Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada Community Justice Fellowship
   Sponsored by Paul Padda Law

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Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada announces the creation of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada Community Justice Fellowship, sponsored by Paul Padda Law. Legal Aid Center will award a one-year Community Justice Fellowship to a law student graduate, outgoing judicial law clerk, or an attorney with less than 3 years of postgraduate legal experience who wants to work in a public interest law firm and learn how the top legal aid in Nevada assists over 125,000 individuals a year. 

Please visit  Paul Padda Law for information on the sponsor of the Community Justice Fellowship.

The fellow will be selected in November 2019, to begin in August, 2020. 

Application opens:  August 1, 2019
Application Deadline: September 27, 2019
Review and selection: September 30 – November 11, 2019
Fellowship Awarded: November 15, 2019

Community Justice Fellowship Description:  The fellow will provide critical assistance to the thousands of low income and vulnerable clients who are assisted by Legal Aid Center each year. The Community Justice fellowship is designed to give new attorneys valuable legal training and the opportunity to gain practical experience in the areas of practice handled by Legal Aid Center. The purpose of the fellowship is not only to assist with the great unmet legal need at Legal Aid Center, but to expose the fellow to the workings of a public interest law practice. 

The fellow will rotate through Legal Aid Center’s project areas. The fellow will be exposed to all areas of practice, from interviewing vulnerable clients to processing cases to final resolution in:  

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The Children’s Attorneys Project, which represents thousands of abused and neglected children in the foster care system, giving them a voice to ensure they are not separated from siblings and are timely reunited with parents or grandparents or adopted quicker so they are not traumatized by long stays in foster care. 

The Family Justice Project, which represents victims of domestic violence, providing clients with a vital lifeline to reclaim a life free from violence by obtaining protective orders, divorce decrees and custody orders. If the victim is an immigrant, the fellow will be able to assist in obtaining immigration-related relief under the Violence Against Women Act or other victim-based relief.

The Consumer Rights Project, which helps victims of financial fraud and exploitation, fighting against abusive practices that cause great economic hardship. Our newest program includes protecting seniors and adults with disability from unnecessary guardianships, ensuring their voices are heard, their liberty is not unduly restricted, and their savings are not depleted by those who seek to take advantage of them. 

Requirements:  

• Hold a Juris Doctorate from an ABA-Accredited law school by July 2020, be an outgoing judicial
        law clerk, or an attorney with less than 3 years of practice; 

• Have a demonstrated commitment to public interest, especially in underserved communities; 
        and a passion for assisting individuals facing injustice

Application Information:

Who Can Apply:  a law student due to graduate by May 2020, an outgoing judicial law clerk, or an attorney with less than 3 years of practice.

The Application: Applications can be downloaded HERE..

An essay, limited to 500 words, responding to the question in the application;
Two letters of recommendation, at least one from a law school faculty member.  Letters can
            be sent confidentially by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 
A resume. Please include any paid or volunteer work with vulnerable populations. Also include
            level of written and verbal skills for any additional languages; and 
Your law school transcript.

Preferences:

An applicant from a diverse group historically underrepresented in the practice of law; 
An applicant who is fluent in a language spoken in an underserved community; and/or 
Applicants who desire to attain full-time employment at Legal Aid Center or who wish
            to become a state bar leader in the area of Access to Justice. 

Compensation:  The fellow’s compensation will equal a staff attorney’s salary at Legal Aid Center and will include health insurance, loan repayment assistance, and other legal aid benefits. 

How to submit your application:  Submit all materials in a single packet (except letters of recommendation being sent directly) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by midnight PST on September 27, 2019.             

Additional questions:  If you have questions, you may email or call Venicia Considine, Director of Development and Community Relations, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 702-386-1442. 

Please visit Paul Padda Law for information on the sponsor of the Community Justice Fellowship. 

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