The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless seeks interns for the Fall Semester. The Legal Clinic provides District of Columbia residents with legal representation in public benefits, shelter, housing, police misconduct, disability rights, and other civil matters. Our interns work alongside staff attorneys in providing direct representation, education and policy advocacy on behalf of individuals and families experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.

Under attorney supervision, interns gain experience doing the following:
-Direct client casework
– Legal research
– Drafting legal pleadings
– Public policy advocacy
– Community engagement

Qualifications: Internships are open to current law students who have completed at least one year of law school. Ideal applicants have a demonstrated interest in homelessness, affordable housing, social justice, legal services, public policy advocacy, and/or public interest law, and are interested in doing pro bono or public interest law upon graduation. Applicants should have good oral and written communication skills. Prior experience and interest in direct services and/or working with people who are homeless is helpful, but not required.

Ideal applicants have a demonstrated interest in:
– Social justice
– Homelessness
– Affordable housing
– Legal services & public interest law
– Public policy advocacy

How to apply: Applications will be accepted through Monday, September 18th. Our internships are unpaid; however, we encourage applicants to seek out credit or funding from their schools or other fellowship sources. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to our volunteer coordinator:
Kelsey Vaughan
kelsey.vaughan@legalclinic.org (email submission is preferred)
Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
1200 U Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
Or, for more information, call 202-328-5500.

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Law Clerk/Intern position

August 24, 2017

First Shift Justice Project, a legal services organization with a mission to empower low-income pregnant women and parents to assert their workplace rights and maintain their
employment, seeks a law clerk.

Our ideal candidate has demonstrated interest in strengthening women and families, strong writing skills and experience working directly with clients. Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred. Law clerk positions at First Shift Justice Project are unpaid; however, we will work with our law clerks to secure any funding available from other sources. The time commitment is 10-15 hours per week. Work hours are flexible.
Interested students should send a cover letter and resume to Laura Brown,
lbrown@firstshift.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

fall internship position

August 10, 2017

The Council for Court Excellence is seeking law school applicants for our Fall 2017 Law and Policy Intern position. This intern will have the opportunity to work on all aspects of CCE’s local justice reform research, policy, and advocacy work. This position may be paid, pending grant funding, for work on occupational licensing reform for people with criminal records. All interns receive SmarTrip stipends to cover the cost of their Metro commute. Please see the position description for further details.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia is accepting applications for judicial internship positions for fall 2017.  See the full announcement here.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan federal agency that performs fact-finding and civil rights analysis. It is charged with gathering information about discrimination and denials of equal protection because of because of color, race, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin, or in the administration of justice. The Commission produces reports on civil rights topics for Congress and the President and for public use. Examples of recent topics include: immigration detention, employment discrimination of LGBT people, policing, environmental justice, and voting rights. These reports, and other work of the Commission, can be seen at http://www.usccr.gov/.

Intern responsibilities:

The intern will work with the Commissioner and his or her Special Assistant, preparing the Commissioner for upcoming briefings and business meetings, assisting in the development of initial comments on Commission reports (including both substantive and redline/citation review), assisting in the development of Commissioner statements on Commission reports, and conducting daily research on emerging civil rights issues that the Commissioner may want to develop letters or other work on for consideration by the Agency.  The intern will conduct both legal and non-legal research related to case law, public policy, and current events, and will attend civil rights meetings/presentations by area organizations.

Exact dates and hours of the internship will be determined in consultation with the selected candidates. Unpaid.

To apply, please submit a resume, transcript, writing sample, and a cover letter addressing your interest in working with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Applicants may indicate in their cover letter if they have a preference for which Commissioner(s) they are seeking an internship.

Application packages should be submitted via email to Rukku Singla at rsingla@usccr.gov by March 31, 2017

Rukku Singla

Special Assistant to Chair Catherine E. Lhamon

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 1150

Washington D.C. 20425

P: 202-376-7580 | F: 202-376-7561

rsingla@usccr.gov

AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) champions the rights of seniors by providing free legal services to low-income DC residents age 60 and older.  LCE provides assistance with civil legal matters, including landlord/tenant matters, consumer issues including property tax cases, and public benefits.Depending on need and interest, the student(s) may be assigned to more than one project. The position is unpaid, but we are happy to work with any sources of funding available to the student.

Summer law clerks are sought to work on the following projects:

Alternatives to Landlord/Tenant Court Project:

The Alternatives Project combines social work, legal and volunteer coordination to help prevent eviction of District elders. The student will assist attorneys in contesting illegal rent increases at the Office of Administrative Hearings, obtaining necessary repairs and rent abatements through demand letters, defending against eviction actions in Landlord/Tenant Court, raising fair housing complaints for tenants who need reasonable accommodations for physical and/or mental disabilities, and/or representing tenants in administrative proceedings before the DC Housing Authority to address repair issues, rent calculations and program termination issues.

