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Feerick Center Access to Justice Initiative
The Access to Justice Initiative (AJI) at Fordham Law School’s Feerick Center for Social Justice (FC) aims to expand the capacity of FC and partner organizations to promote the rights and address the problems facing marginalized and low-income New Yorkers. FC is committed to recruiting and retaining a team from different cultures, races, educational backgrounds, life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, ages, genders, and abilities, especially team members from groups that have historically been underrepresented in professional workplaces. The VISTA Leader provides programmatic support to 3 projects. Our projects work with volunteer attorneys who provide civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers with unmet legal service needs. The first project is the NYS Attorney Emeritus Program, a statewide initiative to engage senior attorneys in civil pro bono service through a network of 65+ legal services organizations. The FC co-administers the AEP with the NYS Courts. The second project is the FC CLARO Program, which recruits volunteers to help unrepresented New Yorkers with debt collection cases in Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island Civil Courts navigate the court process. The third project is FC’s Immigrant Justice Project, which recruits volunteers to help respond to the influx of new migrants in New York City, New York State, and the border. You will gain broad exposure to the NYC/NYS legal community, including the courts, the organized bar, pro bono providers, and legal services organizations. This is an ideal opportunity for professional growth at a premier law school located in midtown Manhattan. VISTAs must live within commuting distance (1.5 hrs) of NYC before their service start date. This position employs a hybrid model with at least 3 days in the office at Fordham Law School (subject to change). Please check the eligibility requirements for VISTA Leaders, which include 1 year of prior service through approved AmeriCorps programs.
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Member Duties : Our VISTA Leader supports 6 VISTA members and focuses on their professional development and the success of their projects. You will have a hand in member recruitment, selection, orientation and training; data collection; grant reporting; professional development; teambuilding; and supporting the sustainability of the projects. If you are passionate about social justice and fighting poverty, enjoy working collaboratively, communicate effectively orally and in writing, are super organized and pay attention to detail, this position is for you. Bring your creativity as a trainer and team leader and your experience as an exceptional AmeriCorps participant to this wonderful opportunity. The VISTA Leader will meet monthly with VISTA Supervisors, weekly with FC’s executive director & bi-weekly with FC’s staff; manage monthly professional development workshops and monthly presentations for VISTAs. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone considering a career in public interest law.
Program Benefits : Health Coverage* ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Work-Issued Laptop, Unlimited MetroCard ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Living Allowance . 
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Terms :
Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Community Outreach ,  Community and Economic Development . 
Skills :
Communications ,  General Skills ,  Public Speaking ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Writing/Editing ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Community Organization ,  Recruitment ,  Team Work ,  Law ,  Leadership ,  Computers/Technology . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA Leaders

Feerick Center Access to Justice Initiative

Program Start/End Date
06/03/2024  -   06/02/2025

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations NEW YORK   New York City (inc. Long Island CT NJ NY)  

Accepting Applications
From  02/20/2024  To  06/30/2024 

Contact Dora Galacatos
150 W 62 St.
New York   NY   10023

Listing ID 121879


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