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AmeriCorps Service Opportunity (Kauai)

Legal Aid Society of Hawaii

compensation: $26,000 (for 12 full months of service)
employment type: full-time
job title: AmeriCorps Member Advocate
AmeriCorps Service Opportunity:
AmeriCorps Project Kaulike
Full-Time AmeriCorps Advocates

• Are you a recent graduate considering a career in law or a professional
considering a career change?
• Looking for meaningful opportunities to build your resume or law school
application?
• Are you committed to making a difference by serving your community and those in
need?

Legal Aid’s AmeriCorps Member Advocates positions may be the right opportunity for you.
Full-Time positions are available on Oʻahu (Honolulu & Kāneʻohe), on Hawaiʻi Island (Kona
& Hilo), Maui and Kauaʻi.

The Mission and Duties:
Project Kaulike is a key component of the Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi’s efforts to provide legal
services to Hawaiʻi’s low-income and disadvantaged individuals and families. Project Kaulike
members are non-attorney advocates working alongside and under the guidance of Legal Aid
attorneys and paralegals.
• Intake and Direct Client Services: Members assist clients with application for services, provide
brief legal assistance to clients in legal aid offices, and may even represent clients in
administrative hearings.
• Self-Help Center/Access to Justice Rooms: Members assist unrepresented individuals
navigating the civil justice system at courthouse-based self-help centers and in Legal Aid
offices across the state. Members work alongside private attorneys volunteering their time at
the self-help centers and assist in volunteer recruitment and scheduling.
• Outreach and Education: Members conduct outreach and education and assist in the
development of self-help tools.

Through Service Members Build & Gain:
• Professional nonprofit experience;
• Hands-on legal education and experience;
• Passion and growth while serving our community;
• Pride in being part of a renowned National Service program;
• Service alongside passionate and committed team members;
• Strengthened core values to take on your educational/professional journey.

Member Testimonials:
• “Completing the AmeriCorps service term proved to be an incredible chance to develop my
interest in the legal profession. I was able to serve and learn from a wonderfully diverse pool
of people, all whilst working on a broad variety of issues. I will cherish the ‘ike I gained for this
experience for the rest of my life!” – Sarah, current member
• “AmeriCorps provided me an opportunity to work with the community I wanted to serve. The
conferences gathered members from different organizations.” – Connie, former member,
current Managing Attorney
• “As a Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi’ AmeriCorps member, each day I discover more about
myself and others, supported by an encouraging staff who trust in my potential. Contributing
to Legal Aid's mission of fairness and justice is both humbling and fulfilling. I am truly grateful
for the experience.” - Sara, current member.
We are looking for individuals who have good people skills, an interest in helping others,
good computer skills, an interest in the law, and who excel working as part of a team.
Experience working with disadvantaged individuals and/or legal experience is helpful but
not required. Training is provided.

These positions are uniquely suited for individuals considering a career in law and who are committed
to service. While the benefits are modest, the experience is tremendous.

The Commitment:
Serving full-time, at least 1700 hours of service over one full year starting September 1, 2024. While
some services are currently being provided remotely, presence in Hawaiʻi during the term of service is
required. Members must complete criminal history background checks & sex-offender check
clearance prior to start of service and be otherwise eligible to serve under the rules of the
AmeriCorps program (www.nationalservice.gov).

The Benefits:
Annual living allowance of $26,000 (for 12 full months of service). At service completion, members
earn a $7395 education award which can be used to pay qualifying education expenses. Members
over 60 years of age can transfer their education award to certain family members. Health insurance
is provided to full-time members and childcare assistance is available to qualifying members.
Qualifying loans may also be placed in forbearance during service with interest being repaid at the
end of a successful year of service. See www.nationalservice.gov for more information about
AmeriCorps benefits.

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to jobs@legalaidhawaii.org.

Please indicate location of interest. Applicants who are not residing in Hawaiʻi at the time of
application are requested to please include information related to your connection to, or specific
interest in, Hawaiʻi. Applicants are considered without regard to race, color, national origin,
disability, age, sex, political affiliation, or religion.
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post id: 7764722174

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