AmeriCorps JD Program- New York State Family Security Project


Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® (LawNY®) is a not-for-profit law firm providing free legal services to eligible clients in civil cases through seven regional offices covering a fourteen county area in Western New York.


The New York State Family Security Project will engage 106 law students to serve as AmeriCorps members around the State of New York who will be focused on fostering family security and community education through the delivery of high-quality legal services.


AmeriCorps JD: New York State Family Security Project:

New York State Family Security Project law student members will improve family stability and community safety in the state of New York.  Law student members serving at organizations that host Equal Justice Works New York State Family Security Project Legal Fellows will focus specifically on assisting the Fellows with representing clients in immigration court and before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), screening clients and preparing immigration applications, providing brief legal advice and legal aid, educating the community on the impact of evolving immigration law and policy, and engaging pro bono attorneys to provide legal assistance to immigrants and their families.


Attitude and General Responsibilities:

  • Support program staff, your supervisor, and administrative staff in duties as appropriate and necessary.
  • Consult with your supervisor if you have any ideas, issues, or concerns, offering analysis and solutions whenever possible.
  • Practice sound health habits, including getting sufficient rest, to effectively perform the position requirements.
  • Respect confidentiality of clients, staff, and other AmeriCorps members.


Program leadership:

  • Make connections with individuals and volunteers in the community for program outreach and program enhancement.
  • Assist AmeriCorps members and staff in programming and activities
  • Train and assist volunteers when appropriate. 


Program-specific duties:

  • Provide screening and intake
  • Assist with the preparation of immigration applications
  • Educate the community on the impact of evolving immigration law and policy
  • Engage pro bono attorneys to provide legal assistance to immigrants and their families
  • Other administrative tasks related to AmeriCorps and Equal Justice Works program compliance

Citizenship training and responsibilities:

  • Participate in AmeriCorps training and national service events as required and requested by the New York State Commission


Program training:

  • Participate in orientation training.
  • Participate in substantive legal issue training as provided by Equal Justice Works    


Qualifications include:

  • A demonstrated commitment to public interest work and strong desire to assist indigent clients
  • Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • The ability to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts
  • Prior experience in managing independent projects or assignments
  • Law school clinic, externship, summer or other relevant practice experience a plus 
  • Those with experience in regards to immigration issues strongly encouraged to apply

Program Benefits:

The New York State Family Security Project AmeriCorps JD program is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides law students with the opportunity to earn an AmeriCorps education award of $1,252 that can be used to pay educational expenses or student loans.  Students may seek up to $4,399 in additional compensation for their service, for a total of up to $5,651 in compensation.  The $4,399 in additional compensation may be funded by a Federal Work Study Award, the student’s law school, local bar foundation, and/or other public interest fellowship award.  In addition, students are welcome to hold outside employment to supplement their income. 



Students must complete 300 hours of service and complete these hours by September 1, 2018 unless prior approval is given by Equal Justice Works. Requirements to serve include completion of a National Sex Offender Public Registry check, state criminal background check(s), FBI Fingerprint criminal background check, and submission of proof of U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency.


Locations:                 Geneva and Jamestown, New York


Application Requirements:

Applicants should submit a cover letter describing qualifications, resume, writing sample and the name and contact information for three references by January 31, 2018 to ensure full consideration.  Applications will be accepted beyond that date until the positions are filled.  Applications should be addressed to Thomas Dubel, Deputy Director, and sent to the following e-mail address:


Please note:  Once you have secured an AmeriCorps JD service position with your host organization, apply to be enrolled in the AmeriCorps JD program through our Student Application Manager. More information is available at


Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® (LawNY®) is an equal opportunity employer.  LawNY encourages applications from diverse candidates.  LawNY welcomes applications regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or any other consideration protected by law.  This position is considered non-exempt pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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