Equal Justice Works, the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law, is currently recruiting legal services organizations in New York to serve as host sites for its New York State Family Security Project (NYSFSP).
Supported by the New York State Commission on National and Community Service (CNCS) and two foundation allies, Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Ford Foundation, the NYSFSP will focus on fostering family security and community education through the delivery of high-quality legal services to underserved and/or low-income immigrant families.
Program participants include 20 full-time Equal Justice Works Fellows and 106 part-time law students. During a one-year term, program participants will serve at select nonprofit legal organizations and serve immigrant families to address barriers in protecting or obtaining lawful citizenship status, lack of planning for possible separation, and other issues related to family unity and stability.
The nonprofit organizations that host Equal Justice Works Fellows and law students must meet several requirements that include providing professional guidance and support, health insurance, and other benefits to all program participants. Host sites are also responsible for Equal Justice Works Legal Fellows and law students complying with all CNCS AmeriCorps Program guidelines, as well as Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps program policies and guidelines.
The NYSFSP presents host sites with a valuable opportunity to build capacity at their organizations, raise awareness of key issues, and expand legal services offered to immigrants and their families.
Below is the current list of host sites, including links to position announcements for Equal Justice Works law student opportunities. These organizations are looking for highly-qualified candidates who are passionate about service and family security to participate in the program.
- Capital District Women’s Bar Association The Legal Project. Inc. – Albany, NY
- Center for Safety and Change – New City, NY
- Cornell University – Ithaca, NY
- CUNY School of Law Foundation, Inc. – Long Island City, NY
- Erie County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc. – Buffalo, NY
- Journey’s End Refugee Services – Buffalo, NY
- Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc. – Buffalo, NY
- The Legal Aid Society of Rochester, NY – Rochester, NY
- Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. – Geneva & Jamestown, NY
- The Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County – Syracuse, NY
- Syracuse University – Syracuse, NY
- Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County, Inc. – Rochester, NY
If your organization is located in New York and is interested in hosting a Equal Justice Works Fellow and a law student, please contact Qudsiya Naqui, Senior Manager, Public Programs at [email protected].