore a collaboration between the for-profit and non-profit sectors to achieve their mission (e.g. establis...hing a joint venture or non-profit affiliate, donating an interest in a business to a charitable organization).
Mill Law Center is based in San Francisco, but serves clients throughout California and across the country.