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Veteran's Legal Corp Summer Fellow

Overview:

Iowa Legal Aid and Equal Justice Works are accepting applications for the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps (VLC) Summer Fellowships. Interested first and second year law students should go to https://www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-students/part-time-summer/vlc to learn about the program details.

 

Iowa Legal Aid provides high quality, legal representation in civil cases to low-income Iowans through individual representation, impact litigation, and community legal education. While interning for Veterans Legal Corps, you will provide legal services to veterans, their families, and other individuals in need of legal services. As a Veterans Legal Corps intern you will get the opportunity to work on projects from a broad range of legal topics including VA benefits, discharge upgrades, consumer protection, landlord/tenant, wills and power of attorney, child support modifications, and disability law.

 

Location: Iowa City or Council Bluffs

 

Eligibility: All applicants must:

  • Attend an accredited law school.
  • Complete their first or second year of law school by the start of their summer placement.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident (e.g., green card).

 

Funding

  • Segal Educatio Award worth $1,230 Education Benefits upon completion of 300 hours of service.
  • Compensation provided by Iowa Legal Aid of $2,520 for 300 hours of work.
     

Application

To apply: Applicants will create an account in Equal Justice Works’ Student Application Manager (SAM) found here and submit all of the required materials through that portal. Applicants will also email a cover letter, resume and a writing sample to Meg Norberg at Iowa Legal Aid, at mnorberg@iowalaw.org. Iowa Legal Aid is accepting applications now and will fill the positions on a rolling basis.

 

Questions?

For questions or additional program information, please contact AmeriCorpsJD@equaljusticeworks.org. or contact Meg Norberg at Iowa Legal Aid at mnorberg@iowalaw.org, at Iowa Legal Aid, 1111 Ninth Street, Ste. 230, Des Moines, IA  50314; 515-243-2980 x1675.


 

Farmworker Rights Internship

 

Overview:

Iowa Legal Aid provides high quality, legal representation in civil cases to low-income Iowans through individual representation, impact litigation, and community legal education.  Most of the legal assistance involves domestic abuse, landlord/tenant issues, consumer protections, public benefits or individual rights. 

The Farmworker Rights Project provides education and legal assistance to hired farmworkers who work in a variety of agricultural jobs. Farmworkers face many legal problems related to their status as agricultural workers. They include issues related to employment, wages, health and safety, housing, education, domestic abuse, harassment, public benefits, immigration and language access. Iowa Legal Aid identifies these issues and strives to resolve them either informally or through the court system.

Farmwork Rights Internship:

Iowa Legal Aid is hiring paid interns for our Farmworker Rights Project. The position is part-time during the fall and spring semesters with full-time hours during the summer. Interns are paid $12.50 per hour, plus mileage for travel.

The person hired for this position will perform outreach to educate farmworkers about their rights and to interview potential clients. The intern will also have the opportunity to work with staff attorneys to provide legal assistance on casework, including interviewing clients and witnesses, drafting demand letters, drafting discovery requests and preparing for trial.

The ability to speak Spanish is strongly desired for this position. Status as a law student is also desired, but not required.

Application Process:

To apply, please submit a letter of application and resume to Lorraine Gaynor, Iowa Legal Aid, 1700 S. 1st Avenue, Ste. 10, Iowa City, IA  52240.  Application materials can also be submitted electronically to Lorraine Gaynor at lgaynor@iowalaw.org.

Last Review and Update: Feb 01, 2019
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