Equal Justice Works Immigration Summer Legal Corps- Rochester





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 7 regional offices covering a 14-county area in Western New York State. LawNY receives funding from the Legal Services Corporation, New York State Office of Court Administration, Interest on Lawyer Accounts (IOLA) Fund of the State of New York, United Way, AmeriCorps, Equal Justice Works, and numerous municipalities, foundations and donors. Our workforce includes approximately 145 attorneys, paralegals and support staff. It is LawNY’s mission to increase access to justice through excellent legal representation, advocacy and service. LawNY seeks to address systemic inequalities and injustices and foster racial, social and economic justice.



The Rochester office of LawNY is seeking an Equal Justice Works (EJW) Immigration Summer Legal Corps (ISLC) Fellow who will focus on improving LawNY’s ability to meet the needs of refugees in Monroe County, especially those living within the city of Rochester. The Fellow will promote economic self-sufficiency through direct legal representation, outreach, training, and community collaboration. In addition, there will be a focus on strengthening community partnerships between LawNY and providers that serve the refugee population that will effectively address the needs of refugees, as well as encourage the participation of refugees in determining the legal issues that most affect them and their communities.



ISLC is an 8-10-week summer internship program that provides law students with the opportunity to assist in meeting the critical needs of underserved and low-income immigrant communities. ISLC is open to first- and second-year law students, and EJW provides a $5,000 stipend for completing 300 hours of service in the program. Students also have the option to apply for unlimited outside funding through their university or other sources.


Student Fellows must complete 300 hours of service between May 1, 2020 and August 31, 2020. LawNY prefers that the Fellow start their fellowship on or about June 1, 2020. Students may choose to work 30 hours/week for 10 weeks or to work an alternative schedule (if agreed upon by both the Fellow and LawNY).  Additional information and requirements can be found on the EJW website: www.equaljusticeworks.org.



Applications must include a resume and personal statement and be made through the EJW website: www.equaljusticeworks.org/law-students/part-time-summer/immigration-summer-legal-corps/apply/. Applications will be accepted online through February 18, 2020. Applications approved by EJW will be forwarded to Kelly McGovern, LawNY’s Director of Pro Bono Affairs. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted in early March 2020.


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.


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