COMMUNITY JUSTICE PROJECT/ CCR
2014 ELLA BAKER SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
2L Applications Due: October 11, 2013
1L Applications Due: December 20, 2013
THE ELLA BAKER PROGRAM
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) created the Ella Baker Summer Internship Program in 1987 to honor the legacy of Ella Baker, a hero of the civil rights movement, and to train the next generation of social justice lawyers. The program uses a combination of theory and practice to train talented and committed law students on how to work alongside social movements, community organizations, and impacted individuals. Beginning last year the Community Justice Project of Florida Legal Services is one of four sites hosting the CCR Ella Baker program. Through our program, interns gain practical litigation experience and sharpen their theoretical understanding of the relationship between social change, organizing and lawyering.
Interns work under the direct supervision of attorneys and are given high-quality assignments and periodic feedback. Interns also participate in weekly educational seminars. In addition, students are provided opportunities to attend court proceedings, community and client meetings, view films about social justice issues, and attend other law related panels and events.
Students in the Ella Baker program are hosted at three sites in addition to Miami - New York City, NY, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Each site offers students the opportunity to work at a legal organization where collaboration with social movements and community organizations is emphasized. CCR has stitched these sites together in a single program to expose students to the unique opportunities and challenges of social justice lawyering in different cities, institutions with unique and varying political histories and contexts.
Ella Baker Interns in Miami work at the Community Justice Project (CJP) of Florida Legal Services and are supervised by CJP attorneys. CJP believes lawyers create social change by building the power of community and worker organizations directed by those most affected by social injustice. Interns in Miami will work on CJP’s varied caseload, including county, state and federal litigation, class actions, direct representation, community outreach/education, legislative advocacy, and lobbying on behalf of associations of workers/tenants and community organizations. Students’ work will relate to local campaigns to: resist anti-immigrant legislation; pass local “wage theft” ordinances; preserve low-income mobile home parks; confront “slumlords” in low-income housing; and improve working conditions for taxi-drivers. Students at this site experience the unique opportunities and challenges of utilizing a community lawyering approach at a legal services organization in one of the poorest cities in the U.S. (Number of Interns: 4-5)
The internship will begin on June 2, 2014 and end on August 8, 2014. Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week for a minimum of ten weeks. Students will be asked to attend an Orientation on June 2-3 and a Final Debrief on August 7-8.
· First year or second year law student;
· Excellent legal research and oral/written communication skills
· Experience and/or a demonstrated commitment to social justice, organizing and/or social movements ;
· Familiarity with issues surrounding of racial justice, gender justice, civil rights, international human rights, national security law
· Site specific requirements
o Miami - Proficiency in Spanish a plus
o Haiti - Fluency in either Kreyol or French required (both are preferred)
You must complete an online application at http://ccrjustice.org/ealla-baker-summer-2014-internship-application and follow the directions there. In additional to completing the online form, you must upload the following documents as a single PDF in order for your application to be considered complete: a) Cover Letter (please be sure to include information about your site preferences); b) Resume; and c) three references with contact information. Note: If granted an interview, applicants may also be asked to submit a short legal writing sample.
Because we have limited resources, CCR strongly advises applicants to make every effort to secure their own funding. Possible sources of funding include: your law school; your local Bar Foundation; Equal Justice America, etc. CCR may be able to provide funding only for those who have demonstrated that they have been diligent in seeking alternate funds but have been unsuccessful.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
If you have specific questions about the Ella Baker Program, please contact Mr. An-Tuan Williams at
. But, please no e-mail inquiries or phone calls about the status of your application!