Community Legal Worker

Detroit, MI

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.

Job Duties:

  • 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

Qualifications:

  • 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 jobs@detroitjustice.org 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.