March 30, 2017

Microsoft teams up with ABA to support innovation fellow for LSC initiative

CHICAGO, March 30, 2017 — Microsoft is sponsoring a NextGen Fellow at the American Bar Association’s new Center for Innovation in an effort to improve legal access for those in need. 

To fill the Microsoft NextGen Fellow position, the ABA is seeking an individual who graduated from law school within the past five years and seeks invaluable experience by working on improving the delivery of legal services. The Fellow will spend one year in residence at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash., and receive a $45,000 salary with benefits.

Last year, Microsoft announced a partnership with the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to create statewide online justice portals. The project’s aim is to direct low-income persons to appropriate legal aid resources in each state. The goal is to transform a legal system that too often is seen as opaque, confusing and inefficient into a single, simple, statewide access point for legal aid resources.

The Center for Innovation-Microsoft NextGen Fellow will primarily work on the LSC project. The fellowship is scheduled to run from August through July 2018.

The ABA Center for Innovation was established in September 2016 to encourage and accelerate innovations that improve the accessibility, affordability and effectiveness of legal services and to transform how the public accesses the law and legal information.

More information on how to apply for the Microsoft NextGen Fellow can be obtained here. Applications should be submitted by April 15.

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