Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps Elder Attorney

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Job location
401 N. 5th Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 6100
Wausau, WI 54402
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Wisconsin Judicare, Inc.
Street address: 
401 N. 5th Street, Suite 200
City: 
Wausau
State: 
Wisconsin
ZIP: 
54403
Job type: 
Fellowship/Internship
Position Description: 

Wisconsin Judicare is hosting a one-year fellowship sponsored by Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps to focus on assisting elderly victims of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The attorney selected for the Fellowship will be housed in Wausau, WI. Per Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps guidelines, the fellowship must begin between September 1 and September 30, 2016, and last for one year.

Fellowship Description:
The Equal Justice Works Elder Justice Legal Fellow will:
• Provide high quality legal services to older adults who have been victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. In most instances, this will involve conducting intake, assembling evidence, conducting interviews, and researching the relevant law.
• Create and support multidisciplinary teams of social workers, medical professionals, and law enforcement.
• Provide know-your-rights sessions at senior centers, nursing homes, assisted living communities, and other community-based settings.
• Recruit and train pro bono attorneys through new and existing programs affiliated with the host sites.
• Collect data on the nature of the abuse and the services provided, including the indicia of abuse, the legal issue for which the client is receiving services, and the identity of the alleged perpetrators of abuse.
• Position is a one-year Fellowship, with a possible one-year extension contingent upon continued AmeriCorps funding.

The Fellow will receive an annual living allowance, as well as financial support for housing, student loan repayment, and other permissible reimbursable living expenses. Additionally, Fellows receive an education award, health insurance, and other benefits. Interested applicants should contact Attorney Beth Ann Richlen at [email protected] with any follow up questions.

Other Benefits and Professional Opportunities offered by AmeriCorps:
• 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
• Opportunity to attend a two-day training on elder law
• Childcare assistance (if income eligible)

Requirements: 

Qualifications:
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)
• A demonstrated commitment to public interest work and strong desire to assist indigent clients
• Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
• The ability to 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, 2016
• Member of the Wisconsin State Bar
• Those with experience regarding elder law issues strongly encouraged to apply

To apply: 

Interested candidates should email a letter of interest and résumé no later than September 9, 2016, to Beth Ann Richlen at [email protected] with the subject line: AmeriCorps Fellowship. 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 30, 2016.

Notes: 
Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
The Fellow will receive an annual living allowance, as well as financial support for housing, student loan repayment, and other permissible reimbursable living expenses. See above for additions.
Submission deadline: 
Friday, September 9, 2016
Expiration date: 
Friday, September 9, 2016