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Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (Housing, Public Benefits, Children's Rights) Three (3) positions

Position Announcement:

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
1010 Common St., Suite 1400A
New Orleans, LA 70112
 

Three (3) Fellowship positions available for housing, public benefits and children's rights projects in New Orleans office.

Agency Description:

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) is a nonprofit civil legal aid program that represents low-income people in Southeast Louisiana in housing, consumer, family, public benefits, employment, health care, probate and education matters. Our mission is to achieve justice for our clients through legal aid, advocacy and education.

Position Summaries:

Housing Advocacy

This Fellow will serve with our Housing Unit. Since Hurricane Katrina, housing continues to be a major need in Greater New Orleans. The Fellow will work on a security deposit clinic, start a new arrest expungement project to remove barriers to housing and employment, and represent tenants in a broad range of housing and landlord-tenant issues. The Fellow will recruit volunteers to help with this work.

Public Benefits Advocacy

This Fellow will continue to develop a Medical Legal Partnership with local hospitals to facilitate access to legal aid for vulnerable families whose health conditions and treatment needs are threatened by legal problems. The Fellow will also work on appeals of Katrina disaster grant denials or recoupments, and handle a broad range of public assistance and employment issues. The Fellow will recruit volunteers to help with this work.

Children's Rights Project

This Fellow will represent foster children in child in need of care proceedings in juvenile courts. Besides court work, the Fellow will administratively represent disabled children on special education rights and ensure that the child has an appropriate education. The Fellow will recruit volunteers to help with this project's work.

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Handle case load
  • Advise clients on their legal rights
  • Develop informational materials and conduct outreach and community legal education
  • Collaborate with other advocates and organizations
  • Recruit pro bono attorneys, recruit, train and manage other volunteers
     

Qualifications:

  • License to practice law in Louisiana preferred. At a minimum, you must take the July 2010 Louisiana bar exam.
  • Louisiana bar admission required for Children's Rights Project
  • Commitment to indigent legal services and experience working with low income people
  • Strong communication, collaboration and organization skills
     

Compensation and benefits:
Compensation: Compensation for this position starts at $37,000 which includes:
-$23,600 AmeriCorps living allowance
-$13,400 supplemental benefits for certain expenses (housing, loans repayment assistance, etc.)

In addition, the Fellow will be provided:
Health, disability, life insurance, bar dues, CLE reimbursement
$5,350 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award upon successful completion of service.
Student loan forbearance and interest accrual payment upon successful completion of service.

To apply: Please send cover letter, resume including 3 references by June 22, 2010 to:

Mark Moreau
Co-Director
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
1010 Common St., Suite 1400A
New Orleans, LA 70112
mmoreau@slls.org
Fax: (504) 529-1009

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