Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Program

AGENCY DESCRIPTION: Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® (LawNY®) is a regional law firm providing legal assistance to low-income persons throughout a fourteen-county area of Western New York from seven staffed offices. LawNY® receives funding from the Legal Services Corporation, New York State Office of Court Administration, Interest on Lawyer Account (IOLA) Fund of the State of New York, AmeriCorps, Equal Justice Works and numerous municipalities, foundations, and donors. Our workforce includes approximately 140 attorneys, paralegals, and support staff.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The AmeriCorps JD Program engages law students around the country who are working to expand the delivery of legal services to those who need it most.

AmeriCorps JD: Employment Opportunity Legal Corps

AmeriCorps JD Employment Opportunity Students will spend a majority of their time working to remove barriers to employment for economically-disadvantaged individuals. Students will provide assistance to attorneys working with former criminal offenders and other disadvantaged persons in removing barriers to employment. Projects and activities may include: completing and filing applications for Certificates of Relief from Disabilities and Certificates of Good Conduct, correcting criminal record errors, assisting with driver’s license and occupational license issues, and enforcing compliance with New York’s Human Rights Law which prohibits employment discrimination based upon criminal records. Students may also work on other civil legal assistance matters including housing, disability, unemployment insurance, or foreclosure issues per the student’s interests and LawNY’s needs.

AmeriCorps JD: Veterans Legal Corps

AmeriCorps JD Veterans Students will spend a majority of their time assisting with LawNY’s representation of veterans and military families. Projects and activities may include: assisting veterans and military families in eviction and landlord-tenant matters, preventing foreclosure, obtaining health and disability benefits, and providing assistance with child support and other family law matters, consumer and medical debt issues, and matters related to removing barriers to employment. Students may also work on other civil legal assistance matters unrelated to veterans or military families including housing, disability, unemployment insurance, or foreclosure issues per the student’s interests and LawNY’s needs.

COMPENSATION: AmeriCorps JD is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides law students with the opportunity to earn an AmeriCorps education award voucher of $1,212 that can be used to pay educational expenses or student loans. Students may seek up to $4,300 in additional compensation for their service, for a total of up to $5,512 in compensation. The $4300 in additional compensation may be funded by a Federal Work Study Award, the student’s law school, local bar foundation, and/or other public interest fellowship award. In addition, students are welcome to hold outside employment to supplement their income. Service hours may also be used to satisfy the requirement that applicants complete 50 hours of pro bono services in order to be admitted to the New York State bar. Students may not, however, earn class credit for their service hours.

Students must complete 300 hours of service by August 31, 2016. Students may choose to work 30 hours per week for 10 weeks over the summer or may spread their hours over their winter session, spring semester, and/or summer 2015 as they prefer. Requirements to serve include completion of National Sex Offender Public Registry check, state criminal background check(s), FBI Fingerprint criminal background check, and submission of proof of U.S. citizenship.

LOCATIONS: Students may apply to work in any of LawNY’s seven offices: Bath, Elmira, Geneva, Ithaca, Jamestown, Olean, or Rochester.

TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to kmcgovern@lawny.org by January 31, 2020. In your cover letter, please indicate whether you wish to work on Veterans Legal Corps or Employment Opportunity Legal Corps issues. Please also indicate the office location you would like to work. More information is available at http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/americorpsjd.

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Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.