- Corporation for National and Community Service
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- JusticeCorps Members Resource Site
The JusticeCorps program is currently accepting applications for AmeriCorps member positions for the 2013-2014 program year.Learn more about applying to be a JusticeCorps member in each of the program’s three regions:
The JusticeCorps program aims to assist California courts in meeting the needs of self-represented litigants by recruiting and training college students to work in legal self-help centers. Some of the services that JusticeCorps members provide at the centers include:
JusticeCorps members work under the supervision of court attorneys. Since the program began in 2004, 1,000 members have successfully completed the program and have had the following impact:
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The JusticeCorps program is an innovative approach to solving one of the more pressing issues faced by courts around the country today: providing equal access to justice. JusticeCorps recruits and trains 250 diverse university students annually to serve in overburdened legal self-help centers throughout California. First launched as a pilot program in Los Angeles County in 2004, JusticeCorps expanded to the Bay Area in fall 2006, to San Diego in fall 2007, and to the Sacramento Capitol Region in fall 2010. Minimum-time members commit to serving a minimum of 300 hours during an academic year in self-help centers. In return, they receive approximately 30 hours of training as well as a education award when they complete the program. The program also offers a select number of full-time service opportunities in Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and San Diego. Full-time members serve 1,700 hours and receive a $20,000 living allowance dispensed throughout their one-year term of service.
The JusticeCorps program places members in service in the counties shown on the left. Click to enlarge.
Funded through an AmeriCorps grant, JusticeCorps is a collaborative project of the California Administrative Office of the Courts; the Superior Courts of California, Counties of Alameda, Los Angeles, Placer, Yolo, San Diego, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara; select University of California and California State University campuses; and many community-based service providers. JusticeCorps members receive intensive training throughout the year so they can provide in-depth and individualized legal services to self-represented litigants, often in their own languages, under the supervision of an attorney.
To celebrate AmeriCorps Week 2012, the Bay Area JusticeCorps program invited Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren to visit the Santa Clara Superior Courts Self-Help Center in San Jose. Congresswoman Lofgren, a member of the National Service Congressional Caucus, pledged her ongoing support for the program after seeing its valuable impact.