Monday, June 7, 2021

Job Announcement: Cornell Legal Fellow, Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic

Cornell

Legal Fellow
Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic, Cornell Law School

Cornell Law School is hiring for a two-year fellowship sponsored by First Presbyterian and First Baptist Churches of Cooperstown designed to foster child and youth security through the provision of immigration and family legal services.

The selected fellow will be based in the First Presbyterian Church and First Baptist Church of Cooperstown, working for the Cornell Law School Farmworker Legal Assistance Clinic, a clinical course in which law students and attorneys handle immigration and employment matters on behalf of farmworkers in the region. The Farmworker Clinic also works on research and writing projects with civil rights, environmental protection, and farmworker rights organizations, and sometimes offers brief advice and referral outreach sessions in farmworker communities.

The Legal Fellow will:

  • Work closely with the Clinic Supervisor, conduct outreach to community partners and develop a needs assessment and immigration access to justice plan for undocumented children and youth living and working on farms and in other settings in Otsego and surrounding counties.
  • Represent selected clients in Immigration Court and before U.S. Citizenship and ImmigrationServices (USCIS).
  • Represent selected clients in family court in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases.
  • Provide screening, intake, brief legal advice and referral services.
  • Educate the community on the impact of evolving immigration law and policy.
  • Engage, train, and mentor pro bono attorneys to provide legal assistance to immigrants and their families.
  • Develop resources for the community to identify pro bono attorneys.
  • Develop pro se resources for community members.
  • Supervise volunteer law students, undergraduate interns, and church volunteers, as appropriate and helpful for the project.

This is a full-time position for a period of two-years and is benefits eligible. It is an in-person position working from Cooperstown, NY. The start date is flexible, but August 2021 is preferred. Cornell Law School will also provide the fellow with position related travel reimbursement and bar dues, as well as opportunities to participate in national substantive training on immigration law legal issues and in a variety of local and regional skills based and substantive trainings.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A demonstrated commitment to public interest work and strong desire to assist indigent clients.
  • Strong legal, writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
  • The ability to work collaboratively in a variety of contexts, and to share an office.
  • Ability and willingness to make frequent drives and stay overnight as needed for casework and/or training and in-person meetings onsite at Cornell.
  • Prior experience in managing independent projects or assignments.
  • Law school clinic, externship, summer or other relevant practice experience a plus.
  • Proficiency in Spanish preferred, willingness to recruit and work with interpreters required.
  • The ability to undergo and pass a New York State child protective services background clearance, and routine child safety background checks to qualify for an office on the First Presbyterian and First Baptist church campuses.
  • Those with immigration law and/or family law experience strongly encouraged to apply.

The selected candidate must either be admitted to the practice of law in New York, prepared to take the New York bar exam prior to beginning the Fellowship, or be admitted on written motion after hiring.

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three references, and other significant supporting materials to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/18730. To ensure maximum consideration, please submit all application materials by June 25, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to early applicants.

Questions may be referred to Liz Flint (liz.flint@cornell.edu).

-KitJ

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