Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Internships

Internships

Use this link to apply for spring or summer 2021 internships with Advancing Justice-LA!

Questions after reviewing the below descriptions?  Please contact General Counsel & Pro Bono Director Christina Yang.   Please note that Advancing Justice-LA receives many internship applications and you will only be contacted if selected for an interview.  No phone calls please.

 

Survivor and Family Empowerment (SAFE) Project - Assisting Domestic Violence Survivors  

The SAFE Project assists low-income and limited-English-speaking survivors of domestic violence with family law services, including helping them obtain restraining orders, child custody, and support orders.  

SAFE Law Clerk  

Qualifications include: Successful completion of evidence and professional responsibility courses required.  Experience working with domestic violence survivors or with low-income immigrant communities is preferred. Demonstrated commitment to public interest and prior non-profit experience also preferred.  Experience working in an office setting or law office is helpful. 

Duties may include, but are not limited to: Provide support for casework, including, but not limited to: conducting interviews with prospective clients, follow-up with existing clients, preparing family law paperwork, drafting client declarations, and conducting limited legal research. Interns/law clerks will also perform certain administrative duties as needed.  Duties may also include interpretation and translation work, based on the candidate’s bilingual fluency. 

Language Requirements: Bilingual fluency in English and one of the following languages strongly preferred: Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, or a South Asian language (Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati), or Thai 

Schedule RequirementsFor Spring 2021, seeking interns (law students or recent law school graduates only) for a minimum commitment of 15 hours/week for 10 weeks.  For Summer 2021, seeking interns (law students or recent law school graduates only) for a commitment of 40 hours/week for 10 weeks.  Candidates seeking externship or other academic credit welcome to apply. 

 

Impact Litigation Project 

Litigation Law Clerk 

The Impact Litigation Project advocates for social justice through lawsuits that seek to protect and improve the civil rights of low-income, limited English proficient, and immigrant communities, and to change the unlawful or unjust institutional practices of private and public entities that most affect those communities. Our focus is on using litigation as a complement to our organization’s direct services and policy advocacy, and we conduct investigation, research, and direct services as needed to inform the cases we litigate. Our key cases have challenged unconstitutional laws, low-wage worker exploitation, human trafficking, and race and national origin discrimination. 

Qualifications Requested: Strong legal research and writing skills, have prior work experience, a strong work ethic, and have demonstrated commitment to public interest work, civil rights and community empowerment.  Diverse 2L and 3L candidates, including candidates contemplating applying for post graduate fellowships in the future and seeking a host organization preferred. 

Duties May Include: supporting attorneys in litigation and pre-litigation case work in the areas of voting rights, fair housing, workers’ rights, household economic rights, and other civil rights areas; conducting legal research and writing; reviewing records and other documents for facts relevant to case investigation, and assisting with client-related tasks such as client interviewing and preparing for depositions.

Representative sample of cases recently pursued: 

·         Challenged ICE detention of non-dangerous detainees at heightened risk of catching and dying of COVID-19 in the under-protected high-risk detention environment 

·         Challenged multiple cities’ current “at-large elections” voting scheme, which diluted the city’s Asian American voting power in violation of the California Voting Rights Act 

·         Challenged employers who subjected Filipino guest workers to human trafficking, national origin discrimination, racketeering based on visa fraud, retaliation, and related common-law claims 

·         Challenged group of inter-related companies who misclassified and exploited hundreds of Korean and Latino port truck drivers in violation of state labor law 

·         Challenged luxury nail salon and spa that subjected Vietnamese nail salon manicurist to severe wage theft, wrongful termination, retaliation, and fraudulent transfers of assets 

·         Challenged the State of California’s failure to provide in-language Medi-Cal documents into threshold languages and denial of benefits in violation of due process 

·         Numerous administrative advocacy cases, primarily before the State Labor Commissioner’s Office and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services  

Language Requirements: Bilingual ability in English and Mandarin, Vietnamese, Khmer, Tagalog, or Spanish are highly preferred. Bilingual ability in English and any other Asian language also preferred. 

Schedule Requirements: For Summer 2021, seeking a remote law clerk for a minimum commitment of 40 hours/week for 10 weeks.  Candidates seeking externship or other academic credit welcome to apply.

 

Immigration Project 

The Immigration Project at Advancing Justice-Los Angeles assists immigrants nationally and locally who are seeking help with immigration relief such as DACA renewals, U Visa, VAWA, adjustment of status, representation in immigration court, and other forms of family-based immigration. The Immigration Project hosts free workshops and information sessions in Los Angeles County to assist undocumented immigrants for little to no cost. Immigration consultations are also available by appointment only.

Immigration Project Law Clerk

Qualifications include: Experience working with immigrants or with low-income communities is preferred. Demonstrated commitment to public interest and prior non-profit experience also preferred.  Experience working in an office setting or law office is helpful.

Duties may include, but are not limited to: Provide support for casework, including, but not limited to: following up on intake calls, conducting interviews or immigration screenings with prospective clients, follow-up with existing clients, preparing  immigration applications, drafting client declarations, and conducting limited legal research. Interns/law clerks will also perform certain administrative duties as needed.  Duties may also include data entry, and interpretation and translation work, based on the candidate’s bilingual fluency.

Language Requirements: Bilingual fluency in English and Korean preferred but not required. 

Schedule Requirements:  For Summer 2021, candidates must work a full-time schedule.  Candidates seeking externship or other academic credit welcome to apply.  

 

Agency Description:

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA (Advancing Justice-LA) is the nation’s largest Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) legal and civil rights organization and serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Founded in 1983, Advancing Justice-LA’s mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. Advancing Justice-LA seeks to serve the most vulnerable members of the AANHPI communities while also building a strong AANHPI voice for civil rights and social justice. Advancing Justice-LA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

FOR LEGAL HELP

Advancing Justice-LA's helplines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights. 

English: 888.349.9695
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356
도움이 필요하십니까: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ: 800.914.9583

 

Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.