Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship Opportunity (Attorney) - Erie


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Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship Opportunity
Northwestern Legal Services - Erie


About Our Fellowship Program

In 2003, an evaluation of the Martin Luther King Jr., Summer Internship Program revealed that, while the internship experience had been a very positive one for Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Inc. (PLAN) interns, clients and programs, the goal to enhance cultural and ethnic diversity within the programs was not being realized.

In response, PLAN Inc. created the Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellowship Program in 2004.  In partnership with a sponsoring regional or specialty program, law school graduates and attorneys who are new to practice are hired as full time staff attorneys for a two-year fellowship.

Fellows are assigned mentors and supervised by experienced attorneys.  Salary and benefits are determined by the host program. In addition, loan repayment assistance (lra), up to $11,000 is available during the first two years of employment.  Fellows are required to apply for lra through the PA Bar Foundation IOLTA Loan Repayment Program, their law school, and/or the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) in order to receive PLAN Inc. lra. The 2017-18 PA Bar Foundation IOLTA Program application is open until October 16, 2017, 11:59 p.m.  The 2018 LSC Loan Application Cycle is expected to open early next year. The fellowship is intended to support and promote new lawyers who are interested in long term public interest careers.  Employment is not limited to two years.

Fellowship Opportunity

Program:    Northwestern Legal Services
Position will be in the Erie, Pennsylvania Office
Start Date:      Fall/Winter 2017
Description:      General poverty law practice including, but not limited to, family, housing, consumer, and public benefits related issues.
Requirements:             Must be new to practice attorney licensed in Pennsylvania with a commitment to public interest law. Will consider recent law school graduates, however, a formal offer of employment is contingent upon passing the bar examination. Spanish fluency is helpful. Successful candidate must be willing to travel and commit to completing the full two year fellowship.

To apply for this fellowship, please forward a cover letter, resume, three professional references (must identify relationship with reference), official law school transcript and a writing sample to:

Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith, Esq.
Administrative Officer
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
118 Locust Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
1-800-322-7572, ext. 216

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September 14, 2017