LEGAL ASSISTANCE OF WESTERN NEW YORK
POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: AMERICORPS LEGAL
ACCESS TO JUSTICE PROJECT
The Access to Justice Project
is a partnership between LawNY and AmeriCorps, America's most
preeminent volunteer service program, which seeks to address the legal needs of
the poor by expanding the level of legal assistance available and helping poor
clients to access the legal system in order to achieve economic benefits,
decent housing, health care and other critical basic needs. In addition, members work to recruit and
support community volunteers and enhance efforts at collaboration with local
human services agencies.
AmeriCorps members provide
intake and screening services for poor persons seeking legal assistance with
civil law problems and outreach to underserved populations. They are offered the opportunity for direct,
substantive legal experience, excellent training and a chance to make a
critical difference in the lives of poor people and their communities.
receive a living allowance of $715.42 semi-monthly, pro-rated for
part-time. They may also be eligible for
aid in obtaining basic health coverage, an educational award of $5,775
pro-rated for part-time, childcare expenses and suspension of student loans.
The successful candidate will serve either full-time for six months or part-time
for a total of 900 hours in our Elmira, NY office. The term of service is
immediate and can run through no later than November 30, 2017. Term renewal may
be available after that time.
and intake for poor persons seeking civil legal assistance;
support volunteer lawyers, students and community members;
attorneys in providing legal services to clients ;
community agencies serving the poor to strengthen collaborations;
and community education for targeted groups;
relevant staff committees and work groups;
impact cases or projects.
should have at least two years of college or equivalent experience. Prior experience working with the poor or
disadvantaged is preferred.
To apply, please forward a
cover letter, resume and (3) references to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legal Assistance of Western
New York Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and persons with
disabilities are encouraged to apply.