Applicants sought for Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Position


‚ÄčNorthwestern Legal Services logoPennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. is currently soliciting applications for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Program fellowship that will be located at Northwestern Legal Services in Erie, Pennsylvania. 

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Program was established in 2004 in an attempt to enhance the cutural and ethnic diversity within legal aid programs in Pennsylvania. Under the program law school graduates and attorneys who are new to practice are hired as full time staff attorneys for a two-year fellowship.

Fellows are assigned mentors and supervised by experienced attorneys. Salary and benefits are determined by the host program. The fellowship is intended to support and promote new lawyers who are interested in long term public interest careers.  Employment is not necessarily limited to the two-year term of the fellowship.

In addition, loan repayment assistance (LRA), up to $11,000 is available during the first two years of employment. Fellows are required to apply for LRA through the PA Bar Foundation IOLTA Loan Repayment Program, their law school, and/or the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) in order to receive PLAN Inc. LRA. 

The current position will involve a general poverty law practice including, but not limited to, family, housing, consumer, and public benefits related issues.

Applicants should be new to practice attorneys licensed in Pennsylvania with a commitment to public interest law. Law school graduates will be considered, but a formal offer of employment is contingent upon passing the bar examination. Spanish fluency is helpful. The successful candidate must be willing to travel and commit to completing the full two year fellowship.

To apply for this fellowship, please forward a cover letter, resume, three professional references (must identify relationship with reference), official law school transcript and a writing sample to:

Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith, Esq.
Administrative Officer
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
118 Locust Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101 
1-800-322-7572, ext. 216

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