Elder Justice AmeriCorps JD Summer Intern

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Job location
616 Helena Ave, Ste 100
Helena, MT 59601
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Montana Legal Services Association
Street address: 
616 Helena Ave, Ste 100
City: 
Helena
State: 
Montana
ZIP: 
59601
Job type: 
Fellowship/Internship
Position Description: 

Two Elder Justice AmeriCorps members will work alongside MLSA’s Elder Justice Legal Fellow in our Victim Rights Practice Group to provide civil legal assistance to elder abuse victims across the state of Montana, as well as education to service providers, stakeholders, and community members. Under attorney supervision, the Elder Justice members will help provide holistic services to clients, offering support, advocacy, information and referral to victims of crime, instituting a consistent human component to help guide victims through the relevant systems and processes. These combined efforts will assist elder abuse victims to stabilize, recover, and rebuild their lives.

Specific Duties
• Interview, meet with, advise and represent victims of elder abuse on civil legal matters.
• Compose correspondence, pleadings and other documents.
• Develop law related educational programs and materials directed to the client community or agencies regarding elder abuse issues, resources and legal remedies.
• Research the law and prepare memoranda.
• Other duties as assigned by the Supervising Attorney or the Elder Justice Fellow.

Requirements: 

• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to travel, occasionally overnight.
• Ability to manage multiple tasks and work independently.
• The ability to undergo and pass AmeriCorps-mandated criminal background checks (only conviction for murder and/or presence on sex offender registry are automatic bars to service; other criminal convictions are allowable at MLSA’s discretion).
• Creativity and willingness to take on challenging projects.
• Experience with using technology including document assembly, websites and video conferencing, preferred.
• Experience working with low income and/or elderly clients preferred.
• Review the AmeriCorps JD Application Guide for additional requirements and application instructions: http://files.equaljusticeworks.org/guide/AmeriCorps%20JD%20Application%2...

To apply: 

Send a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and three professional and/or academic references to [email protected], and create an account in the AmeriCorps JD Student Application Manager: https://info.equaljusticeworks.org/summercorps/login.asp Answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found here: http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-school/americorpsjd/faqs

Notes: 
Stipend: $3,000 stipend paid by MLSA, plus a $1,230 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award upon successful completion of 300 hours of service. Service must be completed by August 31, 2017. Deadline: The priority deadline to submit your application materials to [email protected] is February 27, 2017. The AmeriCorps JD application must be completed in the Student Application Manager by April 14, 2017. Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
$3,000 stipend, plus a $1,230 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
Submission deadline: 
Monday, February 27, 2017
Expiration date: 
Friday, March 17, 2017