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Private Nonprofit Placements

Access to Law                                                                                                                        Atlanta

Students work on a wide range of immigration cases, including: deportation; family petitions; U-Visa victims; or abandoned or abused children. Other case work includes family and limited criminal work on behalf of immigrant families. Students work with lawyers in a distinctly holistic approach, with legal work integrated into collaboration with a wide variety of other community service providers. Spanish speaking welcome but not required. Website: http://accesstolawfoundation.org/

Full-time or part-time

 

The ACLU performs civil and criminal litigation focusing on the civil rights of claimants across a diverse range of interests and concerns. Students will gain insight into the process or public interest litigation, and will have direct exposure to the processes of fielding complaints, developing cases for trial and in-court litigation. The ACLU’s current activities include a substantial appellate litigation initiative, legislative advocacy on behalf of civil liberties, and “know your rights” public education campaigns.

Full-time or part-time

 

Athens-Oconee CASA                                                                                                          Athens

In recent years many Georgia Law students have become CASAs in Clarke County. A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained community volunteer who is appointed by a judge to advocate for the best interests of an abused or neglected child who is in foster care. The CASA volunteer gathers information about the child's situation, attends court proceedings and makes a written recommendation to the judge so that the judge has the information to make a decision about the child's future.

Law students who have completed CASA training and have been assigned a case through the CASA program can receive credit for CASA work through the Civil Externship program. Students will be supervised by Wilbanks CEASE Clinic Director Emma Hetherington, who will also serve as their Peer Coordinator through the CASA program.

Students interested in receiving credit for CASA work can find more information at http://www.athensoconeecasa.org/volunteer.html. CASAs are expected to commit to at least one year as volunteers, or until their assigned case is resolved.

Criteria: completion of CASA training.

Part-time only

 

Athens Land Trust                                                                                                                Athens

The Athens Land Trust (ALT) centers around the idea that land should be valued and utilized to its utmost potential. ALT combines three divergent programs: affordable housing, conservation, and a community garden network. The affordable housing program helps lower‑income residents to own homes; the conservation program helps to preserve farmland and other valuable ecosystems in Northeast Georgia; and the community garden network fosters community gardens as a means to provide healthy, nutritious food for low‑income families. Students at ALT will work in all three programs by conducting legal research, drafting documents and interacting directly with ALT clients.

Criteria: Site supervisor selects.

Part-time only

 

Atlanta Legal Aid                                                                                                                  Atlanta
 
Atlanta Legal Aid operates a general poverty law practice, including focus on housing, domestic relations, public benefits and consumer law. It also has a range of special projects focusing on a range of issues including: abusive high interest rates; mental health; legal clinics for the homeless; outreach to the Hispanic community around domestic violence & public benefits; AIDS; and a senior citizens law project, including an ombudsman unit which focuses on conditions of residents in nursing homes and personal care homes. Students will work in one of these areas depending on Legal Aid=s needs. Students will engage in all aspects of this work, and will have ample opportunity to observe the practice of poverty law in a large urban setting.

 

Atlanta Legal Aid                                                                                                        Lawrenceville

The Gwinnett Office of Atlanta Legal Aid offers a focused litigation support and student practice opportunity for students interested in civil poverty law work in close proximity to Athens. This office covers the same range of topics and clients as the general Atlanta Legal Aid offering, with a geographical focus on Gwinnett County. Students engage in litigation support, third year practice and other advocacy on behalf of indigent Georgians with civil legal needs.

Criteria: The site supervisor will select students.

Full-time or part-time

 

Carl Vinson Institute of Government                                                                                  Athens

The Carl Vinson Institute of Government helps public officials throughout Georgia and around the world on a range of government initiatives, including: rewriting city charters, analyzing proposed state legislation, crafting local land use regulations, assisting with intergovernmental disputes, and navigating governmental clients through complex service delivery arrangements and compliance issues. CVIOG faculty includes both J.D.s and Ph.D.s that use their expertise to assist governmental clients in achieving difficult objectives.  Law students will work with a faculty member that is an attorney on legal aspects of a variety of projects that require legal research and writing as well as interaction with public officials.

Criteria: Site supervisor interviews and selects.

Part-time only

 

Carter Center                                                                                                                        Atlanta

The Carter Center is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. It seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health. The Center emphasizes action and measurable results. Based on careful research and analysis, it is prepared to take timely action on important and pressing issues. Students can work in programs focused on peace, democracy, conflict resolution, human rights, and a wide range of health initiatives.

Note: Students must fill out the Carter Center’s internship application, available online at http://www.cartercenter.org/involved/internship/programs.html. We will follow up to help to assure that decisions are made in time to participate.

Full-time or part-time

 

Catholic Charities Immigration Law Project                                                                       Atlanta

Students work in an agency committed to providing direct legal representation to foreign nationals both at the U.S. Immigration Court and—for those not in removal (i.e., deportation) proceedings—before various governmental agencies, including the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) and the U.S. Department of State. Work includes direct client contact, legal research / brief writing, and preparation of “country conditions” materials for asylum seekers. Students will have the opportunity to accompany attorneys to hearings at the Immigration Court and to interviews at USCIS.

