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Melanie Kushnir Access to Justice Fellowship

Pro Bono Project at Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada

Job Type: Melanie Kushnir Access to Justice Fellowship

Schedule: Mid-May thru mid-August 2021, full-time

Experience: Law student or recent JD

Deadline: February 7, 2021

Practice Area: Summer Fellowship with the Pro Bono Project at Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada

Job Description: One law student from an ABA-accredited law school will be selected to receive the Melanie Kushnir Access to Justice Fellowship. The Fellow will receive a $10,000 stipend for their summer at Legal Aid Center working as part of the Pro Bono Project assisting with access to justice projects currently underway. The Fellow will attend the State Bar of Nevada Annual Conference, obtain judicial mentoring organized by the Eighth Judicial District Court and be invited to attend the Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission meeting in the fall to discuss their experience.

For more information, visit www.lacsn.org/Fellowship

Application Instructions:

The winning student will have demonstrated their commitment to public interest law and the capacity to carry on Melanie’s work in assisting those unable to afford the civil legal help they need through an application demonstrating their passion for public interest law. The ideal Melanie Kushnir Access to Justice Fellow is a law student from an ABA accredited law school who plans to practice public interest law and wants to become engaged with access to justice by working as a part of the Pro Bono Project at Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. We are looking for a law student who, like Melanie Kushnir, is passionate and dedicated to providing access to the justice system for those who otherwise would not have a voice because they cannot afford an attorney. We will look to the applicant’s work experience, volunteer background, and 500-word statement to help us determine the 2021 Melanie Kushnir Access to Justice Fellow.

The application should include:

                    o outlining an idea to improve access to justice in civil law in Southern Nevada;

                    o identifying a barrier to accessing justice that low income and vulnerable individuals

                       in our community face;

                    o offering a solution to overcome a barrier for low income individuals, or

                    o describing an idea to increase pro bono participation in the valley.

Along with becoming a part of the Pro Bono Project during the summer, the chosen Fellow will observe every area of Legal Aid Center and have the opportunity to work with a staff attorney on a case, along while working on access to justice projects.

Completed applications should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Salary: The Fellow will receive a $10,000 stipend for their summer at Legal Aid Center and work as part of the Pro Bono Project.

 

Civil Justice Summer Fellowship

Sponsored by Robyn Ratcliffe Manzini and Aldo Manzini

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada announces the creation of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada Civil Justice Summer Fellowship, sponsored by Robyn Ratcliffe Manzini and Aldo Manzini. 

Legal Aid Center will award the Civil Justice Summer Fellowship to a law student who has a minimum of 45 law school credits and meets the Nevada requirements for student practice (Rule 49.5). The chosen fellow will be mentored by a small number of attorneys in one of our Project areas (Family Justice Project, Children’s Attorneys Project, or Consumer Rights Project), gaining practical legal skills from interviewing potential clients, to drafting documents and court appearances, through final resolution. 

• Application period:  November 2, 2020 – December 15, 2020

• The Fellowship stipend is $10,000 and is paid in installments on the 1st and 15th of the month during the summer portion of the fellowship. 

• The Fellow will be offered a mentoring session with one of our community’s jurists.

Application information is available at www.lacsn.org/CivilJustice. Preference will be given to a law student who wants to work in a public interest law firm and learn how the top legal aid in Nevada assists over 144,000 individuals a year. The Fellowship begins on May 18, 2021. 

Application requirements:  

A cover letter explaining why you are applying for this experience;

A legal writing sample, limited to 10 pages; 

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 non-legal employment experience; and

Your law school transcript

If you have questions, you may email or call Venicia Considine, Director, 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.

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 December 15, 2020.

     

 

Legal Aid Center's Civil Justice Summer Fellowship
Sponsored by Robyn Ratcliffe Manzini and Aldo Manzini

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Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada announces the creation of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada Civil Justice Summer Fellowship, sponsored by Robyn Ratciffe Manzini and Aldo Manzini. The Civil Justice Summer Fellowship will provide a law student  from an ABA accredited law school who meets the Nevada requirements for student practice (Rule 49.5), the opportunity to work full-time during the summer with attorney mentors in one of our Project areas: Family Justice Project, Children’s Attorneys Project, or Consumer Rights Project. The fellow will gain practical legal skills, from interviewing potential clients and drafting documents, to court appearances and final resolution. 

 Legal Aid Center Board Member Robyn Ratcliffe Manzini, and her husband, Aldo Manzini are proud Las Vegas residents who created the Civil Justice Summer Fellowship to encourage the brightest future legal minds to join Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, to engage in the Las Vegas community, and build their legal career in Southern Nevada. “We appreciate the importance of practical legal and courtroom experience for new attorneys and we want to provide a hands-on fellowship experience for a public interest minded law student.”

The Application period for the
2021 Civil Justice Summer Fellowship is closed.

 - Application period: November 2, 2020 – December 15, 2020

- The Civil Justice Summer Fellowship begins on May 18, 2021.
- The Fellow will receive a $10,000 stipend for the summer.

