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Access to Justice Program Coordinator – Position Description
The Program Coordinator will be responsible for implementing the strategic priorities of the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission designed to increase access to justice for persons of limited and modest means, including those who are not eligible for legal aid and are unable to obtain full-service private representation. The Program Coordinator’s chief responsibilities will include the following:
- Coordinating with the judiciary, court staff, librarians, legal aid, and other partners to ensure that self-represented litigants are able to access the forms, fact sheets, and other assistance necessary to effectively navigate the court system;
- Planning and managing a regular series of pro bono legal advice clinics through the AR Free Legal Answers Program;
- Teaching and coordinating CLEs designed to educate the bar about pro bono and the substantive law in areas with high demand for pro bono services;
- Assisting private attorneys in operationalizing court rules related to the provision of limited scope representation by teaching continuing education courses, expanding the Commission’s directory of attorneys offering limited scope services, increasing public awareness of the availability of limited scope services, and maintaining and further developing the limited scope practice resources on the Commission’s website;
- Developing new and supporting existing programs to ensure that adequate legal services are available in rural areas of the state;
- Supporting the development of “modest means” pro bono programs; and
- Providing other assistance as needed to the bench, bar, and other stakeholders to develop and implement innovations designed to increase access to justice.
A qualified candidate must be licensed to practice law or scheduled to sit for the UBE within six months. For applicants scheduled to sit for the UBE, bar passage is a condition of continued employment. Experience working with low-income and other underserved communities is desired.
Flexible and remote work plans are available for Arkansas Access to Justice Commission employees.
The Arkansas Access to Justice Commission Program Coordinator is eligible for State benefits, including participation in the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System and group medical and life insurance. The salary for this position is $60,800.
Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to human resources by emailing Melanie Fleming at Melanie.Fleming@arcourts.gov.
Minorities, persons of all ages, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Position is open until filled.