AMERICORPS JD PROGRAM- Elder Justice AmeriCorps

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Job location
331 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
Street address: 
331 East 70th Street
New York
New York
Job type: 
Position Description: 

AGENCY DESCRIPTION: Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, widely recognized as one of New York’s premier human services providers, is a 123-year-old settlement house that provides an extensive array of effective and integrated services--social, educational, legal, health, housing, mental health, nutritional and fitness--which significantly improve the lives of 15,000 people in need each year, ages 3 to 103, on the East Side of Manhattan. Our clients include older adults, homeless and formerly homeless adults, children and families, recent immigrants, persons with disabilities, adult learners and thousands more.

Elder Justice AmeriCorps will engage 125 law students to serve as AmeriCorps members around the country who are working to expand the delivery of legal services to older adult victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation and other individuals who need it most.

AmeriCorps JD: Elder Justice AmeriCorps:
Elder Justice AmeriCorps law student members in the AmeriCorps JD program will improve the lives of victims of elder abuse by providing legal assistance to older adult victims of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Law student members who are serving at organizations without an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow will serve in other areas of civil legal aid, including elder abuse issues as needed. These students will help to bring a greater awareness of elder abuse issues to locations where there are currently no lawyers available to provide elder justice services.

Attitude and General Responsibilities
• Support program staff, your supervisor, and administrative staff in duties as appropriate and necessary.
• Consult with your supervisor if you have any ideas, issues, or concerns, offering analysis and solutions whenever possible.
• Practice sound health habits, including getting sufficient rest, to effectively perform the position requirements.
• Respect confidentiality of clients, staff, and other AmeriCorps members.

Program leadership
• Make connections with individuals and volunteers in the community for program outreach and program enhancement.
• Assist AmeriCorps members and staff in programming and activities
• Train and assist volunteers when appropriate.

Program-specific duties: Law student members will gain experience conducting client interviews and intakes, helping clients secure government benefits and other income supports, researching relevant legal issues, drafting documents, and assisting attorneys with active housing, health care and government benefit matters in court and other forums. Members will attend trainings and participate in workshops.

Citizenship training and responsibilities
• Participate in AmeriCorps training and national service events as required and requested by the New York State Commission on National and Community Service

Program training
• Participate in orientation training.
• Participate in substantive veterans legal issue training as provided by Equal Justice Works


Skill requirements: Applicants should have a demonstrated commitment to public interest issues and an understanding and sensitivity to the needs of our clients; excellent communication and analytical skills are required. Spanish proficiency is a plus.

Program Benefits: The Elder Justice AmeriCorps JD program is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides law students with the opportunity to earn an AmeriCorps education award of $1,222 that can be used to pay educational expenses or student loans. Students may seek up to $4,422 in additional compensation for their service, for a total of up to $5,644 in compensation. The $4,422 in additional compensation may be funded by a Federal Work Study Award, the student’s law school, local bar foundation, and/or other public interest fellowship award. In addition, students are welcome to hold outside employment to supplement their income.

Students must complete 300 hours of service and complete these hours by September 1, 2018 unless prior approval is given by Equal Justice Works. Requirements to serve include completion of a National Sex Offender Public Registry check, state criminal background check(s), FBI Fingerprint criminal background check, and submission of proof of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency.

LOCATIONS: New York, New York

To apply: 

TO APPLY: Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of references to [email protected]. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. Apply for the AmeriCorps JD program through our Student Application Manager. More information is available at

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House 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.