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Legal Aid society of Hawaii

Location: Honolulu, HI

Websitehttp://www.legalaidhawaii.org

About: Helping the people of Hawai‘i meet their legal needs since 1950. As the state’s oldest and largest non-profit, public interest law firm with offices statewide; Legal Aid helps ensure justice and fairness for all by providing civil legal aid to the most vulnerable in our society.

Fellowship Overview

The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii (LASH) seeks a full-time, 10-week fellow to be part of the team responsible for LASH's LawHelp website. LASH has developed various resources that leverage the use of technology in order to better serve its clients and the public. The overall impact and goal of this project will be to provide Limited English Proficient (LEP) communities a greater sense of meaningful inclusion in LASH’s many access to justice initiatives and technology based resources. Many of LASH's clients come from LEP communities that are denied access to legal resources due to language barriers. The project seeks to accomplish this goal through the following objectives: 1. Improving online accessibility to legal resources for the state’s growing LEP client populations by increasing language access. 2. Conducting outreach and education to increase the LEP communities’ awareness of these resources through the use of social media platforms.

Fellows Duties

The Fellow will work with LASH staff to increase the availability of online legal resources for other languages. This may include, but is not limited to: 1. working with translators to translate brochures, webpages, and videos; 2. Updating current online resources with new translated materials; 3. conducting presentations and outreach to LEP communities about these translated resources; 4. working with community partners/stakeholders to implement best practices in using technology in assisting LEP communities with legal or social needs.

Competencies Include

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent legal research skills.
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of Legal Aid Society of Hawaii.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage projects and tasks to meet deadlines.
  • Self-motivated and able and work independently.
  • Creativity and willingness to take on challenging projects.