Tennessee Justice Center

Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD Elder Justice Internship

The Tennessee Justice Center, a non-profit, public interest law firm located in Nashville, Tennessee, is hosting two summer interns sponsored by Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps to focus on assisting elderly victims of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. Over its 20-year history, TJC has focused on ensuring access to basic needs for low-income Tennesseans through legal advocacy. TJC has recently expanded the scope of its senior-serving advocacy through the creation of its Independence Team.

The Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JDs will work with TJC, the Independence team, and TJC’s Elder Justice Fellow to address the systemic issues facing elderly victims of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation within the Medicaid long term services and supports programs. The student will develop a comprehensive strategy to address systemic issues, support victims, and prevent elder abuse and neglect including:

  •   Providing high-quality legal representation in administrative and judicial settings to older adults who have been the victims of elder abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation;
  •   Presenting community education sessions to seniors, family members, and advocates at outreach events in senior centers, nursing facilities, and other community settings;
  •   Collecting data on the nature of the abuse and the services provided, including the indicia of abuse, the legal issue for which the client is receiving services, and the identity of the alleged perpetrators of abuse.Qualifications:
  • J.D candidate at an ABA-accredited program;
  •  A demonstrated commitment to public interest work and strong desire to assist indigentclients;
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills; the ability to talk about legal and other complexissues in clear, persuasive terms for non-lawyer audiences;
  • A high level of independence and initiative, good judgment, creativity, organization, anda willingness to work with others;
  • The ability to undergo and pass AmeriCorps-mandated criminal background checks;
  • Those with experience with or interest in elder law issues strongly encouraged to apply.Compensation:Upon completion of 300 hours of service, the AmeriCorps JDs will be eligible for a $1,222.22 Segal Education Award. The member can apply the Education Award toward student loans or current educational expenses.

Interested candidates should submit a resume, (brief) writing sample, and letter of interest to Jake Lorber at jlorber@tnjustice.org. Interested applicants should apply as soon as possible. The suggested start date is May 22, 2017, but the start date is flexible.

The Tennessee Justice Center is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or veteran status.