Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Internship
Lone Star Legal Aid is seeking Law Student AmeriCorps JD Members in Lone Star Legal Aid’s Houston office assisting Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellows with providing legal services to disaster victims.
Four Law Student AmeriCorps JD Members must be recruited by April 15, 2017.
Lone Star Legal Aid
Over the past 67 years, Lone Star Legal Aid (LSLA) has provided free civil legal services to hundreds of thousands of low-income people, ranging from veterans to seniors on fixed incomes, from vulnerable children to defrauded consumers, from persons with disabilities to crime victims. LSLA is the fourth largest legal aid organization in the U.S. We operate 13 regional offices, including Houston, which cover one-third of the state (72 counties in the Eastern and Gulf Coast regions of Texas) and four counties in southwest Arkansas. LSLA is the area’s only full-service civil legal aid provider. Practice areas include housing, divorce and custody, sexual assault, health care, identity theft, human trafficking, disability claims, employment, income maintenance, federal tax matters, public benefits, consumer law, estate planning/probate, civil rights, and disaster relief.
LSLA has deeply grounded roots in disaster relief. Over the past 10 years, LSLA has led Texas legal services delivery for Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike. We also have been actively involved in client community recovery after wildfires; the West, TX explosion; and the BP oil spill. LSLA outreach and direct legal services have helped survivors stabilize, recover and rebuild in a post-disaster environment. As a result of LSLA’s vigorous disaster recovery advocacy, we have become an authority on the evolving legal needs of disaster-affected individuals and families and navigating the relief system in the most effective manner possible.
Summary of Responsibilities
The AmeriCorps JD Member will engage in the following activities to assist the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellows with helping disaster victims stabilize, recover, and rebuild:
- Assist with disaster victims’ cases;
- Connect clients with social services;
- Conduct legal research and writing; and/or
- Conduct outreaches; and
- Complete 300 hours of service by August 31, 2017.
- To be eligible for an AmeriCorps JD Membership, applicants must:
- Be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National, or Lawful Permanent Resident of the United States;
- Must be currently enrolled in law school.
- Before submitting an application, have secured a position with a qualifying host organization;
- Complete the application in the Equal Justice Works Student Application Manager (SAM) system;
- Successfully complete a National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) check and State Criminal History checks for the state of service and the state of residence at the time of application; and
- Serve in the United States at a qualifying organization.
- Be in compliance with all CNCS Federal Regulations, Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps grant requirements and Legal Services Corporation regulations.
Compensation Per Fellow
A Segal Education Award will be available after successful completion of the internship and certification from Lone Star Legal Aid. The Segal Education Award can be used for qualified education expenses, such as student loan payments or tuition.
Please send a letter of interest (including where you saw the position announcement), resume, a legal writing sample, and a list of three professional references as a pdf or word format document (not to exceed 10 MB). Include “EJW-DisasterJD” in the subject of cover letter. No phone calls, please. To apply, please click here.
Open until filled. Four JD students must have applied and been accepted by April 15, 2017.
This internship is open to all persons, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religion. LSLA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER