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Legal Advocacy Law Student Intern The intern will report to the Directors of Legal Advocacy. Will receive training in the science of diabetes and on disability discrimination law, and will assist in the provision of legal services to people affected by diabetes discrimination. He or she may provide the following services: Conduct detailed legal intake based on training. Help with issue-spotting and identifying potential urgencies. Produce written or verbal case analyses and participate in strategy decisions. Connect on a human level with people who are often in distress . As needed, find available network attorneys and contact them to explain details of case that is being referred. Report back attorney availability and connect the client with the attorney. Perform case specific legal research for people with diabetes. Where appropriate, synthesize the legal research into public-facing fact sheets. If interested, design and complete a personal legal research project. The project must be connected to diabetes discrimination. Track projects and hours worked. Attend staff meetings. Complete case notes and reports. Convey legal information under supervision of Program attorneys (This is only available for interns who have demonstrated success in conducting legal intakes and comprehension of the law and essentials of diabetes.).
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Completed at least 1 year at an accredited law school, or recent graduate. Interest in creative problem solving, conflict resolution and nontraditional legal work. Ability to adapt communication to widely different audiences. Superior phone and email/written communication skills. Ability to quickly learn and internalize complex medical and legal concepts. Ability to conduct broad legal research, not just case law (informal guidance, agency directives, websites). Clear, simple, professional legal writing. Strong organizational and time management skills for a high-volume caseload. Coordination skills for interacting with a large and passionate volunteer network. Emotional intelligence. Positive and collaborative disposition. Professional attitude and strong work ethic. Any of the following skills strengthens: Law experience or knowledge, especially in our areas of service. Detailed understanding of diabetes. Experience with legal aid hotlines or direct legal services programs. Spanish language skills. Identify with broader disability and civil rights movements. Demonstrated interest in entering public service or public interest work.
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