Summer Associate Program: Housing Litigation

Project description:

The Housing Litigation summer associate will support the Homeownership and Tenant Assistance Projects:

The Homeownership Project supports Community Legal Aid's mission by ensuring low-income homeowners have safe, stable, and affordable places to live. Project staff work directly with homeowners facing foreclosure to save their home, improve their financial situation, and assert their rights in foreclosure proceedings.

The Tenant Assistance Project supports Community Legal Aid's mission by ensuring low-income renters have safe, stable, and affordable places to live. Project staff work directly with renters to maintain their home, improve their living conditions, and assert their rights in eviction proceedings. The project’s primary focus in 2022 is protecting tenants impacted by COVID-19 from eviction through representation and community collaboration regarding rental assistance funds. Project staff also are working on structural advocacy around right-to-counsel in eviction cases and sealing of past eviction cases.

 

Activities for the role:

The Housing Litigation summer associate will work closely with an attorney with an ongoing caseload and will gain valuable, real-world litigation experience while helping to develop systemic impact litigation and projects. The summer associate will support the project and can expect to engage in the following activities:

  • Conduct client interviews with tenants and homeowners seeking legal assistance with eviction and foreclosure

  • Work with clients and attorneys in preparation for court hearings

  • Conduct factual and legal investigations including requesting and reviewing court documents, medical records, and public records

  • Work with attorneys at hearings, trials, and outreach events

  • Draft pleadings, research memoranda, correspondence

  • Other duties as assigned

 

Preferred qualifications:

The strongest candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Vested interest in the current immigration crisis and helping refugees find security in their health, safety, and in making a living

  • 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

 

Personal attributes:

Successful candidates will possess the following characteristics:

  • 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 two open positions (Akron)

 

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