Criteria: Site supervisor and Clinic Director select. Fluency in Spanish or another language preferred, but not required.

Full-time or part-time

 

Dekalb County Child Advocate                                                                                            Atlanta

Students work in a juvenile court context, providing representation, counsel and advice for children engaged in juvenile court process, primarily in abuse and neglect cases. Workload includes investigation, case assessment, preparation of plans and oral presentation of plans in court. Opportunity for practice under the student practice rules.

Full-time or part-time

 

Domestic Violence Advocacy Project (spring only)                                                              Atlanta

Students will work with an attorney who provides legislative advocacy on behalf of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV) and the Women=s Policy Group (WPG).  GCADV is the statewide coalition of the 45 battered women=s shelters in Georgia and WPG focuses primarily on issues impacting low-income women and their families.  The student will learn how a bill becomes a law, the budget advocacy process, and strategies to promote and oppose legislation.  The student would spend time at the Capitol, tracking legislation, attending committee meetings and monitoring floor debate; the student would also research projects regarding pending legislation.  The placement would strongly benefit from a student with an interest in legislative process on women=s issues, and with an ability work flexibly in an unstructured, high-energy environment.

Criteria: Site supervisor and clinic director select.

Part-time only

 

Elder Legal Assistance Project (fall only)                                                                            Athens

Students work with a non-profit funded to work for senior citizens on their general civil legal needs. Students engage in client interviewing, case development, factual investigation, legal research, drafting and litigation support.

Criteria: Site supervisor interviews and selects.

Part-time only

 

Federal Public Defender                                                                                                      Atlanta
 
Students work in an organized program with an agency designated to provide representation for the indigent accused of crimes. Work includes support and work for trial and appellate litigation, in the context of an actively collaborative practice of criminal law.
 
Criteria: Demonstrated interest in criminal defense work. Supporting materials required: writing sample of 10 pages or less.

 

Georgia Advocacy Office                                                                                                      Atlanta

Students work for the Protection and Advocacy agency of the state of Georgia, providing direct service for people with mental and physical disabilities, and engaging in community education and policy advocacy on related issues. Work includes direct contact with clients, participation in hearings, and public policy analysis (including legislative work) on behalf of the disabled population.

Criteria: By permission of clinic director. Clinic director and site supervisor select.

Part-time only

 

Georgia Innocence Project                                                                                                   Atlanta

The Georgia Innocence Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals who have been convicted of crimes they did not commit. The Project works to secure post-conviction DNA testing for Georgia and Alabama inmates where DNA analysis could prove guilt or innocence and adequate DNA testing was not available at trial. Students will work on all phases of obtaining post-conviction relief. No opportunity for student practice.

Part-time only

 

Georgia Justice Project                                                                                                         Atlanta

For over 30 years, GJP has provided vigorous legal representation combined with holistic social service support to clients who are indigent and facing criminal charges in Fulton and DeKalb Counties. For the last 10 years, GJP has also assisted clients around the state with expunging and correcting their criminal history and dealing with the collateral consequences of a record. GJP also actively engages in statewide policy and legislative advocacy in an effort to lower barriers for people with criminal records on a systemic level.

Full-time or part-time

 

Georgia Law Center for the Homeless                                                                                 Atlanta

The Georgia Law Center for the Homeless represents homeless people in administrative and judicial proceedings of a civil nature, including housing, family, and employment law. The Law Center's seeks to provide free, quality civil legal services to homeless people and to play a leadership role in addressing the issues underlying homelessness. Law Center staff performs outreach by visiting homeless shelters, transitional housing, and community kitchens on a regular basis. Interns assist in client intake, legal research, case assessment, preparing legal documents, and preparing for hearings. Opportunities exist for practice under student practice rules.

Full-time or part-time

 

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts                                                                                               Atlanta

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts (GLA) is a nonprofit organization that provides legal assistance and education to artists and arts organizations of Georgia, including musicians, songwriters, photographers, film makers, painters, graphic designers, actors and artists from many other disciplines.  Through the Georgia PATENTS program, GLA also provides assistance on patents and intellectual property to solo inventors, non-profits and small businesses. See http://glarts.org/patents//

GLA provides direct pro bono representation, referrals to experienced attorneys, seminars and workshops on legal concerns, walk-in clinics and low-cost mediation. GLA also maintains an extensive library of legal resources and relevant forms.

Externs work out of the Atlanta office, staffing phones and conducting both intake and in-depth interviews with clients, Externs assist clients with the resource library, can plan and attend seminars, and perform legal research in areas of the law that concern artists and arts organizations. Demonstrated interest/experience in entertainment law, copyright and intellectual property preferred.

Criteria:          Site supervisor selects; on-site interview required

Part-time only

 

Georgia Legal Services                                                                                  Gainesville & Athens

Georgia Legal Services offers a general poverty law practice throughout the northeast of Georgia. Located in Gainesville, Georgia, Legal Services represents low-income and underserved people legal assistance for housing, domestic relations, public benefits and consumer law problems. Students will gain experience in a range of different areas, from investigation, research and drafting to preparation for both administrative and trial litigation.

