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Jobs, Internships & Law Fellowships


Thank you for your interest in applying for an internship, volunteer, and/or law fellowship position with California Lawyers for the Arts. These positions at California Lawyers for the Arts are unpaid -- but we can provide an opportunity for you to attain credits through your institution. Please review the information below and complete and sign this downloadable Application Form (.pdf file). Send your application form by FAX, email, or regular mail to the address noted below. In addition to the Application Form please include a copy of your current resume and any other relevant materials.


Location: Berkeley, CA office.

Time Commitment:  Full-time preferred, but if part-time then 20+ hours over at least 3 days per week.

Program Description:  LRS is a service that refers clients to members of our attorney panel for consultation on a wide variety of arts-related matters such as copyright and trademark protection, contract review and negotiation, business partnerships and nonprofit incorporation, etc.

Duties: Interns and Law Fellows will interview clients (mostly over the phone) and will perform case intakes.  Interns will draft a brief legal memorandum to attorneys presenting the legal issues and relevant facts of each case.  Interns will then locate and select appropriate attorneys for each case.

Supervision:  LRS Interns and Law Fellows will be supervised directly by Bob Pimm, Chief Learning Officer and Director of Legal Services. As interns become more comfortable with the service, they will be able to "run the desk" on their own.

Benefits to Interns:  Interns and Law Fellows will spend most of their time on the phone with clients and attorneys.  Interns will learn to issue spot, interview clients and communicate legal issues clearly and succinctly to attorneys.

The LRS program will help young attorneys, law students, paralegals, and pre-law students learn about the practical day-to-day legal issues facing a wide range of creative artists, the "jargon" of the arts and entertainment law practice, and also about the professionals performing services for artists throughout the Bay Area.  Interns and Law Fellows will gain practical knowledge about how legal disputes and issues are handled in a "real world" setting.  The internship/Law Fellowship is also an invaluable networking opportunity in a profession that is extremely relationship-driven.

California Lawyers for the Arts is a relaxed, fun place to work and it gives law students and fellows a chance to use their talents to help an under-served, under-funded and often legally unsophisticated population.  Recent years in the Bay Area have been tough on the creative arts and entertainment communities.  More than ever, artists and arts organizations need the help of bright, motivated advocates.

We receive a very large number of applications  and preference is given to students and graduates who have volunteered for our organization before their internship or fellowship.

To Apply: Please complete and sign this Application Form (.pdf file). Send your application form by FAX, email or by regular mail to the address noted below. You may also include a copy of your resume and other relevant materials in addition to the Application Form. It is important that you clearly specify details of the time commitment and desired starting date on the Application Form.

For additional information regarding the Lawyer Referral Service, students and graduates may contact Bob Pimm, Chief Learning Officer & Director of Legal Services, (510) 990-6029, or email:

Examples of CLA's ongoing programs that may be accepting internship applications include:

Lawyer Referral Service, which annually refers over 1,200 Californian artists and arts organizations to our panel attorneys;

Arts Arbitration & Mediation Services, which assists disputants to resolve their arts related controversies through conciliation, mediation, arbitration, meeting facilitation or early neutral evaluation;

Educational Programs, which provides part day or full day seminars on special topics of interest to a particular sector of C.L.A.'s membership (e.g., taxation, music business, forming a nonprofit organization, artist's housing);

Arts & Community Development, which provides arts jobs training, placement and mentoring opportunities for interested teenagers and adults.

Modest Means Incubator Program

CLA's Modest Means Incubator Program (MMIP) is uniquely focused on helping young lawyers develop their own private practice in Entertainment, Arts and Innovation law.

Each MMIP participant is provided with a desk, HD phone, high-speed internet access, high-capacity printer, full access to CEB online research materials, Lexis/Nexis, PLI educational programming (with MCLE credit), law office management software, and many other law office amenities.

Each MMIP participant is enrolled CLA's State Bar Certified Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) and receives referral clients through the service to help them build their practice. CLA's LRIS has served California's creative arts and innovation community since 1974. CLA's LRIS also administers the California Inventors Assistance program, the largest regional patent pro bono program under Section 32 of the America Invents Act.

