Open Door Legal Services – Legal Intern/Volunteer, open until filled

Position: Volunteer/intern
Open to: All law students
Time Commitment: Hours are flexible, must commit to at least weekly.
Location: Seattle
Application process: email resume and cover letter to David Mace at dmace@ugm.org.
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Contact: David Mace, Managing Attorney – Open Door Legal Services, dmace@ugm.org

Open Door Legal Services (ODLS) is a free legal aid clinic in Seattle, Washington. ODLS is a ministry of Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, a Christian organization. The clinic, however, provides legal services to all clients without regard to religion. Our focus is on serving Seattle’s homeless population along with those in danger of becoming homeless. We provide legal services with the goal of eliminating barriers that frequently prevent people from transitioning out of homelessness. Our typical casework involves quashing warrants, helping to reduce or replace court fines with community service, addressing child support and medical debts, helping with family law issues such as divorce, parenting plans, and domestic violence protection orders, and assisting with immigration issues.

Interns assist our staff attorneys with daily tasks associated with the current case load. This includes conducting client interviews, writing letters on behalf of clients, researching legal issues, and advocating for clients generally in interactions with courts and agencies.

As part of a Christian Mission, ODLS requires that all interns agree with and sign the Mission’s statement of faith. Interested applicants can email a resume and cover letter to dmace@ugm.org.

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