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Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps 2014-2015 Employment Opportunity Legal Corps Positions

Applications are being accepted for positions starting as early as August 1, 2014; for exact dates, check with individual sites.

Arkansas - Delta Region and Ozark Region

Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc.

Positions filled.

California - Berkeley

Alameda County Public Defender & East Bay Community Law Center

Description of Organizations:

The mission of the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office (PD) is to zealously protect and defend the rights of their clients through compassionate and inspired legal representation of the highest quality, in pursuit of a fair and unbiased system of justice for all.  The PD is the second oldest public defender’s office in the nation, chartered in 1927 by Earl Warren. The PD provides the highest quality of indigent criminal defense by vigorously advocating for the rights of people facing criminal charges in adult and juvenile court.

The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 to provide high quality legal services to low-income clients and educational opportunities for law students and community volunteers. EBCLC is currently the largest provider of civil legal services for low-income residents in the East Bay. Its Clean Slate Reentry Legal Services Practice has served thousands of clients over the past decade.

Recently, the PD and EBCLC have launched a collaborative Clean Slate Reentry Legal Services project that leverages the resources and expertise of the two organizations in order to provide critically needed wraparound legal services to people in Alameda County with criminal records who are seeking to successfully reenter their communities and overcome barriers to employment.  The PD and EBCLC will each be primarily responsible for two fellows, but all fellows will work collaboratively and facilitate coordination of services between the organizations.

Position Summary:

Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps have partnered to fund Employment Opportunity Legal Corps (EOLC) Reentry Legal Service Fellows across the country.  The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), in conjunction with the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office (PD), will be a host site for four (4) full-time fellows. Per Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps guidelines, the fellowships will begin between August 1 and September 30 2014 and last for two years, pending renewal after the first year.

The Fellows will provide legal services to people in Alameda County, California who face barriers to employment following involvement in the criminal justice system. 

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Provide direct legal representation and assistance to low-income clients throughout Alameda County, including but not limited to: petitioning for criminal records remedies (dismissal of convictions, felony reductions, early termination of probation, recall of warrants, Certificate of Rehabilitation & Pardon, sealing of arrest and diversion records); correcting inaccurate public and private criminal record reports; enforcing federal and state consumer protections that mandate accurate and fair criminal history reporting in the commercial criminal background checks sold to private employers and landlords; advocate with the court and DMV for people charged with or convicted of offenses that affect their driver's licenses (and therefore their chance at employment); and advocate for clients trying to obtain or keep occupational licenses and/or waivers to work in a licensed facility following contact with law enforcement.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with community organizations to connect clients with other services needed to remove barriers to employment, including employment training services and other legal services.
  • Perform community outreach and legal education regarding reentry legal services.
  • Perform other administrative tasks related to EBCLC/PD and/or AmeriCorps and Equal Justice Works program compliance.

Qualifications:

  • Licensed to practice law in California (or bar results pending)
  • Graduate of an Equal Justice Works member law school: http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/membership/law-school-members
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice in general and criminal justice and/or employment law in particular
  • Excellent oral and written communication and advocacy skills
  • Ability to work under pressure in an empathetic and professional manner
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience working in low-income communities of color preferred
  • Per federal AmeriCorps requirements, successful completion of a federal criminal background check. Please note that EBCLC affirmatively recruits legal advocates who themselves have had contact with the criminal justice system
  • Per federal AmeriCorps requirements, Fellows must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or lawful permanent residents

Compensation:

The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow’s compensation consists of the following:

  • A living allowance of $24,200
  • Supplemental benefits for housing and other allowable expenses (a minimum of $12,000, with a maximum determined by Fellow’s reimbursable costs)

Other Benefits:

  • 100% employer-funded medical, dental, vision, group life insurance and workers compensation coverage
  • $5,550 AmeriCorps Legal Education Award upon successful completion of service
  • Student loan forbearance during service and interest accrual payment for eligible loans upon successful completion of service
  • Participation in Equal Justice Works training opportunities and conferences, as applicable
  • Child care assistance (if income eligible)
  • State Bar dues
  • Mileage and transit reimbursement for work-related travel, and
  • Training and continuing legal education in relevant poverty law areas, as needed

Application Procedure:

Mail, fax, or email to Fellowship Hiring Committee, East Bay Community Law Center, 2921 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703; fax: (510) 548-2566; fellows@ebclc.org:

(1) Letter of interest

(2) Resume

(3) Writing sample (preferably legal writing)

(4) Three references

Deadline for receipt of applications is no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday August 22, 2014. Hiring will be completed on a rolling basis and will close when all spots have been filled, but no sooner than August 22, 2014.

For general information about EJW/AmeriCorps fellowships, including the compensation guidelines, visit: http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/post-grad/americorps-legal-fellowships/apply

EBCLC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color, women, sexual minorities, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


 

California – Los Angeles

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

Position Summary:

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) seeks two Employment Opportunity Legal Corps (EOLC) Fellows. This fellowship is available due to a partnership between Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps through which legal assistance is provided to economically disadvantaged individuals across the nation. 

The EOLC Fellow will assist low-income individuals to remove legal barriers to employment for economically disadvantaged individuals.  The EOLC Fellow will provide legal assistance to individuals with legal barriers to employment such as expunging eligible criminal records and reinstating driving licenses. The EOLC fellow will work in close collaboration with community partners who provide employment services, and will conduct community education trainings.                                               

Availability:

Two Fellowships.  The term of service will begin on September 1, 2014 for two years, pending renewal after the first year.

Qualifications:

  • Active membership in the California State Bar and must have graduated from an Equal Justice Works member law school;
  • Completion of NSOPR, California Department of Justice and FBI fingerprint, criminal background check, as well as compliance with all CNCS Federal Regulations throughout fellowship;
  • Demonstrated commitment to serving the needs of low-income people;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal, organizational and negotiation skills and the ability to work as a team member;
  •  Previous experience in a legal services program preferred.

Examples of Duties:

  • Provide direct representation to remove barriers to employment.  Legal issues will include  drivers’ license reinstatement, and eligible criminal record expungement;
  •  Manage an independent caseload which includes interviewing clients, developing case plans, conducting discovery, legal research, and representation in administrative or civil courts;
  • Do outreach to and collaborate with organizations serving unemployed and underemployed individuals, including employment training centers and other employment organizations to facilitate the creation and sustainment of a network of partners capable of providing supplemental employment services to clients.
  • Other administrative tasks related to AmeriCorps and Equal Justice Works program compliance.

Compensation:                                             

Total:  $38,000

  • $24,200 living allowance; and
  • $13,800 Supplemental benefits for housing and student loan reimbursement

Other Benefits:                                             

  • Full medical benefits;
  • $5,550 AmeriCorps Legal Education Award upon successful completion of service;
  • Student loan forbearance and interest accrual payment upon successful completion of service; and
  • Participation in Equal Justice Works training opportunities and conferences, as applicable.

Application Deadline:                                 

Continuous until position is filled

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume to Diane Talamantez, Human Resources, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, 1102 S. Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90019; jobs@lafla.org; or via fax at (323)801-7945.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER- Selection will be based solely on merit and will be without discrimination because of age, race, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability.

 

California - Watsonville

Watsonville Law Center

Organization Description:

The Watsonville Law Center (WLC) is a nonprofit legal aid provider serving Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito counties on California’s rural Central Coast.  WLC provides free legal services, community education, and advocacy to improve access to employment, housing, wellness, and family financial stability for low-income and vulnerable families.

Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps are partnering to place Employment Opportunity Legal Corps Reentry Legal Service Fellows across the country.  WLC is hosting one Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow. 

Position Summary:

WLC is seeking an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow attorney to provide direct legal services to help economically disadvantaged clients remove legal barriers to employment, including assisting with record clearance remedies, enforcing consumer protections that mandate fair criminal reporting in background checks, and improving access to driver licenses and occupational licenses.  Subject matter training and ongoing professional development will be provided.

The Fellow will work primarily in Watsonville, CA, with travel required (with mileage reimbursement) in Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito, and southern Santa Clara counties.

Based on Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps guidelines, the term of service will begin at latest September 20, 2014, for one year and may be renewable for one additional year.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Partner with other community organizations and public agencies to identify clients, connect clients to employment-related services
  • Provide direct legal services including representation where required in criminal record clearance remedies
  • Network with other reentry and record clearance service providers regionally and statewide to build and maintain best practices in direct legal services
  • Maintain complete client files, records, evaluation processes, and success stories
  • Recruit and manage at least two law student Law Clerks to assist in providing direct services
  • Participate in ongoing substantive training and professional development

AmeriCorps Eligibility:

Fellows must meet the following AmeriCorps eligibility requirements:

  1. Fellows must have graduated from an Equal Justice Works member law school (all but a few law schools) and have taken the California Bar Exam.
  2. Fellows cannot have served more than three prior terms with other AmeriCorps programs, including the Equal Justice Works Summer Corps or Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD programs.
  3. Fellows must be U.S. Citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent residents.
  4. Fellows must pass criminal history background checks, which include the National Sex Offender Public Registry, a state background check in the state of service and state of application for service, and an FBI fingerprint-based criminal history check.  Note that a criminal history is generally not a bar to serving as an AmeriCorps member.  Every case is evaluated individually.

