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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:

  • A cover letter explaining why you are applying for this Fellowship and what you hope to achieve from the experience;
  • A resume showing past work and volunteer history;
  • Three letters of recommendation (which can be sent confidentially to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); and
  • A 500 word statement either:

                    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.