Summer Associate Positions for Spanish-Speaking Law Students
Position: Farmworker Legal Services of Michigan (FLS) is seeking bilingual Summer Associates for its offices in Kalamazoo and Ann Arbor for the Summer of 2017. The tentative dates for the position are May 24 to August 11.
Description of Program: Farmworker Legal Services is a non-profit, public interest law firm that provides free civil legal services to indigent migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their dependents throughout Michigan. FLS is a division of the Michigan Advocacy Program (formerly Legal Services of South Central Michigan).
Michigan is the destination of the seventh largest number of migrant laborers in the United States. Tens of thousands of migrant farmworkers and their families come to Michigan to tend and harvest crops during the months of March to December. The majority are Spanish-speaking migrants from Texas, Florida, and Mexico, while some farmworkers have “settled-out” in Michigan for years. Farmworkers experience a wide variety of legal problems, including wage disputes, unsafe working conditions, inadequate housing, illegal evictions, issues related to their immigration status, and denial of equal access to public benefits and services.
For more information about Farmworker Legal Services, visit us at www.FarmworkerLaw.org.
Summer Associate Responsibilities: Summer staff at Farmworker Legal Services will work under the supervision of licensed and experienced poverty law attorneys. Responsibilities typically include interviewing clients, assessing their legal problems, conveying legal advice through oral and written communication, conducting outreach to migrant labor camps, conducting educational seminars for clients and migrant agency staff, researching and drafting legal documents, and supporting attorneys with pending litigation and projects.
Qualifications: Conversational Spanish ability is required. Applicants must have at least one year of law school completed by June 2017. Use of personal transportation and previous experience with farmworkers or low-income clients would be helpful but is not required. Regardless of previous experience, applicants should be prepared to show that they will be committed to protecting the legal rights of migrant farmworkers.
Salary: FLS has two available positions in Kalamazoo and one in Ann Arbor that will be paid a stipend of up to $2,000 per month. We also welcome applicants who will have outside funding.
Application Process: Positions are filled on a rolling basis, but we encourage applications to be submitted by February 28, 2017. Please apply by email by submitting a resume, a list of three references, and a cover letter indicating level of Spanish competency to firstname.lastname@example.org with “FLS Summer Application” in the subject line. Video interviews, a portion of which will be conducted in Spanish, are available to applicants who are not within a reasonable driving distance of our office. Questions may be directed to FLS by email. FLS is an equal opportunity employer.