Qualifications:

  • Licensed to practice law in California
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and legal aid
  • Excellent written communication and advocacy skills
  • Excellent personal communication skills including customer service
  • The following qualifications are preferred but not required:
  • Experience working in diverse, economically disadvantaged, and rural communities
  • Prior experience in record clearance, criminal justice, and reentry services
  • Prior nonprofit collaborative project participation
  • Spanish language skills are preferred

Compensation:

The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow’s compensation consists of the following:

The AmeriCorps Legal Fellow’s compensation is:

1.      Living allowance of $24,200

2.      Supplemental benefits for housing and other allowable costs (a minimum of $12,000, determined by Fellow’s reimbursable costs)

Other Benefits:

  • Medical benefits
  • $5,550 AmeriCorps Legal Education Award upon successful completion of service
  • Student loan forbearance and interest accrual payment of qualifying student loans upon successful completion of service
  • Participation in Equal Justice Works training opportunities, as applicable
  • Payment of California State Bar dues
  • Substantive training and professional development

To Apply:

Applications will be accepted until September 2, 2014. 

Applicants must be available to start employment no later than September 20, 2014.

Your application must include a cover letter, resume, and list of at least 3 professional references.

Address your application to:  WLC AmeriCorps Equal Justice Works Fellow Hiring Committee

Send your application by email in .pdf format to:  anag@watsonvillelawcenter.org (receipt will be confirmed by return email within 1 working day). 

If you are not able to send your application by email, you may mail your application to:

WLC AmeriCorps Equal Justice Works Fellow Hiring Committee
Watsonville Law Center
315 Main Street, Suite 207
Watsonville, CA 95076

Please visit the Equal Justice Works for more information before applying:

www.equaljusticeworks.org/post-grad/americorps-legal-fellowships/apply

The Watsonville Law Center is an equal opportunity employer.
 


Colorado – Denver

Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition

Organization Description:

The Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition (CJDC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to excellence in juvenile defense and advocacy, and justice for all children and youth in Colorado. CJDC's youth justice strategy integrates: (1) a Juvenile Defender Center that trains attorneys to better advocate for youth in juvenile court; (2) a Juvenile Policy Center that achieves legislative change through non-partisan research, education, and coalition building (note: Fellow may not engage in influencing legislation); and (3) a Juvenile Resource Center that provides parents, media, legislators, stakeholders and other non-profits information about juvenile justice in Colorado, and is now expanding to provide direct legal services and coordinate pro bono representation for youth and former youth in juvenile expungement, de-registration, and school discipline proceedings.  The long term consequences of juvenile adjudications and the sex offender registry are ever-increasing, and the Fellow will work under CJDC’s Juvenile Resource Center to help remove these legal barriers and engage in employment opportunities.

Position Summary:

The Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition (CJDC) seeks an Employment Opportunity Legal Corps (EOLC) Fellow to represent clients for the purpose of expunging juvenile adjudications and petitioning to remove clients from the Colorado juvenile sex offender registry.  The Fellow will take a leadership role in the development, execution, and evaluation of this project and help ensure high quality representation and an effective program.  Fellows will join a national community of public interest lawyers and the national AmeriCorps network.

Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps have partnered together for this exciting new initiative to create Employment Opportunity Legal Corps (EOLC) Fellowships to serve economically disadvantaged individuals across the nation who face barriers to employment.  CJDC is proud to be selected as a host organization for an EOLC Fellow to provide legal assistance to persons with a legal barrier to employment due to his or her juvenile court involvement.  The Fellow will help develop this project with his or her supervising attorney by: creating practice standards for expungement and deregistration cases; developing intake, indigence, and related legal service procedures; marketing the availability of these free legal services in Colorado; participating in community education and pro bono assistance; work with interns, students, and pro bono attorneys; networking with CJDC’s community partners who provide employment services; and collecting data and evaluating the program.  Throughout the term the Fellow will maintain a caseload of expungement and deregistration clients and assist clients in procuring employment.

Responsibilities and Duties:

One fellowship position is available.  Based on Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps guidelines, the term of service will begin on September 24, 2014, for one year (12 months), with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

The AmeriCorps EOLC Fellow will:

  • Provide direct representation to economically disadvantaged individuals by preparing, filing, and winning legal cases to remove a legal barrier to employment, specifically individuals eligible to expunge their juvenile records and/or be removed from the sex offender registry. 
  • Connect clients with job-training and job-seeking services after the legal barrier has been removed.  This will include outreach to and collaboration with community partners to strengthen and sustain a network of employment service providers.
  • Help develop practice standards for the representation of individuals seeking to expunge their juvenile record or deregister from the sex offender list, as well as office procedures for client intake, files, and practice.
  • Help select and work with a minimum of 2 law student interns, and assist pro bono attorneys representing clients in expungement and/or deregistration.
  • Educate the community regarding eligibility to expunge and deregister.
  • Market the availability of these services in Colorado.
  • Other administrative tasks related to AmeriCorps and Equal Justice Works program compliance.

Qualifications:

  • Must be admitted to practice law in Colorado and have graduated from an Equal Justice Works member law school;
  • Exceptional written communication skills conveying content, analysis, grammar, and persuasion;
  • Oral communication skills, as demonstrated by experience in trial litigation, public speaking, clinical work, or other presentations;
  • Interpersonal, organizational, and negotiation skills and the ability to work as a team member;
  • The ability to act as a leader to select and work with interns or pro bono attorneys, under the supervision of the Supervising Attorney;
  • Interest in helping to create, supervise, promote and maintain a program that utilizes interns, students, and volunteer attorneys to provide services to indigent clients;
  • Strong time management skills and an ability to multi-task a variety of projects, including the ability to manage a case load;
  • Acceptance of stressful periods of work during busy times, and occasional work on evenings and/or weekends;
  • Knowledge of low-income issues, employment law, experience with low-income or economically disadvantaged individuals and families is a plus;
  • Position requires completion of NSOPR, state(s), and FBI Fingerprint, criminal background checks, as well as compliance with all CNCS Federal Regulations throughout the fellowship program.

Compensation:

Total compensation package valued at $42,000 to include reimbursement for housing, insurance, professional expenses, and other expenses.

Other benefits:

  • $5,550 AmeriCorps Legal Education Award upon successful completion of service;
  • Professional development and training assistance;
  • Student loan forbearance during services and interest accrual payment for eligible loans upon successful completion of service;
  • Participation in Equal Justice Works training opportunities and conferences, as applicable.

Application Instructions:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of three references to CJDC Office Manager Jackie Pena at admin@cjdc.org --we request you send all documents by email as one PDF file if possible.

The application deadline is Monday, August 11, 2014.   We will review applications on a rolling basis, and finalists will be contacted for an interview.

The starting date for this position is September 24, 2014.

All candidates must demonstrate a sincere interest and passion for CJDC’s Vision, Mission, and Organizational Values. Please review our website at www.cjdc.org for more information before submitting an application.

The EOLC Fellow will participate in Leadership Development Training October 20-24, 2014 and a Conference & Career Fair October 24-25, 2014 (both in the Washington, D.C. area)

 

District of Columbia

Whitman-Walker Health Clinic

Organization Description:

Whitman-Walker Health’s mission is to be the highest quality, culturally competent community health center serving the diverse urban community in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care, and with a special expertise in LGBT and HIV care.  We offer a full line of health-related services including: (1) comprehensive outpatient offerings for medical and dental healthcare; (2) an on-site pharmacy; (3) HIV testing and counseling services; (4) behavioral healthcare provided through individual and group means; and (5) legal support in the areas of access to health care, public benefits, private insurance, discrimination and workplace rights, immigration, estate and future planning, and transgender rights.

Whitman-Walker’s Legal Services Program is one of the nation’s oldest medical-legal partnerships and provides free and low-cost representation to persons living with HIV, the LGBT communities regardless of HIV status, and to Whitman-Walker healthcare patients of all sexual orientations and genders.  Seeing more than 2,500 individuals and families each year, the Legal Services Program provides assistance with federal and local public benefits (including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and ADAP among others), immigration, future planning, discrimination, workplace rights, medical privacy, insurance navigation, consumer rights, and name and gender changes.  Staff attorneys handle many cases directly, and also recruit, train, and assist volunteer attorneys throughout the Washington region.

Whitman-Walker emphasizes holistic care and coordination of legal assistance with a client’s health care needs.  The position offers a unique opportunity to work not only with other lawyers and paralegals in a collegial, committed law office, but also with medical and mental health providers and care coordinators to achieve more effective, longer-term benefits for our clients. We have two offices; the main office is located at the health center’s Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center, located at 1701 14th Street, NW, and another office is located at the Max Robinson Center, located at 2301 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE, in the District of Columbia.   The Fellow will work primarily at the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center.

Position Summary:

Whitman-Walker Health is seeking an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow to work alongside staff attorneys in the Legal Services Program on a full-time basis for a one-year term, with the possibility of a one-year extension, beginning on September 2, 2014.  The Fellow will oversee and implement a project designed to reduce barriers to, and track data concerning, employment in the transgender community in the Greater Washington area.

Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps partnered to create the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellowship opportunity to remove legal barriers to employment for economically disadvantaged individuals across the nation.  Whitman-Walker Health was selected as a host site for this Fellowship.

Responsibilities and Duties:

The Fellow will oversee and implement a project designed to reduce barriers to, and track data concerning, employment in the transgender community in the Greater Washington area.

