Organization. Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
Position. AmeriCorps Legal Fellow- Veteran Legal Corps Fellowship Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. is hosting a one-year fellowship sponsored by Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps to focus on assisting at-risk and homeless veterans to remove barriers to housing, employment and self-sufficiency. The attorney selected for the Fellowship will be housed at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.’s main office near downtown Miami and will coordinate extensively with organizations and agencies that serve veterans in the community.
The position is pending funding which will be finalized the week of August 21, 2016.
Fellowship Description. The Equal Justice Works Veteran Legal Corps Fellow will:
Provide direct representation to veterans who are homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless, and income eligible military families on issues including landlord tenant, problems with disability and other income related benefits, child support, healthcare, consumer and other related issues. Typically this involves conducting intake, assembling evidence, conducting interviews, researching the relevant law and representing the client before administrative, judicial and appellate courts.
Provide know your rights sessions targeted to veterans and social service providers who serve them at community-based settings.
Recruit and train pro bono attorneys and volunteers, through new and existing programs affiliated with Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
Collect and report data on the services provided and the outcomes achieved for clients
Position is a one-year Fellowship, with a possible one year extension contingent upon continued AmeriCorps funding.
Qualifications. The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
The ability to undergo and pass AmeriCorps-mandated criminal background check.
A strong demonstrated commitment to practicing public interest law and serving U.S. military veterans.
A recent member of the Florida Bar or have taken the July 2016 Florida Bar and immediately qualified for admission upon release of Bar results.
Excellent research, writing, public speaking, organizational and collaboration skills.
Prior successful experience managing independent projects or assignments.
Law school clinic, externship, summer or other relevant practice experience.
Bilingual in Spanish or Haitian Creole preferred but not required.
A valid driver license.
The ability to begin the fellowship no later than September 30, 2016.
Military veterans and those with experience regarding veteran advocacy are strongly
encouraged to apply.
Compensation. The Fellow will receive a $25,060 annual living stipend from Equal Justice Works . The Fellow will also receive supplemental benefits in the amount of $21,000 to cover health insurance, taxes, and other permissible reimbursable living expenses. Additionally, Fellows receive an education award, parking, position related travel reimbursement, and the opportunity to attend national trainings focused on leadership, networking and project development. Childcare assistance is available if the Fellow is income eligible.
Application Instructions. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume by September 6, 2016 to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: AmeriCorps Veteran Legal Corps Fellowship – [Your Last Name]. The letter of interest should clearly refer to the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veteran Legal Corps Fellowship position. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible as they will be reviewed as they are submitted. The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow is scheduled to begin the term of service no later than September 30th, 2016.
The Host Organization. Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. is the only provider of the full range of free civil legal services in Miami-Dade County and Monroe County (Florida Keys). Legal Services’ team of legal professionals is committed to achieving Equal Justice and eradicating the barriers to economic and social stability created by poverty and injustice. Founded in 1966, Legal Services provides the full range of civil legal services with a focus on housing, consumer, community development, income, health, tax and education issues. Special projects provide services to meet the unique legal needs of special populations including veterans, older adults, disabled individuals, people who are homeless, formerly incarcerated individuals, persons with AIDS, transgender individuals and taxpayers. For more information, please visit our website at www.legalservicesmiami.org.
Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. is an Equal 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.