Community Legal Worker
The Detroit Justice Center (DJC) seeks Community Legal Workers who will help Detroiters avoid foreclosure and water shut offs as part of a new pilot program.
What Are Community Legal Workers?
Community Legal Workers are trained community members who will help Detroit residents understand, use, and shape the laws that affect them. Instead of turning to the traditional lawyer, DJC aims to place the law in the hands of the people to empower them to solve justice problems on their own. DJC will provide formal training for all Community Legal Workers so they are prepared to advise clients on the legal process and navigate government systems.
Performing legal research and investigation into the tax assessment appeal process and water shut off process
Conducting client interviews
Helping community members complete forms
Accompanying clients to hearings and department meetings
Educating the community about their rights
Engaged member of the community, ideally with some knowledge of housing, foreclosure, and water issues
Formal or informal skills in mediation, conflict resolution, and/or negotiation
Community organizing skills and the desire to empower your community
Ability to communicate ideas to a broad audience
Willingness to develop working relationships with local government staff and officials
Compensation: $15/hour, 20 hours/week (temporary position)
How to Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter stating why you are interested in a Community Legal Worker position by March 15, 2019 to email@example.com with the subject: “Community Legal Worker position.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please refrain from contacting the office to check on the status of your application.