Specifically, the Fellow will

  • Manage and expand the monthly Name and Gender Change Clinic
  • Manage caseload of name/gender change clients
  • Create new data tracking tools related to employment matters
  • Create pro se and volunteer training materials related to sealing or expunging criminal records
  • Coordinate outreach and community education events with local partners who provide direct services to the transgender community
  • Present educational forums for client populations
  • Coordinate and mentor volunteer attorneys and non-attorneys who support the clinic
  • Conduct trainings for pro bono attorneys
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with government agencies and other legal and social service providers

Qualifications:

Applicants must have graduated from an Equal Justice Works member law school and have completed a state bar examination no later than July 2014.  Applicants need not be admitted to practice in D.C., but must apply for membership by waiver as soon as feasible.  Applicants already admitted to practice in DC, VA, or MD are encouraged to apply.

The applicant should have excellent legal research and analysis, writing, and oral advocacy skills.  Applicants also should have a commitment to working with persons of diverse sexual orientations, genders, racial and ethnic backgrounds; with people living with HIV; and with low-income clients.          

Other requirements specific to Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps. 

Fellows cannot have served more than three prior terms with other AmeriCorps programs, including the Equal Justice Works Summer Corps or Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD programs. Applicants may not be current full-time staff attorneys at Whitman-Walker, and must pass criminal history background checks.  

Compensation:

Our standard work week is 37.5 hours, although attorneys frequently work additional hours.  The flexibility to attend meetings and oversee legal service clinics in the evenings is essential.  This is a union position. 

The approximate value of the annual compensation, including fringe benefits, FICA taxes and unemployment insurance, but excluding the $5,500 Legal Education Award (described below), is roughly $48,400.  This consists of four components:  (i) the annual AmeriCorps living allowance of $24,200; (ii) supplemental benefits for housing, student loans, professional dues, relocation expenses and other allowable expenses of $12,000 to be reimbursed to the Fellow by Whitman-Walker; (iii) Whitman-Walker’s standard, generous fringe benefit package, including medical, dental and vision insurance, life and disability insurance, and a 403(b) retirement plan; and (iv) Whitman-Walker’s payment of FICA taxes and unemployment and workers’ compensation insurance. 

The Fellow will also receive

  • A $5,550 AmeriCorps Legal Education Award upon successful completion of service in the form of a voucher payable to the Fellow’s school or lender;
  • Professional development and training assistance;
  • Student loan forbearance during service and interest accrual payment for eligible loans upon successful completion of service;
  • Opportunity to attend an Equal Justice Works national training program to develop leadership skills, learn effective practices to accomplish your projects and meet colleagues from across the country; and
  • Child care assistance (if income eligible).

Application process:

Interested applicants shouldsubmit an electronic resume and cover letter through Whitman-Walker’s web site, http://www.whitman-walker.org.  Click on “About Us” and then on “Career Center.” 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  EOE/AA.

 

Illinois – Chicago

Cabrini Green Legal Aid

Organization Description:

Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) has strengthened lives, assisted families and supported communities – one person at a time for over 40 years.  CGLA does more than give people a second chance – we are addressing the root causes of unemployment, homelessness, poverty and other challenges that contribute to crime and recidivism.  CGLA strives to bring about substantive, transformational change in the lives of those we serve by using a holistic model that integrates the delivery of legal services with supportive social services through strategic partnerships with social service providers, government agencies, and other legal aid organizations.

Legal services focus on those negatively impacted by the criminal justice system through representation in criminal and civil proceedings and advocacy for relief under criminal records laws. 

Position Summary:

This position is a full-time fellowship that is partially funded by Equal Justice Works in partnership with AmeriCorps and by CGLA. The term of service for the fellowship is one year, commencing on September 1, 2014, with an option to renew an additional year upon successful reapplication to Equal Justice Works.  This position works within the Criminal Records Program at CGLA, which provides high-volume legal services to over 5,000 men and women each year in the Chicagoland area seeking to remove barriers imposed by their criminal records.  With in-house staff, fellows, interns and volunteers, the program provides legal representation to clear or mitigate criminal records, through mechanisms such as expungement and sealing, pardons, health care waivers and certificates.  Services are performed at CGLA’s office, at remote locations, including Help Desks at the Daley Center in downtown Chicago and south suburban Cook County (Markham), at the offices of designated community partners, and in Cook County circuit courts. 

The primary responsibility of this role is to provide direct legal services to unemployed or underemployed clients to remove legal barriers to employment and professional or occupational licensing, including the expungement or sealing of criminal records, waivers, certificates, and restoration of driving privileges. In fulfilling this role, this position oversees the delivery of legal services and directly provides legal services to clients of partner agencies on-site, at CGLA’s office, at CGLA’s help desks, and at special clinics. This position reports to the Supervising Attorney for Criminal Programs.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Provides direct legal services to clients seeking various forms of relief, including but not limited to: legal representation in criminal courts, drafting and presentation of waivers, certificates of relief, clemency, applications or waivers for professional or occupational licenses, and participate in the advocacy of, the restoration of driving privileges,.
  • Staffs the help desk in Chicago and Markham, Illinois, including assisting in the design of processes, procedures, and forms as required to effectively and efficiently serve patrons.
  • Assists criminal defense clients with seeking the appropriate form of criminal records relief upon resolution of criminal defense matters including but not limited to: drafting and presenting petitions for expungement and sealing.
  • Participates in criminal programs intake meetings and provides case evaluation to the Criminal Records and Criminal Defense programs.
  • Prepares and oversees distribution of educational materials for help desk visitors.
  • Trains prospective volunteers throughout the year as assigned or as required.
  • Works with CGLA’s Client Support Services program to connect clients to social service assistance when needed.
  • Works with the Supervisor of Criminal Programs and the Director of Client and Community Services to cultivate and manage relationships with partner agencies and organizations that collaborate with CGLA to holistically support clients through the provision of supplemental employment and social services. 
  • Provides on-site support at selected partner agencies and assists in coordinating prescreening and intake processes for those agencies. 
  • Provides education and training to staff and clients of partner agencies and attends relevant meetings in the community at large to further the goal of overcoming legal barriers to employment for unemployed and underemployed individuals. 
  • Manages a caseload and maintains up to date client information in CGLA’s case management system to ensure accurate data collection and statistical tracking for reporting longitudinal client outcomes. 
  • Works with the Supervisor of Criminal Programs and Director of Client and Community Services to develop other data tracking mechanisms to measure client outcomes, including CGLA’s self-sufficiency matrix.
  • Produces timely and accurate reports as required by CGLA and the Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps fellowship.
  • Works with Supervisor of Criminal Programs to ensure all program goals are met each fiscal year.
  • Attends staff meetings and other administrative meetings.
  • Keeps abreast of changes in the law.
  • Other appropriate duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of criminal background checks as required by Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps.
  • A demonstrated commitment to CGLA’s mission statement and guiding principles and to serving low-income and impoverished individuals;
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, communication and leadership skills. 
  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice and criminal justice reform. 
  • The ability to manage multiple projects and a variety of tasks and meet all deadlines while being energized by the opportunity to work in a fast-paced, team-centered environment. 
  • Membership or eligibility for membership in the Illinois bar.
  • Graduation from an Equal Justice Works member law school. 
  • Member of the Illinois bar for purposes of in-court legal representation.
  • Mock trial, moot court or clinical experience preferred.

Compensation:

AmeriCorps Fellowship Living Allowance:

  •  Living allowance of $24,200;
  • Supplemental benefits up to $18,000 for housing, student loans, professional dues, relocation expenses and other allowable expenses.

Other Benefits and Professional Opportunities:

  • Eligibility to place all qualified student loans into forbearance and receive an interest accrual payment at the end of service;
  • $5,550 education award on successful completion of service;
  • Student loan forbearance during service and interest accrual payment for eligible loans upon successful completion of service;
  • Opportunity to attend a national training program to develop leadership skills, learn effective practices to accomplish your projects and meet colleagues from across the country;
  •  Child care assistance (if income eligible).

In addition to the standard fellowship benefits, CGLA will also provide:

  • Medical, dental, and life insurance;
  • Supreme Court and State/Local Bar dues;
  • Mileage reimbursement and per diem when applicable;
  • Retirement plan contribution per program policy; and
  • Training and continuing legal education in relevant poverty law areas, as needed.

For more information about CGLA please visit our website at www.cgla.net.

 

Legal Assistance Foundation

Organization Description:

For more than 40 years LAF has provided people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago with comprehensive free legal services to resolve non-criminal issues.  Each year LAF’s more than 80 full-time attorneys and staff help resolve civil legal problems, including domestic violence, consumer fraud, and unfair evictions.  Our work helps about 40,000 people annually.

Position Summary:

LAF was selected in a competitive application process to be a host site for one Employment Opportunity Legal Corps (EOLC) Fellow, a partnership between Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps.  The EOLC Fellow will provide legal assistance to individuals with a legal barrier to employment and support our ongoing commitment to the Woodlawn neighborhood in Chicago by providing support for LAF’s Woodlawn Clinic, a partnership with the law firm DLA Piper. One Fellowship is available. 

