Empowering undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals
LEGAL ADVOCATE FELLOWSHIP
2015-2016 Legal Services Team
2016-2017 Legal Advocate Fellowship Applications Are Now Closed
Since 2009, E4FC’s Legal Services program has helped thousands of undocumented young people across the United States understand their potential immigration remedies, benefits, and rights through our innovative online legal services, authoritative educational materials, and intensive training of undocumented young people aspiring to pursue careers in law.
E4FC’s Legal Advocate Fellows are essential to our program’s mission. Legal Advocates provide direct support to undocumented young people nationwide through our DREAMer Intake Service (www.tinyurl.com/e4fclegal), a free online immigration screening tool. To date, we have served more than 2,000 undocumented young people through this valuable service!
Our program provides Legal Advocate Fellows with comprehensive immigration law training and leadership and professional development. With E4FC’s support, past Legal Advocate Fellows have obtained employment with top-notch immigration attorneys and non-profit agencies, gained valuable networking connections, and been admitted at top law schools across the country.
In the 2016-2017 program year, E4FC will bring on 3-4 new Legal Advocate Fellows and provide them with a monthly $800-$1,000 grant to support their participation in the program. To learn more about E4FC’s current and past Legal Services team members, click here.
LEGAL ADVOCATE FELLOW RESPONSIBILITIES
(1) DREAMer Intake Service: With the support of our immigration law experts, Legal Advocates Fellows will provide individualized screening to users of E4FC’s DREAMer Intake Service, an online screening tool that helps undocumented young people get informed about their potential immigration remedies, benefits, and rights.
(2) Follow-up Support: Under supervision from our immigration law experts, Legal Advocate Fellows will provide 1-on-1 follow-up calls to ensure that users of our DREAMer Intake Serve understand the results of their intake and are prepared to take necessary steps to obtain potential immigration benefits.
(2) Trainings and Events: All Legal Advocates are expected to participate in bi-weekly trainings located at our San Francisco office. These trainings focus on immigration law as well as professional and leadership development. Legal Advocates must also attend our initial three-day overnight retreat (June 17-19, 2016) and community-building events organized by E4FC.
(3) Storytelling and Advocacy: Legal Advocate Fellows are expected to advocate for the rights of undocumented people by sharing their personal story through social media, media interviews, legislative visits/hearings, conference presentations, direct action, etc.
E4FC has given me a platform to practice my leadership and come together with other strong and compassionate leaders.
-Karla Marquez, 2015-2016 Legal Advocate
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND TIME COMMITMENTS
Legal Advocate Fellows must:
Commit to 10-15 hours/week from June 2016 through May 2017
Attend all days of the mandatory overnight weekend retreat from June 17-19, 2016
Conduct weekly reviews of 2-3 online intakes from our Dreamer Intake Service (6-10 hours/week)
Provide 1-on-1 follow-up phone support to DREAMer Intake users to ensure they understand the necessary steps to obtain their immigration benefit (variable)
Attend bi-weekly trainings (4-6 hours/month)
Participate in quarterly review with Legal Services staff
Support Administrative Relief clinics hosted by key partner organizations to assist applicants with eligibility assessment and application processing (as needed)
Help in the disbursement of E4FC publications and guides (as needed)
Serve as an informal resource to other pre-law undocumented young people
Participate in E4FC community-building events (3-5 events/year, locations vary)
Be willing to share personal story for advocacy purposes through social media, media interviews, legislative hearings/visits, conference presentations, direct actions, etcs. (as needed)
The Legal Advocate Fellows will be thoroughly committed to E4FC’s mission and vision. Legal Advocate Fellows should:
Have direct knowledge of, or personal connection to, the undocumented experience
Be currently in college or recently graduated
Be interested in a career in law, immigrants’ rights, and/or how U.S. laws impact undocumented immigrants.
Live in the San Francisco Bay Area for the duration of the program (June 2016 to May 2017)
Have excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
Have reliable access to a computer and internet from home
Have strong computer skills (Microsoft Word and Google documents and spreadsheets)
Be able to cooperate and work effectively in a team
Be able to work independently and remotely online with a strong commitment to meeting weekly deadlines
Each Legal Advocate Fellow who fulfills all program requirements will receive a monthly $800-$1,000 grant (taxable as income) to support his/her participation in the program. The grant will be disbursed in monthly installments upon successful completion of program requirements and responsibilities, as evaluated by Legal Services program staff.
I became a Legal Advocate because I want to empower and support other young undocumented individuals like myself.
- Cindy Ku, 2014-2015 Legal Advocate
INTERESTED IN APPLYING? NEXT STEPS:
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Legal Advocate Fellowship. Please visit our website in the spring of 2017 for applications for our next cohort.