KCBA Family Law Programs – Legal Intern, Kinship Care Solutions Program Spanish-speaking, Summer 2017, open until filled

Position: Family Law Intern
Open to: 2Ls, 3Ls, and recent graduates
Time Commitment: Part-time (minimum 10 hours/week) or Full-time (35 hours/week) positions available.
Location: Downtown Seattle
Recommended Skills/Prerequisites: Experience working with survivors of domestic violence or other people in crisis is preferred. Bi-lingual Spanish is required. Must have a strong interest in family law and immigrant rights.
Type of Supervision and Training: Training is provided in the substantive legal areas relevant to the internship. Supervision is provided by the Managing Attorneys of the Family Law programs.
Application Process: Submit a cover letter and resume to the contact below.
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Contact: Judy Lin, Senior Managing Attorney, Family Law Programs, JudyL@kcba.org, (206) 267-7023

Program Description:
The Family Law Programs of the King County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Services promote family safety and equal access to the legal system by assisting domestic violence survivors, children at risk of abuse or neglect, and clients facing barriers to accessing the courts due to language, disability, and other factors. The Kinship Care Solutions program provides pro bono representation in nonparental custody actions, and the Self-Help Plus program provides pro se assistance in uncontested dissolutions and parenting plan actions.

General Duties:

  • Interview and screen clients for eligibility.
  • Gather factual information regarding a case and assemble relevant documents for potential representation or pro se assistance.
  • Draft legal pleadings.
  • Assist clients with pro se filings and provide information about the legal process as needed.
  • Maintain client records and files.

This position will provide experience in practical legal skills such as client interviewing, legal issue spotting, case development, and working with immigrant clients. In addition, the intern will learn substantive and procedural aspects to family law practice and exposure to immigration law. This position is unpaid but can be sponsored for academic credit if available through the student’s school.