Working Title:Community HeLP Clinic Law Fellow
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Retirement Plan:TRS or ORP
Benefits Eligibility:Benefits Eligible
Full/Part time:Full Time
Additional Schedule Information:Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
Occasional evenings required
Open until filled:Yes
Proposed Starting Date:07/01/2024
Special Instructions to Applicants:All applications received by December 4, 2023, are guaranteed consideration.
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Location of Vacancy:Athens Area
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Minimum Qualifications:Terminal degree required. Additional professional licensure and/or certification in the field may be required.
Position Summary:The Community Health Law Partnership (Community HeLP) at the University of Georgia School of Law seeks a 2024-2025 post-graduate fellow for a 1-year position, with the possibility of renewal for a second year depending on performance and funding.
Community HeLP is a two-semester legal clinic at the University of Georgia School of Law that focuses on the intersection of immigration status and health. Under the supervision of the Clinic Director and Staff Attorney, second and third year law students engage in a variety of interdisciplinary advocacy, including humanitarian and family-based immigration benefits, advocacy on behalf of immigrant detainees, and public education on issues at the intersection of health and immigration. The clinic has represented women alleging medical abuse and neglect in a Georgia detention center, noncitizen workers hurt by a gas leak at a poultry plant, asylum seekers, families and individuals fleeing violence here and abroad, and other clients whose health and well-being are affected by social determinants that have legal solutions.
The Community HeLP Clinic Law Fellow will be expected to maintain a docket of cases and projects, and provide support for cases and projects handled by the Clinic Director, Staff Attorney, and students.
The position will involve occasional travel.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:Possess a JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school.
Fluency in both Spanish and English a significant plus.
Bar Admission in at least one state is required within 12 months, preferably Georgia.
Candidates will possess outstanding skills in administrative advocacy; excellent written and oral communication abilities; a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and working with underserved populations; strong organizational and time-management skills; an ability to collaborate with law students effectively; and an ability to build and maintain community relationships.
Physical Demands:Standard for normal office environment. Traveling for job-related duties.
Is driving a responsibility of this position?:No
Is this a Position of Trust?:Yes
Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?:No
Does this position require a P-Card? :No
Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? :No
Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:No
Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):Yes
Credit and P-Card policy:Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.
Duties/Responsibilities:Under the direction of the Clinic Director and Clinic Staff Attorney, engage in substantial legal work and advocacy, using a clinical practice model, which includes: (1) responsibility for a docket of cases and advocacy projects; and (2) providing support for cases and projects handled by the Clinic Director, Staff Attorney, and law students.
Percentage of time:55
Duties/Responsibilities:Under the direction of the Clinic Director and Clinic Staff Attorney, (1) engage in outreach and collaboration with relevant communities and partners; and (2) engage in travel as necessary for court proceedings, administrative hearings, and coalition-building.
Percentage of time:35
Duties/Responsibilities:Participate in trainings, conferences, and other professional development activities related to the Clinic’s work.
Percentage of time:5
Duties/Responsibilities:Perform other Clinic-related duties as assigned by the Clinic Director.
Percentage of time:5
Contact Details:For questions concerning this position or recruitment progression, please refer to the Recruitment Contact listed below.
Recruitment Contact Name:Law Budget Office
Recruitment Contact Email:LawBudget@uga.edu