Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps
Assistance of Western New York, Inc.
Fellowship: Equal Justice Works
Veterans Legal Corps
Located in: Geneva, New York
Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.
Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (LawNY) is a
not-for-profit law firm providing free legal services to eligible clients in
civil cases through seven regional offices covering a fourteen county area in
Western New York. LawNY receives funding from the New York State
Office of Court Administration, Legal Services Corporation, Interest on Lawyer
Account (IOLA) Fund of the State of New York, AmeriCorps, Equal Justice Works
and a number of other funders. Our workforce includes approximately 145
attorneys, paralegals and support staff.
LawNY is hosting a
one-year Fellowship to provide essential legal services to our nation's
veterans, active military service members, and their families. The selected
candidate 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. The
Fellow's role combines elements of direct legal representation and community
outreach and advocacy. The attorney selected for this Fellowship will be housed
at the LawNY office
located in Geneva, New York. Per Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps guidelines, the
selected Fellow's term of service must
begin prior to October 1, 2018 and last for one year.
- Provide high quality direct legal representation to financially eligible veterans and their families. This will likely involve conducting intake, assembling evidence, conducting interviews, and researching relevant law.
- Work with community partner agencies, including case management staff at the VA hospitals, VA clinics, and Veterans' Centers in the area to create protocols and facilitate referrals.
- Work with the local bar and law schools/colleges to recruit volunteers.
- Deliver presentations at Veterans' Centers on legal topics of broad appeal and create educational materials to be shared with host staff statewide.
- Participate in a national corps of attorneys committed to providing legal representation to the veteran community.
- 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.
Position 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:
writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills;
- Strong oral
and negotiation skills, and the ability to work as a team member;
experience in managing independent projects or assignments;
- Knowledge of
veterans' benefits law and/or experience with veterans and military
service or related-military background, including status as a military dependent;
economic, social and cultural experiences and a second language are
- Law school
clinic, externship, summer, or other relevant practice experience;
- New York State
bar membership or eligibility to practice in New York under limited
permission rule (the latter is available as a result of bar membership in
- Law school
- 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,
The Fellow will receive an annual living allowance
of $24,930, as well as financial support for housing, student loan repayment,
and other permissible reimbursable living expenses of up to $21,000. Additionally, Fellows may receive an
education award of $5,815 upon successful completion of service. Interested
applicants should contact LawNY with
any follow up questions.
Other Benefits Provided by LawNY:
- Health insurance
provided, for Fellows who are not otherwise covered
- Position related
- 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)
should submit: 1)a cover letter describing qualifications,
2) resume, 3) writing sample and 4) the name and contact information for three
references by September 17, 2018 to ensure full consideration. Applications
will be accepted beyond that date until the position is filled. Applications should be addressed to Thomas
Dubel, Deputy Director, and sent to the following e-mail address:
firstname.lastname@example.org. The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow is
scheduled to begin the term of service no later than October 1, 2018.
LawNY 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. LawNY encourages
applications from diverse candidates. LawNY welcomes applications
regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation,
pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or any other
consideration protected by law.
September 17, 2018.
*Late applications will be accepted but candidates
are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.