Equal Justice Works Veterans Legal Corps, Veterans Advocacy
The Veterans Advocacy Project is a program of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Students and lawyers work together to assist Veterans with their VA Disability Benefit Compensation appeals and Discharge Upgrades. The VAP focuses on homeless and low income Veterans and has clinics in Denver and Colorado Springs. Because the VAP is the only pro bono clinic in the state offering these services, Colorado Veterans receive preference.
The VAP is hosting a one-year Fellowship to provide essential legal services to our nation's veterans, active military service members, and their families. The selected candidate will be a part of a corps of legal Fellows serving in the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Corps Program and will encounter hands-on experience providing direct legal representation to the veteran. The Fellow's role combines elements of direct legal representation and community outreach and advocacy. The attorney selected for this Fellowship will be housed at the VAP's local office. Per Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps guidelines, the selected Fellow's term of service must begin prior to October 31, 2018 and last for one year.
The Equal Justice Works Veterans Legal Corps (VLC) Fellow will:
- Provide high quality direct legal representation to financially eligible veterans and their families. This will likely involve conducting intake, assembling evidence, conducting interviews, and researching relevant law.
- Assist in VA and Military hearings.
- Work with students in the VAP.
- Participate in a national corps of attorneys committed to providing legal representation to the veteran community.
- Have access to a substantive and skills-based training curriculum and ongoing support, including participation in Equal Justice Works' annual Leadership Development Training in Washington, D.C.
- Position is a one-year Fellowship.
The Fellow will receive an annual living allowance, as well as financial support for housing, student loan repayment, and other permissible reimbursable living expenses. Additionally, Fellows receive an education award, health insurance, and other benefits. Interested applicants should contact Ann Vessels, Director of the VAP with any follow up questions. .
Other Benefits Provided by the VAP:
- Health and dental insurance, and low cost vision plan available;
- Life and disability insurance;
- Position related travel reimbursement and bar dues;
- Opportunities to participate in national substantive training on veterans law issues and in a variety of local and regional skills-based and substantive trainings.
Other Benefits and Professional Opportunities offered by AmeriCorps:
- Student loan forbearance and interest accrual payment upon successful completion of service
- Opportunity to attend national trainings focused on leadership, networking, and project development sponsored by Equal Justice Works
- Childcare assistance (if income-eligible)
Please submit your application materials by 4:00pm (MST) October 18, 2018.
Candidates must apply online through www.du.edu/jobs to be considered.