Position title
Shartsis Friese LLP Public Interest Fellow
Description

This legal services fellowship aims to assist San Francisco Bay Area veterans who are participants in the San Francisco Veterans Justice Court, incarcerated in the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department Community of Veterans Engaged in Restoration (COVER) Project at the San Bruno Jail, designated for reentry into the community after periods of confinement, and other justice-involved veterans.

Recent estimates indicate that approximately 1 in 10 people involved in the justice system have prior service in the U.S. military. In some of these cases, symptoms of mental health conditions sustained during military service have contributed to criminal justice involvement. Obtaining treatment for mental health conditions can greatly improve these veterans’ well-being while simultaneously decreasing risks of recidivism.

Responsibilities
  • Assist in initial claims for VA benefits
  • Appeals of VA denials
  • Applications for discharge review from the armed forces
  • Advocacy to assist justice-involved veterans in making an effective transition back to society
  • Fellows will not represent veterans in criminal proceedings
Education
  • Juris doctor degree before the commencement of fellowship
Experience
  • Demonstrated experience with, or sensitivity to, the needs of the homeless veteran population, veterans with disabilities, and/or particularly “hard to reach/hard to serve” populations
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and remain calm under pressure
Qualifications
  • Be committed to the mission of Swords to Plowshares and public interest work in general
  • Be a member of the State Bar of California or have sat for the California Bar Examination by the start of the fellowship
  • Sincere interest in the unique challenges facing persons under court supervision, incarcerated persons, and persons who are returning to the community after a period of confinement
  • Strong academic record
Skills
  • Superior research skills
  • Impeccable written and verbal communication skills
  • Patience
  • Creativity
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational skills
Job Benefits

Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale. Swords to Plowshares offers a generous benefits package including the following benefits:

  • Excellent medical and dental packages
  • 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution
  • 17 vacation days in the first year
  • 12 holidays every year
  • Wellness program

Position: Shartsis Friese LLP Public Interest Fellow

Thank you for submitting your application. We will contact you shortly!

Date posted
May 14, 2019
Valid through
June 21, 2019
Employment Type
Full-time, exempt
Industry
nonprofit
Job Location
San Francisco, CA
Working Hours
Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Please send an email to [email protected] with a:

  1. Cover letter detailing your interest in the fellowship
  2. Resume
  3. Academic Transcript
  4. Writing Sample
  5. List of 3 references

Please include the exact title for this position in the subject line of your email: Shartsis Friese LLP Public Interest Fellow. 

The deadline for application is Friday, June 21, 2019.  The anticipated start month is October 2019.

If you would like more information regarding this fellowship opportunity, contact Evan R. Seamone, Legal Director, at [email protected] or (415) 252-4787, ext. 312.