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ProfileElder Justice AmeriCorps Fellowship The Fellow will provide civil legal assistance to elder abuse victims across the state, as well as education to service providers, stakeholders, and community members. Will work as part of the Crime Victim Legal Assistance Network 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. Will assist elder abuse victims to stabilize, recover, and rebuild their lives. Will provide legal services ranging from brief counsel and advice, to more extended representation. Will also help provide more resources for elder abuse victims, caregivers, and pro bono attorneys by updating elder abuse information on 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. Will assist with a statewide outreach and communications plan to get the word out about the services available to victims of elder abuse. Interview, meet with, advise and represent victims of elder abuse on civil legal matters (in person or over the phone). 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.
Qualification and Experience
Requirements: JD Degree with above average academic achievement. Licensed to practice law in Montana or another state (preferred), or Bar results pending. Experience with using technology including document assembly, websites and video conferencing, preferred. Experience working with low income and/or elderly clients preferred. 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 -mandated criminal background checks. Only conviction for murder and/or presence on sex offender registry are automatic bars to service; other criminal convictions may be allowable at discretion. Equal Justice Works has final approval if there are any criminal convictions outside of those automatically prohibited. Creativity and willingness to take on challenging projects. Requires travel within Montana and attendance at the Equal Justice Works Leadership Development training in Washington, D.C. on October 31- November 2, 2017.
Start Period: September 5, 2017-September 30, 2017.
Send a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and three professional and/or academic references.