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EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS LOUISIANA CIVIL JUSTICE CENTER

 

LOUISIANA RURAL JUSTICE FELLOWSHIP

 

Date Posted: 08/14/2017

Deadline to Apply: 09/01/2017

Fellowship Start Date: 09/01/2018

Practice Area: General Civil Law

 

New Orleans, LA

Practice Area: General Civil Law

 

About Louisiana Civil Justice Center

Louisiana Civil Justice Center was founded in 2005 in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization to provide disaster legal assistance and connect displaced residents with critical legal services. Over the years, LCJC’s role in the justice community has expanded to help meet the growing legal needs of Louisiana’s poverty population. Today, LCJC’s mission is to facilitate the provision legal services to low income, elderly and disaster-affected residents across Louisiana. Through a toll-free statewide hotline staffed by Intake Specialists and Staff Attorneys, LCJC is the first line of communication for thousands of vulnerable residents facing critical legal challenges. In addition, LCJC partners with a variety of service organizations to provide free, in-person legal clinics on topics of importance to local communities. Through the hotline and public programming, LCJC effectively assists more than 10,000 individuals a year on issues of critical importance, such as custody of a child, maintenance of public benefits, housing and consumer rights.

 

Opportunity

Louisiana Civil Justice Center is seeking an individual with a J.D. degree for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship beginning September 1st, 2018. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in improving access to justice for many of Louisiana’s most vulnerable people by bringing legal resources to rural parishes in Louisiana. LCJC looks to helps residents of parishes that experience extreme income inequality to overcome civil legal barriers by providing critical legal information, assistance, and resources free of charge. Specifically, the Rural Justice Project will focus on providing civil legal services to Veterans, Seniors, Indigenous Communities and other vulnerable populations. In addition, this project will focus on using technology to provide legal aid through the development of “virtual” help desks in rural areas.

 

Responsibilities

  • Provide legal representation for target population under this program
  • Conduct legal clinics in for vulnerable population across the state of Louisiana
  • Meet with representatives of local businesses, community organizations and legal services organizations to discuss the main legal challenges facing each parish.
  • Travel to rural parishes and help create legal resources and technology-based “kiosks”.
  • Develop new partnerships with Louisiana community-based organizations to identify opportunities for collaboration.
  • Supervise volunteer law students
  • Engage in public speaking including at law schools, conferences, and volunteer training events.
  • Develop legal resources tailored to specific populations.

 

Qualification

  • License to practice law in Louisiana or the willingness to take the bar asap.
  • Familiarity with poverty law with commitment to those people affected by such in the state of Louisiana
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Superior analytic skills and legal research and writing skills are essential.
  • Must be highly organized and motivated, be able to multi-task, manage a high-volume workload, a strong team-player, and have excellent time management skills.
  • A valid driver’s license as this position requires driving to various locations around the state of Louisiana.

 

TO APPLY Send cover letter and resume by September 1st, 2017. Please type “Rural Justice Fellowship” in the email subject line to amelia.hoppe@laciviljustice.org.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE. LCJC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF DISABILITY.

For more information on Equal Justice Works Fellowships please follow this link: http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/post-grad/equal-justice-works-fellowships/apply/faq