Homebound Elderly Law Project (Project HELP):

Project HELP provides critically important legal assistance and advocacy to homebound seniors. The student will assist with interviewing clients at home regarding legal problems, drafting legal documents that seniors may need, such as powers of attorneys or wills, administering a public-benefit checkup to ensure seniors are getting all the benefits to which they are entitled, identifying housing or consumer problems, and/or ensuring proper follow-up on identified legal problems.

Hotline:

The Hotline provides free legal advice, assistance and referrals. Students will assist hotline attorneys in gathering information about the client’s question or problem and providing advice or assistance. If the problem requires further legal representation, the student may assist with referring the client to an LCE staff attorney or other programs.

Ombudsman Legal Assistance:

The D.C. Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program at LCE advocates for residents of nursing home, assisted living facilities, community residence facilities and residents in their private homes. The law clerk would assist the DC Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s staff attorney with individual cases before the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). This support would include resident visits, drafting motions and participation in hearings.  In addition, the intern would assist with legal research on a variety of issues including long-term care Medicaid, nursing home resident rights and social security.

Public Benefits and General Services Unit (PBGS):

The goal of the PBGS is to ensure seniors receive the income, benefits and services to which they are entitled that enable them to live independently in the community. The student will assist attorneys in cases involving Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, Medicare, home health services, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and Veterans benefits. The student may also be asked to assist with small consumer cases or utility disputes.

Schedule H Property Tax Case Handling:

Schedule H is a DC tax credit for low-income individuals with high housing costs, providing a benefit of up to $1,000 per year. LCE’s Schedule H Tax Project assists low-income seniors who do not need to file a full tax return.  The student will meet with clients, assist them with filling out the Schedule H forms, advise them regarding supporting documentation, and follow up with the Office of Tax Revenue regarding disposition. The student will also assist with pro bono clinics at DC law firms.

Self-Help Office (SHO):

SHO provides community-based, free legal services to DC seniors at five partnering sites in the community, including churches and senior centers. The student will assist clients with obtaining legal information, self-help guides, public benefits checkups, applications for public benefits, drafting consumer complaint letters, referrals to social service agencies, assistance filing small claims cases, and/or information on requests for vital records.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two references to Janay Todd, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, jtodd@aarp.org. Please indicate in your cover letter the specific project(s) that interest you or whether you are interested in any and all of the projects.

The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau seeks to hire approximately 15 law students to serve as Summer Legal Interns for 2017. Summer Legal Interns will be the primary case handlers on approximately 10-15 cases at a time in the areas of housing, family, government benefits, and wage and hour litigation. They interact directly with clients, opposing parties, witnesses, and government agencies, engage in extensive factual and legal investigation, draft motions and briefs, research legal issues, conduct discovery, and appear and argue in court. Rising 3Ls and 2Ls may apply, though rising 3Ls and rising 2Ls who have taken an evidence or trial advocacy course are preferred.

HLAB Summer Legal Interns are supervised by HLAB’s Clinical Instructors, practicing attorneys with years of trial and supervision experience, and students will be trained in all the relevant areas of the law. HLAB Summer Legal Interns generally experience a broad range of litigation and legal experience in as many as four primary practice areas. In the Family Law practice, HLAB represents victims of domestic violence in restraining order hearings, divorces, paternity, visitation, child support, and custody disputes. In the Housing Law practice, HLAB represents individual clients who are being evicted from public, subsidized, and private housing, and also works with tenant unions and other progressive organizations to ensure the availability of affordable housing in the Greater Boston area. In the Government Benefits practice, HLAB represents clients at hearings to obtain or retain their Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance benefits or unemployment benefits. Finally, in the Fair Wage practice, HLAB allows students to work on affirmative lawsuits addressing violations of state and federal labor laws. We ask student to choose a primary concentration in the area of housing or family law. Summer Legal Interns working at HLAB maintain a full-time (40 hours per week) schedule. Though HLAB is unable to pay its Summer Legal Interns due to funding restrictions, we work closely with hired students to secure third-party funding. The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau was founded in 1913 to provide free legal services for low-income people in the Greater Boston community. As the nation’s oldest student-run legal services organization, the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau aspires to be an engine for progressive change and social justice. To learn even more about the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, visit http://www.harvardlegalaid.org/.

Application Instructions (accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled): Please send (1) a resume, (2) a cover letter, (3) a law school transcript; (4) two references; and (5) a legal writing sample to: Jackie Ebert, Outreach Director Harvard Legal Aid Bureau 23 Everett Street, First Floor Cambridge, MA 02138 HLABrecruitment@gmail.com