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June 1, 2020
August 7, 2020
February 28, 2020
40 hours per week

TZEDEK DC INTERNSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT SUMMER 2020 LEGAL INTERNS

OVERVIEW: Tzedek DC provides direct legal services for DC residents with debt issues, advocates for more fair policy nationally and at the DC level, and conducts community based outreach in community legal education and financial literacy trainings. Tzedek DC is currently seeking summer interns for our practice.

ABOUT THE POSITION: 2020 Legal Interns will start the week of June 1, 2020 and end August 7, 2020. The start and end dates are negotiable if a certain number of hours are needed, or there are scheduling conflicts. Interns will be expected to work full time, Monday through Friday. Tzedek DC is proudly headquartered at and partnered with the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law at 4340 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20008, and summer interns will work from our offices. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend court hearings and meditations with Tzedek DC attorneys.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: Interns’ responsibilities may include: • conducting legal research and writing • assisting supervising attorney to conduct client intake, client interviews, and write client declarations in support of hardship requests to dismiss debt collection cases. • accompanying supervising attorney to small claims court to shadow mediation and day of representation. • assisting in researching legislative history, and status of laws nationwide for preparation to advocate for our major policy endeavors. • assisting in preparing financial literacy and community legal education trainings; and • attending or participating in client meetings, court appearances, and community events.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS: Students from accredited law schools are eligible to apply for an internship. Primary selection criteria include (1) a demonstrated commitment to serving clients with low incomes; (2) passion for public interest law, particularly for civil legal services; (3) strong academic performance, including excellent research and writing skills; (4) clinical or other relevant experience working with low-income communities; (5) exceptional communication skills (written and oral) and strong interpersonal skills; and (6) an ability to work independently. COMPENSATION: The internship is not paid; we will work with law schools that fund or provide credit to students. Past summer interns from UDC as well as other law schools have, with our active support, been able to successfully receive public interest foundation funding. ABOUT TZEDEK DC: The vast majority of community members with low incomes, lacking access to legal counsel, suffer a range of adverse consequences, including default judgments, impaired credit ratings, credit report problems that reduced future job prospects, and, for hundreds, suspension of their driver’s licenses. Founded in 2016 by a group of volunteers from the Jewish and anti-poverty communities, Tzedek DC has since February 2017 been an independent public interest center at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law and Tzedek DC’ staff includes both an alum of the School of Law and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Law. At Tzedek DC, we work in collaboration with law students, community organizations and service providers, and pro bono attorneys from the private bar to close the justice gap for DC residents of low incomes facing debt-related crises. For further details, see www.tzedekdc.org


TZEDEK DC INTERNSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT SUMMER 2020 LEGAL INTERNS

OVERVIEW: Tzedek DC provides direct legal services for DC residents with debt issues, advocates for more fair policy nationally and at the DC level, and conducts community based…

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APPLICATION PROCESS: To apply for a Summer 2020 Legal Internship, email application materials by February 28, 2020. The application should include 1. A cover letter explaining why you want to intern at Tzedek DC. 2. Up-to-date law school transcript. 3. Resume (Please indicate whether or not you speak any languages other than English level of fluency in these languages.) 4. Name and contact information for two references (law school professors, judges, practicing lawyers or others in a position to comment on the applicant's qualifications for a position at Tzedek DC). 5. A relevant and substantive writing sample of original work product of no more than 5 pages in length. Application materials and any questions should be directed to: Rachel Sass, Intake Specialist & Avodah Service Corps Fellow, Tzedek DC, RS@tzedekdc.org

TZEDEK DC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: It is the policy of the Tzedek DC that no employee or applicant for employment or services will be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, family responsibilities or family status, veteran’s status, or any other basis prohibited by law, including the D.C. Human Rights Act and Language Access Act.

APPLICATION PROCESS: To apply for a Summer 2020 Legal Internship, email application materials by February 28, 2020. The application should include 1. A cover letter explaining why…

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