Hours per week
15 - 20 hours per week
3000 Biscayne Blvd
Law For Black Lives is a Black femme-led national network of over 3,500 radical lawyers committed to building a responsive legal infrastructure for movement organizations and cultivating a community of legal advocates trained in movement lawyering. Law For Black Lives staff is a team of strong Black and Latinx femmes who are deeply committed to supporting the leadership of directly impacted communities and transforming the legal field to represent the values of movement lawyering, which are centered in building community power and democratizing the law.
Law for Black Lives, along with our partners from across the country, are currently leading work around a number of policy issues including: bail reform, fees and fines, reparations, land co-operatives and invest/divest. Our work consists of supporting litigation and advocacy efforts, conducting research for community partners, developing model legislation and designing toolkits and other educational materials for lawyers, legal workers and organizers.
Interns will join us in our office in Miami, Memphis, New York office or remotely. Interns will work closely with base building organizations, organizers and movement lawyers across the country to support ongoing policy and advocacy work.
Major areas of research will include:
- Working with grassroot organizations to conduct research around criminal legal reform specifically bail and jail closures. Students will focus on analysis of existing jail populations, bail laws, litigation strategies and alternatives to incarceration.
- Working with the Movement for Black Lives Policy Table to map and analyze ongoing policy reform in the areas of: criminal legal reforms, policing, housing, education, environmental justice and health.
- Working with local grassroots organizations across the country to conduct research focused on local and state budgets and creating tools for organizers to better analyze and understand the budget process.
- Working with local and national movement organizations to complete requested research around ongoing campaigns including invest/divest campaigns, decriminalization campaigns, etc..
Students will experience the unique opportunities and challenges of utilizing a community lawyering approach in different contexts.
Unfortunately, we cannot offer any stipend but we are happy to support law students' applications for funding through their law schools or other grants.
- First or Second Year Law Student or demonstrated interest in the law
- Excellent legal research and communication skills
- Experience in and/or a demonstrated commitment to social justice organizing and social movements
- Familiarity with issues of racial justice, gender justice, civil and human rights
Summer Internship: 10-12 weeks
How To Apply
Please send your resume/CV, a writing sample and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application deadline is May 23rd, 2018