The AmeriCorps EOLC Fellow will help remove legal barriers to employment by leading three distinct projects:

1.      Organizing juvenile expungement clinics in Chicago Public Schools, targeting alternative high schools and high schools in areas with high crime/poverty rates to reach young adults ages 18-30

2.      Coordinating all operations of the Woodlawn Legal Clinic, with a  particular focus on screening for and addressing potential legal barriers through the Woodlawn Legal Clinic

3.      Promoting the Expunge.io mobile application and delivering services to clients referred to LAF through the application

Responsibilities:

  • Provide full and effective legal representation individuals who wish to remove a legal barrier to employment by assisting with juvenile expungement, adult expungement and possibly other areas of law such as employment and driver’s license suspension. Provide appropriate advice and referrals for clients who are not eligible for participation in the EOLC project, either within LAF or to other legal aid providers. Organize and promote juvenile expungement clinics in Chicago and the Cook County suburbs in partnership with schools and private law firms.
  • Conduct intake and screening of potential clients at the Woodlawn clinic to identify clients with legal barriers to employment.
  • Develop and implement tools to screen clients of the Woodlawn Clinic for barriers to employment.
  • Promote the Woodlawn Legal Clinic in the Woodlawn neighborhood and surrounding communities, specifically in neighborhood schools and social service agencies.
  • Attend the Woodlawn Legal Clinic, held monthly in the evening, and any other LAF or DLA Piper clinics on an as-needed basis.
  • Develop relationships with partner organizations that can assist LAF clients in obtaining employment.
  • Develop and implement tools to track clients and employment outcomes and accurately report to LAF leadership, funders and partners.
  • Manage and support at least two law students.

Qualifications:

  • Must have experience in public interest law. Experience with juvenile and adult expungement, sealing and other forms of relief is strongly preferred.
  • Must have exceptional communication skills, and be an excellent writer, strong public speaker, outstanding in one-on-one interactions, and a great listener.
  • Must be able to work independently and demonstrate self-initiative.
  • Must be a creative problem-solver.
  • Must demonstrate patience and the ability to lead teams composed of multiple stakeholders to accomplish shared goals.
  • Must be able to communicate LAF’s mission and build excitement about our mission within the private bar.
  • Must be highly organized.
  • Must be currently licensed to practice law in Illinois and have graduated from an Equal Justice Works member law school.
  • Must be able to work well under pressure and juggle multiple tasks at one time.
  • Access to a car is preferred. Must be able to work flexible hours, including some evenings.
  • Willingness to travel throughout Cook County, when necessary.
  • Position requires completion of NSOPR, state(s), and FBI Fingerprint, criminal background checks, as well as compliance with all CNCS Federal Regulations throughout the fellowship program.

Term of Service: 

Based on Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps guidelines, the term of service will begin no later than September 30, 2014 and continue for two years, pending renewal after the first year. 

Compensation:

A living allowance of $24,200, plus up to $24,200 in supplemental benefits for housing student loans, professional dues, relocation expenses, and other allowable expenses, depending on the Fellow’s exact living expenses, but no less than $12,000. Furthermore, the Fellow is eligible: to place qualified student loans into forbearance and receive an interest accrual payment at the end of service; for a $5,550 education award upon completion of service; to participate in national training; and to receive childcare assistance (if income-eligible).

Applications:

Send resume, cover letter explaining your interest in the position, writing sample and two professional references to resume@lafchicago.org.  Write “EOLC Fellow” in the subject line of your e-mail.  E-mail submissions only.  No phone calls please.

Deadline:

The deadline for applications is August 5, 2014.

LAF is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of disability.

 

Kentucky – Louisville

Legal Aid Society

Organization Description:

The mission of the Legal Aid Society is to pursue justice for people in poverty. We provide free legal services to the most disadvantaged in our community. We fight on clients’ behalf when their health, safety, and stability are unjustly threatened. Last year, Legal Aid helped nearly 4,000 people who had nowhere else to turn.

Position Summary:

Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps have partnered to provide the Employment Opportunity Legal Corps (EOLC) Fellowship opportunity to address legal barriers to employment of economically disadvantaged individuals across the nation.  The EOLC Fellow will provide civil legal assistance to low-income individuals with a legal barrier to employment such as an expungement-eligible criminal record, denial or revocation of an occupational license, and loss of a driver’s license.  

One Fellowship is available.  Based on Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps guidelines, the term of service will begin in August or September 2014 and continue for one year.  Position requires completion of NSOPR, state, and FBI fingerprint criminal background checks as well as compliance with all CNCS Federal Regulations throughout the fellowship program.

The Legal Aid Society’s Employment Opportunity Legal Corps Fellow willprovide uniform, high quality advocacy for low-income individuals facing legal barriers to employment in Legal Aid Society’s service area. This is a contract attorney position funded by AmeriCorps, Equal Justice Works, and the Kentucky Bar Foundation.

Responsibilities and Duties:

The AmeriCorps EOLC Fellow will:

  • Provide free, civil legal guidance and representation to low-income individuals seeking to remove a legal barrier to employment.  Legal issues may include expungement of a criminal record, reinstatement of a driver’s license, and approval of an occupational license.
  • Conduct outreach to and collaborate with organizations serving unemployed and underemployed individuals, including employment training centers and other employment service organizations, to create and sustain a network of partners that can provide supplemental employment services to clients.
  • Provide legal representation through the policies and practices consistent with professional standards for the delivery of civil legal services to the poor and consistent with any requirement of Legal Services Corporation and all other funding sources or program policies.
  • Maintain accurate and complete files or records.  Prepare reports and timely complete forms and records necessary for client services or administrative tasks related to job.
  • Interact with clients and staff and service providers professionally and appropriately.  Establish and maintain rapport with clients to obtain accurate information and to establish trust.  Work with other staff on client services or other program tasks in a collegial and cooperative nature. Develop and nurture good relations with service providers who make referrals or otherwise coordinate with the program.
  • Work with supervisor to develop plan for advocacy work within program priorities and funding to define balance between impact work and service work, as well as community education and other outreach.
  • Work with supervisor to identify individual training needs and develop strategies with case supervisor to address those needs.
  • Attend and actively participate in planning meetings, trainings and task forces, as well as office meetings.
  • Must be able to operate a motor vehicle and must hold a valid driver’s license and be able to be insured.
  • Occasional night and weekend work hours; some local and out of town travel. 

Qualifications:

  • Must have demonstrable commitment to understanding and addressing issues of low-income constituents.
  • Must have J.D., be admitted to practice in Kentucky and in good standing, and graduated from Equal Justice Works member law school. 
  • Must have skills to use office technologies, including case management software.
  • Must be able to balance administrative and client advocacy responsibilities.
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as interpersonal, organizational and negotiation skills and the ability to work as a team member.
  • Knowledge of low-income issues, experience with low-income individuals or families, knowledge of employment law encouraged.
  • Diverse economic, social, and cultural experiences and a second language are preferred.

Compensation is up to $44,150 which includes:

  • AmeriCorps living allowance.
  • Supplemental benefits paid by Legal Aid for housing, student loans, relocation, professional dues, life and disability insurance, and retirement plan expenses.

Other Benefits:

  • $5,550 AmeriCorps Legal Education Award upon successful completion of service.
  • AmeriCorps provided childcare assistance.
  • Legal Aid Society professional development and training assistance.
  • Student loan forbearance and interest accrual payment for eligible loans upon successful completion of service.
  • Participation in Equal Justice Works training opportunities and conferences, as applicable.
  • Legal Aid Society fringe benefits, including health insurance, dental insurance, long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and a flex benefit plan.

Send resume, cover letter, and three references to Meagen Peden Agnew, Director of Administration, Legal Aid Society, 416 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Suite 300, Louisville, KY 40202, or magnew@laslou.org.

Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

Minnesota – Moorhead

Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota

Position Summary:

Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps have partnered together to provide the new Employment Opportunity Legal Corps (EOLC) Fellowship opportunity to remove legal barriers to employment for economically disadvantaged individuals across the nation. The EOLC Fellow will provide legal assistance to individuals in northwest Minnesota with a legal barrier to employment such as an expungement-eligible criminal record, revocation/denial of an occupational license, and the loss of a driver’s license.

Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota (LSNM) provides high quality legal representation and community legal education to low-income and elderly persons in 22 northwestern Minnesota counties, using three staffed law offices and 210 private Judicare attorneys.  

One Fellowship is available in LSNM’s Alexandria regional office.  Based on Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps guidelines, the term of service will begin on (Date TBD) for two years, pending renewal after the first year.

The AmeriCorps EOLC Fellow will:

  • Provide direct representation to economically disadvantaged individuals seeking to remove a legal barrier to employment, which may include expungement issues, drivers' license reinstatement, and occupational license issues.
  •  Partner with community organizations that foster employment opportunities for low income individuals throughout LSNM’s 22-county service area to educate these organizations about the legal barriers facing full employment opportunities for clients and the means by which they can be eliminated.
  • Coordinate a regional training for the private bar, including the defense bar, on Minnesota’s new expungement law and the collateral consequences of arrest and criminal records to employment.
  • Other administrative tasks related to AmeriCorps and Equal Justice Works program compliance.

Qualifications:

Position requires completion of NSOPR, state, and FBI Fingerprint, criminal background checks, as well as compliance with all CNCS Federal Regulations throughout the fellowship program.

