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Community Outreach and Public Resources Coordinator
Legal Aid | Charleston, West Virginia
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Legal Aid of West Virginia AmeriCorps Vista Member- Community Outreach and Public Resources Coordinator

Are you interested in learning about the legal profession, gaining practical work experience, and earning money for college/graduate school, all while changing the lives of people in your community?

Legal Aid is seeking to fill an AmeriCorps Vista Member position located in their Charleston office that will help develop legal information videos and resources to help educate low income West Virginians about their legal rights. Must have a high school degree or equivalency. Service term is one year, beginning in July 2018. All positions are full time. Members are paid a living allowance and earn an Education Award. Benefits include health insurance. 

Qualified women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Legal Aid of West Virginia is a non-profit law firm providing legal assistance to low-income individuals.

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About Legal Aid

Since 1876, The Legal Aid Society has provided free legal services to New York City residents who are unable to afford private counsel. Annually, through our criminal, civil and juvenile offices in all five boroughs, our staff handles about 250,000 cases for poor families and individuals. Our clients are as diverse as New York City itself: homeless children, newly arrived immigrants, the elderly poor. The services we provide reflect the entire gamut of their needs. By contract with the City, the Society serves as the primary defender of poor people prosecuted in the State court system. Although other public defender agencies provide assigned counsel services in New York City, the Society continues to play the central defense role in the City's criminal justice system. The Criminal Defense Division is involved in planning or implementation of specialized court parts dealing with drug treatment, mental health services, domestic violence, juvenile offenders and community issues. As the City's largest provider of defense services, the Division has long been active in the struggle to find more effective solutions to drug abuse, and recently established a program that provides integrated defense and social work services to mentally ill, addicted clients, to ensure that they can secure treatment and housing after their criminal cases are concluded. The Society is in a unique position to testify about the injustices created by the Rockefeller Drug Laws. Our Criminal Defense Division represented defendants in more than 57,000 drug cases in the last year. In both our criminal and our civil work, we are confronted daily with the inequities and tragedies created by these harsh laws.

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