Equal Justice Works, a non-profit, and AmeriCorps, a federal government agency, both based in Washington, D.C., announced on Dec. 4 the creation of a new joint program; the new program will allow law students nationwide (and possibly in Texas) opportunities to expand the delivery of critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities—specifically, veterans, military families, and disaster victims.
The new program will be called the AmeriCorps JD program. Elle Hogan, a spokeswoman for Equal Justice Works, wrote in an email that the new program still needs to line up organizations that will host the students for whom the AmeriCorps JD program will provide the funding.
“We are currently in the process of recruiting host site organizations so we do not yet have any in Texas,” Hogan wrote.
The program will accept applications from interested students through Jan. 15 for the spring semester, and starting in March until April 15 for the summer semester.
Randall Chapman, the executive director at Texas Legal Services Center in Austin, a nonprofit, which provides services to underserved populations, and which had a law student recently who came through another AmeriCorps program, said he doesn’t plan to apply for his organization to be a host site. He said the program’s guidelines for the qualifying volunteers changed mid-year and the paperwork involved to show his nonprofit had met those guidelines became too onerous.
“Let’s just say it was an accounting challenge,” said Chapman
-- Miriam Rozen