AmeriCorps Member: Medical-Legal Partnership Attorney

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Alaska Legal Services Corporation
Fairbanks, AK 99701
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Alaska Legal Services Corporation
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

New Mexico Legal Aid has received a multi-state grant from AmeriCorps to host one-year AmeriCorps members to facilitate the medical-legal partnership (MLP) program serving American Indians and Alaskan Natives throughout the US. 14 members will be recruited throughout the US as follows: six attorneys in Alaska (Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kodiak, Kenai, Nome, Sitka), four attorneys in Oklahoma (Oklahoma City), and one attorney in each Arizona (Phoenix), Nebraska (Omaha), New Mexico (Albuquerque) and Utah (Montezuma Creek). The attorney selected will be housed at host site’s local legal aid office. AmeriCorps Member will ideally begin between November 1, 2017 and November 15, 2017 and in place for one year. Members may be eligible to continue their service for two additional one-year terms. Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) will be the host site for the Alaska fellows.

Practice Areas: Children’s Rights, Consumer Protection/Debt/Bankruptcy, Disability Law/Rights, Education, Elder Law, Employment/Labor, Family Law, General Legal Services, Health Law, Housing/Landlord-Tenant, Juvenile Issues, LGBTQ, Litigation, Native American/Indian/Tribal Law, Poverty, Probate/Trust & Estate Issues, Public Benefits/Social Security, Racial Justice Issues, Women’s Rights

Member Description
AmeriCorps member will offer trainings for health providers and comprehensive legal assistance for low-income patients at partnering hospital or health clinic serving primarily Alaska Native and Native American individuals. By focusing on cases that promote income growth, housing stability, and personal safety, the MLP uses legal advocacy as a tool to address social determinants of health. The AmeriCorps member position is open in Fairbanks, Alaska.

The AmeriCorps Member will provide direct legal assistance to low-income patients at the Tanana Chiefs Conference’s Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center. Areas of legal advocacy include public benefits, housing, special education, domestic violence, elder law, family law, and consumer law. The AmeriCorps Member will be an attorney authorized to practice in state and/or tribal court, and before administrative agencies. The AmeriCorps Member will be responsible for providing periodic trainings and presentations to providers at medical facilities, as well as for regularly consulting with medical providers.

Although AmeriCorps members will work independently at their local location, members will be part of a national collaborative network of members to improve social determinants of health for American Indians and Alaskan Natives. All 14 members will attend the week-long MLP Boot Camp in Albuquerque, NM. The MLP Boot camp will train each member on vision of the project and arm each member with the tools to nurture each new attorney-hospital partnership. Each member will have a local litigation supervisor for day-to-day activities. Project support will be provided by the MLP Project Director, including monthly conference calls, and AmeriCorps updates.

Requirements: 

Qualifications
Alaska bar membership or eligibility for Rule 43 waiver
Legal experience assisting persons with low incomes (may include student legal clinics, internships)
Knowledge of the legal issues impacting persons with low incomes
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts
Prior experience in managing independent projects or assignments
Computer Proficiency
Ability to travel throughout the surrounding region
Those with experience regarding Indian Law strongly encouraged to apply
Ability to begin program no later than December 1, 2017

To apply: 

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and list of three professional references no later than November 1, 2016 to Nikole Nelson at [email protected] with the subject line: AmeriCorps Fellowship – [Your Last Name]. The letter of interest should clearly refer to the AmeriCorps MLP Fellowship position and identify which location you are interested in. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. The AmeriCorps Fellow is scheduled to begin the term of service no later than December 1st, 2017.

Notes: 
Equal Opportunity Employer - ALSC 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.
Salary range: 
The AmeriCorps Member will receive annual living allowance. Additionally, members will receive a Segal Education Award, health insurance, and other benefits.
Expiration date: 
Friday, December 1, 2017