Working for Legal Services in Arkansas

Public interest attorneys in Arkansas can work for the Center for Arkansas Legal Services or Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc., public interest non-profit law firms providing free legal services to low-income Arkansans. Public interest attorneys have been participating in this type of service in Arkansas since the 1960s.

 

Private practice attorneys interested in pro bono work can click here.

 

Job Openings


Center for Arkansas Legal Services

Equal Justice Works Veterans Legal Corps

The Center for Arkansas Legal Services is hosting a one-year fellowship sponsored by Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps to focus on addressing the legal needs of veterans. The attorney selected for the Fellowship will be housed at the Center for Arkansas Legal Services’ local office. Per Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps guidelines, the fellowship must begin between September 1 and November 15, 2017 and last for one year.

Fellowship Description:  The Equal Justice Works Veterans Legal Fellow will:

  • Provide high quality legal services to veterans. In most instances, this will involve conducting intake, assembling evidence, conducting interviews, researching the relevant law, preparing pleadings, representing veterans in court and administrative matters, providing community outreach and education to Arkansans regarding veteran legal issues and recruiting and engaging pro bono attorneys in veteran legal services.
  • Position is a one-year Fellowship, with a possible one-year extension contingent upon continued AmeriCorps funding.
  • Travel is required within the Center for Arkansas Legal Services’ service area.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • The ability to undergo and pass AmeriCorps-mandated criminal background checks (only conviction for murder and/or presence on sex offender registry are automatic bars to service; other criminal convictions are allowable pursuant to Equal Justice Works review and approval)
  • A demonstrated commitment to public interest work and strong desire to assist indigent clients
  • Strong writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • The ability work collaboratively in a variety of contexts
  • Prior experience in managing independent projects or assignments
  • Law school clinic, externship, summer or other relevant practice experience
  • The ability to begin the fellowship no later than November 15, 2017.
  • Arkansas state bar membership or eligibility to practice in Arkansas under limited permission rule preferred (the latter is available as a result of bar membership in another state)    
  • Those with experience regarding veterans issues strongly encouraged to apply

Center For Arkansas Legal Services - Mission: The Center for Arkansas Legal Services’ mission is to defend the legal rights and work for systemic solutions to balance the scales of justice for low-income people and communities.

Application Instructions: Interested candidates should email Jean Carter, Executive Director, at [email protected] with the subject line:  AmeriCorps Fellowship – [Your Last Name]. Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume.  Email is the preferred means of application, but applications may also be mailed to 1300 West 6th Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201.  The cover letter should clearly refer to the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellowship position. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow is scheduled to begin the term of service no later than November 15, 2017. 

The Center for Arkansas Legal Services is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.

Application Deadline: September 30, 2017, but candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

 

Veterans Legal Corps - AmeriCorps JD

Agency Description: The Center for Arkansas Legal Services is a non-profit, charitable organization which provides free civil legal assistance to low-income Arkansans in 44 counties within the state.  The Center for Arkansas Legal Services’ mission is to defend the legal rights and work for systemic solutions to balance the scales of justice for low-income people and communities.

Position Summary: The Veterans Legal Corps will engage 260 law students to serve as AmeriCorps members around the country who are working to expand the delivery of legal services to veterans, their families, and other individuals who need it most.

Veterans Legal Corps JD members will improve the lives of low-income and homeless veterans by providing legal assistance that ultimately leads to higher incomes, better health, safer and more secure housing, and family stability. JD members will support Equal Justice Works Fellows in securing VA disability benefits and/or SSDI/SSI benefits for veterans with complex physical and mental health challenges, eliminating legal barriers to housing, reducing or dismissing fines, warrants, and tickets, reducing unwarranted – or waiving unreasonably high – child support orders, preventing foreclosures and evictions and eliminating legal barriers to employment.

Attitude and General Responsibilities:

  • Support program staff, your supervisor, and administrative staff in duties as appropriate and necessary.
  • Consult with your supervisor if you have any ideas, issues, or concerns, offering analysis and solutions whenever possible.
  • Practice sound health habits, including getting sufficient rest, to effectively perform the position requirements.
  • Respect confidentiality of clients, staff, and other AmeriCorps members.

Program leadership:

  • Make connections with individuals and volunteers in the community for program outreach and program enhancement.
  • Assist AmeriCorps members and staff in programming and activities
  • Train and assist volunteers when appropriate. 

Program-specific duties: Provide high quality legal services to veterans. In most instances, this will involve conducting intake, assembling evidence, conducting interviews, researching the relevant law, preparing pleadings, representing veterans, providing community outreach and education to Arkansans regarding veteran legal issues, recruiting and engaging pro bono attorneys in veteran legal services and assisting in court and administrative matters for veterans

  • Position is a one-year Fellowship, with a possible one-year extension contingent upon continued AmeriCorps funding.
  • Travel is required within the Center for Arkansas Legal Services’ service area.

Citizenship training and responsibilities: Participate in AmeriCorps training and national service events as required and requested by The Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support, Arkansas Service Commission (ASC).

Program training:

  • Participate in orientation training.
  • Participate in substantive veterans legal issue training as provided by Equal Justice Works    

Skill requirements: Applicant must:

  • Be enrolled in an accredited law school and be in good standing
  • Have completed their first year of law school
  • Have good oral and written communication skills
  • Have a desire to work with low income clients and veterans.
  • Have reliable transportation (travel required)

Program Benefits: The Veterans Legal Corps AmeriCorps JD program is an AmeriCorps-funded program that provides law students with the opportunity to earn an AmeriCorps education award of $1,230 that can be used to pay educational expenses or student loans. 

Students may seek up to $4,422 in additional compensation for their service, for a total of up to $5,652 in compensation.  The $4,422 in additional compensation may be funded by a Federal Work Study Award, the student’s law school, local bar foundation, and/or other public interest fellowship award.  The students are responsible for determining if the additional funding sources are available and applying for the additional funding sources.

In addition, students are welcome to hold outside employment to supplement their income. 

Students must complete 300 hours of service and complete these hours by September 1, 2018 unless prior approval is given by Equal Justice Works. Requirements to serve include completion of National Sex Offender Public Registry check, state criminal background check(s), FBI Fingerprint criminal background check, and submission of proof of U.S. citizenship.

LOCATIONS: Little Rock, ARHowever, travel is required within the Center for Arkansas Legal Services’ service area.

TO APPLY: Interested candidates should email Jean Carter, Executive Director, at [email protected]. Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume.  Email is the preferred means of application, but applications may also be mailed to 1300 West 6th Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72201.  The cover letter should clearly refer to the Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD position. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted

Apply for the AmeriCorps JD program through our Student Application Manager. More information is available at http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/americorpsjd.

The Center for Arkansas legal Services is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

 

AmeriCorps JD (multiple positions)

Law students can gain first-hand experience and legal skills with client intake and interview, representation, legal education and outreach, and research and writing. Complete 300 service hours to receive an education award voucher of $1,230.69. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. The Center has offices in Little Rock, El Dorado, Fort Smith, Hot Springs, Pine Bluff, and Russellville. Please send your resume by email to Jean Carter, Executive Director of the Center for Arkansas Legal Services, at [email protected]

 

Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc.

Americorps VISTA Capacity Builder (five positions)

The Americorps VISTA program will have five full-time members whose projects will focus on building permanent capacity and infrastructure for Legal Aid. The VISTA members will help implement Legal Aid's strategic vision of having a more fully integrated statewide legal services system that provides services in the most impactful and efficient manner. Legal Aid still has positions open in volunteer recruitment and fundraising.Click here to apply.