The Fellow must be admitted to practice law in Minnesota, be eligible for admission, or have taken the July 2014 Bar Exam.  The Fellow must have graduated from an Equal Justice Works member law school.  The Fellow will need excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as interpersonal, organizational, and negotiation skills and the ability to work as a team member. Knowledge of employment law, experience with low-income or economically disadvantaged individuals and families is a plus.

Compensation:

TOTAL COMPENSATION is up to $42,950 annually, which includes:

  • AmeriCorps living allowance of up to $24,200.
  • Supplemental benefits paid for housing, student loans, relocation, life & disability insurance, and retirement plan expenses.
  • $5,550 AmeriCorps Legal Education Award upon successful completion of service.

 Additional benefits include:

  • Payment of Minnesota license fees and Minnesota State Bar Association Membership and CLEs
  • Student loan forbearance during services and interest accrual payment for eligible loans upon successful completion of service
  • Participation in national Equal Justice Works training opportunities and conferences, as applicable
  • Fringe benefits, including $700 a month towards medical insurance, dependent care, and/or flex dollars for unreimbursed medical expenses; $50,000 term life insurance

Application Instructions:

Please e-mail resume, cover letter, and three references to LSNM Executive Director Anne M. Hoefgen at: 

Anne M. Hoefgen
1015 7th Ave N.
Moorhead, MN 56560
218-233-8585
legalaid@lsnmlaw.org

 

Mississippi – Jackson

Mississippi Center for Justice

Position Filled. 

New Jersey 

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services seeks an attorney to represent low-income and other economically-disadvantaged individuals attempting to remove legal barriers to employment.  NNJLS, in cooperation with Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps, is offering a two year attorney fellowship as part of our Employment Opportunity Legal Corps Fellowship Program.

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services’ provides free legal services in civil law cases.  Our mission is to ensure equal access to justice for low-income residents of Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic Counties, New Jersey.  In order to accomplish our mission, NNJLS provides a full array of legal services such as legal representation, advocacy, advice, community legal education and other legal services. 

Location:

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services provides services in the New Jersey counties adjacent to New York City and is within easy commuting distance from Northern New Jersey and NYC via public transportation.

Position Summary:

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services (NNJLS) has been awarded a Fellowship under the AmeriCorps/Equal Justice Works Employment Opportunity Legal Corps Fellowship program.  An attorney will be assigned to work at NNJLS’ offices in Bergen, Hudson and Passaic Counties, New Jersey providing legal assistance to individuals who wish to remove legal barriers to obtaining and/or maintaining employment. These matters include expungement of criminal convictions, obtaining occupational licenses, driver’s license restoration, and credit history repair.

Term of Service:

The Fellow will begin his/her service on September 2014 for a period of two years, pending renewal after the first year.

Responsibilities and Duties:

The Employment Opportunity Legal Corps Fellow will provide legal assistance to low-income residents of Bergen, Hudson and Passaic Counties in the areas mentioned in the Job Description above, i.e. expungements, obtaining or regaining valid drivers’ and/or occupational licenses, and repair of poor or negative credit reports.  “Legal Assistance” will consist of representation of the client at administrative agency hearings and court proceedings, appeals, other extended services as needed, as well as advice and brief service.

The Fellow will also provide legal education to members of the community who face barriers in gaining employment. The Fellow will conduct outreach and will be responsible for strengthening existing relationships and building new relationships with local community-based organizations which provide employment and job-training assistance.  The Fellow will also supervise the work of law school interns who may be assigned to the program. 

The Fellow will report directly to NNJLS’s Director of Litigation.

Qualifications:

The Fellow must have graduated from an accredited law school and be admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey or be eligible to take the next bar exam in New Jersey.  The position requires excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as exceptional interpersonal, organizational, and negotiation skills and the ability to work as a member of a service-provision team. 

Knowledge of employment law and the needs of low-income individuals is a plus.

Compensation:

AmeriCorps Fellowship Living Allowance:

  • Annual Living allowance of $24,200;
  • Annual Supplemental benefits for housing, student loans, professional dues, and other allowable expenses of between $12,000 and $14,000.

 Other Benefits and Professional Opportunities:

  • Eligibility to place all qualified student loans into forbearance and receive an interest accrual payment at the end of service;
  • $5,550 education award on successful completion of service;
  • Student loan forbearance during service and interest accrual payment for eligible loans upon successful completion of service;
  • Opportunity to attend a national training program to develop leadership skills, learn effective practices to accomplish your projects and meet colleagues from across the country

In addition to the standard fellowship benefits, NNJLS will also provide:

  • Medical, dental, and life insurance;
  • Bar dues;
  • Mileage reimbursement;
  • Retirement plan contribution per program policy;
  • Training and continuing legal education in relevant poverty law areas.

Application Instructions:

Please send resume, references and cover letter detailing your qualifications and interest in the position to:

Via email to:

Attention:   Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program
nnjls@lsnj.org

Or Mail to:

Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program
Human Resources
Northeast New Jersey Legal Services
574 Summit Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306

For more information please email us at nnjls@lsnj.org

 

New York - Bronx

Bronx Defenders

Organization Description:

The Bronx Defenders – an innovative, progressive, community-oriented indigent defense office in the South Bronx – has been selected as a host site for the new Employment Opportunity Legal Corps (EOLC) Fellowship, sponsored by a partnership between Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps.  We are currently seeking an attorney or law graduate to start in early September 2014.  The fellow will implement an innovative and holistic approach to correcting criminal record errors and removing legal barriers to employment, building on the robust reentry legal services pioneered by the Civil Action Practice. 

The Bronx Defenders is a multi-service public defense organization dedicated to addressing the underlying issues that lead to involvement with the criminal and family justice systems. Our collaborative model brings together interdisciplinary teams of criminal defense and civil lawyers, social workers, investigators, and family court advocates to address not just the immediate criminal or family court case, but also the host of issues that drive individuals into the system and serve as barriers to reentry.

Position Summary:

The fellow will work within the Civil Action Practice, which provides comprehensive legal services to our clients and their families by fully integrating civil representation with our criminal and family defense practices. Our goal is to minimize the severe and often unforeseen fallout from criminal and family proceedings and facilitate the reentry of our clients into the community. The fellow will correct RAP sheet errors and counsel clients about how to answer questions about their criminal history on job applications and at job interviews.  She/he will provide additional services to promote employment, including but not limited to: assisting with applications for criminal record sealing, applying for certificates of rehabilitation, appealing denials of employment licenses, filing complaints in state court and the city Human Rights Commission challenging individual employment denials, clearings clients’ names from the State Central Register of child  abuse and maltreatment, and advocating informally with employers to reverse decisions to deny jobs.  Finally, the fellow will provide “Know Your Rights” trainings to participants at Bronx social services organizations to educate the community and workforce developers about issues regarding criminal records and employment.

Based on Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps guidelines, the term of service will begin on September 2, 2014 for two years, pending renewal after the first year.

Qualifications:

Applicants must have graduated from an Equal Justice Works member law school. Applicants should be admitted to practice in New York or another jurisdiction or be recent law school graduates or out of state attorneys who have sat for the last New York Bar Examination. Applicants must be independent, creative, flexible, and highly motivated and must have a very strong attention to detail. Excellent organizational skills, computer literacy, writing ability, and communication skills are essential.  Ability to speak Spanish and experience with issues relating to Reentry and Criminal Justice are highly desirable.  Knowledge of low-income issues, employment law, experience with low-income or economically disadvantaged individuals and families is a plus. Should have a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and to our client base. 

The fellow will receive the AmeriCorps living allowance plus supplemental benefits to cover additional expenses.  Other benefits include:

Other benefits:

  • $5,550 AmeriCorps Legal Education Award upon successful completion of service
  • Student loan forbearance during services and interest accrual payment for eligible loans upon successful completion of service
  • Participation in Equal Justice Works training opportunities and conferences, as applicable
  • Excellent fringe benefits, including health insurance

Application Instructions:

To apply, submit a resume, cover letter, and references electronically via email to jobs@bronxdefenders.org by the end of business on August 4, 2014 and put “EOLC Fellow (CAP)” in the subject line. Resumes will only be accepted electronically. No faxes or phone calls please.

The Bronx Defenders is an equal opportunity employer: People of color; women; people with disabilities; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people; and people with personal experience with the criminal justice system are welcome and encouraged to apply.

**Because this is an AmeriCorps-funded program, this position requires completion of NSOPR, New York State and FBI criminal background checks, as well as compliance with all CNCS Federal Regulations throughout the fellowship program.  People with a conviction for homicide or who are currently on a sex offender registry are not eligible for AmeriCorps funding.  Please note that besides these two circumstances, a criminal justice history does not disqualify applicants.  The Bronx Defenders only considers past convictions to the extent that they would impede the performance of a function essential to the position in question. 

 

New York – New York

Community Service Society

Position Summary:

The Community Service Society (“CSS”) seeks applicants for an Americorps/Equal Justice Works Fellowship to remove and challenge barriers to employment faced by people with criminal records. Specifically, the Fellow will work closely with both CSS and the Osborne Association, serving clients in Osborne’s successful workforce readiness programs by obtaining and explaining their criminal records, helping them earn certificates to demonstrate rehabilitation, and representing them if denied a job or an occupational license. The Fellow will also train Osborne staff to read and understand criminal records, along with the employment rights of the people they serve. Finally, the position will require administrative and record-keeping tasks to fulfill reporting requirements.

