Goldmark Equal Justice Internship—Summer 2013

The Legal Foundation of Washington is soliciting applications for one summer internship to serve the civil legal needs of the poor in Washington State. Deadline for submitting your application is 5 PM on October 12, 2012.

LOCATION: Chelan Douglas County Volunteer Attorney Services (VAS), Wenatchee, WA

BACKGROUND: VAS provides free civil legal services primarily in the area of family, consumer, and housing law. VAS also organizes weekly and monthly programs to benefit low-income persons from diverse backgrounds in Chelan and Douglas counties.

POSITION: The intern will assist all aspects of VAS operations providing direct representation to Housing Justice Project clients as well as legal services to family and consumer law clients.

ELIGIBILITY: The internship is open to law students who have completed their second year prior to the summer of 2013 and to recent law school graduates. The successful candidate will be Rule 9 eligible, possess solid Spanish-language skills, will be a team player with the ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds, and possess exceptional writing and verbal communication skills.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The intern will participate in the weekly Housing Justice Project where attorneys assist low-income tenants facing eviction by providing limited representation in Chelan County Superior Court; help clients complete family law pleadings and, in some cases, provide unbundled legal services under the supervision of an attorney; manage caseloads on the statewide database, Legal Server; participate in a twice-weekly clinic schedule; and conduct outreach to potential volunteer attorneys and relevant local agencies. Legal research conducted at the Chelan County Law Library through WestLaw.

SUPERVISION: The intern will be supervised by the executive director. The Rule 9 supervising attorney will be a VAS board member. Additionally, the intern will be paired with one or more mentors who are active volunteer attorneys and members of the Chelan-Douglas County Bar Association.

DURATION: A ten-week internship scheduled at the convenience of both the VAS and the intern between May and August 2013.

STIPEND: The intern will receive a stipend of $8,000 for the ten-week internship.

HOUSING & TRANSPORTATION: The intern is responsible for securing housing and paying all living and transportation expenses for the duration of the internship. Staff may assist coordinating housing, if needed. Link transit is available 7 days/week.

REPORTING: The intern will deliver a final written report to LFW by November 1, 2013 on the outcomes gained from the internship.

TO APPLY: Submit all of the following: 

1. Current Resume;

2. Copy of your current Unofficial Transcript as provided by your school registrar—must reflect current enrollment and school address (online student accessed print outs not accepted); and

3. Application letter explaining in at least 500 words:

  • Why you want to aid equal access to the civil justice system for the poor;
  • Why you are interested in this particular placement; and
  • Why this particular placement will be enhanced by your skills.

RETURN all application materials to:

Goldmark Internship Committee c/o LFW 1325 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1335 Seattle, WA 98101-2509 or by email dtheories@legalfoundation.org

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5 PM ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2O12. The trustees will interview students Friday, November 16, 2012, make their decision by November 21, and send notification to all applicants by December 3.

INTERNSHIP HISTORY: The program is named for Charles A. Goldmark, the Foundation’s second president at his untimely death in January 1986. Chuck was a firm believer in, and a forceful advocate for, equal access to the justice system. The internship was created as a tribute to Chuck and to encourage young lawyers to emulate his ardent commitment. The Goldmark Equal Justice Internship is made possible by a matching grant from the Goldmark Family Foundation.

“Chuck believed that it is the responsibility of each of us, in our own way, to try to improve some aspect of our society beyond ourselves. To leave our society just a little bit better than we found it when we arrived here. He believed that, as a lawyer, he could accomplish this. Chuck practiced what he believed.”  ~Kevin Kelly, Foundation President 1997

LEGAL FOUNDATION OF WASHINGTON: The Legal Foundation of Washington is dedicated to equal justice for low-income persons. The Foundation funds programs and supports policies and initiatives which enable the poor and the most vulnerable to overcome barriers in the civil justice system.