Paid Summer Public Interest Positions!

The Colorado Lawyers Committee, a nonpartisan consortium of 80 Colorado law firms, is now accepting applications from law students for the Sattler Civil Rights Fellowship and Hill and Robbins Public Interest Paid Internship. Details are below or search Symplicity for jobs 18564 (Sattler Civil Rights Fellowship) and 18565 (Hill & Robbins Public Interest Internship).

The Sattler Civil Rights Fellowship funds a law student interested in pro bono advocacy to work at the Colorado Lawyers Committee through a full-time, paid ($4,000) summer internship.  The Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to work with a variety of lawyers on high impact, pro bono matters and to gain insight into all aspects of the pro bono legal community in Colorado, primarily in Denver.  Colorado Lawyers Committee staff and other volunteer attorneys will provide legal supervision, training and support. The Sattler Fellow will work at the Colorado Lawyers Committee for 10 weeks during the summer of 2019.

 RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDED, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Attend all task force meetings with Colorado Lawyers Committee staff and volunteer lawyers working on pro bono matters that impact children and the underprivileged.
  • Attend twice monthly Denver Legal Night Clinics at Centro San Juan Diego
  • Provide administrative support related to the operation of a nonprofit organization, including assisting with preparations for the Annual Awards Luncheon and Board and Executive Committee meetings, tracking and documenting volunteer contributions, updating the volunteer database and editing the quarterly newsletter.
  • Attend meetings, receptions and other events in Denver’s legal and nonprofit community, as scheduled throughout the summer.
  • Conduct research (some legal) to support the work of the task forces and other Colorado Lawyers Committee projects.

The Fellowship is open to students at the University of Colorado Law School and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law who will have completed one or two years of law school by May 2019.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: 

Send a cover letter, resume and two references to Kathleen McCrohan, Associate Director, Colorado Lawyers Committee, by email at kmccrohan@coloradolawyerscommittee.org. For additional information, please call Kathleen McCrohan at 303-256-2781.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  February 22, 2019

The Hill and Robbins Paid Public Interest Internship: An exceptional first- or second-year law student from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver or from the University of Colorado Law School will be selected as the recipient of the 2019 Hill & Robbins Paid Internship.  The Hill & Robbins Internship was established in 1996 to encourage law students to do work in the public interest. Each year, a student from the University of Colorado or the University of Denver is awarded the internship to work on a public-interest project either through the Colorado Lawyers Committee or Colorado Legal Services (CLS).  Past projects have included the Casillas Pesticide Project to improve the health of Colorado migrant farm workers, the Giardino school capital construction litigation, the Taylor Ranch litigation, and various other ongoing projects within the Colorado Lawyers Committee and CLS.

This year’s Hill & Robbins Fellow will help Colorado Legal Services staff with their important work through some or all of the following responsibilities: preparation of draft pleadings, strategizing on policy work with administrative agencies, legal research, case organization and investigation, client interviews, and client communication.  At the end of the internship, the student will have experienced working with low-income individuals, representatives of Colorado administrative and government agencies, administrative agencies across the United States, and governmental organizations.

The first portion of the Internship is 100 hours of work during the Spring semester of 2019.  The second phase is full-time work for ten weeks during the summer of 2019.  If necessary, the Fellowship can be performed entirely during the summer.  For this effort, the student will receive a $5,000 stipend.  The optional third portion of the project, in the fall of 2019, consists of preparation of a paper related to the activities and work performed during the Internship.  The Intern will receive independent study credit for the fall semester as per agreement with his or her law school.

The Intern also must have strong analytic, research, and writing skills as well as the ability to work well with people.  The Hill & Robbins Intern should be an individual with absolute reliability, initiative, responsibility, and a strong commitment to public interest law.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: 

Interested students should submit a cover letter and resume, along with one to three written recommendations concerning the applicant’s research and writing skills and suitability for the position. Materials should be sent via email to: Matthew Montgomery (matthewmontgomery@hillandrobbins.com).

The application deadline is February 22, 2019.  Interviews will be held in late February.

Colorado Legal Services is an equal opportunity employer.

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