Equal Justice Veteran Legal Corps Fellow Position

Legal Aid Society

Job Description:

Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps have partnered to provide the Veterans Legal Corps Fellowship opportunity to aid the legal needs of veterans and military families across the nation. The Legal Aid Society’s Veterans Legal Corps Fellow provides uniform, high quality representation to veterans in our service area on issues critical to their safety, stability, and health. The Fellow also provides representation to clients in veterans treatment court.

Job Requirements:

  • Provide uniform, high quality representation to veterans in our service area on issues critical to their safety, stability, and health. The civil legal issues veterans face include, but are not limited to, securing government benefits for which the veteran is eligible, employment disputes, accessing sustainable housing and medical care, family law matters, legal matters related to wage garnishments, consumer and medical debt, and criminal record expungements.
  • Provide civil legal assistance to veterans accepted into veterans treatment court.
  • Work with veterans treatment court partner agencies such as the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, the Jefferson County Police Department, the Office of the Jefferson County Attorney, and the private defense bar to accept referrals for resolving civil legal issues as part of treatment plans for veterans accepted into a veterans treatment court program.
  • Work with volunteer attorneys to provide pro bono opportunities to serve veterans.
  • Collaborate with local veteran service organizations and non-profits that provide non-legal services focused on reducing and preventing veteran homelessness.
  • Adhere to policies and practices consistent with professional standards for the delivery of civil legal services to the poor, any requirement of Legal Services Corporation, and all other funding sources or program policies.
  • Maintain accurate and complete files or records. Prepare reports and timely complete forms and records necessary for client services or administrative tasks related to job.
  • Interact with clients and staff and service providers professionally and appropriately. Establish and maintain rapport with clients to obtain accurate information and to establish trust. Work with other staff on client services or other program tasks in a collegial and cooperative nature. Develop and nurture good relations with service providers who make referrals or otherwise coordinate with the program.
  • Work with supervisor to develop plan for work within program priorities and funding to define balance between impact work and service work, as well as community education and other outreach.
  • Work with supervisor to identify individual training needs and develop strategies with case supervisor to address those needs.
  • Attend and actively participate in planning meetings, trainings and task forces, as well as office meetings.
  • Must be able to operate a motor vehicle and must hold a valid driver’s license and be able to be insured.
  • Occasional night and weekend work hours; some local and out of town travel

How To Apply:

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Meagen Peden Agnew at the Legal Aid Society (416 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Suite 300, Louisville, KY 40202) or to magnew@laslou.org.