AmeriCorps Programs

AmeriCorps Programs

MLSA participates in three AmeriCorps programs. We highly value AmeriCorps members' contributions in support of our mission.

AmeriCorps State Justice for Montanans Project

Members of the AmeriCorps State Justice for Montanans project serve with MLSA and other organizations to provide direct services to people seeking assistance with legal issues.

Justice for Montanans members help empower low to moderate income Montanans to advocate for their legal rights, and increase access to justice. Established by the Montana Legal Services Association, in partnership with the Self-Help Program of the Montana Supreme Court Office of the Court Administrator and the Montana Office of Consumer Protection & Victim Services, the project places 13 members throughout Montana to help provide and expand intake, legal information and referral services for Montana's low-income residents seeking legal assistance.

JFM is recruiting now for the 2014/2015 term! See information about the available positions here.

For more information contact: or (866) 686-4574 x 206

JFM members

Current AmeriCorps State Justice for Montanans Members Serving with MLSA

Larken Yackulic, MLSA (Missoula)

Alex Clark, MLSA (Missoula)

Kristal Fifield, Self Help Law Center (Missoula)

Gareth Ford, Self Help Law Center (Bozeman)

Nolan Harris, Self Help Law Center (Helena)

Melanie Wilson, MLSA (Helena)

Anna Chithelen, Self Help Law Center (Billings)

Andrew Martinez, State Bar of Montana (Helena)

Eric Parsons, Office of Consumer Protection and Victim Services (Helena)

Meghan Flanary, Office of Consumer Protection and Victim Services (Helena)

AmeriCorps VISTA Project

The Montana Legal Services Association AmeriCorps*VISTA project builds permanent infrastructure and capacity in non-profit organizations and communities.  In cooperation with the Corporation for National and Community Service, MLSA has developed VISTA projects as a way to expand MLSA's capacity to provide services to poverty-stricken Montanans. 

MLSA VISTA members serve in various locations throughout Montana and concentrate within one of three specific service areas: asset development, domestic violence or poverty law. MLSA VISTA members serve for a year to help bring individuals and communities out of the cycle of poverty.

Current MLSA VISTA Projects

Elizabeth Weaver: MLSA Pro Bono Enhancement Project, Missoula

In the second year of this project, the goal will be to continue to expand the capacity of the various pro bono programs throughout the state by fostering collaboration between programs by developing tools and resources to use statewide. The member will evaluate the success and the importance of pro bono and educate the community on the impact of pro bono. In addition the member will support at least one pro bono program with outreach and retention and develop infrastructure to support the creation of one new pro bono program in a currently underserved area.

Meghan Boyce: NAHN Housing Program Expansion, Butte

The goal for this project is to expand the National Affordable Housing Networks’ volunteer efforts and expand the programs that support NAHN’s mission of assisting families achieve the dream of homeownership. The member will expand the Brush with Kindness and ReStore programs allowing the organization to offer housing programs and services to more individuals aiming to encourage affordable homeownership in the community. In addition, the VISTA member will assist NAHN with targeted outreach to veterans and disadvantaged community residents to connect new opportunities with those most in need of decent, affordable housing as well as housing and mortgage credit counseling.

AmeriCorps Legal Fellows Program

Attorneys who serve with MLSA's AmeriCorps Legal Fellows Program provide legal services to MLSA clients and recruit pro bono attorneys.

MLSA sponsors an AmeriCorps Legal Fellows program for law school graduates committed to expanding access to justice.  This program is funded in part by Equal Justice Works.  In addition to providing services to clients, fellows also conduct outreach and recruit attorneys and law students to provide services pro bono.  Each fellow serves a term of approximately one year, which may be renewable for a second year.  Fellows receive an AmeriCorps living allowance and a supplement, and are also eligible to receive an education award upon successful completion of the term of service.

Currently, an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellows serves with MLSA on a Veterans and Medical-Legal Partnership project.

Each year, MLSA evaluates the fellows' projects and MLSA's needs and, in conjunction with national AmeriCorps and Equal Justice Works staff, tailors new projects for any incoming fellows.  MLSA typically recruits for fellows in the spring.  If we are currently accepting applications, we will provide a link to an application and any other relevant information here.

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