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The National Lawyers Guild, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF), depends heavily on grassroots fundraising to support our work.  Any donation – big or small – will help us continue to support and defend organizers, activists and social movements here in the Bay Area.

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Friends of the Guild (those who contribute $25 or more) will receive benefits similar to those of our members, such as the weekly online newsletter and invitations to Guild events.

Volunteer/Intern

Law 4 the People Fall Internship

APPLICATION DEADLINE – August 1, 2019

The National Lawyers Guild Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF) seeks an enthusiastic and administratively competent intern for the summer. The individual will gain access to the Bay Area progressive legal community and knowledge of challenges and attacks on human rights throughout the country. Includes working on issues such as demonstrations law (defending protesters), human rights, immigrant rights, anti-racism and queer/transgender rights. Also involves engaging with members of the NLGSF at events in various parts of the Bay Area.

The intern will support the Guild in our Know Your Rights (KYR) video project and our Immigration Court Observation Program(ICOP). Intern will take on the logistics of outreach and coordinating volunteers for our  KYR video series (weknowourrights.com). Intern will participate in our Immigration Court Observation Program and aid in organizing the data collected.

The intern will assist office staff with general administrative duties, database updates, office system upgrades. There will be three or more guild weekend evening events where interns will provide tabling and administrative support.

Must be computer literate, comfortable working in a hectic environment, have a good phone demeanor and a passion for social justice. This is an unpaid internship that requires a commitment of 20-25 hours per week. This internship runs from May to August. Some internships may be extended into the next season. The National Lawyers Guild Bay Area Chapter is willing to fill out any paperwork for interns in order to receive college credit.

HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter answering the following questions:

  • What interests you about interning for the Guild?
  • What skills or experiences would you bring to the Guild?
  • What are you hoping to gain from this internship?

In addition to a cover letter please submit your resume with two references that can speak to your work experience and your expected availability to Marcelena – Membership Coordinator marcelena@nlgsf.org

Interviews will be scheduled the first few weeks of August.

We encourage you to reach out to us if you have any questions.

**NLGSF is an affirmative action employer.  People of color, women, immigrants, formerly incarcerated persons, LBGTIQ+ individuals and differently-abled individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Job Openings

 

FALL 2020 Legal Fellowship Sponsorship Opportunity

APPLICATION DEADLINE – June 28, 2019

Please send resume and cover letter to: jaykim@nlgsf.org

Position Summary:

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) unites lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers to work as an effective political and social force to fight for a world where human rights are more sacred than property rights.  For over 80 years, NLG has protected and defended communities, social justice movements, and activists advocating for those rights.  The National Lawyers Guild San Francisco / Bay Area chapter (NLGSF) is the largest NLG chapter in the country with over 700 members and has played a significant role in supporting social movements demanding racial and economic justice in the Bay Area.

NLGSF seeks second- or third-year law student or recent law school graduate applicants to consider for a sponsored fellowship such as Equal Justice Works or other public interest fellowships to begin in the fall of 2020.  The legal fellow will be supervised by the Executive Director of NLGSF.

NLGSF is particularly interested in a project addressing the criminalization of dissent.  Recent examples of this include the prosecution of J20 activists, the targeting of Black activists as “Black Identity Extremists,” and the uptick in anti-protester legislation around the country. This project will ideally focus on developing relationships with our movement partners to support their campaigns and help build power in their communities.  That work may include identifying and recommending how to respond to legislative and legal developments, litigation, and public policy.

 

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Conduct legal research and analysis.
  • Develop theories to support new litigation projects that support our movement partners.
  • Draft legal memoranda, pleadings, affidavits, motions, and briefs.
  • Build relationships with movement partners and coalitions.
  • Draft and edit public education and non-litigation advocacy materials.
  • Engage in public speaking and attend meetings and/or conferences as needed.

Experience & Qualifications

  • J.D. or expected to receive a J.D by the spring of 2020.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law, racial justice, and civil rights.
  • Willingness to work closely with NLGSF through the funding application process.
  • Excellent research, writing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct complex legal analysis and fact-finding.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work independently as well as within a small team.
  • Experience working with community organizers.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative, manage a variety of tasks and see projects through to completion.
  • Commitment to the mission of NLGSF.
**NLGSF is an affirmative action employer.  People of color, women, immigrants, formerly incarcerated persons, LBGTIQ+ individuals and differently-abled individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.