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2019-21 Fellowships - Michigan Advocacy Program

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Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP) is seeking applicants to sponsor for 2019-2021 Skadden, Soros Justice, and Equal Justice Works Fellowships. MAP is seeking candidates interested in projects to support our work on behalf of low-income individuals and families in a range of substantive areas: Domestic violence, family law, immigration, migrant and seasonal farmworker rights, consumer law, housing law, public benefits, elder law, criminal record expungement, and other access to justice issues.

MAP has both local and statewide programs including:

  • Legal Services of South Central Michigan – LSSCM provides civil legal representation to low income persons, with an emphasis on homelessness prevention, domestic violence prevention, and access to needs-based governmental benefits. LSSCM has offices in Jackson, Lansing, Battle Creek, Monroe, and Ypsilanti. www.lsscm.org
  • Farmworker Legal Services – FLS provides free legal assistance to migrant and seasonal farmworkers throughout the state of Michigan. FLS has offices in Kalamazoo and Ypsilanti. Preference will be given to candidates interested in projects out of FLS’ Kalamazoo office. Conversational Spanish ability is required. farmworkerlaw.org
  • Michigan Immigrant Rights Center – MIRC is a legal resource center for Michigan's immigrant communities. MIRC works to build a thriving Michigan where immigrant communities are fully integrated and respected. MIRC has offices in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Ann Arbor (moving to Ypsilanti in 2019). michiganimmigrant.org
  • Michigan Poverty Law Program – MPLP provides state support services to local legal aid programs and other poverty law advocates. MPLP engages in systemic advocacy to help alleviate barriers faced by low income individuals. MPLP’s office is in Ann Arbor (moving to Ypsilanti in 2019). mplp.org
  • Michigan Elder Justice Initiative – MEJI seeks to empower, educate, and protect low income older adults and people with disabilities through administrative and policy advocacy, educational efforts, and collaboration with partners on the local, state, and national level. MEJI’s office is in Lansing. meji.org
  • Michigan Legal Help – MLH strives to increase access to justice by working with judges, courts, lawyers, legal aid, and many others to provide quality assistance to individuals representing themselves in civil legal matters in Michigan. MLH’s office is in Ypsilanti. michiganlegalhelp.org

Qualifications:

  • You must be: a current law student who will graduate in May 2019, a current law student who will graduate in May 2018 who will be clerking 2018-2019, or a recent law school graduate who is currently clerking and will finish the clerkships(s) by August 2019.
  • Applicants must sit for the Michigan bar exam prior to the start of the fellowship.
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to public service.
  • You must be eligible to apply for at least two of these project-based fellowships: Skadden Fellowships, Soros Justice Fellowships, and Equal Justice Works Fellowships. Please review the requirements and the process for applying for these fellowships before submitting an application to MAP.

To apply:

  • Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until July 1st.
  • Send a resume, cover letter, and unofficial law school transcript as attachment(s) to jobs@lsscm.org with “Fellowship Application” in the subject of your email.
  • Your cover letter should include (1) a brief description of your proposed project or a description of the specific area(s) of poverty law that interest you, (2) an explanation of why you are interested in a project-based fellowship with MAP and which offices you are interested in, (3) which fellowships you plan to apply for (Skadden, Soros, Equal Justice Works), and (4) your relevant background and experience.

Questions:

Alyson Robbins, Manager of Outreach & Development, arobbins@lsscm.org.

MAP is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Date Posted: Jun 04, 2018