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Apply now Job no: 502464
Position Type: Staff
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: School of Law

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and a world leader in experiential learning. The same commitment to connecting with the world drives our use-inspired research enterprise. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Our campuses in Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto are regional platforms for undergraduate and graduate learning and collaborative research. Northeastern pursues advanced research in security and materials at the Innovation Campus in Burlington, Massachusetts, and in coastal sustainability at the Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts.

About the Opportunity:

The Legal Fellow will implement a legal outreach project, the Legal Assistance to Victims Project (LAV) aimed at providing law students, with an emphasis on first year students, with an opportunity to provide individual legal consultations to survivors of domestic and sexual violence at those places in the community they first turn to for help. The Legal Fellow will train and supervise law student advocates in the provision of holistic services to survivors, as well as contribute to conferences and trainings for law students enrolled in other existing DVI programs. Training will include information about project protocols and resources, including protecting confidentiality. Fellow will participate in teaching and supervising of students enrolled in upper level Clinic. Fellow will have case coverage responsibilities for the academic quarters when the Clinic is not running.

This is a 35 hour/week, benefits-eligible, grant funded position, lasting for up to 36 months.

Responsibilities:

The Legal Fellow will implement a legal outreach project, the Legal Assistance to Victims Project (LAV) aimed at providing law students, with an emphasis on first year students, with an opportunity to provide individual legal consultations to survivors of domestic and sexual violence at those places in the community they first turn to for help.

The Legal Fellow will train and supervise law student advocates in the provision of holistic services to survivors, as well as contribute to conferences and trainings for law students enrolled in other existing DVI programs. Training will include information about project protocols and resources, including protecting confidentiality.

In addition to providing NUSL students an opportunity to learn to conduct culturally sensitive, client centered consultations, the LAV will increase the neighboring, underserved community’s access to legal services by offering assistance directly on-site, out in the community health and human services centers. The DVI will partner with Casa Myrna, the largest domestic violence agency in Boston, to implement the LAV project and maximize its impact.

The Legal Fellow will participate in LAV outreach strategy planning, by working closely with Casa Myrna to identify potential project sites and community collaborators. Additionally, the Legal Fellow will initiate and maintain continuing contact with community partners through meetings and community events.

The Legal Fellow will consult regularly with community service providers on legal questions raised by their work with survivors. Along with Casa Myrna staff, the Legal Fellow will maintain legal outreach services to community partners at those times when students are not in session.

The Legal Fellow will participate in quarterly meetings with Casa Myrna to assess the progress of providing on-site services, communicate any changes in policy, practice or availability of services relevant to the collaboration, update protocols and procedures as necessary, report on the availability and effectiveness of clinical and co-op law students, and brainstorm solutions to problems or practices that interfere with effective delivery of services. The Legal Fellow will also collect and report all OVW-required data and other data necessary for performance monitoring to Casa Myrna in a timely manner.

The Legal Fellow will work with Casa Myrna to identify best practices for interviewing, lethality assessment and safety planning, legal needs assessment, emergency services provisions and referrals when serving racially, ethnically, and linguistically minority clients. The Legal Fellow will also work to identify how to best access advocates who speak diverse languages and identify interpreter services for cases where suitable advocates are not available.

Qualifications:

Must have Juris Doctor Degree, be a member of the Massachusetts Bar or eligible to immediately waive in. Two-Three years of experience working with victims of domestic and sexual violence and as a direct services attorney or clinical law fellow. Bi-lingual capability (in Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole) is highly desirable. Experience as a student/teacher in clinical law program preferred.


Preferred Qualifications:

 

 

Salary Grade:

 10

Additional Information:

 

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see www.northeastern.edu/diversity.

 

 

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