Law Clerkship

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Posted: November 28, 2017

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (Advancing Justice – ALC) is seeking law clerk applications for spring, summer and fall semesters.  Interested candidates should have strong interests in social justice, non-profit/public interest work, and be committed to the community.  Language skills are highly desired as well.

Founded in 1972, Advancing Justice – ALC is the nation’s first legal and civil rights organization serving low-income Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities.  Advancing Justice – ALC strives to defend and empower the API community through a three-pronged strategy of community organizing, direct legal services, and strategic impact litigation.

Law clerks will be matched with one of the below program areas and supervised by one or more staff attorneys in our San Francisco office.  Preference for program areas should be stated on cover letters.

PROGRAM AREAS:

The Criminal Justice Reform Program challenges the criminalization of communities of color from arrest to sentencing. We examine the intersection between criminal justice and immigration systems, combating unjust federal programs such as Secure Communities, or “S-Comm,” and supporting implementation of the TRUST Act, which seeks to sharply limit Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers in California, thereby reducing unjust deportation. We also continue to provide direct legal services to immigrant families of youth in the juvenile system.

The Workers’ Rights Program seeks to uphold protections guaranteed to all employees in California including the right to be paid both overtime and a minimum wage to work in a safe and healthy environment, and to work free from unlawful discrimination. We empower workers by educating them on their rights and providing legal assistance.

The Housing Rights Program provides direct legal assistance to low-income tenants and seniors and seeks to build community infrastructure in low-income neighborhoods. We also work closely with community partner agencies to monitor trends in development and empower tenants.

The Immigrant Rights Program provides direct legal services to under-served, low-income members of the community on immigration matters such as: family unification, adjustment of status, naturalization, and deportation defense. We ensured the visibility of the API community in the public discourse on Comprehensive Immigration Reform and continue to build leadership, especially in our youth, to fight for a just and humane immigration reform.

The National Security and Civil Rights Program challenges national security policies impinging the civil rights of the Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) communities, especially after September 11, 2001 by working with other organizations in advocating local and state protections against overreaching FBI intrusion into San Francisco law enforcement affairs.

The Voting Rights’ Program works to ensure a democracy that is fully accessible to immigrant voters and limited-English proficient voters. It uses a combination of policy advocacy, litigation and legal advocacy, and community organizing. 

Requirements: During the spring and fall semesters, clerkships require a commitment of 15-20 hours a week.  During summer semesters, clerkships are full-time, 40 hours per weeks for 10 weeks.  Assignments include conducting legal research, client intake interviews, drafting declarations, researching and drafting court filings such as briefs and motions, attending hearings and policy meetings, developing “Know Your Rights” materials, and drafting letters in support of or opposing pending state and federal bills. We encourage clerks to seek academic credit, work-study or independent funding for their work.

How to Apply: Please email your cover letter, resume, writing sample and references to: Apply@advancingjustice-alc.org or submit your application via our website: https://www.advancingjustice-alc.org/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities/  

PLEASE, NO CALLS.

IMPORTANT APPLICATION DEADLINES:

2018 Fall Clerks: September 31, 2018 (Extended Date)

2019 Spring Clerks: December 31, 2018

2019 Summer Clerks: February 2, 2019

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and if space permits.

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