ABOUT SCSJ AND THE CLEAN SLATE PROJECT
The Clean Slate Project was established in 2014 to address community requests for help with the collateral consequences of contact with the criminal justice system, including barriers to employment, housing, and occupational licenses. Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps Employment Opportunity Legal Corps “EOLC” Fellows work within the Clean Slate Project to provide direct re-entry legal services and advocacy to economically disadvantaged individuals and people of color with criminal records that continue to impose collateral consequences long after their interaction with the criminal justice system. This is a one-year fellowship opportunity with a possible one-year extension contingent upon performance and continued AmeriCorps funding. SCSJ is a nonprofit organization based in Durham devoted to addressing systemic racism through multidisciplinary approaches, including impact litigation, criminal record legal services, policy advocacy, and research. Currently, SCSJ focuses on Criminal Justice (including its Clean Slate collateral consequences work) and Voting Rights (SCSJ litigates voting rights cases throughout the South).
Pull and analyze criminal records; file petitions and represent clients in criminal district and superior court hearings statewide, predominantly in Central and Eastern NC.
Attend three to four on-site Clean Slate Clinics per year throughout North Carolina.
Collaborate daily with Clean Slate staff on caseload needs. Clean Slate staff includes four EOLC fellows, two staff attorneys, and one community organizer.
Coordinate with local attorneys, court staff, and community leaders to promote Clean Slate Project work and goals.
Develop innovative approaches to expand the law in ways that benefit clients.
Perform other administrative tasks related to AmeriCorps and Equal Justice Works program compliance.
Must start by September 30, 2016, and attend the annual Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training in Washington, DC, on October 25-27, 2016.
Passion for providing the highest quality legal advice and representation to individual clients.
Desire to be part of an energetic and collaborative team of people dedicated to criminal justice reform.
Enthusiasm for setting and meeting goals and deadlines, independent problem solving, and high attention to detail.
Ability to handle quickly changing plans with flexibility and grace.
Ability to communicate effectively through various mediums, including formal letter, phone, email, and in-person; ability to communicate and work well with individuals with criminal records, community organizers and leaders, policy advocates, lawyers, judges, and court staff.
Commitment to SCSJ’s community lawyering and racial justice model; experience in social justice/community-based lawyering, public interest law, or skills transferrable to this field.
J.D. degree from an accredited law school; NC Bar membership in good standing by the start date. Page 2 of 2
Fellows are paid monthly by two means: a stipend of $25,060, plus up to $21,000 in supplemental benefits reimbursable only upon proof of receipt in specific living expense categories established by AmeriCorps, including housing, utilities, school loans, and if income eligible childcare assistance. Additionally, fellows can receive a $5,775 AmeriCorps Legal Education Award upon successful completion of service. SCSJ will provide health and dental insurance and other benefits normally afforded to permanent staff.
APPLICATION DEADLINE AND INSTRUCTIONS
Because the funder requires a start date of September 30, 2016, the application timeline is extremely tight.
The deadline to apply is Thursday, September 1, 2016, at 8 p.m.
Invitations for interviews will be sent on Friday, September 2, 2016. Interviews will be held on September 6 & 7, 2016. If you are unsure whether to apply because of availability on these dates, please submit your materials and indicate issues with availability in your email or cover letter.
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Bethan Eynon at email@example.com with the subject line: “Clean Slate Fellowship Application – [your full name].”
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please also forward questions about this job description to Bethan. SCSJ 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. The EOLC Fellowship program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or religion.