The Fellow will receive extensive training from CSS Legal Department staff, which has focused on criminal records discrimination since 2006. Not only does the Department bring affirmative litigation against employers and government agencies that discriminate against people with criminal records in violation of Title VII and the State and City Human Rights Laws, it also helps individuals request, read, and repair their official criminal records through the work of our Next Door Project.

The Fellowship is for a two-year period commencing in September 2014, pending renewal after the first year.

Qualifications:

The Fellow must be admitted to practice law in New York State and have graduated from an Equal Justice Works member law school. (Note: all New York law schools meet this criterion.) Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as interpersonal, organizational, and negotiation skills and the ability to work independently within a team setting are required.

Knowledge of and experience with employment and criminal law, particularly as they affect low-income or economically disadvantaged individuals, is a plus.

Because this position is funded by Americorps, federal law requires compliance with Corporation for National and Community Service (“CNCS”) regulations and NSOPR, state, and federal background checks. Except in limited circumstances required by CNCS regulations, having a criminal conviction history will not disqualify applicants from consideration, and people with criminal records and experience with the criminal justice system are strongly encouraged to apply.

Compensation includes:

  • A competitive living allowance;
  • Reimbursement for housing, student loans, professional dues, and other allowable expenses during the Fellowship;
  • Health insurance, including medical, dental, vision, and prescription medication;
  • Retirement plan contributions per CSS policy;
  • $5,550 AmeriCorps Legal Education Award upon successful completion of service;
  • Student loan forbearance during service and interest accrual payment for eligible loans upon successful completion of service;
  • Opportunity to attend a national Equal Justice Works training program to develop leadership skills, learn effective practices to accomplish your projects, and meet other Fellows from across the country; and
  • Child care assistance if income eligible.

Applications:

Using the subject line “2014 EJW Fellowship,” please email a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample to Vivian Lagares, Management Coordinator at: vlagares@cssny.org no later than 5:00 p.m. August 11, 2014. Applications will be considered as received, so please apply early. Please note that we cannot accept submissions by any method other than email.

 

New York – Rochester, Ithaca and Jamestown

Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.®

Organization Description:

Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® is a regional law firm providing legal assistance to low income persons throughout a fourteen (14) county area of Western New York, from seven staffed offices. LawNY® receives funding from the Legal Services Corporation, New York State Office of Court Administration, Interest on Lawyer Account (IOLA) Fund of the State of New York, AmeriCorps, Equal Justice Works and numerous municipalities, foundations and donors. Our workforce includes approximately 120 attorneys, paralegals and support staff. 

Position Summary:

Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps have partnered together to provide the new Employment Opportunity Legal Corps (EOLC) Fellowship, an opportunity to remove barriers to employment for economically disadvantaged individuals across the nation. The EOLC Fellows at LawNY® will provide civil legal assistance to former criminal offenders and other disadvantaged persons in removing barriers to employment, such as applications for Certificates of Relief, correcting criminal record errors, assisting with driver’s license and occupational license issues and enforcing compliance with New York’s Civil Rights Law. Aside from direct legal services, a significant component of the project is outreach to the client population and educating/training for human services providers to assist in re-entry work. LawNY® seeks candidates to fill three positions.

One Fellowship is available in the Rochester office, one Fellowship is available in the Ithaca office, and one Fellowship is available in the Jamestown office. Each Fellowship will involve replicating successes in existing re-entry and employment legal practice areas, while expanding services across the entire 14 county service area.

Based on Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps guidelines, the term of service can begin in August of 2014 for one year (with a possible renewal).  Requirements include completion of National Sex Offender Public Registry check, state(s), and FBI Fingerprint criminal background checks as well as compliance with all CNCS Federal Regulations throughout the fellowship program.

Responsibilities and Duties:

The AmeriCorps EOLC Fellow will:

1)  Provide direct representation to persons seeking to remove or mitigate barriers to employment, such as license suspension/revocation, criminal record errors, and application for Certificates of Relief, among other civil legal issues.

2)    Work with community partner agencies to create protocols and facilitate referrals, as well as work with the local bar and law schools/colleges to recruit volunteers.

3)    Develop materials to publicize the project to a variety of audiences.  

4)    Deliver “Ask a Lawyer” presentations on employment and barrier-removal topics.

5)  Other administrative tasks related to AmeriCorps and Equal Justice Works program compliance.

Qualifications:

The Fellow will be required to have excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as interpersonal, organizational and negotiation skills and the ability to work as a team member. Knowledge of re-entry/employment law and/or experience with low-income populations preferred. Diverse economic, social and cultural experiences and a second language are an asset. The Fellow should be admitted to practice law in New York State, eligible for admission via practice order or have sat for the July 2014 bar and must have graduated from an Equal Justice Works member law school.

COMPENSATION is approximately $46,500 which includes:

  • AmeriCorps living allowance of $24,200
  • Supplemental benefits paid by LawNY® of up to $22,300 for housing, student loans, relocation, professional dues, life & disability insurance, and retirement plan expenses.

Other benefits:

  • $5,550 AmeriCorps Legal Education Award upon successful completion of service
  • AmeriCorps provided childcare assistance
  • Professional development and training assistance
  • Student loan forbearance and interest accrual payment for eligible loans upon successful completion of service
  • Participation in Equal Justice Works training opportunities and conferences, as applicable
  • Fringe benefits, including health insurance (medical, dental, vision, Rx), disability insurance, life insurance, and flex benefit plan

To apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter, and a list of three (3) references with mailing and/or email addresses and telephone numbers, law school transcript and legal writing sample to Todd Thomas, Esq., at tthomas@lawny.org by August 22, 2014

Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® is an equal opportunity employer.  Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

 

North Carolina - Raleigh/Durham

Legal Aid of North Carolina

Organization Description:

Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps have partnered to establish the Employment Opportunity Legal Corps (EOLC) to provide legal assistance to economically disadvantaged individuals facing barriers to employment. Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) has been selected as a host site for three (3) EOLC Fellows. Legal Aid of North Carolina is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove barriers to economic opportunity.

Position Summary:

LANC EOLC Fellows will provide statewide legal assistance to economically disadvantaged individuals isolated from gainful employment by their criminal records in order to restore employment opportunities and other resources essential to productive citizenship. EOLC Fellows will be housed in the Raleigh/Durham offices of LANC, but will provide reentry-focused legal services across North Carolina. LANC EOLC Fellowshipsare two-year fellowships (pending renewal after the first year) and will begin September 21, 2014.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Handle a reentry-focused caseload, including expunctions, certificates of relief, and occupational licensing appeals;
  • Conduct legal research and writing in support of field offices’ reentry work;
  • Develop informational and legal education materials;
  • Work closely with work force, education, public defender, probation, parole, and drug court authorities to develop successful reentry and recidivism projects;
  • Coordinate and conduct community education and outreach at community forums and continuing legal education seminars;
  • Assume general administrative responsibilities, including grant compliance, timekeeping and case management.

Qualifications:

  • Licensed to practice law in North Carolina, awaiting bar results or reciprocity as of August 2014, or, if an out-of-state applicant, willing to sit for the February 2015 North Carolina bar exam;
  • Familiarity with, and interest in, working in low-income and diverse communities;
  • Commitment to public interest work and strong desire to assist indigent clients;
  • Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills;
  • Prior experience or training in public interest law preferred;
  • Valid driver's license, liability insurance, and access to an automobile.

Compensation:

  • AmeriCorps living allowance of $24,200;
  • Housing reimbursement of up to $17,100;
  • Benefits, including:
  • Health insurance;
  • Life insurance;
  • Student loan repayment assistance;
  • Bar dues;
  • Professional development and training assistance;
  • Eligibility to place all qualified student loans into forbearance and receive an interest accrual payment at the end of service;
  • $5,550 education award upon successful completion of 1,700 hours service in a year;
  • Participation in Equal Justice Works training opportunities and conferences.

Application Process:

Please email a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and contact information for three references to:

Daniel Bowes
Legal Aid of North Carolina
danielb@legalaidnc.org

(919) 861-2061

All applications should be submitted by August 15, 2014.

 

North Carolina - Durham

Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) 

Organization Description:

SCSJ is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in August, 2007 whose mission is to promote justice by empowering people of color and economically disadvantaged communities to defend and advance their political, social and economic rights. SCSJ’s focus areas are community-driven, and currently include voting rights, criminal justice reform, environmental justice, and human rights.  For more information on our work and our unique community lawyering approach, visit our website at www.scsj.org.

Position Summary:

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) has an immediate opening for two licensed attorneys to work in our Clean Slate Program. These positions are available through generous funding from Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps for their Employment Legal Corps. The positions are for one year, with the option to renew for a second year. The positions will exclusively focus on improving the employment opportunities and outcomes of people with criminal records via tools such as Certificates of Relief, Expungements, Driver's License Restorations, and Professional License Restorations.

Qualifications:

  • Licensed to practice law in the State of North Carolina
  • Passion for helping people with criminal convictions overcome barriers to employment
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to work with minimal paralegal support (all attorneys share a single paralegal)
  • Commitment to social justice principles and to SCSJ’s community-lawyering model of practice

This job does not require previous legal experience, but candidates must already be licensed to practice law in the state of North Carolina in order to be considered.

