Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps
LEGAL SERVICES, INC.
Justice Works Veterans Legal Corps
in: Buffalo, New York
About Neighborhood Legal Services
Legal Services, Inc. (NLS) is a private not-for-profit law firm that has been
providing high quality, free legal services to low-income families and
individuals, including veterans and military families, since 1976. Our services include legal advice, advocacy,
and representation for housing problems,
including eviction, discrimination, homeless prevention, and public and subsidized
housing advocacy; advocacy regarding public benefit programs, including public
assistance, food stamps, utility shut-offs, Medicaid, Social Security
Disability and SSI; advocacy relating to issues faced by individuals challenged
by disability, including access to services and necessary medical equipment;
and family law advocacy including domestic violence cases, matrimonial actions,
and child support. Our staff serves
rural, suburban and urban communities throughout Erie, Niagara, Orleans,
Genesee and Wyoming Counties, and maintains offices in Buffalo, Batavia, and
Niagara Falls, New York.
Legal Services, Inc. is hosting two one-year Fellowships to provide essential
legal services to our nation's veterans, active military service members, and
their families. The selected candidates will be a part of a corps of legal
Fellows serving in the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps
Program and will encounter hands-on experience providing direct legal
representation to the veteran community. The Fellows' role combines elements of
direct legal representation and community outreach and advocacy. The attorneys
selected for this Fellowship will be housed at one or more of Neighborhood
Legal Services offices located in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Batavia. Per
Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps guidelines, the selected Fellows' term of
service must begin prior to October 1,
2018 and last for one year.
Equal Justice Works Veterans Legal Corps (VLC) Fellows will:
- Provide high quality direct legal representation to financially
eligible veterans and their families. This will involve conducting intake,
assembling evidence, conducting interviews, and researching relevant
in community outreach, presenting at community education events, and conducting
client intake at area Veteran Administration Hospitals and facilities, and at veteran
in a national corps of attorneys committed to providing legal representation to
the veteran community.
access to a substantive and skills-based training curriculum and ongoing
support, including participation in Equal Justice Works' annual Leadership
Development Training in Washington, D.C.
is a one-year Fellowship.
The ideal Fellow will possess a demonstrated
commitment to public interest work and a strong desire to assist indigent
clients. Further, the ideal candidate will have the following:
- Excellent writing, communication, interpersonal, and
- Strong oral and negotiation skills, and the ability to work as a
- Prior experience in managing independent projects or assignments;
- Diverse economic, social and cultural experiences and a second
language are preferred;
- Law school clinic, externship, summer, or other relevant practice
- New York State bar
- Knowledge of veterans' benefits law and/or experience with
veterans and military families; Military service or related-military background,
including status as a military dependent are encouraged to apply.
- Ability to undergo and pass AmeriCorps-mandated criminal
background checks (only convictions for murder and/or presence on sex
offender registry are automatic bars to service; other criminal
convictions are allowable pursuant to Equal Justice Works review and
- Ability to begin the fellowship no later
than October 1, 2018 and attend Equal Justice Works� annual Leadership
Development Training in Washington, D.C. from November 6 - 8, 2018.
The Fellow will receive an annual living allowance, as well as
financial support for housing, student loan repayment, and other permissible
reimbursable living expenses. Additionally, Fellows receive an education award,
health insurance, and other benefits. Interested applicants should contact Neighborhood
Legal Services with any follow up questions.
Other Benefits Provided by Neighborhood Legal Services:
- Health and dental insurance provided
- Life and disability insurance provided
- Position-related travel reimbursement and bar
- Opportunities to participate in national
substantive training on veterans law issues and in a variety of local and
regional skills-based and substantive trainings
Other Benefits and Professional Opportunities offered by AmeriCorps:
loan forbearance and interest accrual payment upon successful completion
to attend national trainings focused on leadership, networking, and
project development sponsored by Equal Justice Works
assistance (if income-eligible)
send a letter of interest and resume no later than September 15, 2018 to: Sandra
Fudala at firstname.lastname@example.org with the
subject line: VLC Fellowship - [Your Last Name]. The letter of interest should clearly refer to the Equal
Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps Fellowship
position. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. The Equal
Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow is scheduled to begin the term of service no
later than October 1, 2018.
Legal Services, Inc.
is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the
basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic
origin, age, disability or veteran status.
application deadline is September 15, 2018, however, candidates are encouraged
to apply as soon as possible.