Summer Associate Program: Advocating for Returning Citizens Project

Project description:

The Advocating for Returning Citizens (ARC) Project supports Community Legal Aid's mission by promoting a fresh and equitable start for returning citizens. Project staff assist residents reentering society by removing barriers to employment and housing, including  criminal record sealing and certificates for qualifications for employment.


Activities for the role:

The ARC summer associate will work with the ARC team to represent clients with re-entry cases and draft a statewide resource for advocate use in record-sealing and certificates of qualification for employment. The summer associate will support the project and can expect to engage in the following activities:

  • Search dockets, interview clients, and draft correspondence

  • Draft memos and pleadings to reduce court costs or convert debt into community service where plausible

  • Appear in court on behalf of clients (if possible), under the supervision of an attorney

  • Draft a resource guide with current case law and relevant statutes for use by advocates in the re-entry field

  • Attend re-entry events and coalition meetings

  • 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

  • No prior experience is required; however, an interest in poverty law, criminal law, and/or the re-entry movement is helpful


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 is one open position (Canton)