Equal Justice Works Elder Justice Program Fellow
Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) seeks diverse and dynamic applicants for a 24-month, full-time attorney position in ALSC’s Fairbanks office as an Equal Justice Works Fellow in the Elder Justice Program.
ALSC is a private, nonprofit law firm with a mission is to provide high quality civil legal services to low income and disadvantaged people and communities to protect their safety, their health and promote family stability. Through advocacy, education, collaboration and litigation we empower individuals, protect fundamental rights, strengthen communities, create opportunities and achieve justice.
ALSC has been competitively selected by Equal Justice Works as an implementing partner of Equal Justice Works’ Elder Justice Program (EJP). EJP is a national, professional fellowship program for attorneys designed to increase access to legal assistance for older victims of crime. This program is supported by an award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, Award Number 2019-V3-GX-K033.
An Equal Justice Works fellowship is an opportunity to transform your passion for equal justice into a career. As a Fellow, you will be part of a prestigious cohort of EJP attorneys hosted by legal services organizations across the United States. The Fellow will provide direct legal services to older victims of crime on civil legal issues arising from their victimization in areas such as financial exploitation, guardianship, housing, employment, protection orders, public benefits, and victims’ rights enforcement. In addition to providing direct legal services, Fellows will conduct outreach and training to legal and allied professionals on elder abuse and help increase multidisciplinary, coordinated responses.
As an Equal Justice Works Fellow, you will develop experience and skills to be a leader in social justice while contributing to a broader community of practice serving older victims. Fellows in the Elder Justice Program cohort are required to actively participate in peer-to-peer learning and trainings delivered by Equal Justice Works and training partners throughout the year. In addition, Fellows have individual access to on-demand technical assistance from subject matter experts and are required participation in Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training in 2020 and 2021(Oct/Nov) in Washington DC.
Fellowship responsibilities include:
- Providing victim-centered direct legal services – legal screening, advice, brief service, direct representation–to older victims of crime to address civil legal issues that arise from the victimization;
- Protecting and enforcing victims’ rights on behalf of clients;
- Building key stakeholder relationships in furtherance of the fellowship objectives;
- Strategizing, planning and conducting training and outreach on elder abuse to legal and allied professionals;
- Engaging in peer-to-peer learning as part of the Equal Justice Works Elder Justice Program Fellow cohort;
- Actively contributing to and participating in Elder Justice Program cohort activities (resource exchanges; mandatory webinars and conference calls; and in-person trainings including Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training in Washington DC in Oct/Nov 2020 and 2021);
- Demonstrating leadership as an Equal Justice Works fellow; and
- Contributing to required programmatic reporting and overall program evaluation.
Salary and benefits provided by ALSC:
Salary is $50,184 to $69,600 annually, dependent on experience. ALSC provides a generous leave and benefits package including health, vision, dental and paid personal leave.
Candidates will possess the following qualifications:
- Be either admitted to practice law in Alaska or admitted to practice in another state and eligible for an Alaska Bar Rule 43 waiver. Information on Bar Rule 43 can be found at http://www.alaskabar.org;
- Previous legal services experience, including civil legal aid, law school clinics, and internships
- Proven leadership skills with a strong work ethic;
- Demonstrate commitment to social justice, with a desire to increase access to justice for older victims of crime and achieve results;
- Outstanding verbal and written communication. Experience with delivering training and presentations a plus;
- Alignment with Equal Justice Works and ALSC’s mission, vision, and values;
- Exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills; and
- An ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary setting to facilitate a coordinated community response and provide holistic services to clients.
Please note Fellows must commit to fulfilling the twenty-four month fellowship and will sign a Fellowship Agreement with Equal Justice Works.
ALSC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.
To apply, submit resume, writing sample, and list of three professional references to: Teka Lamade, Supervising Attorney, at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “EJP Fellowship Application.”
Application Deadline: June 30, 2020, but candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.