Legal Services State Support, a project of the Minnesota Legal Services Coalition
Location: St. Paul, MN
Legal Services State Support's mission is to improve access to justice for all Minnesotans. State Support's unique role is to provide information, connections, and tools for the public and for advocates, and to support the civil legal aid programs who share our mission.
Legal Services State Support seeks a full-time, 10-week fellow to be part of the State Support team. State Support works to educate the public about legal issues, improve client referrals to providers, strengthen the advocate community, and expand free legal services. State Support's primary website for the public, www.LawHelpMN.org, has fact sheets, booklets, videos, automated court form interviews, and more. State Support also supports an advocate website, www.ProJusticeMN.org, and a statewide online advice program, www.MNLegalAdvice.org. As described below, the ATJ Fellow will likely have the opportunity to work on aspects of all three websites.
The Fellow's duties will be determined in part by the Fellow's areas of interest and relevant skills. Possible projects/duties may include: (1) Adding in a medical support-only form into our automated Motion to Modify Child Support/Spousal Maintenance document assembly interview using A2J/HotDocs; (2) Completing outreach to improve the answer rate in our online advice website; (3) Working to better integrate our Education for Justice fact sheet library with our automated document assembly library and booklets; (4) Using materials on ShareLawVideo.org to create informational videos on poverty law topics; (5) Completing research and working with subject-matter experts to draft new fact sheets or to update existing fact sheets or booklets, e.g. how to file in forma pauperis; (6) Improving usability/accessibility in our existing self-help materials; (7) Helping curate and reorganize advocate resources on ProJusticeMN.org; (8) Analyzing and summarizing user data from our document assembly tools; or (9) Helping translate content into another language, if the Fellow has second language skills.
o Excellent oral and written communication skills.
o Excellent legal research skills.
o Commitment to the mission and vision of civil legal aid.
o Ability to prioritize and manage projects and tasks to meet deadlines.
o Self-motivated and able and work independently.
o Creativity and willingness to take on challenging projects.
o Second language skills a plus.