Spring 2017 Legal Internship

SPRING 2017 LEGAL INTERN

The MinKwon Center for Community Action was established in 1984 to meet the needs and concerns of the Korean American community through our five program areas: Community Organizing and Advocacy, Social and Legal Services, Civic Participation, Youth Empowerment, and Culture. Since our founding, we have made a profound presence in the Korean American community through various grassroots organizing, education, and advocacy initiatives that address important community issues, including immigration policies at the national, state and city levels, voter rights, and culture awareness. The MinKwon Center places a special emphasis on meeting the needs of our marginalized community members, including youth, elderly, recent immigrants, low-income residents, and limited-English-proficient residents. More recently, it has expanded its program areas to work with the Chinese American community as well.

The MinKwon Center’s Social Services Team provides free legal services to the Asian American community members throughout New York in the areas of labor, immigration, and housing law.  We provide direct legal representation and work closely with other legal groups and pro bono lawyers to help these community members achieve social and economic justice. Our team is seeking second and third year law students to work alongside our immigration, housing and labor staff attorneys. 

INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION

  • Perform legal research and write memoranda/briefs on related legal issues.
  • Conduct community education on housing, immigration, labor, and other important legal issues.
  • Participate in advocacy efforts, such as meeting with government officials and writing op-ed pieces in local newspapers.
  • Engage in direct client contact: Participate in initial intakes to assess client cases and act as a liaison for clients.
  • Work on active litigation: Cases in state and federal district court, unemployment insurance hearings, housing court, and small claims court at all phases of litigation.  Intern responsibilities may include drafting litigation documents/briefs, fact research, attending court conferences, preparing clients for depositions, and trial preparation.  There is also a possibility of directly representing clients in small claims court.

DETAILS

  • Supervision: Intern is supervised by a MinKwon Center Staff Attorney.
  • Compensation: While internships are not paid positions, academic credit has been arranged in the past.
  • Hours: Interns are expected to work 16 to 40 hours a week.
  • Duration: The internship runs for at least 10 weeks during the spring of 2017.  Specific internship dates will be discussed in person.

REQUIREMENTS 

  • Oral and written English is required.  Korean-language or Mandarin-language proficiency is desirable.

DEADLINE AND APPLICATION MATERIALS

  • Deadline: Internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Due to a high number of applications, only the applicants who are granted an interview will be contacted.
  • Application: Please send a cover letter and resume to jane.kim@minkwon.org with “Spring Legal Intern” in the subject heading. Also, please indicate in the email if you have applied to any other position at the MinKwon Center.

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