Start Date:  September 2014. Location:  SCSJ’s office in Durham, North Carolina. An Employment Opportunity Legal Corps Staff Attorney Job description is available HERE

Compensation:

Equal Justice Works provides a $24,200 living allowance and supplemental benefits package for Employment Opportunity Legal Corps participants. The total compensation package is up to $48,000 based on eligible expenses as determined by Equal Justice Works, and includes the following:

  • $24,200 Living Allowance
  • Housing allowance
  • Eligibility to place all qualified student loans into forbearance and receive an interest accrual payment at the end of service
  • $5,500 education award on successful completion of service
  • Opportunity to attend a national training program to develop leadership skills, learn effective practices to accomplish your projects and meet colleagues from across the country
  • Child care assistance (if income eligible)
  • Medical and dental insurance
  • State and local bar dues
  • Mileage reimbursement and per diem when applicable
  • Retirement plan contribution
  • Training and continuing legal education in relevant areas

To apply:

Candidates should send a cover letter, resume and legal writing sample to Shannah@scsj.org. Applicants are encouraged to visit our website at www.scsj.org to learn more about the organization. Successful candidates will undergo state, federal, and NSLPR background checks prior to formal offer.

 

Pennsylvania – Norristown

Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania (LASP)

Organization Description:

LASP provides free, high quality legal services to help low income, vulnerable people facing civil legal problems that impact their health, welfare, income, family stability or personal safety.  LASP serves very vulnerable people living at or below 125% of the poverty level, those fleeing domestic abuse, and older adults with low/moderate incomes (usually below 200% of poverty guidelines).

Position Summary:

Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania (LASP) has been approved to receive an Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps Employment Opportunity Legal Corps (EOLC) Fellowship.  The attorney hired to fill this position at LASP will provide legal assistance to low-income individuals in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties experiencing legal barriers to employment. 

One fellowship is available and the term of the fellowship will be one year, beginning on or about September 8 with renewal for an additional year upon approval.  The fellow will work primarily out of the LASP Norristown office but the job will involve some travel to other offices and locations primarily within the four counties.   

The services of the AmeriCorps EOLC Fellow will consist of:

  • Providing direct representation to low-income individuals seeking to remove a legal barrier to employment, which may include expungement issues, drivers' license reinstatement, and occupational license issues.
  • Engaging in outreach to and collaborating with organizations serving unemployed and underemployed individuals, including employment training centers and other employment service organizations.
  • Assisting in developing and implementing systems to follow-up with clients to ascertain the impact of services on their ability to obtain employment.
  • Other duties pertaining to AmeriCorps and Equal Justice Works program compliance.

Qualifications:

The Applicant must be admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and have graduated from an Equal Justice Works member law school. Completions of NSOPR, state(s), and FBI Fingerprint, criminal background checks, as well as compliance with all CNCS Federal Regulations throughout the fellowship program, are required. The Applicant should be able to communicate well orally and in writing, adept at organization and negotiation, and able to work together with others in a team.  Knowledge of low-income issues, employment law, and experience with low-income individuals and families is preferred.

Compensation is in the range of the mid $40,000s, which includes: an AmeriCorps living allowance of $24,200 and other living expenses for housing, student loans, relocation, professional dues, life & disability insurance, and retirement plan expenses calculated on actual expenses incurred and documented by the fellow.

 Other benefits:

  • $5,550 AmeriCorps Legal Education Award upon successful completion of service
  • Professional development and training assistance
  • Student loan forbearance during services and interest accrual payment for eligible loans upon successful completion of service
  • Participation in Equal Justice Works training opportunities and conferences, as applicable
  • Fringe benefits, including health insurance (medical, dental, vision, Rx), disability insurance, and life insurance

Application Instructions:

Please e-mail resume, cover letter, and references to Liz Fritsch at efritsch@lasp.org by August 31, 2014.

 

Pennsylvania - Philadelphia

Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity

Position Description:

Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps have partnered together to provide the new Employment Opportunity Legal Corps (EOLC) Fellowship opportunity to remove legal barriers to employment for economically disadvantaged individuals across the nation. The EOLC Fellow will provide legal assistance to individuals with a legal barrier to employment such as an expungement-eligible criminal record, revocation/denial of an occupational license, or the loss of a driver’s license.

The Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (“PLSE”) is sponsoring one Fellow to work on expungement and employment-barrier issues in its Philadelphia office.  PLSE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit legal aid organization, that provides direct representation to low-income individuals seeking expungement of their criminal records in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.  PLSE’s mission is to work toward just outcomes for low-income individuals who interact with the Pennsylvania criminal justice system and to create a more equitable social environment, including access to employment and social services for those with criminal records. PLSE works with law students at several area law schools, andidentifies clients by conducting monthly community-based intake sessions in the communities most affected by criminal history record information. PLSE also brings strategic cases on behalf of job applicants whose rights under Pennsylvania’s Criminal History Record Information Act (“CHRIA”) may have been violated by potential employers.

PLSE’s impact derives from its innovative, interdisciplinary, and collaborative approach to addressing the needs of our clients while pressing for systemic change. 

Based on Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps guidelines, the term of service will begin on or about September 2014.  The Fellowship term is two years from the fellow’s start date, pending renewal after the first year.

Responsibilities and Duties:

The AmeriCorps EOLC Fellow will:

80% of the Fellow’s time will be devoted to direct legal representation. 20% of the Fellow’s time will be reserved for following up with clients, gathering employment data, and building partnerships with job-skill, and job-seeking organizations. The Fellow will receive substantive training, become an expert in the nexus of criminal and civil law, and will be responsible for the following tasks, including but not limited to:

  • Attend and oversee monthly expungement intakes and review law student-generated petitions for filing.
  • Represent economically disadvantaged individuals annually, filing expungement/redaction petitions on their behalf, representing them in expungement hearings in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, defending challenges to their petitions and researching, drafting and filing appeals as necessary.
  • Follow up with any individuals who have had their petitions granted, but are being denied expungement due to outstanding fines, costs, or bail.  Advocate on behalf of the individual client to make sure that all relevant agencies are complying with the Court's expungement order.
  • Conduct follow-up interviews with new and existing clients to collect data and measure effects of expungement on access to employment.
  • Establish relationships with non-profit organizations and community service providers that serve Latino populations and other marginalized groups that lack access to expungement services and provide know-your-criminal records-rights presentations to these communities.
  •  Establish relationships with job-skill and job-placement services and develop reference materials that can be distributed to clients after expungement services are provided.
  • Create  legal education materials for legal aid organizations doing expungements in Philadelphia County, and beyond.
  • Conduct community education presentations at non-profit organizations and social service providers.
  •  Maintain and develop PLSE’s social media outreach.
  • Other administrative tasks related to AmeriCorps and Equal Justice Works program compliance, and as assigned.

Qualifications:

The Fellow must be admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and have graduated from an Equal Justice Works member law school. The Fellow will need excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as interpersonal, organizational, and negotiation skills and the ability to work collaboratively and independently. Familiarity with social media platforms, data collection, and statistics a plus.

Knowledge of the collateral consequences of criminal records, criminal law, employment law, experience with low-income or economically disadvantaged individuals or families and knowledge of a second language is preferred. Position requires completion of NSOPR, state(s), and FBI Fingerprint, criminal background checks, as well as compliance with all CNCS Federal Regulations throughout the fellowship program.

Compensation:

TOTAL COMPENSATION is up to $48,400 annually, which includes:

AmeriCorps Fellowship Living Allowance:

  • Living allowance of $24,200                 
  •  Supplemental benefits for housing, student loans, professional dues, relocation expenses and other allowable expenses (a minimum of $12,000, with a maximum determined by a Fellow’s reimbursable costs)

Other Benefits and Professional Opportunities:

  • Eligibility to place all qualified student loans into forbearance and receive an interest accrual payment at the end of service
  • $5,550 education award on successful completion of service
  • Student loan forbearance during service and interest accrual payment for eligible loans upon successful completion of service
  • Opportunity to attend a national training program to develop leadership skills, learn effective practices to accomplish your projects and meet colleagues from across the country
  • Child care assistance (if income eligible)

In addition to the standard fellowship benefits, PLSE will also provide:

  • Medical, dental, and life insurance
  • Supreme Court and State/Local Bar dues
  • Retirement plan contribution per program policy
  • Training and continuing legal education in relevant poverty law areas, as needed

Application Instructions:

Please e-mail resume, cover letter, writing sample (no longer than ten pages), and a list of references to:

Michael Bernard Lee, Executive Director
Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
lee@paexpungementproject.org

For more information on PLSE:

www.plsephilly.org
www.twitter.com/plsephilly
www.paexpungementproject.org
www.twitter.com/crepinfo
www.facebook.com/plsephilly

 

Rhode Island – Providence

Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc.

Position Description:

The Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc.  Employment Opportunity Legal Corps seeks to hire three (3) Equal Justice Works Fellows.  This exciting new initiative will help secure jobs for disadvantaged individuals by removing legal barriers to employment.

The Employment Opportunity Legal Corps Fellows will:

  • Provide legal assistance to individuals by seeking the expungement of criminal records; 
  • Provide advice and legal assistance to individuals seeking to seal or correct errors in criminal records; 
  • Provide legal assistance to individuals by assisting in the reinstatement of driver’s licenses needed to secure or travel to a job;
  • Provide legal assistance to obtain an occupational license or prevent the loss of an occupational license; Provide legal assistance necessary to repair a poor credit report that is preventing employment; and
  • Provide legal assistance connecting clients with job skills and job seeking services after the barrier to employment has been removed.

