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Legal Intern

The Justice Action Center has an opening for a summer legal intern.

The Justice Action Center (JAC) is a new nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting for greater justice for immigrant communities by combining litigation and storytelling. There is tremendous unmet need in the litigation landscape for immigrant communities. JAC is committed to bringing additional litigation resources to bear to address unmet needs in currently underserved areas. There is also untapped potential in how litigation can be combined with digital strategies to empower clients and change the corrosive narrative around immigrants. JAC will focus on the creation of original content that amplifies immigrant voices. We believe that real change will come only when a larger basis of supporters are activated on immigration issues; only then will courthouse wins pave the way for lasting change. JAC will partner with direct service providers and organizers to leverage the power of the existing landscape of immigrants’ rights organizations and fill in holes where impact litigation should be brought (but currently isn’t), or where communications and digital expertise could help reshape the narrative around immigration and immigrants.

JAC currently consists of five staff—Karen Tumlin, the Founder and Director, based in Los Angeles, CA; Esther Sung, Senior Counsel, based in Houston, TX; a Deputy Director; and two Counsel. JAC is looking for a summer intern who is comfortable working remotely in a start-up environment and who can expand JAC’s capacity to file innovative, fast-paced lawsuits to defend the rights of vulnerable immigrant populations.

INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW

JAC’s summer legal intern will report to Jane Bentrott, Counsel, and will be responsible for helping to implement JAC’s litigation and communication strategies.

  • Time Commitment: The internship requires a commitment of a minimum of 20 hours per week.
  • Internship Duration: Internships are a minimum 8-week period. 
  • Stipend: A small stipend may be available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can be made with educational institutions for work/study or course credit.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Interns will gain valuable experience by working with the team on a wide variety of issues. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Perform legal research on novel legal issues.
  • Draft research memos and contribute to drafting on complaints, habeas petitions, motions, and briefs.
  • Interact and develop rapport with clients and potential plaintiffs so that we can build relationships that will enable our legal work product to reflect and amplify the stories they have to tell.
  • Review draft press releases and other social media materials to identify and correct any legal errors or ambiguities and to strengthen the intended messaging. 
  • Contribute to JAC’s vision and strategy for combining litigation and storytelling, and for filling unmet legal needs in impact litigation.
  • Commit to working collaboratively and respectfully, both with JAC colleagues and with co-counsel.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

Interns should possess the following:

  • A Bachelor’s degree and two years of law school is preferred. 
  • Willingness to work and be mentored remotely in a start-up environment.
  • Strong legal writing and research skills.
  • A highly collaborative style and good listening skills.
  • Exceptional communications and interpersonal skills, and the ability to build trusting, productive relationships with a wide range of partners and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated passion for immigrant and/or civil rights.
  • Openness to a multi-faceted range of viewpoints; ability to engage with tough questions in a thoughtful and respectful manner and with a trauma-informed approach.
  • Willingness to provide thoughtful and timely feedback on improving the remote internship experience with JAC. 

APPLICATION

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and up to three references to Jane.Bentrott@justiceactioncenter.org with the subject line “Internship Application.” In your cover letter, please include your pronouns, your preferred work city and state, and any languages you speak, including level of proficiency. Also, we welcome you to share in your cover letter how your professional experiences and qualifications will advance JAC’s mission of JAC. 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and accepted until the position is filled.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and accepted until the position is filled. Please note that this posting provides a general but not comprehensive list of the responsibilities of the Law Fellow position.  The duties, responsibilities, and activities of the Law Fellow position may change at any time without advance notice.  This posting does not represent a contract of employment.

JAC is an equal opportunity employer and is currently staffed entirely by women who are the children of immigrants. JAC recognizes the unique and valuable skills that immigrants, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, women, and all marginalized individuals can bring to this work and strongly encourages such individuals to apply. 

JAC is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.  If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation during the application process, please e-mail karen.tumlin@justiceactioncenter.org.   If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation for the interview process.