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NLADA - NDS Operations Fellow
Because the quality of justice in America should not depend on how much money a person has, National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA) leads public defenders, community advocates, and civil attorneys to advance justice and expand opportunity for all by promoting excellent delivery of legal services for people who cannot afford counsel. NLADA’s AmeriCorps VISTA program, Defending Communities in Service, builds sustainable community relationships, data systems, and practices that allow public defender offices to more holistically support communities in need with a strong focus on racial equity. In this position, NLADA has partnered with Neighborhood Defender Services, Inc to build out a national capacity for public defenders. NDS pioneered a holistic defense model when they opened in 1990 in Harlem and today, they have expanded holistic services to Detroit and San Antonio. Each client has a full team fighting on their behalf, including criminal and civil attorneys, family defense attorneys, advocates, social workers, investigators, paralegals, and interns. Beyond the courtroom, NDS advocates for policy changes to bring justice to their communities and hosts frequent education and outreach events to support its neighbors. To do this on a national scale requires strong performance tracking and evaluation. In this role, you’ll join this team to streamline services and build capacity to redefine what justice looks like in America.
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This listing is currently not accepting applications.

Member Duties : NDS is seeking a VISTA to assist in project management on various operations projects. These projects will lead to assisting in implementing processes, services, and procedures to be able to replicate our services to increase our capacity to expand services. This work will require a commitment to assisting staff in the criminal legal system to operate more efficiently. NDS’s VISTA will be tasked with building the capacity of our existing services through system, process, and procedure development and documentation, and coordinating and training material developed.
Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Living Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Housing ,  Health Coverage* ,  Stipend . 
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Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Veterans ,  Public Safety ,  Housing ,  Community and Economic Development ,  Health ,  Community Outreach ,  Hunger ,  Homelessness ,  Technology ,  Ex-Offender Reentry . 
Skills :
Communications ,  Conflict Resolution ,  Trade/Construction ,  Computers/Technology ,  Non-Profit Management ,  Law ,  Public Speaking ,  Disaster Services ,  General Skills ,  Writing/Editing ,  Business/Entrepreneur ,  Social Services ,  Leadership ,  Veterans ,  Fund raising/Grant Writing ,  Community Organization ,  Team Work ,  Urban Planning . 
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NLADA - NDS Operations Fellow

Program Start/End Date
06/20/2023  -   06/18/2024

Work Schedule Full Time

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MICHIGAN   Detroit/Ann Arbor/Flint  


Accepting Applications
From  04/10/2023  To  05/25/2023 

Contact Andrea Bridgewater
1333 Brewery Park Blvd
Detroit   MI   48207

Listing ID 118111