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Fall 2016 & Winter 2017 Law Clerks
SJP law clerks work alongside SJP staff to improve access to education and outcomes for older, court-involved students with disabilities. Law Clerks provide support to all of SJP's core programs: Direct Representation; Systemic Advocacy & Policy; and Community Outreach & Legal Training.
Under the supervision of SJP’s Director of Programs and Staff Attorney, specific responsibilities include:
- Drafting court reports and legal pleadings
- Attending clients’ education meetings, court hearings, or administrative proceedings
- Maintaining comprehensive client files
- Providing general case management support, as needed; including assisting clients in school enrollment, securing vital documents, and researching program opportunities
- Creating educational materials for distribution to youth and stakeholders
- Assisting attorneys at legal trainings and intakes
- Conducting legal research and drafting memoranda, as needed
Qualifications: Applicants must be second or third year law students or recent law school graduates with a demonstrated commitment to public interest, social justice, and education. Other qualifications include:
- High degree of flexibility
- Keen problem-solving skills, ability to troubleshoot, and creative and analytical thinking
- Excellent research, writing, and oral communication skills
- Self-starter and ability to work independently
- Familiarity with D.C.’s justice systems and/or special education law is a plus
- Law Review or Journal experience is a plus
- Clinical experience is a plus
To apply, applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of three references (with name, address, contact information, and a statement of each reference’s relationship to the Applicant) to: Sarah Comeau, Director of Programs & Co-Founder, at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Fall 2016 Law Clerk" or “Winter 2017 Law Clerk.”
Donate Your Time and Services
Volunteer: From assisting with our programming to helping manage our organizational systems to helping develop resources libraries and training materials, we are always looking for volunteers. If you have time to spare, we have something that you can do to help!
Pro Bono Opportunities: If you are a District of Columbia attorney interested in pro bono opportunities, SJP has numerous opportunities for you! As a Pro Bono attorney, you will be trained and supported by SJP attorneys and will be assigned a pro bono case or discrete legal issue. SJP has pro bono opportunities in all projects—direct representation, impact litigation, community outreach & legal trainings, and policy initiatives.