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Public Interest Fellowship Opportunities
SeniorLAW Center is a nonprofit public interest legal services organization founded in 1978 which protects the legal rights of older Pennsylvanians with individual legal representation, counsel, education and advocacy. Currently serving over 8,000 seniors each year from widely diverse communities, SeniorLAW Center’s programs and services address critical issues of housing, domestic violence, consumer protection, health care, advance planning, financial exploitation, the legal needs of older veterans and family law, including services to grandparents raising grandchildren. Our Pennsylvania SeniorLAW HelpLine addresses unmet legal needs of Pennsylvania’s expansive elderly population, many of whom live in communities with few if any legal services focused on their needs. Through our work, we seek to improve the lives of Pennsylvania seniors and their access to vitally needed legal representation, information, services and resources. We fight for the independence, autonomy and dignity of our clients. We focus on the low-income, cultural/racial minorities, the disabled, and those who are otherwise vulnerable.
We are seeking attorneys licensed in Pennsylvania who are energetic, flexible, creative, confident, and culturally-sensitive, to represent, educate, intake/interview, counsel and advocate for senior clients and be a part of our team of experienced lawyers and advocates. Fellows will receive excellent training and supervision. They will intake and interview clients, handle an individual caseload, assist legal staff with more complex litigation and cases, advocate and negotiate, develop community education materials, help conduct outreach workshops and attend community events, conduct legal research, writing and drafting, participate in systemic advocacy efforts, and handle other office tasks and special projects, as needed.
We seek applicants who are active members of the Pennsylvania Bar, ideally with demonstrated public interest, pro bono or volunteer experience. Excellent oral and written communications skills, ability to work in a fast-paced environment and a commitment to serving vulnerable and diverse communities required. Experience in aging and/or poverty law, representing clients in various areas of civil law, and working with senior citizens, minority, and limited English proficient communities are all preferred. Persons with bilingual ability are strongly encouraged to apply.
Interested applicants should send their resumes and cover letters to the attention of Wendy E. Bookler, Esq., Legal Director, via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to 1500 JFK Blvd., Suite 1501, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Applications for fall 2016 should be submitted no later than 7/31/2015.
SeniorLAW Center is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. SeniorLAW Center prohibits discrimination based on age, race, national origin, color, religion, sexual orientation, disability, sex, gender, gender identity or familial status.
SeniorLAW Center regularly employs law students in full-time summer internships as well as part-time internships and externships through the school semester. Students are encouraged to explore law school funding and work study eligibility before applying.
If you are interested in work study, internships or externships, please email your resume and cover letter to Wendy E. Bookler, Esq., Legal Director, at email@example.com. CLICK HERE for more information about 2015 Summer Internships.
SeniorLAW Center has established excellent internship and externship programs with Villanova University School of Law (and its Lawyering Together program), Temple University Beasley School of Law, and Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, and we encourage students to apply through their law school faculty. We welcome inquiries from students of other law schools with externship programs.