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Law 4 the People - Spring Internship
APPLICATION DEADLINE – January 1, 2019
The National Lawyers Guild Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF) seeks an enthusiastic and administratively competent intern for the fall semester. 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 assist office staff and our demonstrations committee with general administrative duties, database updates, office system upgrades and will be assigned individual projects to complete during the spring. There will be three or more guild weekend evening events where interns will provide tabling and administrative support – one of them being our annual Testimonial Dinner in April. 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 January to May. Some internships may be extended into the summer. 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:
- Why are you interested in this internship?
- How would you describe your social justice activism?
- Have you ever interned before?
- What are you hoping to learn from this internship?
In addition to a cover letter please submit two letters of recommendation and your resume with your expected availability to Marcelena – Membership Coordinator email@example.com 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 are strongly encouraged to apply. In an effort to increase access to this position, we are happy to work with and accommodate folks remotely for reasons such as lack of child care, lack of transportation, and/or disability**
PAN Internship/Law Clerk Position
The Prisoner Advocacy Network is a volunteer network of California activists, family members, formerly incarcerated people, legal workers, law students, and attorneys. Our focus is narrow and specific – supporting people in California’s solitary confinement and similar conditions of isolation such as security housing units (SHUs), administrative segregation, and gender-based segregation. We prioritize advocating for jailhouse lawyers and those engaged in political activity. We provide non-litigation advocacy for incarcerated people experiencing discrimination, retaliation, and rights violations. We gather evidence documenting conditions and trends of treatment in the exceptionally repressive prison environments of solitary and other forms of segregation
Internship / Law Clerk
We are seeking an intern to work part-time at the National Lawyers Guild Office at 558 Capp Street, San Francisco. If you cannot be available 20 hours a week, please let us know how many hours you would be available.
Additionally, you would be required to attend two monthly meetings. One is the 2nd Wednesday of the Month 6:30-8pm (in SF or by phone), the other is 4th Wednesday of the Month 6:30-8:30pm (in SF or by phone).
The total obligation of hours would not exceed 20 hours per week.
- Sort and scan mail, notify advocate of client mail
- Check voicemails, make notes in client files
- Check and respond to emails
- Send mail to incarcerated clients
- Maintain paper legal case files
- Maintain electronic files
- Assign tasks and manage project and tasks completion using Google Drive, Trello, and AirTable
Legal research and writing
Developing trainings and resources
Twice a year half day trainings to onboard new volunteers
Subject Specific Training
Logistical planning (booking event space, getting food, getting facilitator, printing materials, developing ice breakers)
Strategic planning, surveying members about achievements, things that work well, things that need improving, etc.
Summarizing work performed and achievements
Summarizing areas for improvement
Retreat follow up
Outreach and tabling
Fundraise and work on grant applications
Strong technology skills. Experience with remote email and electronic communication. Strong organizational skills, and attention to detail. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Knowledge of issues related to a progressive political agenda, including: support for civil liberties, workers’ rights, social justice; opposition to government repression, racism, homophobia and sexism. Self-motivated, able to implement and complete projects in a timely manner. Able to manage multiple priorities; flexible, comfortable in open office environment with many projects and activities. Able to adapt to a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
Experience working with incarcerated people. Experience working with individuals in the legal profession and in legal offices. Experience working in a grassroots, membership organization. Spanish-language skills a plus.
Layout and design skills. Experience with constituent relationship management tools, including databases.
Details for Applicants
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit a resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are happy to work with you to obtain school credit or to apply for funding at sources you identify. PAN is an all-volunteer organization and funding is therefore limited, however we have consistently worked to provide stipends for our interns at the internship’s end.
PAN is an affirmative action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, disability or sexual orientation, or incarceration history. Directly impacted individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.