Summer Associate Program: Legal Assistance to Victims Project

Project Description:

The Legal Assistance to Victims (LAV) Project supports Community Legal Aid's mission by assisting survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and stalking find safety and independence. The project provides holistic legal services for victims and vulnerable children to help them gain protection from physical, mental, and financial abuse. Project staff work collaboratively with domestic violence shelters sexual assault service providers in the region to coordinate services to survivors and offer two day-long conferences each year for shelter advocates, social workers, law enforcement, prosecutors, members of the judiciary, private attorneys, and legal aid staff.


Activities for this role:

The LAV summer associate will be assigned an attorney with an ongoing caseload and will have direct interaction with clients. The summer associate will support the project and can expect to engage in the following activities:

  • Conduct screening and client interviews with clients seeking civil protection orders against abusers

  • Conduct factual investigations including client interviews, requesting and reviewing court, medical, and other records, searching public records, etc.

  • Attend hearings, trials and outreach events

  • Conduct legal research

  • Draft pleadings, research memoranda, and correspondence

  • Other duties as assigned


Preferred qualifications:

The strongest candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Strong research/writing background

  • Strong interest for students with their Intern Certificate

  • Strong research/writing skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Google Docs, and legal and internet research tools

  • Ability to speak a foreign language is highly desirable

  • Strong interest for students with their Intern Certificate


Personal attributes:

Successful candidates will possess the following characteristics:

  • Demonstrated interest in and sensitivity to the legal needs of the poor as well as motivation to improve the condition of the poor

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • First-rate oral and written communications skills

  • Ability to relate to and work with both professionals and residents of a community with one of the highest poverty rates in the country

  • Strong analytical and organizational skills

  • High dependability


Number of open positions:

There are five open positions (Akron, Canton, Warren, Youngstown)




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