JusticeCorps Los Angeles Graduate Fellowship (Full-Time Member/1,700-Hour) Program Application

Position Description

Primary responsibility:
Since September 2007, the JusticeCorps Fellows have been at the forefront of pioneering family law case management in the Los Angeles Superior Court. Fellows assist self-represented litigants who have received notice that they must appear before the court for a Case Status Conference regarding their family law or guardianship case. Under this mandated procedure, a status conference will be set for hearing in any case where no progress has been made 90 days from the time a petition has been filed. When litigants arrive at the courthouse, Fellows review court case files and documents brought to the status conference to determine the steps needed for litigants to move their case forward toward completion. Fellows will educate litigants about the next steps they need to complete and about the overall process to conclude their case.

Secondary Responsibility:
Fellows’ secondary responsibility will be to provide general assistance to self-represented litigants in self-help programs in following areas:

  • Provide legal information to litigants regarding family law, probate guardianship and conservatorship, housing law, civil harassment and other topics (answering questions based on court rules or procedures or legal research).
  • Present or assist in workshops or clinics presented by attorneys, paralegals, and other site staff
  • Full-time members may act as team leads or mentors for less experienced, minimum time members.

Participants in the JusticeCorps Fellowship assume a great deal of responsibility and are exposed to a wide variety of legal matters. It is a perfect venue to explore if a service and/or legal field are a good career fit and to gain invaluable work experience while helping the community.

Application Process

Before you begin the application process, please note that you cannot save the application once you have started. There are several short answer questions which may require more time than you have available in one sitting. We strongly recommend that applicants review Sample Questions and prepare responses to the short answer questions in a separate word processing program before proceeding (responses prepared outside this form may be cut and pasted into this application). 

Resumes:

Applicants must submit a current resume. Please email your resume to Jennifer Kalish as a document named with your first name, last name and resume in the title, for example: janedoeresume.pdfThe Subject line of your email message must include the word "resume."

Hard copy resumes may be sent to:
Jennifer Kalish
Program Director JusticeCorps
Los Angeles Superior Court
111 North Hill Street, Rm. 422L
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Professional Evaluation:

Applicants must submit a name and email address in the application for an individual who can provide a professional evaluation. The evaluator should be familiar with the applicant’s service, work and/or academic achievements and be able to comment upon the applicant’s strengths and challenges. If the applicant is a current or former JusticeCorps member it is strongly suggested that the evaluation come from the JusticeCorps site supervisor. Applicants who do not submit the evaluator’s contact information will not be considered for the fellowship. After the application deadline has passed, the recommender will receive a link which will provide access to our evaluation database. Once the recommender has received an evaluation request he/she will have 10 days to complete the evaluation. For questions regarding the evaluation, please contact Jennifer Kalish at 213-233-0692.

Application review will begin the business day following the application deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 9, 2015. Once all applications have gone through a paper screening process, only the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in an interview. Acceptance notices will be mailed in late spring (May or early June). If you have any questions regarding the JusticeCorps fellowship, you may contact Jennifer Kalish.

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