Thursday, October 5, 2023

Rural Disaster Legal Services Fellow sought

This notice about seeking to hire a rural legal fellow went out from Legal Services of Northern California recently: 

Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) announces its inaugural Rural Disaster Legal Services Fellowship - a limited and unique opportunity for a current third-year law student to launch their legal career by providing vital legal services, advocacy and education to the most vulnerable individuals impacted by natural disasters. The fellow will focus on legal services and advocacy that will build resilience and help impacted communities to recover and prepare for future events. The fellow will provide direct legal assistance to individuals impacted by disasters, coordinate with disaster services providers, attend specialized disaster law training, collaborate with leaders in the state and national disaster legal services network, prepare and present community legal education, conduct targeted efforts to reach the most vulnerable communities, and assist in legal response work to current or future disasters throughout LSNC’s service area. 

The fellow will be based in LSNC's Shasta office, located in Redding.  Here's a further description of the 

Under supervision of the Shasta Regional Office Managing Attorney, the fellow will participate in all aspects of advocacy and litigation including, but not limited to: client interviews, factual investigation, legal research, discovery, preparation of legal documents, negotiations, trials, and appellate work in both state and federal courts; appear at administrative hearings; provide legal advice to individual clients, and general legal information to eligible community groups as well as to the public in general. Engagement with the broader statewide and national disaster legal services community, including attendance at specialized training and conferences. Travel throughout LSNC’s service area, to areas impacted by or at risk for significant disaster events is required. Interaction with people who have experienced the impacts of disaster events, including trauma and loss, is a central function of the position.

Read more about the role of legal aid in responding to disasters here.  

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