Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow

Application Period: From Thu, August 23, 2018 to Mon, October 01, 2018

Position Description: Rhode Island Legal Services, Inc. (RILS) and Operation Stand Down Rhode Island (OSDRI) are hosting two one-year Fellowships to provide essential legal services to our nation’s veterans, active military service members, and their families. The selected candidates will be a part of a corps of legal Fellows serving in the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps Program and will encounter hands-on experience providing direct legal representation to the veteran community. The Fellow’s role combines elements of direct legal representation and community outreach and advocacy. The attorneys selected for this Fellowship will be housed at RILS and OSDRI’s local offices. Per Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps guidelines, the selected Fellow’s term of service must begin prior to October 1, 2018 and last for one year.
Fellowship Description
The Equal Justice Works Veterans Legal Corps (VLC) Fellow will:
1. Provide high quality direct legal representation to financially eligible veterans and their families. This will likely involve conducting intake, assembling evidence, conducting interviews, and researching relevant law.
2. Provide veterans with legal assistance in the following critical areas: divorce, custody, child support and visitation matters; protective orders; bankruptcy and reduction of consumer debt; securing eligible VA and disability benefits; criminal record expungement and sealing; and, housing matters, including evictions from private, subsidized and public housing.
3. Participate in a national corps of attorneys committed to providing legal representation to the veteran community.
4. Have access to a substantive and skills-based training curriculum and ongoing support, including participation in Equal Justice Works’ annual Leadership Development Training in Washington, D.C.
5. Position is a one-year Fellowship.

Requirements for Hiring: The ideal Fellow will possess a demonstrated commitment to public interest work and a strong desire to assist indigent clients. Further, the ideal candidate will have the following:
• Excellent writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills;
• Strong oral and negotiation skills, and the ability to work as a team member;
• Prior experience in managing independent projects or assignments;
• Diverse economic, social and cultural experiences and a second language are preferred;
• Law school clinic, externship, summer, or other relevant practice experience;
• Rhode Island state bar membership or eligibility to practice in RI under limited permission rule preferred (the latter is available as a result of bar membership in another state);
• Knowledge of veterans’ benefits law and/or experience with veterans and military families.

Required Qualifications
• Ability to undergo and pass AmeriCorps-mandated criminal background checks (only convictions for murder and/or presence on sex offender registry are automatic bars to service; other criminal convictions are allowable pursuant to Equal Justice Works review and approval);
• Ability to begin the fellowship no later than October 1, 2018 and attend Equal Justice Works’ annual Leadership Development Training in Washington, D.C. from November 6 – 8, 2018.

Starting Salary: $0.00

Positions Available: 1


Rhode Island Legal Services
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