Summer Associate Program: Pro Bono Bankruptcy

Project description:

The Pro Bono Bankruptcy Project, offered through Legal Aid’s Volunteer Legal Services Program, supports Community Legal Aid's mission by expanding the organization’s capacity for protecting the legal rights of working class and low-income people. Through partnerships with private attorneys, law firms, and corporate counsel offices, project staff support volunteer attorneys who provide legal services pro bono, or “for the public good.”


Activities for the role:

The Pro Bono Bankruptcy Project summer associate will gain an understanding of Chapter 7 bankruptcy law and basic lawyering skills involved in working with clients in a pro bono setting. The summer associate will support the project and can expect to engage in the following activities:

  • Interview clients requesting bankruptcy assistance and do public records research to complement clients’ intake interviews
  • Draft client specific advice letters to provide clients with advice regarding their options

  • Assist at Peace of Mind Clinics (for clients who receive our uncollectable letters)

  • Prepare at least one bankruptcy petition

  • Attend at least one 341 bankruptcy hearing

  • Attend and observe at least one call day at bankruptcy court

  • Make contact with volunteer attorneys by assisting in the case placement process, assisting volunteers on an as-needed basis, and assisting in the preparation of the annual bankruptcy CLE that is co-sponsored with the Akron Bar Association

  • Attend bar association meetings with the Managing Attorney

  • Attend the annual bankruptcy CLE at the Akron Bar Association and may be invited to be a speaker at the CLE (providing a 5-minute overview of the work they do on the project for volunteer attorneys)

  • Other duties as assigned


Preferred qualifications:

The strongest candidates will have the following qualifications:

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

  • 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 bankruptcy, evidence, litigation or research and writing experience is needed

  • Interest or background in poverty law and/or bankruptcy law is helpful, but not required


Personal attributes:

Successful candidates will possess the following characteristics:

  • Self motivated and able to work on their own and as part of a team

  • Ability to follow directions

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • First-rate oral and written communications skills

  • Ability to relate to and work with both professionals and clients in a professional manner

  • Strong analytical and organizational skills

  • High dependability


Number of open positions:

There is one open position (Akron office)