POSITION: Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM) is seeking Housing Law Fellows for COVID-19 related housing advocacy. In response to the COVID-related public health and economic crisis that has rendered many households unable to afford rent and at risk of eviction, the State of Michigan and legal aid organizations have developed programs to provide legal assistance to those facing homelessness. The Fellows will provide litigation support in landlord-tenant court. They will work remotely with members of our field offices. In-person work may eventually resume if conditions permit. These are grant-funded positions, for up to one year, depending on the availability of funding.
DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM: LSSCM is a division of the Michigan Advocacy Program (MAP). MAP works to advance the safety, independence, and economic stability of those most affected by poverty, racism, and other structurally oppressive systems by increasing access to justice and working for systemic solutions. MAP has provided civil legal aid for those unable to afford an attorney for more than 50 years. Today, MAP’s Legal Services of South Central Michigan (LSSCM) has five legal aid offices in south and central Michigan serving 13 counties with an emphasis on homelessness prevention, domestic violence and elder abuse prevention, and assistance in accessing health care, food, and needs-based income programs. In addition to LSSCM, MAP manages six statewide programs serving immigrant communities (Michigan Immigrant Rights Center), vulnerable older adults (Michigan Elder Justice Initiative), victims of domestic violence and elder abuse (Crime Victims Legal Assistance Program), migrant and seasonal farmworkers (Farmworker Legal Services), providing research and training support to all legal aid advocates (Michigan Poverty Law Program), and providing access to legal information to self-represented litigants (Michigan Legal Help Program). MAP has a staff of about 150 people in offices in Battle Creek, Detroit, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Monroe, and Ypsilanti.
QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants are expected to have graduated from law school by Spring or Summer 2021, and to be eligible to take the Michigan bar exam within the next year. Scheduling accommodations may be made for bar study. The ideal applicant will be able to communicate with a broad range of people, but particularly people in crisis or who are unfamiliar with the legal system. We value analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as a demonstrated commitment to serving low-income individuals and underserved populations through lived or learned experience. Clinical and/or court experience is a plus.
COMPENSATION: Salary is from $47,000 depending on experience and includes excellent benefits.
The Michigan Advocacy Program is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
- Complete this application form.
- Send resume and cover letter to email@example.com with “Housing Law Fellow” in the subject line.
Please indicate in the cover letter to which offices you are applying. Applications received by 5/17/21 will receive priority.