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PRO BONO CLEARINGHOUSE INTERN

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New York Lawyers for the Public Interest


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January 19, 2021
May 7, 2021
12-16 hours per week

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a community-driven civil rights organization, seeks an undergraduate student to work as an intern in its Pro Bono Clearinghouse for the spring of 2021. This will be a remote position.

The Organization

For more than 40 years, NYLPI has been a leading civil rights advocate for New Yorkers marginalized by race, immigration status, poverty, neighborhood pollution, and disabilities. NYLPI pioneered the practice of community lawyering in the five boroughs of New York City. These communities shape our priorities, and their struggles for justice demand innovative solutions. Our interdisciplinary teams of advocates use every tool available – community organizing, impact litigation and individual representation, policy advocacy, media, pro bono partnerships, and public education – to solve seemingly intractable problems, develop leaders, and build collective power to achieve justice. We strive to create equal access to health care, achieve equality of opportunity and self-determination for people with disabilities, ensure immigrant opportunity, strengthen local nonprofits, and secure environmental justice for low-income communities of color.

The Clearinghouse provides community groups and nonprofit organizations with free legal assistance by drawing on hundreds of volunteer lawyers from New York’s most prestigious law firms and corporate law departments. Last year, the Clearinghouse placed over 200 transactional and litigation pro bono matters with firms.

The Position

The Clearinghouse intern will report to the assistant director of Pro Bono Programs and support the work of the director and program associate. The intern will assist with the day to day operations of the Clearinghouse including monitoring and tracking the status of placed cases with clients and attorneys. Clients include nonprofits, community-based organizations and legal services organizations. The position provides a unique opportunity to interact with a large variety of public interest legal organizations as well as lawyers and pro bono coordinators from some of New York City’s prominent law firms.

Responsibilities include: Outreach to community groups about our pro bono legal service; tracking the status of placed cases; attending placement meetings; interacting with firms and associates about the importance of pro bono work; and assisting with the production of newsletters.

Qualifications: Applicants should be interested in gaining exposure to the legal needs of nonprofits as well as to law firms. Strong organizational, interpersonal and solid writing skills are essential. Proficiency in computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and databases a plus. Applicants must possess a commitment to public interest. He or she must also fit into a team oriented environment. Open to Juniors and Seniors.

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a community-driven civil rights organization, seeks an undergraduate student to work as an intern in its Pro Bono Clearinghouse for the spring of 2021. This will be a remote position.

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Benefits

Applicants should be available to intern 1.5 to 2 days per week for 12 to 16 hours per week. This position will be working remotely throughout the semester. A stipend is available.

Applicants should be available to intern 1.5 to 2 days per week for 12 to 16 hours per week. This position will be working remotely throughout the semester. A stipend is available.

How to Apply

Applicants should send a cover letter, a resume and a writing sample to: Heidi Kim, Deputy Director, Pro Bono Clearinghouse, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, 151 West 30th Street, 11th Floor, New York, New York 10001 via e-mail to internships@nylpi.org. Please mention in your email or cover letter where you saw this advertisement.

We strongly encourage candidates fluent in multiple languages and candidates from historically oppressed groups to apply. We are committed to advancing social justice and civil rights in our advocacy, and we value the dynamism and perspective that staff diversity brings to the work and culture of the office. We strive to promote behaviors, attitudes and policies that enable us to work inclusively and effectively in cross-cultural situations with clients, co-workers, and community partners. We actively recruit and seek to grow and maintain a staff that is diverse along many axes, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, and national origin; disability; socioeconomic background; and sexual orientation and gender identity.

To learn more about NYLPI, visit www.nylpi.org.

Applicants should send a cover letter, a resume and a writing sample to: Heidi Kim, Deputy Director, Pro Bono Clearinghouse, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, 151 West 30th…

Location

151 West 30th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10001-4017

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