Empowering undocumented young people in their pursuit of college, career and citizenship
LEGAL SERVICES LEGAL ADVOCATE DESCRIPTION
We are excited to open applications for our 2014-2015 Legal Services Team! E4FC invites undocumented young adults and committed allies interested in legal careers to join our team as Legal Advocates. Submit your application by Sunday May 18th at 5 PM!
Since 2009, E4FC’s Legal Services program has helped undocumented young people understand their potential immigration remedies, benefits, and rights. Through our innovative online legal services, authoritative educational materials and intensive training of undocumented pre-law students, we have changed the lives of thousands of undocumented young people nationwide. E4FC’s Legal Advocates are essential to our program’s mission! To date, our Legal Advocates have directly helped more than 1,000 undocumented young people. Moreover, through E4FC’s support, many of our past Legal Advocates have obtained employment with reputable immigration attorneys and non-profit agencies, gained valuable networking connections to legal experts, and have been admitted at top law schools across the country.
The program provides Legal Advocates with comprehensive immigration law training as well as mentorship for a career in law, including law school preparation and application support. Legal Advocates are also awarded a $3,000 stipend to support participation in the program.
Legal Advocate Responsibilities
(1) Dreamer Intake Service: Users from all over the world submit a free intake form to get informed about their legal options. With the support of our immigration law experts, Legal Advocates will provide individualized screening of immigration options to users of E4FC’s DREAMer Intake Service. Learn more about our Dreamer Intake Service here: www.tinyurl.com/e4fclegal
(2) Events and Trainings: All Legal Advocates will be expected to participate in monthly immigration law trainings. They will also attend our initial weekend-long retreat at the beginning of the position’s term and mandatory community-building events put on by E4FC.
(3) Pre-Law Support: E4FC will provide Legal Advocates with opportunities to investigate potential law schools and career paths and to connect with legal services organizations and attorneys. We will also offer coaching opportunities for Legal Advocates to work on their personal statements, resumes, cover letters and writing samples used for law school, pre-law fellowships and law office jobs.
(4) Advocacy: Legal Advocates are expected to advocate for the rights of undocumented people by participating in major direct actions and serving as a face, voice, and example by sharing their personal story through media and legislative visits/hearings.
Specific Duties and Time Commitments
Legal Advocates must:
Commit to approximately 20-25 hours/month from July 25, 2014 through June 30, 2015
Attend mandatory overnight weekend retreat from July 25-July 27, 2014
Conduct weekly reviews of online intakes from our Dreamer Intake Service (10 hours/month from home)
Attend monthly Skype meeting with our Legal Services Supervisor (1 hour/month from home)
Attend law school visits (2 events/year, locations vary)
Attend major direct actions in support of advancing the rights of undocumented people (3 events/year)
Serve as a face, voice, and example for undocumented young people within national immigration discourse by sharing personal story for advocacy purposes through media interviews and legislative hearings/visits (as needed)
Serve as an informal resource to other pre-law undocumented young people
Help in the disbursement of E4FC publications and guides (as needed)
In the event of immigration reform or administrative relief, assist applicants with eligibility assessment and application processing for events hosted by key organizations (as needed)
The Legal Advocates will be thoroughly committed to E4FC’s mission and vision. Legal Advocates should:
Have direct knowledge or personal connection to the undocumented experience
Be currently in college or recently graduated
Be interested in a career in law, with particular interest in immigration law
Be living in the San Francisco Bay Area
Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
Have strong computer skills
Be able to cooperate and work effectively in a team
Be able to work independently and remotely online with a strong commitment to meeting weekly deadlines
Each Legal Advocate who fulfills program requirements will receive a $3,000 stipend to support participation in the program. The stipend will be disbursed in 2-3 installments upon successful completion of program requirements and responsibilities, as evaluated by Legal Services program staff.