Agency Description:  The mission of the Legal Aid Society is to pursue justice for people in poverty. We provide free legal services to the most disadvantaged in our community. We fight on clients’ behalf when their health, safety, and stability are unjustly threatened. Last year, Legal Aid helped more than 5,000 people who had nowhere else to turn.

Position Summary:  Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps have partnered to provide the Veterans Legal Corps Fellowship opportunity to aid the legal needs of veterans and military families across the nation.  The Veteran Legal Corps (VLC) Fellow will provide civil legal assistance to veterans and military families. 

One Fellowship is available.  Based on Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps guidelines, the term of service will last for one year.  Position requires completion of National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW), state, and FBI fingerprint criminal background checks as well as compliance with all CNCS Federal Regulations throughout the fellowship program.

The Legal Aid Society’s Veterans Legal Corps Fellow provides uniform, high quality representation to veterans in our service area on issues critical to their safety, stability, and health.  The Fellow also provides representation to clients in veterans treatment court.

Responsibilities and Duties

The AmeriCorps VLC Fellow will:

  1. Provide uniform, high quality representation to veterans in our service area on issues critical to their safety, stability, and health.  The civil legal issues veterans face include, but are not limited to, securing government benefits for which the veteran is eligible, employment disputes, accessing sustainable housing and medical care, family law matters, legal matters related to wage garnishments, consumer and medical debt, and criminal record expungements.
  2. Provide civil legal assistance to veterans accepted into veterans treatment court.
  3. Work with veterans treatment court partner agencies such as the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, the Jefferson County Police Department, the Office of the Jefferson County Attorney, and the private defense bar to accept referrals for resolving civil legal issues as part of treatment plans for veterans accepted into a veterans treatment court program.
  4. Work with volunteer attorneys to provide pro bono opportunities to serve veterans.
  5. Collaborate with local veteran service organizations and non-profits that provide non-legal services focused on reducing and preventing veteran homelessness.
  6. Adhere to policies and practices consistent with professional standards for the delivery of civil legal services to the poor, any requirement of Legal Services Corporation, and all other funding sources or program policies.
  7. Maintain accurate and complete files or records.  Prepare reports and timely complete forms and records necessary for client services or administrative tasks related to job.
  8. Interact with clients and staff and service providers professionally and appropriately.  Establish and maintain rapport with clients to obtain accurate information and to establish trust.  Work with other staff on client services or other program tasks in a collegial and cooperative nature. Develop and nurture good relations with service providers who make referrals or otherwise coordinate with the program.
  9. Work with supervisor to develop plan for work within program priorities and funding to define balance between impact work and service work, as well as community education and other outreach.
  10. Work with supervisor to identify individual training needs and develop strategies with case supervisor to address those needs.
  11. Attend and actively participate in planning meetings, trainings and task forces, as well as office meetings.
  12. Must be able to operate a motor vehicle and must hold a valid driver’s license and be able to be insured.
  13. Occasional night and weekend work hours; some local and out of town travel. 

Qualifications

  1. Must have demonstrable commitment to understanding and addressing issues of low-income constituents.
  2. Must have J.D. and be admitted to practice in Kentucky and in good standing or must be eligible for admission to the Kentucky Bar under Kentucky Supreme Court Rule 2.112 if admitted to practice in another state.
  3. Must have skills to use office technologies, including case management software.
  4. Must be able to balance administrative and client advocacy responsibilities.
  5. Must have excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as interpersonal, organizational and negotiation skills and the ability to work as a team member.
  6. Knowledge of low-income issues, experience with low-income individuals or families, knowledge of employment law encouraged.
  7. Diverse economic, social, and cultural experiences and a second language are preferred.
  8. The ability to undergo and pass AmeriCorps-mandated criminal background checks.

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.

Other benefits provided by Legal Aid Society:

  • Health and dental insurance
  • Long-term disability and life insurance
  • Position related travel reimbursement and bar dues
  • LAS-sponsored professional development and training assistance

Other benefits and professional opportunities offered by AmeriCorps:

  • 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)

Legal Aid Society 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.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Meagen Peden Agnew at the Legal Aid Society (416 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Suite 300, Louisville, KY 40202) or to magnew@laslou.org.