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Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps Fellow

 

Organization:   The Veterans Consortium

Fellowship:      Equal Justice Works Veterans Legal Corps

Located in:      Washington, DC

 

About The Veterans ConsortiumAt The Veterans Consortium, we believe our Veterans—our nation’s defenders—deserve the care, benefits, and compensation they were promised and the best legal services, free of charge, to meet their challenges. TVC is a leading national, independent, nonprofit organization that has provided pro bono legal representation in federal venues and complementary professional services to veterans and their loved ones since 1992. For 26 years our pro bono attorneys and staff have handled more than 47,000 legal inquiries, taken on nearly 6,000 federal cases for deserving clients, and trained more than 4,000 pro bono attorneys and associated professionals for our TVC National Volunteer Corps.


Fellowship Summary
The Veterans Consortium is hosting two one-year Fellowships to provide essential legal services to our nation’s veterans and their families, caregivers, and survivors, as well as service men and women seeking veteran status. The selected candidate will be a part of a corps of legal Fellows serving in the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps Program and will gain hands-on experience providing direct representation and legal services to veterans and their loved ones. The Fellow’s role combines elements of direct legal representation, community outreach and volunteer recruitment/training, and capacity-building initiatives, and participation in a Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP). The attorneys selected for this Fellowship will be housed at TVC’s offices at 2101 L Street, NW, Washington, DC. Per Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps guidelines, the selected Fellows’ terms of service must begin prior to 1 October 2018 and last for one year.

These Fellows will advance the cause of justice for veterans and their families, caregivers, and survivors. Duties include responsibility for all aspects of case management, including reviewing requests for legal assistance, determining whether eligibility criteria are met, preparing appropriate documents for placement with volunteer attorneys or rejection, and monitoring of cases to completion with military discharge review boards, federal courts, and other federal venues. Both Fellows will assist with recurring pro bono legal clinics and have the opportunity to fully participate in MLPs. Our ideal candidates have a passion to serve veterans, can operate with considerable autonomy, wants to help our organization grow and thrive, and is production-oriented. Join our team!

 

Fellowship Description
The Equal Justice Works Veterans Legal Corps (VLC) Fellow will:

  1. Provide high quality direct legal representation to eligible veterans and their families. This will likely involve conducting intake, assembling evidence, conducting interviews, and researching relevant law.
  2. Screen veteran service seekers for legal issues arising from physical or mental (e.g., Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury/TBI, and Military Sexual Trauma/MST) injuries with a military service connection and provide legal advice when appropriate.
  3. Write screening memoranda and appropriate documents recommending placement with volunteer attorneys or rejection of cases, based on thorough review of the entire case.
  4. Increase collaboration with local organizations and assist with legal advice and referral clinics and MLPs.
  5. Provide referrals to wraparound medical and legal services (e.g., family law, housing matters, State & Local employment law, consumer issues).
  6. Participate in a national corps of attorneys committed to providing legal representation to the veteran community.
  7. Have access to a substantive and skills-based training curriculum and ongoing support, including participation in Equal Justice Works’ annual Leadership Development Training in Washington, D.C.
  8. Serve in this fellowship for one-year.

 

Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal Fellow will possess a demonstrated commitment to public interest work and a strong desire to assist indigent clients. Further, the ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Excellent writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills;
  • Strong oral and negotiation skills;
  • The ability to work collaboratively as a team member;
  • Prior experience in managing independent projects or assignments;
  • Knowledge of veterans’ benefits law and/or experience with veterans and military families;
  • Military service or related-military background, including status as a military dependent are welcome;
  • Diverse economic, social and cultural experiences and a second language are preferred;
  • Law school clinic, externship, summer, or other relevant practice experience;
  • Bar membership in any state or eligibility to practice under limited permission rule preferred, the latter available as a result of bar membership in another state);
  • Computer literacy, including proficiency using production software programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and trainable in the use of case management tools (especially Access/SQL based) and a secure file transfer tool (such as Citrix ShareFile or a similar product).
  • Demonstrated drive, initiative and determination.

Required Qualifications

  • Ability to undergo and pass various AmeriCorps-mandated criminal background checks (only convictions for murder and/or presence on sex offender registry are automatic bars to service; other criminal convictions are allowable pursuant to Equal Justice Works review and approval);
  • Ability to begin the fellowship no later than 1 October 2018 and attend the Equal Justice Works annual Leadership Development Training in Washington, DC from 6-8 November 2018.

Compensation Package
The Fellow will receive an annual living allowance, as well as financial support for housing, student loan repayment, and other permissible reimbursable living expenses. Additionally, Fellows receive an education award, health insurance, and other benefits. Interested applicants should contact The Veterans Consortium with any follow up questions.

Other Benefits Provided By or Offered By The Veterans Consortium

  • Health, vision, and dental insurance provided
  • Position-related travel reimbursement and Bar dues provided
  • Paid leave (vacation, holiday, and sick) provided
  • Commuter benefits and Health Care Flexible Spending Account offered
  • Life insurance, and both short-term and long-term disability insurance provided
  • Retirement 403(b) plan participation offered with Employer matching contribution
  • Opportunities to participate in national substantive training on veterans law issues, and in a variety of local and regional skills-based and substantive trainings

Other Benefits and Professional Opportunities Offered By AmeriCorps

  • Student loan forbearance and interest accrual payment upon successful completion of service.
  • AmeriCorps Segal Education Award upon completion of service requirement
  • Opportunity to attend national trainings focused on leadership, networking, and project development sponsored by Equal Justice.

Application Instructions and Deadline
Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and resume no later than 10 September 2018 to Hiring Manager at mail@vetsprobono.org with the subject line: VLC Fellowship – [Your Last Name]. The letter of interest should clearly refer to the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps Fellowship position. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to meet AmeriCorps timelines.


The Veterans Consortium 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.