Announcement: Summer 2017 Consumer Justice Clinic Law Clerk

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is seeking full-time law student interns to work in its Consumer Justice practice during the summer of 2017. EBCLC’s Consumer Justice clinic provides brief services and representation to low-income consumers facing a wide variety of legal issues, including debt collection, student loans, credit reporting, predatory lending, identity theft, and consumer scams. Summer interns will manage their own litigation caseloads, meet directly with clients at our various legal clinics throughout Alameda County, and advocate for state policy changes that address the most significant challenges faced by low-income consumers. The ideal candidate is an excellent advocate with a strong commitment to social justice work, who wants to provide direct legal services to low-income consumers and make a real difference in the lives of people who need it most.

About East Bay Community Law Center

EBCLC is a non-profit legal services organization and a community-based clinical program of Berkeley Law School, committed to increasing justice through education and advocacy.  Since its founding in 1988, EBCLC has grown to be the largest provider of free legal services in Alameda County and one of the largest clinical programs in the country.  EBCLC has a dual mission of providing high quality legal services to low-income clients and first-rate clinical education to law students.  EBCLC takes a holistic, multimodal approach to addressing the causes and conditions of poverty and inequality by providing legal education and outreach, brief services, full representation, and policy advocacy.  EBCLC staff are committed to training the next generation of social justice advocates.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist in all stages of litigation in consumer lawsuits, including providing pre-litigation assistance, preparing complaints, answers to lawsuits, drafting motions, preparing and responding to discovery, assisting with wage garnishment and bank levies, facilitating settlement negotiations, and preparing for trial
  • Draft demand letters and advocate for clients during brief service appointments
  • Complete client intakes and prepare legal paperwork for clients with a focus on people with physical and/or mental disabilities, seniors, immigrants, those at risk of becoming homeless and/or permanently displaced, and homeless people
  • Staff weekly General Legal Clinic, bi-weekly Courthouse clinic, and other clinics in collaboration with other legal services organizations
  • Work collaboratively with attorney and non-attorney staff at EBCLC to provide holistic, wrap-around services addressing the systems and root issues of poverty
  • Draft research memorandums on a broad range of consumer-related issues for legislative advocacy
  • Participate in outreach and prepare self-help materials as needed
  • Additional tasks as assigned by Supervisor

Desired Qualifications

  • Strong interest in public interest work, community lawyering, and social and racial justice
  • Commitment to racial and economic equality
  • Excellent written and oral advocacy skills
  • Ability to manage a demanding caseload, excellent time management, and priority-setting and organizational skills
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse range of groups, including people of color, immigrants, non-English speakers, people with mental disabilities, service providers, government employees, and community partners
  • Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, and demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work successfully in a high-volume, dynamic environment
  • SECOND LANGUAGE ABILITIES STRONGLY PREFERRED—candidates with Spanish language ability are strongly encouraged to apply

Time Commitment

The summer session is ten weeks long, from Tuesday, May 30, 2017 through Friday, August 4, 2017.  Interns normally work 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Workloads in any given week may vary due to the nature of a live client practice, but you will not regularly be required to work more hours than anticipated.

Salary

EBCLC staff will work with students to secure funding through fellowships from law schools and other public interest sources; however, we are unable to offer compensation for summer internship positions.

Application Procedures

Interested law students should submit applications by email to rswanson@ebclc.org; by mail to East Bay Community Law Center, 2921 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703; or by fax to (510) 849-1536.  Applications should include a cover letter, resume, and names/contact information for two professional references.  The deadline for submitting application materials is March 31, 2017.  However, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible as the position(s) will be filled on a rolling basis.

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