Law School, Cornell University

Position ID:Cornell-Law School-EJWF [#10479]
Position Title: Equal Justice Works New York State Family Security Project Legal Fellow
Position Type:Fellowship or award
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14850, United States [map]
Subject Area: Law
Appl Deadline:2017/12/15 finished (posted 2017/11/15, finished 2018/03/21, listed until 2017/12/15)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Cornell Law School is hosting a one-year fellowship sponsored by Equal Justice Works designed to foster family security and community education through the provision of immigration legal services. The attorney selected for the Fellowship will be housed in the Cornell Law School Clinical Program offices, working for the Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic, a clinical course in which law students and attorneys handle immigration and employment matters on behalf of farmworkers in the region. Clinic students also work in brief advice and referral outreach sessions in farmworker communities. Students additionally work on research and writing projects with civil rights, environmental protection, and farmworker rights organizations.

Per Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps guidelines, the fellowship must begin no later than January 15, 2018. The position is a one-year Fellowship, with a possible one-year extension contingent upon continued AmeriCorps funding.

The Equal Justice Works New York State Family Security Project Legal Fellow will:
  • Provide screening and intake.
  • Prepare immigration applications.
  • Represent clients in Immigration Court and before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
  • Represent clients in family court in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases.
  • Provide brief legal advice and referral services.
  • Educate the community on the impact of evolving immigration law and policy.
  • Engage and mentor pro bono attorneys to provide legal assistance to immigrants and their families.
  • Develop resources for the community to identify pro bono attorneys.
  • Develop pro se resources for community members.
The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:
  • The ability to undergo and pass AmeriCorps-mandated criminal background checks (only conviction for murder and/or presence on sex offender registry are automatic bars to service; other criminal convictions are allowable pursuant to Equal Justice Works review and approval).
  • A demonstrated commitment to public interest work and strong desire to assist indigent clients.
  • Strong legal, writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • The ability to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts, and to share an office.
  • Prior experience in managing independent projects or assignments.
  • Law school clinic, externship, summer or other relevant practice experience a plus.
  • Proficiency in Spanish preferred, willingness to recruit and work with interpreters required.
  • Those with immigration law experience strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Ability to begin the fellowship no later than January 15, 2018.
  • Willingness to attend a mandatory substantive immigration law training in New York City in January 2018, as well as the mandatory Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training in Washington, DC in October 2018. (Note that travel costs for these trainings will be covered by Equal Justice Works.) 
Application Instructions:
Please provide a letter of interest and current resume. The letter of interest should clearly refer to the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellowship position. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow is scheduled to begin the term of service no later than January 15, 2018.

Application Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2017. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Cornell Law School
G58A Myron Taylor Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853

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