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CONNECTICUT URBAN LEGAL INITIATIVE, INC.
35 ELIZABETH ST — KNIGHT HALL
UCONN SCHOOL OF LAW
HARTFORD, CT 06105

FELLOW PROGRAM

Duties & Responsibilities

CULI, a nonprofit law program on the campus of University of Connecticut School of Law, is seeking a recent graduate from law school to serve in a one year Fellowship position working with the legal staff, students and clients of CULI.  The Fellow will report to the Executive Director of CULI and will spend the majority of his or her time engaging in the practice of law (supervised, when necessary, by attorneys admitted to the bar) in the various practice areas of the clinic, managing a portfolio of clients, providing legal assistance to nonprofit organizations and other CULI clients, including public sector entities such as municipalities and housing authorities. Client matters will include real estate transactions, contract negotiations, tax issues, corporate and governance concerns and other non-litigation projects. In addition, the Fellow will have the opportunity to assist in teaching the clinical class, oversee and manage students on projects, and hone her/his legal skills in project management and public-interest lawyering. 

Examples of projects in which the Fellow might assist:

  1. Providing legal support to a number of start-up nonprofit organizations including drafting incorporation documents, assisting with budget and business structures, negotiating agreements, and facilitating nonprofit corporate development;
  2. Facilitating meetings of Boards of Directors of nonstock corporations facing complex corporate issues, mitigating conflicts of interest, researching legal questions and presenting analysis;
  3. Preparing and filing organizational documents with the Connecticut Secretary of the State’s office to create Connecticut nonstock corporations, as well as applications for recognition of charitable tax-exempt status with the IRS;
  4. Representing clients in transactions both buying and selling residential real estate, often with federal or state encumbrances and income restrictions;
  5. Assisting public housing authorities on regulatory compliance, administrative hearings, various elements of large scale mixed-income housing redevelopment projects, drafting and interpreting agreements, and meeting with residents, community leaders and stakeholders to accomplish revitalization goals; and
  6. Developing a project management system to monitor and alert current and prior nonprofit clients regarding annual federal and state recording requirements.

Basic Qualifications
Graduate from a JD program and completion of a state bar exam (at start of fellowship), Connecticut preferred; legal experience preferably in a transactional law area or public interest law experience.

Additional Qualifications
Strong educational credentials, interpersonal skills, organizational ability, time-management skills, research and writing skills. Project management background and experience preferred.

Compensation

CULI will offer the successful candidate a fellow-level salary as well as health insurance. This is typically a one year program that has run from August to August, but we are out of cycle: the candidate should be prepared to start as soon as possible and commit to remain with CULI through the end of August, 2017.

Application:

Please forward your resume, a cover letter, a transcript and a writing sample to bambi.roberts@uconn.edu.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and interviews will be scheduled when appropriate, until the position is filled.

CULI is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of CULI to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, political affiliations, marital status, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism or other non-merit factors, except where otherwise provided by law.