Justice for Montanans AmeriCorps Member

Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA)

About the organization

Dedicated MLSA attorneys, staff, and AmeriCorps members work hard to bridge this barrier and to meet the needs of low-income Montanans facing pressing civil legal issues. Unfortunately, demand for civil legal aid in Montana far outstrips the supply. MLSA is the only organization providing general civil legal services throughout the entire state and must try to stretch its limited resources to meet the needs of as many Montanans as possible.

Montana is a prosperous, compassionate community filled with people who volunteer their time, energy, and money to assure a fair justice system. With this critical support, MLSA continues to work towards its goal of ensuring that no one has to go without civil legal assistance when they need it most. Together, we can build a more just society for all.

Duties

23 AmeriCorps members in the Justice for Montanans Program serve with 7 different organizations to provide civil (non-criminal) legal assistance to low-income Montanans. Sites include Montana Legal Services Association, the Court Help Program of the Montana Supreme Court - Self Help Law Centers, Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection and Victim Services, Office of Child and Family Ombudsman, Montana Fair Housing, YWCA, and Legal Services Developer Program, Aging Services.

AmeriCorps members perform a variety of duties including working with clients, providing legal information and referrals, helping attorneys with case management, developing outreach materials and presentations, recruiting and coordinating volunteers, helping survivors of domestic violence access services, and much more. Legal experience is not necessary and all members will be trained in various skills and topics. AmeriCorps members will receive a living allowance, health insurance, and an education award at the end of completing a successful term.

Positions are located throughout Montana including Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Helena, Missoula, Butte, and Kalispell.

Qualifications

Applicants must be over 18 with at least a high school diploma or GED and must pass a national service criminal history check. Reasonable accommodations are available to qualified applicants upon request.

Salary

16,000

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

This is a national service program.
Members receive a living allowance ($16,000), health insurance, relocation allowance (up to $550), and an education award ($6,495) upon successful completion of the program. Members may also be eligible for student loan forbearance and childcare assistance while serving.

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