2015 spring externship – Amara Legal Center – Direct Advocacy

December 8, 2014

Spring 2015 Direct Legal Services Fellowship with the Amara Legal Center

The Amara Legal Center is a legal services organization dedicated to providing free legal services to U.S. citizen survivors of sex trafficking in the DC metro area and is currently seeking fellows for the spring 2015 semester. Amara is proud to coordinate this program in conjunction with Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law.

Expected Fellow Duties:

  • Familiarizing him or herself with the law of expungement, custody, restraining orders, victim advocacy and public benefits in DC, Maryland and Virginia. All training materials will be given to the fellow and the fellow will receive intensive training on the areas of the law and the civil law process from Amara’s Director of Legal Services.
  • After training, assisting Amara staff attorneys and pro-bono attorneys in expungement of records cases, civil cases, criminal defense cases, and victim-witness advocacy. This will include conducting new client intake, drafting petitions and motions, filing court documents, and writing research memos on various areas of the law in support of cases.
  • Accompanying staff and pro-bono attorneys to court and assisting attorneys with all court documentation, sharing knowledge of areas of the law with the attorneys during court days and assisting clients with their understanding of the court system and process.
  • Writing a weekly blog post on issues surrounding Amara’s work.
  • Accompanying Amara staff to important meetings with community stakeholders, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, media and local and federal lawmakers.
  • Assisting with organizational development projects, based on the fellow’s interest. Although the overwhelming majority of the fellow’s work will be legal work, the volunteer may help with fundraising, organizational development, grant writing, social media and promotion projects, according to the fellow’s desire, skills and interests.

Qualifications:

  • Current enrollment in the Columbus School of Law
  • Ability to work 15 hours a week or more
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Demonstrated interest or knowledge in the areas of domestic violence law and/or sexual assault law, with a preference for those with experience or interest in human trafficking law specifically

To Apply:

Please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample of no more than 10 pages and a list of 2 references to Professor Mary Leary at leary@law.edu.

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