2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship Opportunity - North Penn Legal Services, Bethlehem

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. is currently seeking applicants for a two-year Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship that will be located in the Bethlehem office of North Penn Legal Services. The position will include casework and community outreach with a focus on housing law and public benefits (income maintenance). Housing work will include eviction defense, housing conditions, and foreclosure prevention.

About Our Fellowship Program

In 2003, an evaluation of the Martin Luther King Jr., Summer Internship Program revealed that, while the internship experience had been a very positive one for Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Inc. (PLAN) interns, clients and programs, the goal to enhance cultural and ethnic diversity within the programs was not being realized.

In response, PLAN Inc. created the Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Program in 2004. In partnership with a sponsoring regional or specialty 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. In addition, loan repayment assistance (LRA), up to $5,500, is available per fellowship year. 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 2019-20 PA Bar Foundation IOLTA Loan Repayment Program application is expected to open in early September 2019. The fellowship is intended to support and promote new lawyers who are interested in long term public interest careers.

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Fellowship Opportunity

Host Program: North Penn Legal Services (NPLS)
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Anticipated Start Date: On or about August 12, 2019.
Host Program Background: NPLS is dedicated to providing equal access to justice and high quality legal services to low-income persons and those in need of protective services throughout its 20-county service area in northeastern Pennsylvania. The mission of the program is to provide civil legal representation to low-income people and ensure equal access to justice for all. The program strives to help their clients become independent and self-sufficient members of the community by providing individual representation, information & referral, legal advice & brief services, and community legal education to low-income families and individuals. To learn more about the program, visit their website at http://www.northpennlegal.org/.
Job Description: The position will include casework and community outreach with a focus on two areas of law-housing and public benefits (income maintenance). Housing work will include eviction defense, housing conditions, and foreclosure prevention.
Requirements:  NPLS is seeking applicants who are self-motivated and mission-driven. A demonstrated commitment to the low-income client community is essential. Spanish fluency is a plus but not essential. Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania or sitting for the July 2019 Pennsylvania Bar Exam.
Salary/Benefits: NPLS offers a competitive compensation and benefits package commensurate with experience and within the parameters of its nonprofit compensation scale.

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

NPLS values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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