Elder Justice AmeriCorps Legal Fellow

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

The Elder Justice Fellow will provide civil legal assistance to elder abuse victims across the state, as well as education to service providers, stakeholders, and community members. The Fellow will work as part of the MLSA Victim Rights Practice Group who 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.

The Fellow will provide legal services ranging from brief counsel and advice, to more extended representation. The Fellow will also help provide more resources for elder abuse victims, caregivers, and pro bono attorneys by updating elder abuse information on MLSA’s technology platforms, and by developing online and paper resources for elder abuse victims and service providers to help navigate local, state, federal, and tribal legal systems. The Fellow will assist in the development of a statewide outreach and communications plan to get the word out about the services available to victims of elder abuse. This position requires travel within Montana and attendance at the Equal Justice Works Leadership Development training and Elder Law training in Washington, D.C. on October 25-28, 2016.

The preferred start date for this position is September 6, 2016, and no later than September 30, 2016.

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.
• Handle all aspects of a client’s legal matter, including preparing pleadings, negotiation, mediation and trial work.
• Develop and maintain specialized knowledge in the areas of law most relevant to elder abuse issues, including: fraud and financial scams; identity theft; financial or material exploitation; bankruptcy or other financial problems related to fraud and exploitation; property crimes, probate, estates, taxes; deception to gain power of attorney, conservatorship, payee or trustee status, or guardianship; and isolation, violence, sexual assault, neglect, and abandonment.
• Other duties as assigned by the Supervising Attorney or the Executive Director.

Compensation:
• $25,060 AmeriCorps living allowance for the 12-month term of service.
• Up to $25,060 in supplemental benefits (e.g. health insurance, bar dues, relocation allowance, rent/mortgage payment, utilities, Internet, cell phone, and food).
• $5,730 Segal Education Award upon successful completion of the term of service.

Other Benefits:
• Ability to place federal loans into forbearance during AmeriCorps service
• Will receive substantive and lawyering skills training.

Requirements: 

• Recent law school graduate with above average academic achievement.
• Licensed to practice in Montana, or able to take and pass the next Montana Bar exam.
• 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.

To apply: 

Send a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and three professional and/or academic references to [email protected]. Screening of applications will begin immediately for a start date no later than September 30, 2016.

Notes: 
Montana Legal Services Association 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: 
$25,060 annual living allowance, plus up to $25,060 in supplemental benefits (e.g. health insurance, bar dues, relocation allowance, rent/mortgage payment, utilities, Internet, cell phone, and food).
Submission deadline: 
Friday, September 30, 2016