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Profile2018 Summer Associate Program The intern will have immediate contact with clients, will draft documents and will shadow attorneys at hearings. Intern will be assigned an attorney with an ongoing caseload. Gain valuable litigation experience and will know that he/she has assisted victims of abuse and those needing custody/visitation and divorce assistance. Conduct screening and client interviews with clients seeking to obtain civil protection orders against abusers. Conduct factual investigations including client interviews, requesting and reviewing court, medical, and other records, searching public records, etc. Attend hearings, trials and outreach events. Conduct legal research. Draft pleadings / research memoranda / correspondence. Such other tasks as may be assigned. Law Students will work in different areas of the law and have different experiences. Generally, Law Students may expect to interview clients, draft client letters, draft court pleadings, research relevant legal issues, attend and assist with court hearings, assist with discovery, analyze evidence, and complete various other tasks as assigned. All Law Students will receive training in substantive areas of poverty law, meet with judges involved and may observe court hearings. There may also be brown bag lunches with current Legal Aid lawyers and community members. Past participants have included judges, a civil rights attorney and leaders of local non-profit agencies. Must have demonstrated interest in and sensitivity to the legal needs of the poor as well as motivation to improve the condition of the poor. Strong research/writing backgrounds is required. Excellent interpersonal skills, first-rate oral and written communications skills, professional attitude, discretion, diplomacy and tact, ability to relate to professionals, strong analytical and organizational skills, and high dependability is required. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Internet research tools is required. Ability to speak a foreign language is highly desirable. 2L’s (with or without intern certificate) and 1L’s are considered. Law Students who are applying to participate in the Summer Associate Program are expected to work unpaid for at least 10 weeks and may work up to 13 weeks.
Send Cover letter; Resume; Contact Information for Three References; Writing Sample and Completed Summer Associate Application.
Community Legal Aid Services, Inc.
306 Market Avenue North
Canton, OH 44702-1407