October 28, 2014

A volunteer legal internship is available beginning January 2015 at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program for a law student, focusing primarily on client intake and supporting the management of our various pro bono programs. The Pro Bono Program recruits, trains, and mobilizes volunteer attorneys to take pro bono cases serving individuals living in poverty who are at risk of losing their homes, their livelihoods, and their families. The program also helps small businesses and community-based nonprofits needing legal help. Last year, the Pro Bono Program touched the lives of 20,000 D.C. residents.

This is a part-time, unpaid internship during the spring semester with the possibility of a continued internship during the summer break. Strong preference will be given to candidates who can commit to working a minimum of fourteen hours as two full days per week. There is no compensation for this position, however the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program will consider a law student who has fellowship or grant money for public interest employment. Additionally, the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program will provide support to students seeking academic credit for their work. The law student reports to a Managing Attorney.This description of the volunteer legal internship is intended to help prospective applicants understand what volunteer opportunities and experiences will be available to them during their internship. This is not a job or employment announcement.

The volunteer legal intern may provide support to various pro bono projects, including the Advocacy and Justice Clinic, Health Care Access Project, Probate Resource Center, Landlord Tenant Resource Center, Consumer Law Resource Center, and the Immigration Legal Advice and Referral Clinic. Specific pro bono opportunities may include:

1. Interviewing prospective clients and assisting in the screening of cases before the
case is placed with a pro bono attorney.
2. Helping coordinate arrangements and logistics for clinics.
3. Maintaining contact with clients and prepares client case files.
4. Helping maintain the Pro Bono Program database of clients and volunteers.
5. Providing legal research as needed.
6. Assisting with updating online pro bono and pro se materials in various substantive
law areas, including but not limited to public benefits and family law.
7. Drafting forms, materials, reports, correspondence, notices and other documents.
8. Interviewing customers at court-based resource centers and assisting in screening the
customers before they meet with an attorney.

1. A bachelors degree from an accredited college or university and completion of at least one year of law school.
3. Demonstrated commitment to public interest law.
4. Excellent oral and written communication skill with an ability to write clearly and effectively for a variety of audiences.
5. Excellent organizational abilities, attention to detail, and ability to manage several priorities in a day.
6. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to develop good working relationships with staff, clients, and attorney, paralegal, and law student volunteers.
7. Spanish-speaking capabilities a plus.

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume no later than November 18th to:

Vanessa Batters-Thompson, Managing Attorney
No calls, please.


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