2015 Summer Legal Internship (Community Development Project)

2015 Summer Legal Internship (Community Development Project)

 
Deadline: January 9, 2015; however, applications will be accepted and processed on a rolling basis.
Second-year law students are encouraged to apply by October 31, 2014.
 
The Community Development Project (CDP) of the Urban Justice Center (UJC) seeks law student interns who are interested in working with us during the Summer of 2015 to protect the rights of low-income individuals and provide legal, technical and research assistance to grassroots community organizations working on various social justice issues.
 
The main types of substantive areas in which we work include: housing; workers’ rights; consumer justice; and transactional legal services (e.g. legal help for community organizations and worker cooperatives). By providing legal support in these substantive areas, our mission is to advance community groups’ campaigns for social and economic justice.
 
Applications will be accepted and processed on a rolling basis and should be submitted by January 9, 2015. Second-year law students are encouraged to apply by October 31, 2014. Summer 2015 internships begin in late May. Interns will be expected to work 40 hours per week for a minimum of ten weeks. Positions are not paid.
 
Applications will be accepted by e-mail only, directed to Stephanie Rudolph at cdp@urbanjustice.org, and should include a cover letter and resume. Please indicate any foreign language skills, as well as any preference for practice area concentration described below (such preference is optional). Please write “Summer 2015 CDP Legal Internship Application” in the subject line of the e-mail. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are not able to respond to e-mails following up on previously-submitted applications. Applicants who are selected for an interview will be notified by e-mail.
 
Interns will work in any/all of the legal practice areas within CDP, including:
 
  • Housing & Tenants’ Rights: In partnership with tenant-organizing groups, we represent groups of tenants in lawsuits seeking relief from illegal evictions, harassment, failure to make repairs, lack of heat and hot water, lead paint and illegal rent overcharges.
  • Workers’ Rights: We represent low-wage workers from workers’ centers against employers for failure to pay minimum wage and overtime, tip-stealing, unlawful discrimination, labor trafficking, sexual harassment, retaliation and other violations of the labor laws. We also provide immigration assistance to workers seeking T and U visa relief. We collaborate with community groups to provide legal support to employees involved in a variety of labor-related organizing efforts.
  • Consumer Justice: We support community-based organizations whose members and constituents are experiencing extraordinary debt collection abuse, and represent low-income consumers on matters such as identity theft and unlawful debt collection practices.
  • Transactional/Organizational Support for Community Non-Profits and Worker Cooperatives: We advise grassroots organizations in a variety of areas, including incorporation and tax exemption; compliance with non-profit, employment and tax laws; and real estate and lease issues.
  • Defending the Right to Organize: We defend community organizations who have been sued because of their organizing activities, protecting their right to free speech and public participation.

The Community Development Project is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people with diverse backgrounds, including women, people of color, immigrants, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.ps (Community Development Project)