ACCESS TO JUSTICE TECHNOLOGY FELLOWSHIP AT VLP
VLP seeks a rising 2L or 3L law student for a full-time (35 hours/week), 10-week Access to Justice Technology Fellowship during the summer of 2018.
The ATJ Tech Fellow will be part of a team creating self-help materials that will allow unrepresented people to effectively seek relief from the state Department of Revenue (DOR) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). The project team includes VLP staff attorneys and attorneys from the Disability Law Center and will work in cooperation with attorneys from DOR’s child support unit and outside tech development and plain language vendors. The fellow will gain exposure to content development, plain language, automated form creation, administrative law, limited assistance representation, VLP’s various technology-related projects, and the inner workings of a legal aid pro bono program.
The fellow will receive a $4000 stipend to cover expenses over the summer.
Specific Fellowship duties will depend on the fellow’s interests and relevant skills, the stage of the project over Summer 2018, and the needs of other VLP tech projects at that time. We expect the Fellow’s duties to include assisting with some or all of the following:
- Developing content for self-help and pro bono materials.
- Drafting, review and user testing of automated forms, in coordination with staff and outside vendors.
- Integrating new automated forms and content into VLP and statewide websites massprobono.org and masslegalhelp.org.
- Conducting outreach to inform courts, client community, legal aid, and pro bono community and availability and use of online resources.
- Developing plan for keeping resources updated.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to prioritize tasks in order to meet deadlines in multiple projects.
- Comfort working independently and with a team.
- Initiative and self-motivation.
- Commitment to expanding access to justice for low-income people.
- Creative, problem-solving approach to work.
- Ability to learn new case management and other IT systems.
- Some familiarity with SSI/SSDI and/or child support rules helpful.
- Familiarity with plain language concepts helpful.
- Familiarity with user testing of tech resources helpful.
VLP is a very collegial organization with a staff of about 25, including 10 attorneys. We have about 1000 attorneys on our pro bono panel. Our offices are located in downtown Boston at two sites. The fellow will be based at our 99 Chauncy Street site. Click to apply for the fellowship.
Application deadline is February 9, 2018.