Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Internships

Internships

How to Apply: Please fill out this form for fall 2018 or spring 2019 internships.  Please fill out this form for summer 2019 internships. 

*Funding Opportunity! 

Through the generosity of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association, a $2000 fellowship is available for select qualified law students interning with Advancing Justice-LA!  Please contact Pro Bono Director Christina Yang to request the application form.

Questions after reviewing the below descriptions?  Please contact 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.

 

Impact Litigation

The Impact Litigation Unit advocates for social justice through lawsuits that seek to enforce and expand protections for low-income and immigrant communities, set legal precedent on civil rights matters and change unlawful institutional practices. Our key cases have challenged unconstitutional laws, low-wage worker exploitation, human trafficking, and race and national origin discrimination.
 
Litigation General Law Clerk
 
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 in the areas of workers’ rights, immigrant rights, equal access to education, and other civil rights areas; conducting legal research and writing; and assisting with client-related tasks such as client interviewing and preparing for depositions.  Representative sample of cases actively litigated in 2016 and 2017:
  • 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
  • Challenged City of Fullerton’s current “at-large elections” voting scheme, which diluted the city’s Asian American voting power in violation of the California Voting Rights Act.
  • 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: Impact Litigation seeks law clerks for Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 for a minimum commitment of 16 hours/week for 10 weeks.  Individuals who can commit more time will receive priority.  Candidates seeking externship or other academic credit welcome to apply.   For Summer 2019, seeking a law clerk for a minimum commitment of 40 hours/week for 10 weeks.
 
 
 
Litigation Unit Projects Intern

Qualifications Requested: Strong research and writing skills, attention to detail, strong work ethic, and a demonstrated commitment to public interest work, civil rights, and community empowerment.  Diverse upper level college students and recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

Duties May Include: Supporting project-based work and assisting the litigation paralegal with other administrative duties, including but not limited to:

  • Research;
  • Data analysis;
  • Creating content for ethnic media publication;
  • Translating written materials from English to Chinese;
  • Administrative tasks, including data entry, scanning, copying, creating packets for workshops, and similar tasks.

Current projects include affirmative action, voting rights, caregivers’ rights, and nail salon workers’ rights.

Language Requirements: Bilingual ability in English and Mandarin is highly preferred. Bilingual ability in English and any other Asian language also preferred.

Schedule Requirements:  Impact Litigation seeks a paralegal intern for Fall/Winter 2018 or Spring 2019 for a minimum commitment of 16 hours/week for 10 weeks.  Individuals who can commit more time will receive priority.  Candidates seeking externship or other academic credit welcome to apply.  For Summer 2019, seeking a law clerk for a minimum commitment of 40 hours/week for 10 weeks.

 

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: 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, or a South Asian language (Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati), or Thai

Schedule Requirements:  For Fall 2018 or Spring 2019, seeking interns (law students or recent law school graduates only) for a minimum commitment of 15 hours/week for 10 weeks.  Candidates seeking externship or other academic credit welcome to apply. For Summer 2019, seeking a law clerk for a minimum commitment of 40 hours/week for 10 weeks.

 

Orange County Direct Legal Services

OC Direct Legal Services Intern
 
In 2006, Advancing Justice-LA first opened its Orange County office in Garden Grove to better serve and reach AANHPIs living in the region, working with community members facing domestic violence and immigration issues and helped launch the nation’s first self-help court program in Vietnamese. Since 2016, Advancing Justice-OC has tripled its staff and operational capacity as well as expanded its direct legal services to include immigration and citizenship services.
 
The Orange County office seeks an intern who is proficient in either Vietnamese, Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese), or Korean to assist with direct legal services provided to community members (i.e., community outreach, client interviews, citizenship and other immigration form preparation, and support at various workshops and clinics).
 
Qualifications Requested: Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and take initiative. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with low-income immigrant communities is preferred. Strong attention to detail, strong work ethic, and a demonstrated commitment to public interest work, civil rights, and community empowerment. Diverse upper level college students and recent graduates are encouraged to apply, as well as recent law graduates or post-bar graduates. Experience with immigration law is a plus.
 
Duties May Include: Provide support for casework, including, but not limited to: community outreach, conducting interviews with prospective clients, follow-up with existing clients, preparing legal paperwork, etc. Interns may also perform certain administrative duties as needed. Duties will also include interpretation and translation work.
 
Language Requirements: Bilingual ability in English and Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, or Korean required.
 
Schedule Requirements: Intern for Fall/Winter 2018 or Spring 2019 for a minimum commitment of 16 hours/week for 10 weeks (3 days/week). Individuals who can commit more time will receive priority. Candidates seeking externship or other academic credit welcome to apply. Some evenings and weekends may be required depending on legal workshop schedule.  For Summer 2019, seeking a law clerk for a minimum commitment of 40 hours/week for 10 weeks.
 

Communications

The Advancing Justice-LA Communications team supports the organization’s programs, events, and advocacy, though our website, social media, traditional and ethnic media, and other means.

Description

Advancing Justice-LA is looking for a qualified intern to join our Communications team. The intern will work closely with the Communications team to develop the organization’s voice and presence in Chinese social media (i.e., WeChat and Weibo).  

Responsibilities

  • Manage the Advancing Justice-LA WeChat and Weibo Accounts
  • Develop best practices and create an outreach plan for increasing the number of Advancing Justice WeChat and Weibo followers – to be completed in coordination with Communications Director
  • Develop original content to share on WeChat and Weibo such as original blog pieces about Asian American issues and current events
  • Monitor news and events receiving coverage on Chinese media and social networks
  • Translate relevant press releases, media advisories, op-eds into Chinese
  • Support the Advancing Justice-LA Communications team with any other media-related activities

 

Qualifications

A successful intern in this position will have the following qualities and attributes:

  • Social media savvy with prior knowledge and experience with WeChat
  • Extremely organized
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize multiple competing deadlines and tasks
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Google Drive
  • Excellent critical thinking/problem solving skills
  • Experience working in fast-paced environments

 

Language Requirements: Native (or near-native) fluency in Chinese (reading and writing) as well as fluency in English required.

Schedule Requirements: Communications seeks an intern for Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 for a minimum commitment of 15-20 hours/week for 10 weeks.  Individuals who can commit more time will receive priority. Candidates seeking externship or other academic credit welcome to apply.  For Summer 2019, seeking a law clerk for a minimum commitment of 40 hours/week for 10 weeks.

 

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 hotlines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, consumer, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights.

English: 888.349.9695
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356
हिंदी 855.971.2552

ត្រូវការជំនួយជាភាសាខ្មែរ:

800.867.3126
도움이 필요하십니까?: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ต้องการความช่วยเหลือ: 800.914.9583
Cần sự giúp đỡ: 800.267.7395

 

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.