Legal Internship - Summer 2020
The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants by supporting a network of over 370 nonprofit immigration legal services programs across the United States.
In January 2017, CLINIC launched the Defending Vulnerable Populations (DVP) Program in response to growing anti-immigrant measures that hurt immigrants. Changes in federal policies since January 2017 have targeted millions of immigrants for deportation by ending or limiting avenues to a legal status; separating children from their asylum-seeking parents at the border; barring people from certain majority-Muslim countries; slashing the number of refugees admitted to the United States; forcing asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico while they apply for protection; eroding due process in immigration court proceedings, and much more.
The DVP Program has the following objectives:
- increase the number of competent and zealous non-profit fully accredited representatives and attorneys available to represent immigrants in immigration court and on appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and the U.S. Courts of Appeal;
- increase representation for immigrants in ICE custody appealing to the BIA and the U.S. Courts of Appeal, which includes serving as counsel or co-counsel on appeals to the BIA and the U.S. Courts of Appeal;
- establish innovative remote legal representation and mentorship models to increase pro bono legal representation capacity;
- establish strategic collaborations to respond to crises created by the Trump administration;
- conduct trial skills trainings for both nonprofit agency staff (accredited representatives and attorneys) and pro bono attorneys;
- engage in strategic impact litigation that furthers the interests of our nationwide non-profit network;
- develop written resources to assist legal representatives;
- seek transparency through Freedom of Information Act requests; and
- advocate on behalf of vulnerable populations through comments on proposed regulations, amicus briefing, reports, the press and other media.
Under the supervision of DVP Program attorneys, the interns will work on different initiatives. DVP seeks two interns for the 2020 summer.
Reunited Families Project Intern
The Reunited Families Project intern will support our work assisting formerly separated families. In addition to legal resource development, declaration development, and motions drafting, this intern will have the opportunity to assist the families directly and, thus, must be fluent or highly proficient in Spanish and/or a Guatemalan indigenous language.
DVP Litigation Intern
The DVP Litigation intern will support our litigation and appeal efforts and assist with written resource development. This intern will cultivate a number of valuable skills, including declaration drafting and legal research, analysis, and writing. There is no foreign language requirement for this position.
The interns may work remotely from anywhere in the United States or from the CLINIC headquarters office in Silver Spring, Maryland.
If interested, please email a detailed cover letter describing your interest in the position, résumé, a legal or non-legal writing sample (approximately 10 pages), and list of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 28, 2020, with the subject line “DVP Summer Internship: Reunited Families Project” or “DVP Summer Internship: Litigation.” Interns must have their own funding for the position or be receiving school credit. The DVP Program is happy to assist with any necessary paperwork for funding or credit.
Silver Spring, MD