Jobs

Law 4 the People

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The National Lawyers Guild Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF) seeks an enthusiastic and administratively competent intern. The individual will gain access to the Bay Area progressive legal community and knowledge of challenges and attacks on human rights throughout the country. Includes working on issues such as demonstrations law (defending protesters), human rights, immigrant rights, anti-racism and queer/transgender rights. Also involves engaging with members of the NLGSF at events in various parts of the Bay Area.

The internship is a semester long, during which time the intern will assist office staff with general administrative duties and be assigned individual projects to complete during the semester. Must be computer literate, comfortable working in a hectic environment, have a good phone demeanor and a passion for social justice.

Send cover letter and resume to adrianainternnlgsf(at)gmail.com with subject line Law 4 The People Internship.

PAN Internship / Law Clerk Position

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

About PAN

The Prisoner Advocacy Network is a volunteer network of California activists, family members, formerly incarcerated people, legal workers, law students, and attorneys. Our focus is narrow and specific – supporting people in California’s solitary confinement and similar conditions of isolation such as security housing units (SHUs), administrative segregation, and gender-based segregation. We prioritize advocating for jailhouse lawyers and those engaged in political activity. We provide non-litigation advocacy for incarcerated people experiencing discrimination, retaliation, and rights violations. We gather evidence documenting conditions and trends of treatment in the exceptionally repressive prison environments of solitary and other forms of segregation.

Internship / Law Clerk Commitment

We are seeking an intern to volunteer at the National Lawyers Guild Office 558 Capp Street, San Francisco, from October 2016-October 2017. Our outgoing Intern will be available to train the new Intern October-December. The Intern would be asked to work Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-5. If you can not be available at the specified times, please let us know how long you would be available. You would be required to attend two monthly meetings. One is the 2nd Thursday of the Month 6:30-8pm (rotating between Oakland and SF), the other is 4th Wednesday of the Month 6:30-8pm (rotating between Oakland and SF).

Required Tasks

  • Check voicemails, make notes in client files
  • Check emails, forward to appropriate person or respond if possible
  • Sort and scan mail, notify advocate of client mail
  • Send mail to incarcerated clients
  • Maintain paper legal case files
  • Maintain electronic files
  • Manage volunteers
  • Recruit volunteers
  • Fundraise and work on grant applications
  • Compile/review monthly case summary of activity for PAN administrative meeting
  • Assign tasks and manage project and tasks completion using Google Drive, Trello, and SpiderOak
  • Website maintenance
  • Seek input from people in prison
  • Optional Tasks
  • Legal research and writing
  • Developing trainings and resources
  • Outreach and tabling

Required

Strong technology skills. Experience with remote email and electronic communication. Strong organizational skills, and attention to detail. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Knowledge of issues related to a progressive political agenda, including: support for civil liberties, workers' rights, social justice; opposition to government repression, racism, homophobia and sexism. Self-motivated, able to implement and complete projects in a timely manner. Able to manage multiple priorities; flexible, comfortable in open office environment with many projects and activities. Able to adapt to a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.

Desired

Experience working with incarcerated people. Experience working with individuals in the legal profession and in legal offices. Experience working in a grassroots, membership organization. Layout and design skills. Experience with constituent relationship management tools, including databases.

Details for Applicants

Position open immediately. Deadline to apply is October 15, 2016, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please send resume and cover letter to info@nlgsf.org and pan@nlgsf.org.

We are happy to work with you to obtain school credit or to apply for funding at sources you identify. NLGSF is an affirmative action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, disability or sexual orientation. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.