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Company Name Disability Law Center
Date Posted May 1, 2014
Category Staff
Job Type Other




The DISABILITY LAW CENTER is pleased to announce an AND JUSTICE FOR ALL Fellowship. The program provides opportunities for unemployed new lawyers to gain significant legal experience with select Utah nonprofit legal aid organizations, while enjoying the personal satisfaction of increasing access to justice for Utahns who are unable to afford an attorney.

The Fellowship is for a full-time attorney over a 6-month period, and may be renewable for an additional six months depending on project status and funding.

AJFA Fellows receive:

• Dynamic opportunities to develop and utilize their skills in the public interest sector providing legal expertise for populations desperately needing representation
• Training and experience working on important substantive legal issues
• Access to bi-monthly professional development workshops on topical issues
• A monthly stipend of $1,000 for six months and an additional $4,000 grant upon completion of the six-month Fellowship
• Malpractice insurance
• May be eligible for student loan deferment

Position Purpose:
The AJFA Fellow is responsible for providing legal advocacy and representation to eligible individuals in selected cases. This position has the primary responsibility for investigation and advocacy to ensure that persons with disabilities in Utah have representation on issues related to accessibility and civil rights ; and representation of clients experiencing employment discrimination. Core responsibilities and purposes include, but are not limited to:

Provide and coordinate legally based advocacy services to individuals seeking assistance through the Access and Rights and Employment Issue Teams and/or supervising others in the provision of these services, including:
• Meeting with clients to investigate issues and their needs, researching legal issues and the ability of the DLC to provide services ;
• Developing appropriate legal strategies in conjunction with other staff assigned to the Employment and Access and Rights Issue teams and the Supervisory Attorneys, as assigned;
• Working with Supervisory Attorneys in preparing and/or supervising effective case strategies, both individual and class-based;
• Acting as a staff attorney for clients rights in formal and informal settings in conjunction with the Senior Attorney as assigned;

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ability to perform legal research, writing, and litigate cases. Requires working knowledge of relevant federal and state law. Ability to prepare and deliver persuasive arguments and think clearly and quickly in extemporaneous situations. Requires excellent interpersonal skills to relate to clients and various professionals and to mediate conflicts. May require broad knowledge of disabilities and impairments, and the service delivery system for individuals with disabilities. Ability to effectively delegate, supervise and organize work. Must have skill in both verbal and written communication with persons of varying cognitive levels and communication skills. Must have successfully completed a Juris Doctorate and be admitted to the Utah Bar Association.

Problem Solving
Must have skill in both verbal and written communication, including that with persons of varying cognitive levels and communication skills. Must have the ability to prioritize workload and meet deadlines. Demonstrated ability to conduct staff and client assessments for the purposes of planning and evaluation of DLC services, strategies and goals. Needs demonstrated organizational and problem solving skills. Must be able to solve problems with minimal supervision.

Freedom to Act
The incumbent has general freedom to act within the assigned responsibilities and with supervision of the Executive Director, Legal Director, and Senior Attorneys. Reporting is accomplished through oral and written reports to the Executive Director and Supervisory Attorneys.

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