Legal Action Center – Intern or Work-Study, open until filled

Position: Intern/Work-Study
Open to: 2Ls and 3Ls
Time commitment: 12 hours/week during the school year for a full semester or longer
Location: Seattle
Application Process: Send a cover letter and resume to the contact below.
Application Deadline: Open until filled – apply ASAP
Contact: Mark Chattin, Directing Attorney, markrc@ccsww.org

The Legal Action Center (LAC) offers free legal assistance to qualifying low income persons in King County who are facing evictions and subsidy terminations, landlord/tenant issues, and debtor/creditor issues related to past tenancies. LAC has an opportunity for interns to begin as soon as possible. The position can be paid via work study if students are eligible.

Duties include:

  • Handling intake sessions for new clients
    • Attend neighborhood clinics and provide assistance to volunteer attorney interviewing clients in person at LAC office and at neighborhood intake sites. Gather relevant legal, income and demographic information.
    • Complete intake forms, case opening memos, client retainer agreements and releases, enter data into LegalServer database.
    • Review cases with supervising attorney to develop action plan
  • Providing negotiation, legal information, referrals and self-help support to individuals under direction of supervising attorney and in compliance with Rules of Professional Conduct.
    • Develop and maintain knowledge of landlord-tenant, and debtor-creditor law.
    • Inform clients of eviction procedures and timelines before an actual eviction might happen
    • Provide relevant written materials, pro se forms, follow-up legal information and basic advice as requested by supervising attorney
    • Consider how much the client is able to do for themselves. Consult with supervising attorney whether law is violated by landlord and what governmental agencies should become involved.
    • Call/write to opposing parties who are not following proper procedures or with whom LAC wants to negotiate to resolve clients’ legal problems and prevent litigation.
    • Call government agencies to report problems, get advice, make suggestions or gather additional information at clients’ request.
    • Provide other relevant social & legal service referrals
    • Maintain tickle system for follow-up required on cases.
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