APPELLATE CRIMINAL DEFENSE - SUMMER 2020 INTERNSHIP

Job Description: The Center for Appellate Litigation (“CAL”), a non-profit public defender office handling appeals and other post-conviction matters, is seeking full-time volunteer interns for the summer of 2020. The internship has three main components:

(i) helping clients resolve the day-to-day problems they face during their incarceration;

(ii) working closely with experienced appellate attorneys on substantive writing projects, including briefs and motions; and

(iii) preparing clients for parole appearances and submitting materials on their behalf to the Parole Board.

In addition, students may have the opportunity to assist with our other special projects. Interns will have extensive hands-on contact with our clients and their family members, and significant responsibilities in all aspects of case investigation and drafting legal documents.

CAL particularly welcomes applications from people of color; people with disabilities; and gay, lesbian, and transgender people.

Qualifications: We are looking for first- and second-year law students. Applicants must have good communication skills, and must possess a strong interest in criminal defense work and in advocating for indigent clients convicted of crimes.

Application Instructions:

2Ls: We will accept applications from 2Ls between Tuesday, September 3, 2019, and Friday, November 1, 2019.

1Ls: We will accept applications from 1Ls between Monday, December 2, 2019, and Monday, January 6, 2020.

We will conduct interviews and make offers on a rolling basis, so we encourage applicants to apply early.

Interested students should e-mail a cover letter and resume in a single PDF with the subject line “2020 Internship” to internship@cfal.org.

 

IMMIGRANT JUSTICE PROJECT – SUMMER 2020 INTERNSHIP

The Immigrant Justice Project (IJP) of the Center for Appellate Litigation (CAL) seeks full-time volunteer interns for the summer of 2020.

CAL is a non-profit law firm of forty-five attorneys and other legal staff dedicated to the pursuit of equal justice under the law for indigent New Yorkers in their criminal appeals or other post-conviction proceedings. We believe all people deserve dignity, respect, and the right to be heard and treated fairly when their liberty has been taken from them or threatened, regardless of their ability to pay for an attorney.

IJP analyzes the cases of CAL’s noncitizen clients to determine the immigration consequences of their criminal conviction and pursues the full range of post-conviction legal remedies available to them — whether by bringing state law collateral proceedings or on direct appeal of the criminal conviction — to advance their rights, protect them from the threat of immigration detention and deportation, and keep them united with their families and communities. IJP is comprised of four full-time attorneys and a dedicated paralegal.

Our IJP interns will have extensive hands-on contact with our clients and their family members, and significant responsibilities in all aspects of case investigation and drafting of legal and other advocacy documents.

CAL particularly welcomes applications from people of color; people with disabilities; and gay, lesbian, and transgender people.

Qualifications

We seek dynamic candidates with strong analytical and writing skills and a strong commitment to public defense and serving indigent clients convicted of crimes. Fluency in Spanish is appreciated but not required.

How to Apply

• 2Ls: We will accept applications from 2Ls between Tuesday, September 3, 2019, and Friday, October 25, 2019.

• 1Ls: We will accept applications from 1Ls between Monday, December 2, 2019, and Monday, January 6, 2020.

We will conduct interviews of a rolling basis, so we encourage applicants to apply early.

Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter and resume in a single PDF to Sussan Lee at slee@cfal.org. Include “IJP Summer Internship 2020” in the subject line.