New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a community-driven civil rights organization, seeks an undergraduate student to work as an intern in its Pro Bono Clearinghouse for the spring of 2021. This will be a remote position.
For more than 40 years, NYLPI has been a leading civil rights advocate for New Yorkers marginalized by race, immigration status, poverty, neighborhood pollution, and disabilities. NYLPI pioneered the practice of community lawyering in the five boroughs of New York City. These communities shape our priorities, and their struggles for justice demand innovative solutions. Our interdisciplinary teams of advocates use every tool available – community organizing, impact litigation and individual representation, policy advocacy, media, pro bono partnerships, and public education – to solve seemingly intractable problems, develop leaders, and build collective power to achieve justice. We strive to create equal access to health care, achieve equality of opportunity and self-determination for people with disabilities, ensure immigrant opportunity, strengthen local nonprofits, and secure environmental justice for low-income communities of color.
The Clearinghouse provides community groups and nonprofit organizations with free legal assistance by drawing on hundreds of volunteer lawyers from New York’s most prestigious law firms and corporate law departments. Last year, the Clearinghouse placed over 200 transactional and litigation pro bono matters with firms.
The Clearinghouse intern will report to the assistant director of Pro Bono Programs and support the work of the director and program associate. The intern will assist with the day to day operations of the Clearinghouse including monitoring and tracking the status of placed cases with clients and attorneys. Clients include nonprofits, community-based organizations and legal services organizations. The position provides a unique opportunity to interact with a large variety of public interest legal organizations as well as lawyers and pro bono coordinators from some of New York City’s prominent law firms.
Responsibilities include: Outreach to community groups about our pro bono legal service; tracking the status of placed cases; attending placement meetings; interacting with firms and associates about the importance of pro bono work; and assisting with the production of newsletters.
Qualifications: Applicants should be interested in gaining exposure to the legal needs of nonprofits as well as to law firms. Strong organizational, interpersonal and solid writing skills are essential. Proficiency in computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and databases a plus. Applicants must possess a commitment to public interest. He or she must also fit into a team oriented environment. Open to Juniors and Seniors.