Foreclosure and Veteran Practice Areas Fellowships -- August 2009
Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit organization using innovative technology to improve access to justice, seeks two highly qualified Fellows to coordinate two new ventures to support legal aid and pro bono advocates responding to two emerging areas of need: a New York City-wide collaboration around the foreclosure crisis and a national collaboration to assist veterans with disability claims. The Fellows will provide strategic, editorial and communications advice and will leverage Pro Bono Net’s technology platform to inform attorneys of emerging legal strategies and trends. Fellows will work with senior Pro Bono Net staff and key project stakeholders -- including Legal Services NYC, The Legal Aid Society, the Center for New York City Neighborhoods and the City Bar Justice Center -- and national law firms partnering on the veterans’ project, to become a central strategist for sharing training resources, court resources, and advocacy ideas for combating these legal crises. Additionally, the Fellow will develop resource materials for web sites; facilitate regular meetings among partners; problem-solve project issues; coordinate in-person trainings and virtual webinars on key pro bono topics; conduct outreach to law firms and law schools and promote the project to appropriate audiences. Fellows are encouraged to pursue pro bono work in project areas for up to 25% of their workload.
About Pro Bono Net
Pro Bono Net is a nonprofit organization that works in close partnership with legal organizations and law firms across the country to increase access to justice for poor and moderate-income people. It seeks to do so through (i) supporting the innovative and effective use of technology by the nonprofit legal sector, (ii) increasing participation by volunteer lawyers and (iii) facilitating collaborations among nonprofit legal organizations and advocates working on similar issues.
Thirty states and all of the AM LAW 100 use Pro Bono Net’s tools to serve low-income persons facing legal problems. These website projects bring together representatives from legal services programs, law firms, pro bono projects, courts, law schools, libraries and social service organizations across the state to collaborate and coordinate their development. To view existing web sites, visit www.probono.net and www.lawhelp.org.
These are full-time volunteer positions; stipend provided by law firm.
Fellowship candidates should send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “Foreclosure Fellowship” or “Veterans Fellowship.” Candidates with experience organizing or working with collaborations and those who have used the web based tools for knowledge management, communication, outreach or PR are particularly invited to apply. Questions may be directed to Liz Keith, LawHelp Program Manager, at email@example.com.