2024 Vermont Poverty Law Fellowship

Vermont Legal Aid
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Location: Caledonia County, Chittenden County, Rutland County, Washington County, Windham County,
About the Job

The Vermont Bar Foundation and the Vermont Access to Justice Coalition are pleased to announce the availability of a full time, two-year Vermont Poverty Law Fellowship (VPLF) beginning in August 2024. The VPLF program is looking for outstanding graduating law students and other new lawyers to help expand the reach of Vermont’s existing legal services providers. Funding for salary and benefits will be provided by the Vermont Bar Foundation.

The 2024 Fellowship will focus on the need for temporary and permanent housing for the soaring population of people experiencing homelessness in Vermont. The Fellow will represent people experiencing homelessness in emergency housing assistance appeals and address related legal issues that prevent them from meeting their basic needs and obtaining permanent housing. Vermont has one of the highest rates of substance use in the country, and people with substance use disorder disproportionately fill the ranks of people experiencing homelessness. The Fellow will work on strategies for addressing the housing needs for this growing population. Finally, the Fellow will use what they learn from individual representation of people experiencing homelessness to advocate for systemic change, consistent with our mission to advance the law to eliminate the injustice of poverty.

Fellows will work with the Vermont Bar Foundation and the Vermont Bar Association to publicize Fellowship activities, contribute to the public awareness of legal services in Vermont, and participate in the Vermont Bar Association’s continuing legal education activities.

Applicants must have excellent written and oral skills. Experience in public interest law, civil rights law, or legal services is required. Applicants must be recent law school graduates or graduating law students and should be licensed to practice law in Vermont or committed to obtaining licensure before the fellowship begins. Applicants must have a personal vehicle and some in-state travel will be required.

Salary will be $62,800 with additional salary credit given for relevant prior work experience. Compensation also includes four weeks paid vacation, and excellent fringe benefits. The position will be in-person, with the option of working remotely up to 3 days per week.

The deadline to apply is December 26, 2023 by 12:00pm EST. Visit our website at https://www.vtlegalaid.org/vermont-poverty-law-fellow for complete application instructions.

We are an equal opportunity employer. Please see our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: https://www.vtlegalaid.org/commitment-diversity-inclusion. VLA invites all applicants to include in their cover letter a statement about how their unique background and/or experiences might contribute to the diversity, cultural vitality, and inclusive perspective of our staff and our legal services practice. Please contact us if you require accommodation with respect to the application or interview process.

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

We have an established Racial Justice Committee that organizes DEI trainings for staff and has a subcommittee involved in our hiring process. Project Directors are in the process of identifying along with their staff what areas of their project need greater attention to DEI issues and how to promote greater inclusion of minorities in the cases they handle.

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Salary will be $62,800 with additional salary credit given for relevant prior work experience.