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Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Elder Justice Legal Fellowship

Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc.

Agency Description: Legal Aid of Arkansas (Legal Aid) is a public interest, not-for-profit law firm dedicated to assuring equal access to justice in civil matters for low income Arkansans through legal representation, advocacy, community partnerships, education and outreach.

Fellowship Position: Legal Aid is hosting a one-year fellowship sponsored by Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps to focus on assisting elderly victims of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The attorney selected for the Fellowship will be housed at the Harrison office. The fellowship must begin between September 1 and September 30, 2016, and last for one year. There is a possibility of a one year extension, depending on performance and continued AmeriCorps funding.

Fellowship Description, Responsibilities and Duties:
-Provide high quality legal services to older adults who have been victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation;
-Handle caseload, counsel and advise clients on their legal rights, conduct intake, conduct legal research and writing and represent clients in court;
-Develop informational and legal education materials;
-Coordinate and conduct community education and outreach at Senior Centers, Nursing Homes, assisted living communities, community forums, and continuing legal education seminars to volunteer attorneys;
-Collect data on the nature of abuse and services provided, including the indicia of abuse, the legal issues for which the clients is receiving services, and the identity of the alleged perpetrators of abuse;
-Assume general administrative responsibilities, including grant compliance, timekeeping and case management.

Qualifications:
-The ability to undergo and pass AmeriCorps-mandated criminal background checks;
-Demonstrated commitment to public interest work and strong desire to assist indigent clients;
-Licensed to practice law in Arkansas, awaiting bar results or reciprocity as of August 2016, or willing to sit for the Arkansas bar exam in February, 2017;
-Familiarity with, and interest in, working in low income and diverse communities;
-Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills;
-Valid driver's license, liability insurance, and access to an automobile;

Legal Aid 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.

Living Allowance:
The Fellow will receive 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 Legal Aid with any follow up questions.

Other Benefits and Professional Opportunities:

Standard fellowship benefits:
· Eligibility to place all qualified student loans into forbearance and receive an interest accrual payment at the end of service;
· Opportunity to attend a national training program to develop leadership skills, learn effective practices to accomplish your projects and meet colleagues from across the country, and
· Child care assistance (if income eligible).

In addition to the standard fellowship benefits, Legal Aid will also provide:
*Supreme Court and State or Local Bar dues;
*Mileage reimbursement and per diem when applicable;
*Retirement plan contribution per program policy; and
*Training and continuing legal education in relevant poverty law areas, as needed.

Application Process: Please email cover letter, resume, and references to:

Lee Richardson, Executive Director at lrichardson@arlegalaid.org

No phone calls please. E-mail is the preferred method to communicate interest.

Application deadline is September 2nd, 2016, but candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications will be vetted as received and the position is only open until filled.

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