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Posted by: Sandra Fudala - 8/27/2018
Job Expires: 9/15/2018
Fellowship: Equal Justice Works Veterans Legal Corps

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps

 

Organization:   NEIGHBORHOOD LEGAL SERVICES, INC.

Fellowship:      Equal Justice Works Veterans Legal Corps

Located in:      Buffalo, New York

 

About Neighborhood Legal Services

Neighborhood 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.

 

Fellowship Summary

Neighborhood 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.

Fellowship Description

The Equal Justice Works Veterans Legal Corps (VLC) Fellows will:

  1. 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 law.  

2.     Engaging in community outreach, presenting at community education events, and conducting client intake at area Veteran Administration Hospitals and facilities, and at veteran advocacy organizations.

3.     Participate in a national corps of attorneys committed to providing legal representation to the veteran community.

4.     Have 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.

5.     Position is a one-year Fellowship.

Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

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 organizational skills;
  • Strong oral and negotiation skills, and the ability to work as a team member;
  • 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 experience;
  • New York State bar membership;
  • 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.

Required Qualifications

  • 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 approval);
  • 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.

 

Compensation Package

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 dues provided

-        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:

  • Student loan forbearance and interest accrual payment upon successful completion of service
  • Opportunity to attend national trainings focused on leadership, networking, and project development sponsored by Equal Justice Works
  • Childcare assistance (if income-eligible)

Application Instructions

Please send a letter of interest and resume no later than September 15, 2018 to: Sandra Fudala at sfudala@nls.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.

Neighborhood 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

The application deadline is September 15, 2018, however, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

 

 

 
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