    Preference will be given to a law student who wants to work in a public interest law firm and learn how the top legal aid in Nevada assists over 144,000 individuals a year. The Civl Justice Summer Fellow will also be  offered a mentoring session with one of our community’s jurists.

Additional Information:   

If you have questions, you may reach out to Venicia Considine, Esq.,  Director of Development and Community Relations, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 702-386-1442.

 

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada Community Justice Fellowship

Sponsored by Paul Padda Law

Job Type: One-year Community Justice Fellowship

Schedule: August 2, 2021 thru July 30, 2022, full-time

Experience: recent JD to attorney with less than 3 years of experience

Deadline: November 13, 2020

Practice Area: Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada

Description: The purpose of the Community Justice Fellowship is to expose the fellow to the workings of a top public interest law practice while obtaining practical experience assisting with the great unmet legal needs in Southern Nevada. The fellow will rotate through Legal Aid Center’s Project areas and practice in multiple legal areas, from interviewing vulnerable clients to processing cases to final resolution.

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada will award a one-year Community Justice Fellowship to a law student graduate, outgoing judicial law clerk, or 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 144,000 individuals a year. For more information, visit www.lacsn.org/CJFellowship

Application Instructions:

Applications are available at www.lacsn.org/CJFellowship. Preference will be given to a member of a diverse group that is historically underrepresented in the practice of law and is fluent in a language spoken in a local underserved community. Information on the fellowship and Paul Padda Law can also be found at https://www.paulpaddalaw.com/about-us/community-justice-fellowship

  •  An essay, approximately 500 words in length, 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
  • If you have questions, you may email or call Venicia Considine, Director, 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.

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 November 13, 2020.

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

Applications for Summer 2021 Clerk Positions  
COMING SOON!

Legal Aid Center offers our paid law clerks a variety of legal projects and practical legal experience in a passionate public interest culture.  Our programs are unique and our clients are in need. Clerk positions are offered in each of our Projects and Programs. Openings vary every semester, so check back every few months for current openings and clerk position descriptions.  Click on the Project or Program listed below for clerkship descriptions and requirements. 

Other opportunities  

For more information on Legal Aid Center's projects and programs, see below or visit www.lacsn.org.

Children's Attorneys Project:  The Children’s Attorneys Project provides counsel, advice and representation to abused and neglected children in the foster care system. The attorneys serve as the child's voice before the court and community allowing the child to take an active role (and responsibility) in their own destiny.  

Education Advocacy Program:  A program with the Children’s Attorneys Project, the Education Advocacy Program provides advice, training, advocacy, and legal representation for children with disabilities who are entitled to special education services under federal and state law. 

Family Justice Project:  The Family Justice Project provides a wide range of representation to victims of domestic violence. Our attorneys appear at hearings to extend protective orders and assist with divorce and custody issues. We also represent victims of crime who have civil and family law problems that are a result of their victimization.

Immigration Advocacy Program:  A program within the Family Justice Project, the Immigration Advocacy Program provides legal assistance and representation to immigrant victims of violence. We also represent victims of crime who have civil and family law problems that are a result of their victimization and assist battered immigrants self-petition the government to remain lawfully in the United States. 

Family Law Self-Help Center: The Family Law Self-Help Center is a stimulating, high-energy environment where walk-in customers, often with urgent legal issues, can request legal information regardless of their income, assets, or citizenship. Located in the Family Law Courthouse, the Family Law Self-Help Center is a legal “emergency room” for pro se litigants navigating the court system.  The center provides legal information and court forms to walk-in customers who need guidance in filing or managing their family court case.   

Consumer Rights Project: Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada’s Consumer Rights Project helps people who cannot afford an attorney fight back against economic predators. We represent consumers trapped by payday loans, people left without transportation due to illegal repossessions, victims of unlawful car sales or bad mechanics, homeowners on the verge of losing their homes, and the elderly or disabled being victimized by guardians or family. 

Guardianship Advocacy Program: A program within the Consumer Rights Project, the Guardianship Advocacy Program provides direct representation to seniors and adults facing or under a guardianship. The Program is on the forefront of a changing area of law and is helping to shape and enforce meaningful protections for those otherwise unable to protect themselves. 

Bankruptcy: The Consumer Rights Project Bankruptcy unit interviews and analyzes potential Legal Aid Center clients looking for consumer bankruptcy (Chapter 7 or 13) information and representation.   

Civil Law Self-Help Center: The Civil Law Self-Help Center is a stimulating, high-energy environment where walk-in customers, often with urgent legal issues, can request legal information regardless of their income, assets, or citizenship. Located in the Regional Justice Center, the Civil Law Self-Help Center assists over 50,000 customers a year and is a legal “emergency room” for self-represented litigants navigating the court system. Common issues addressed at the Civil Law Self-Help Center include landlord-tenant, small claims, debt collection, and general litigation. 

Legal Aid Center Intake: The Consumer Rights and Family Justice Projects at Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada have a front line intake system for our client services. The intake staff screen low income clients for eligibility for Legal Aid Center services, analyze potential legal issues, provide legal information to clients under the supervision of a lawyer, research consumer fraud issues, and prepare legal documents. 


 

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