Thursday, September 6, 2012

Goldmark Internship

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


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.

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

HOUSING & The intern is responsible for securing housing and paying all living

TRANSPORTATION: 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.

Please see Symplicity posting for application instructions.