Open to: All law students
Time commitment: Minimum 10 hours/week (16-20 hours preferred) for at least 10 weeks
Recommended Skills/Prerequisites: Professional fluency or advanced level Spanish preferred
Application Process: Submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and list of 3 references via the online application
Application Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is an innovative partnership among the Microsoft Corporation, Angelina Jolie and other interested philanthropists, law firms and corporate supporters. As the leading national organization that works to ensure that no refugee or immigrant child faces immigration court alone, KIND is dedicated to providing pro bono representation as well as positive systemic change in both law and policy to improve the protection of unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children. KIND also assists children who are returning to their home countries through deportation or voluntary departure to do so safely and to reintegrate into their home communities. In addition, we work to ensure the voices of these children are heard and we help them become their own advocates. Launched in fall 2008, KIND is headquartered in Washington, DC and has 10 field offices across the United States.
About the Position: KIND’s Seattle field office is seeking volunteer legal interns who want to develop their lawyering skills while assisting KIND’s Seattle office’s direct representation and pro bono programs, which matches volunteer lawyers with unaccompanied children needing representation in immigration court. Projects may include:
- Legal Screening: Assist with the initial screening of unaccompanied minor children, conduct communication with child clients, adult sponsors, and other agencies, including making psycho-social and other referrals as needed.
- Legal Research: Research current trends in immigration law and family law, country conditions, and other federal laws to assist in case preparation.
- Legal Writing: Draft legal briefs, declarations, and memoranda of law to assist in client cases. Draft immigration forms to support in-house cases.
- Case Management: Update case summaries, track important court dates and deadlines, process referrals and communicate with clients.
Interested applicants must be:
- Enrolled in accredited JD or LLM program
- Exceptional academic credentials, strong writing skills and attention to detail
- Experience in immigration and family law strongly preferred
- Experience working with children and survivors of trauma and torture preferred
- Professional fluency in Spanish preferred, though not required (Candidates who have advanced proficiency in Spanish are encouraged to apply.)
- Passionate about issues affecting unaccompanied immigrant children
- Must be able to use own laptop during the internship
- Ability to commit to a minimum of 10 consecutive weeks required
KIND’s Seattle office is located in downtown Seattle, Washington. The office is accessible via public transportation.
This position is unpaid, but we are happy to assist you with externship credit, work study, or securing funding from external sources. Close mentoring and feedback to allow for professional growth is provided.