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Fellowship: Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Fellowship based in Washington, DC
The National Veterans Legal Services Program (“NVLSP”) is hosting a one-year fellowship sponsored by Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps to focus on assisting veterans obtain disability benefits related to their military service. The attorney selected for the Fellowship will be housed at NVLSP’s local office and will work with NVLSP’s existing programs that provide direct and pro bono representation to disabled veterans in need.
Fellowship Description: The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Fellow will:
- Provide support to existing pro bono projects by reviewing service personnel and medical records to identify meritorious cases, drafting screening documents, interacting with potential clients, and providing strategic legal guidance to pro bono attorneys.
- Provide support to NVLSP’s direct representation program for appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims by performing legal research, interacting with clients and potential clients, and drafting pleadings.
- Assist in the development of new pro bono projects to assist veterans in obtaining disability benefits from the VA and the military service branches.
- Develop self-help materials for veterans who cannot be assisted by NVLSP.
- Develop materials to publicize the project to a variety of audiences.
- Position is a one-year Fellowship, with a possible one year extension contingent upon continued AmeriCorps funding.
The ideal candidate will have the following:
- The ability to undergo and pass AmeriCorps-mandated criminal background checks (only conviction for murder and/or presence on sex offender registry are automatic bars to service; other criminal convictions are allowable at the host site’s discretion)
- A demonstrated commitment to public interest work and strong desire to assist indigent clients
- Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
- The ability to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts
- Prior experience in managing independent projects or assignments
- Law school clinic, externship, summer or other relevant practice experience
- The ability to begin the fellowship no later than November 15, 2016
- Any state bar membership
- Veterans and/or those with experience regarding veterans’ issues strongly encouraged to apply
Compensation: up to $44,500.00which includes:
- $25,060 AmeriCorps living allowance
- Up to $17,940 in supplemental benefits for housing, loans, etc. (subject to allowable expenses)
Other Benefits Provided by NVLSP:
- Health and dental insurance provided
- Healthcare flexible spending account
- Life insurance provided
- Opportunities to participate in national substantive training on Veterans’ legal issues
Other Benefits and Professional Opportunities offered by AmeriCorps:
- $5,775 AmeriCorps Legal Education Award upon successful completion of service
- Student loan forbearance and interest accrual payment upon successful completion of service
- Opportunity to attend national trainings focused on leadership, networking, and project development sponsored by Equal Justice Works
- Childcare assistance (if income eligible)
Interested candidates should email a letter of interest and resume to Thomas Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: AmeriCorps Fellowship – [Your Last Name].
The letter of interest should clearly refer to the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellowship position. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow is scheduled to begin the term of service no later than November 15th, 2016.
NVLSP is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.
Application Deadline: Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.