Criteria:          Opportunity for third year practice. Patience. Typing and Westlaw skills. Spanish speakers desirable. For third year practice, prior clinical experience; or Evidence, Trial Practice and I.C.N.  Interest in legal services and willingness to drive. Site selects.

Part-time only

 

Georgia Municipal Association                                                                                           Atlanta

Students work for a non-profit resource center for Georgia municipalities. Members of the center include all Georgia cities and towns. The Association provides advice, education, litigation support, legislative lobbying and appellate support on a wide ranges of municipal law issues. Students will work on both litigation and transactional projects and will have a chance to observe first-hand the politics and practice of municipal law.

Criteria: Site supervisor selects.

Part-time only

 

GreenLaw                                                                                                                             Atlanta

GreenLaw provide free legal and technical assistance to environmental organizations and community groups throughout Georgia, in an effort to prevent air and water pollution that endangers human health and degrades Georgia's natural resources. Students provide research and litigation support to GreenLaw attorneys, including investigation of environmental complaints, preparation of pleadings and attendance at meetings, negotiations and trials. Preference for applicants with a demonstrated commitment to public interest work.

Criteria: Site supervisor selects.

Full-time or part-time

 

Innovation Gateway                                                                                                              Athens

Innovation Gateway reviews and helps to license and market the intellectual property generated by researchers at the University of Georgia. Students at this placement will engage in reviewing the technical aspects of various research products, and assessing the intellectual property dimensions that arise for those products, including patent and licensing issues.

Criteria: Site supervisor interviews and selects.

Part-time only

 

Lambda Legal                                                                                                                       Atlanta
 
Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Lambda Legal carries out its legal work principally through test cases selected for the likelihood of their success in establishing positive legal precedents. Students working at Lambda Legal will assist that Atlanta regional office with pending litigations and other advocacy.
 
Full-time or part-time

 

Latin American Association                                                                                                 Atlanta
 
The Latin American Association offers comprehensive immigration legal services in the areas of deportation defense, family based immigration, and petitions for immigrant victims of crime. Students work under close supervision on immigration issues of vital important to immigrant individuals and families.
 
Part-time

 

Latin American Association (Policy)                                                                                    Atlanta

The Latin American Association=s policy advocacy arm addresses major issues of immigration reform, both nationally and in Georgia. Students work to research and support both legislative, administrative and community based solutions to the problems facing the immigration community. 

Criteria: Site supervisor interviews and selects.

Part-time only

 

Project South                                                                                                                        Atlanta

Project South is devoted to movement-building in the South. Interns will work under the supervision of the Legal & Advocacy Director. Summer interns will draft legal memoranda, open records requests, Freedom of Information Act requests, demand letters, fact sheets, and human rights reports; help with devising and carrying out Know Your Rights presentations (targeting communities of color, Muslims, and immigrants); and visit imprisoned individuals in Georgia immigration detention centers and prisons to help document the conditions. 

Criteria: Site supervisor interviews and selects.

Part-time only

 

Southern Center for Human Rights                                                                                    Atlanta

The Center focuses on two primary areas of the law: prison reform litigation and death penalty defense. It takes individual death penalty cases through the process of trial and appeal, and pursues legal remedies to improve the conditions of prisons across the country. Students will engage in investigation, often in the field, and in research and preparation of litigation documents and briefs.

Criteria: Criminal procedure is helpful, but not required. A demonstrated commitment to public interest will help. The site supervisor will select.

Part-time only

 

Southern Environmental Law Center                                                                                 Atlanta
 
The Southern Environmental Law Center is a regional, nonprofit, public interest law firm committed to providing top quality legal representation in court and before regulatory agencies to environmental and conservation organizations and community groups in the Southeast.  SELC strengthens laws, we make government agencies do their job, and, when necessary, we go to court to stop environmental abuses or to set far-reaching precedents.  SELC focuses its work in the Southeast on six areas of environmental concern: the coast and wetlands; clean energy & air; clean water; land & community; special places & wildlife; mountains & forests.  Over its 30-year history, SELC has a reputation as one of the leading environmental organizations in the country.
 
SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff. We strongly encourage applications from persons of all racial and ethnic backgrounds.
 
Interns can expect to do research and writing on issues for litigation or for other environmental advocacy in a substantive area. Depending on the project area, research may include federal and state environmental statutes and regulations, and procedural and evidentiary issues. In addition to doing research, interns also participate in strategy sessions and other aspects of case or project management. Interns may also be involved in meetings on environmental policy with government officials and leaders of other environmental groups.

Criteria: GPA 3.0 or above preferred; proven interest in environmental law and environmental preservation; exceptional writing and research skills; Environmental Law and Administrative Law helpful; Law Review beneficial.  Connection to Southeast is preferred but not required. 

NOTE: application, resume, transcript, writing sample, references are required.

Part-time only

 

Southern Poverty Law Center                                                                                              Atlanta

The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality. Students work both on individual cases and on policy issues relevant to the mission of the SPLC.

Criteria: Site supervisor interviews and selects.

Part-time only