Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Fellowship

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Job location
4080 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Legal Services of Northern Virginia
Street address: 
4080 Chain Bridge Road
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV) is hosting a one-year fellowship sponsored by Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps to focus on assisting at-risk and homeless veterans in removing barriers to housing, employment, and self-sufficiency. The attorney selected for the Fellowship will be housed at LSNV’s Fairfax office, and will coordinate extensively with organizations and agencies that serve veterans in that community.

Fellowship Description: The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Fellow will:
• Provide direct representation to veterans who are homeless or who are at risk of becoming homeless and with eligible military families on issues including landlord tenant matters, problems with disability and other income maintenance benefits, child support, consumer and medical debt, drivers’ license reinstatement, and expungement issues.
• Work with community partner agencies, including case management staff at the VA hospitals, VA clinics, and Veterans’ Centers in your service area to create protocols and facilitate referrals.
• Develop materials to publicize the project to a variety of audiences.
• Deliver “Ask a Lawyer” presentations at Veterans’ Centers on legal topics of broad appeal and create educational materials to be shared with LSNV staff.
• Provide direct representation to income eligible military families.
• Liaise with the local College of Law’s Veterans’ Club and Veterans’ Clinic to offer students a range of volunteer opportunities, and to coordinate service delivery to eligible veteran clients
• Coordinate with LSNV Pro Bono Project and the State Bar Veterans’ and Military Affairs Committee to refer appropriate cases to private attorneys.
• Position is a one-year Fellowship, with a possible one year extension contingent upon continued AmeriCorps funding.


The ideal candidate will have the following:
• 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 the host site’s discretion)
• A demonstrated commitment to public interest work and strong desire to assist indigent clients
• Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
• The ability work collaboratively in a variety of contexts
• Prior experience in managing independent projects or assignments
• Law school clinic, externship, summer or other relevant practice experience
• A valid driver’s license
• The ability to begin the fellowship no later than September 30, 2015.
• Virginia state bar membership or eligibility to practice in Virginia under limited permission rule preferred (the latter is available as a result of bar membership in another state )
• Veterans and/or those with experience regarding veterans’ issues strongly encouraged to apply

To apply: 

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and references to James Ferguson, Executive Director, at 4080 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030, or e-mail materials to [email protected] no later than September 2, 2016. The subject line should be: AmeriCorps Fellowship – [Your Last Name]. The letter of interest should clearly refer to the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellowship position. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow is scheduled to begin the term of service no later than September 30th, 2016.

Compensation: up to $50,701 which may include: • $25,060 AmeriCorps living allowance • $16,000 in supplemental benefits for housing, student loans, etc. (subject to allowable expenses) Other Benefits Provided by Legal Services of Northern Virginia: • Health and dental insurance provided • Life and disability insurance provided • Parking provided • Position related travel reimbursement and bar dues provided • Opportunities to participate in national substantive training on Veterans’ legal issues and in a variety of local and regional skills based and substantive trainings Other Benefits and Professional Opportunities offered by AmeriCorps: • $5,730 AmeriCorps Legal Education Award upon successful completion of service • 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 Services of Northern Virginia is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and fosters an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices. This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or religion.
Submission deadline: 
Friday, September 2, 2016