Qualifications:

Admission to Rhode Island Bar or Bar of any other state required; a graduate of an Equal Justice Member Law School; candidates admitted to the Bar of another state must be willing to take the next Rhode Island Bar exam.  Applicants must pass criminal history background checks, which include the National Sex Offender Public Registry, the Rhode Island Bureau of Criminal Identification background check and the FBI fingerprint-based criminal history check.  Spanish speaking ability preferred.

Closing Date:

Open Until Filled                   

Compensation:

Equal Justice Works Fellows will receive a living allowance of $24,200 and a $5,550 education award upon successful completion of the term of service.  The Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc. as a host site, will provide health insurance, dental insurance, reimbursement of applicable living expenses, and certain student loan expenses. 

Send resume to:         

Nicola Carrara, Executive Assistant
Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc.
56 Pine Street Suite 400
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
ncarrara@rils.org

Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity, Handicapped Accessible Employer.  Women, minorities, the elderly, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

 

South Carolina (Multiple)

South Carolina Legal Services

Position Description:

Under policies and procedures established by South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) and Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps (EOLC), the attorney will provide legal assistance to individuals with a legal barrier to employment such as an expungement, pardon, revocation/denial of an occupational license, loss of driver's license, etc.

Terms of Service:

Based on EOLC guidelines, the term of service will begin no later than September 31st, 2014,  for two years, pending renewal after the first year.

AmeriCorps Fellowship Living Allowance:

  • Living allowance of $24,200 paid twice per month
  • Supplemental benefits for housing, student loans, professional dues and other allowable expenses on a reimbursement basis within defined limits
  • Also includes health, dental and life insurance, Bar Dues, retirement plan contribution
  • Training and CLE in relevant law areas, as needed

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides representation to low-income individuals and families in non-fee generating civil matters that will remove legal barriers to employment
  • Performs legal research and prepares memoranda, pleadings, discovery, motions, appeals, and interrogatories and keeps supervising attorney advised of case statuses
  •  Evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of cases and prepares cases for presentation before administrative tribunal or other appropriate legal forum
  • Negotiates case resolution with opposing parties, opposing attorneys and the guardians ad litem if applicable.
  • Appears in State and Federal courts for motions, trials, arguments, hearings, rules to show cause, pre-trial conferences, status conferences, roster/docket sounding and appeals
  • Fills in for other attorneys as needed
  • Attends SCLS Unit meetings, advocates meetings, and program wide trainings. 
  • Develops a relationship and collaborates with organizations, agencies, faith groups, etc. that serve the unemployment or underemployed.
  • Coordinates, conducts and participates in outreach events geared toward barriers to employment
  • Provides legal education to these groups as may be appropriate
  • Develops  legal brochures on legal issues that may impact the ability to gain or retain gainful employment
  • Makes referrals to SCLS intake office when applicant has other legal issues not associated with getting and retaining employment
  • Keeps abreast of current case decisions and legislation that may impact barriers to employment
  • Keeps abreast of other groups capable of providing supplemental employment or social services to applicants
  • Organizes and maintains files and records of a confidential, complex, or otherwise sensitive nature
  • Keeps informed of new rules, regulations, and legislation involving SCLS and EOLC
  • Maintains accurate follow-up system to review cases when appropriate
  •  Performs all other duties as may be requested by the supervising and managing attorney.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of state and federal rules, regulations, and practices
  • Knowledge of the principles of civil practice, time management, and supervisory techniques
  • Knowledge of the Rules of Civil Procedures, Rules of Evidence, Rules of the Family Court, Rules of Appellate Procedure
  • Skill in litigation and trial advocacy
  • Skill in conducting legal research
  • Skill in legal writing including legal briefs and memos
  • Skill in analytical problem solving
  • Skill in decision making in adversarial circumstances
  • Skill in document composition
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing 
  • Ability to maintain files, records and reports
  • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks efficiently
  • Knowledge of basic office practices, legal forms and format, the maintenance of complex records and the use of guides and reference materials
  • Knowledge of good human relations practices
  • Knowledge of the purposes, objectives and organization of SCLS
  • Knowledge of basic public relations techniques
  • Ability to plan and organize workflow
  • Ability to handle numerous tasks concurrently
  • Displays high standard of ethical conduct
  • Works and communicates with clients to meet their needs in a polite, courteous, and cooperative manner
  • Committed to quality service
  • Displays a high level of initiative, effort and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently
  • Responds appropriately to supervision
  • Makes an effort to follow policy and cooperate with supervisors
  • Aligns behavior with the needs, priorities and goals of the organization.
  • Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust and group identity.  Fosters commitment and team spirit.
  • Expresses information to individuals effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information.  Listens to others and responds appropriately.
  • Experience with low-income or economically disadvantaged individual and families is a plus

Licensing and Certification:

Requires a J. D. from an accredited Equal Justice Works Law School, completion of Bridge the Gap and Rule 608, and the attainment and renewal of valid membership in the SC Bar.

Other Qualifications:

Completion of NSOPR, state and FBI fingerprint, criminal background checks and other CNCS federal regulations throughout the fellowship program. Additionally, all SCLS employment requirements must be satisfied.

Application Instructions:

Please fax resume, cover letter, and three references to 803-799-9420 to the attention of EOLC attorney position.

South Carolina Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

Washington - Seattle

Northwest Justice Project

Position Summary:

The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is hosting an Employment Opportunity Legal Corps (EOLC) Fellow sponsored by Equal Justice Works and the Corporation for National and Community Service/AmeriCorps.  The EOLC Fellow will focus on removing legal barriers to employment facing economically disadvantaged individuals, including but not limited to, legal assistance with vacating/sealing eligible criminal records, revocation/denial of occupational licenses, and driver’s license suspensions. 

The ELOC Fellowship will target low-income and economically disadvantaged communities in Southwest Washington, including Grays Harbor, Pacific, and Lewis Counties. The AmeriCorps Fellow will be a full-time attorney based in NJP’s Aberdeen, Washington office.  The attorney selected for the Fellowship will work closely with NJP’s Coordinated Legal Education, Advice and Referral system (CLEAR), NJP field offices serving the region, and will also work in collaboration with local social service providers and Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council to identify and target barriers to employment in the service area.

Responsibilities and Duties:

The EOLC Fellow will:

  • Provide direct representation to economically disadvantaged individuals seeking to remove a legal barrier to employment with issues including vacating and sealing eligible criminal records, drivers’ license reinstatement, occupational license issues, and other legal issues creating barriers and preventing employment.
  • Engage with regional workforce development council and local community partners serving the unemployed and underemployed to identify and target legal barriers to employment, including onsite training of staff for appropriate assessment and referrals.  
  • Review cases and assess for level of legal assistance needed and suitability for referral to NJP field office staff or pro bono attorneys.
  • As appropriate, collaborate with local bar associations in promoting pro bono attorney recruitment, training, mentoring, case referral and placement, and data collection efforts.
  • Collaborate with NJP regional staff to recruit law student volunteer interns to work on barriers to employment issues.
  • Collect, organize, and submit information necessary to meet Equal Justice Works- AmeriCorps Fellowship and other grant reporting requirements.

Qualifications:

The EOLCFellow will have experience working with legal problems facing low-income individuals, including public benefits law, landlord-tenant issues, family law, or barriers to housing and employment and professional and drivers’ license issues.  Knowledge and experience working with at-risk, low-income and economically disadvantaged individuals and families is a plus. The attorney must be able to work independently, have excellent oral and written communication skills, and be able to work collaboratively with a diverse array of attorneys and public and private entities.  Priority will be given to applicants who graduated from an Equal Justice Works member law school, and are admitted to the Washington State Bar or who sat for the bar exam in July 2014.

The Northwest Justice Project is funded by the Legal Services Corporation and the State of Washington and subject to federal regulations, and numerous funding restrictions and reporting requirements. The attorney hired must be willing to work within the context of these requirements.  Based on Equal Justice Works-AmeriCorps guidelines, the term of service will begin on September 2, 2014 for two years, subject to renewal after the first year. Position requires completion of NSOPR, Washington, and FBI Fingerprint, criminal background checks, as well as compliance with all CNCS Federal Regulations throughout the fellowship program.

Compensation:

Compensation is projected to be $46,114, which includes:

  • $24,200 AmeriCorps Living allowance 
  • $21,914 Supplemental benefits for certain expenses (housing, loan repayments, etc.).

Other Benefits and Professional Opportunities:

  • A $5,550 legal education award, upon successful completion of program, to apply toward payment of federally backed educational loans and other expenses (if eligible under AmeriCorps service limitations).
  • Health and dental insurance coverage
  • Bar dues
  • Eligibility to place all qualified student loans into forbearance and receive an interest accrual payment at the end of service;
  • Opportunity to attend a national training program to develop leadership skills, learn effective practices to accomplish your projects and meet colleagues from across the country, and
  • Child care assistance (if income eligible).

Interested candidates should e-mail a letter and resume no later than August 22, 2014 to:

Karen Holland at karenh@nwjustice.org with the subject line: ELOC Fellowship - [Last name].   Letter of Interest should clearly refer to Equal Justice Works ELOC Fellow position. The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow will begin the term of service in early September 2014.  Ability to speak languages other than English should be noted on the resume.