Legal Services Alabama 2019 Fellowship Sponsor Announcement Rural Economic Improvement Project Advocate
Office: Montgomery Central Office
Legal Services Alabama (LSA) is a nonprofit law firm dedicated to providing access to justice and quality free civil legal assistance to educate and empower Alabama’s low-income community with opportunities out of poverty. LSA is seeking applications from third year law students or recent law school graduates for sponsorship of a Skadden, Equal Justice Works or other public interest fellowship set to begin in the fall of 2019.
LSA seeks an advocate for a two-year fellowship position working in LSA’s Alabama Rural Economic Improvement Project. The Advocate will be an employee of LSA but funded by the fellowship program. The Advocate will focus on developing systemic solutions to economic development issues facing rural populations. The Advocate will be located in LSA’s Montgomery Central Office.
Job duties include but not limited:
• Prepare and deliver formal presentations before both professional and community audiences on matters related to economic development and consumer issues;
• Coordinate outreach, education and technical assistance programs for eligible clients and community organizations;
• Creating and updating community educational and training materials for clients about economic development and consumer issues;
• Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community organizations in the rural service areas of Alabama; and
• Conduct client intake in person, on the telephone, and at community-based organizations throughout the state.
Requirements: LSA is looking for an advocate with the following qualifications:
• Candidates should have public speaking and community education experience, and a demonstrated commitment to social justice;
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• Cultural competency in working with low‐income clients from diverse backgrounds;
• Strong organizational skills and ability to perform tasks necessary to maintain a substantial active caseload of advocacy and litigation; and
• Be willing to relocate to Montgomery.
LSA offers excellent fringe benefits. A resume, cover letter, and writing sample, should be submitted to email@example.com. LSA is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of LSA not to discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, medical condition, national origin, disability, marital, or other protected status.
EQUAL JUSTICE WORKS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
The goals of the Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program are to serve under represented communities; create new public interest law positions; select a diverse group of highly qualified fellows; and develop future leaders in public interest law.
Terms: Salary provided for two full years, loan repayment assistance, national training programs; fringe benefits to be paid by LSA.
Eligibility: Must be a third-year law student, a recent graduate from an Equal Justice Works law school or an experienced attorney who is committed to public interest law. Please check the website: www.equaljusticeworks.org for a list of current law school members.
Application procedure: The application and instructions are available online at www.equaljusticeworks.org. Applications must be submitted online through the Equal Justice Works website at www.equaljusticeworks.org. Hard copies or email copies of the application will not be accepted.
EJW Application deadline: September 19, 2018
Interviews Begin for Selected Candidates: December 2018*
Interviews continued; fellowships are offered on a rolling basis: December 2018 – April 2019
Fellows commence work: September 2019* date to be determined
SKADDEN FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
The goal of the Skadden Fellowship Program is to provide support to 2019 law school graduates and outgoing judicial law clerks who want to work at an organization that provides civil legal services to the poor, including the homeless, the elderly, the disabled, or those deprived of their civil or human rights.
Terms: Salary and fringe benefits provided for two full years.
Eligibility: 2019 law school graduates or outgoing law clerks who are not receiving any other fellowship or prize monies for the Skadden Fellowship duration are eligible. The worthiness of the proposed project's goals as well as the applicant's competency, character, and commitment will be considered by the grant making panel.
Application procedure: Applicants should submit an application, a proposed project, and additional information in conjunction with LSA, the sponsoring organization. Applications can be found online at www.skaddenfellowships.org.
Application and Selection Timetable:
Application deadline: September 17, 2018
Finalists notified: November 16, 2018
Fellows commence work: September 2019
For more information on the Skadden Fellowship Program, please go to www.skaddenfellowships.org.