Each MMIP participant's name is listed on the building directory and on a name-plate on the suite's door.

A major component of the program is personal mentorship -- with 30+ entertainment and arts law practitioners available to help participants as they develop their law practice.

See this article in "California Lawyer Magazine" featuring CLA's incubator program:
"How Legal Incubators Are Trying to Train New Lawyers and Solve the Justice Gap"

Please see this link at the American Bar Association for a program description

Also, see CLA's MMIP online application form to begin the application process for prospective participants.

MMIP applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

For questions about the program contact Bob Pimm, Esq., Director of Legal Services.

LOS ANGELES AREA OFFICE INTERNSHIPSSee links below for job descriptions and application information for new opportunities in CLA's L.A. office (.pdf files):


Program Coordinator, Civil Harassment Court Mediation
(Part Time -3 days /week)

California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA) is a nonprofit, tax exempt service organization started in the Bay Area in 1974. The Sacramento office opened in 1996. Civil Harassment Court Mediation has been in Superior Court in Sacramento since 1990. CLA encourages people of all cultural backgrounds to apply.  The following position is available until filled.

Civil Harassment Court Mediation (CHCM) was initiated in 1990 by the Sacramento Mediation Center, now a program of California Lawyers for the Arts, in response to general overcrowding in the courts and an increasing number of people seeking to resolve personal and neighborhood conflicts through court action.  The program is intended to reduce the number of cases heard by the judge and to educate the users of Civil Harassment Court as well as other community members of the advantages of mediation as a way of resolving conflict.

The Program Coordinator for CHCM will report to the Associate Director.  This role includes but is not limited to:
  • Be on-site each civil harassment court calendar (once per week) to mediate cases and to oversee volunteer mediators.
  • Insure that 3-5 mediators (from CLA's mediation panel) are at court each civil harassment court calendar
  • Provide mediators with necessary mediation forms
  • Work with CLA staff to recruit mediators, as necessary, and train them in court procedures, mediation techniques, and assess skill development. 
  • Communicate directly with court mediators to discuss any concerns they may have, give any new directions from the judge, and to inform them of changes requested by CLA.
  • Act as liaison between the Civil Harassment Court and CLA. Set up meetings each year with the CLA director and court administrator and/or judge.
  • Report monthly, quarterly and annual statistics to the Associate Director of CLA.
In addition to CHCM Program Coordinator duties, the CHCM Coordinator will assist the Director of Mediation Services as follows:
  • Work in the CLA office 2 days per week, on a schedule to be arranged,
  • Assist with Case Development and other tasks as needed
  • Participate in monthly staff meetings, CLA activities such as fund raising events, and mediation trainings.
  • Participate in grant proposal writing.
CHCM Program Coordinator is a part-time position 3 days per week; one day in court and 2 days in the CLA office downtown. Parking, at the court only, is validated by the court.

Qualifications:  The CHCM Coordinator shall be an experienced mediator, preferably with Court experience. Mediation training by CLA/SMC or another acceptable training program is required as well as participation in a CLA/SMC training within the first year.  Understanding of court procedures and formalities is required.  Also required are word processing and data management skills, and a cooperative spirit and ability to work with other CLA program staff on programs and events for the benefit of CLA.  

The position is 3 days a week.  One day is dedicated to Superior Court as the Coordinator for Civil Harassment Court Mediation , two days are dedicated to the Sacramento office for case development and assistance with programming. Salary: $1850/month.

To apply, please send a letter of interest with a current resume, a writing sample and three references by email or post to:


Search Committee-CHCM Coordinator
California Lawyers for the Arts
2015 J Street, Suite 204
Sacramento, CA 95811


The Intern/Volunteer will be supervised by the Associate Director and the Executive Director. California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA) is a membership-based, non-profit arts service organization that offers legal and technical support to artists and arts organizations. Our membership consists of artists and arts organizations as well as attorneys, mediators, and interested individuals. This internship is for the Sacramento office.

CLA, Sacramento manages three dispute resolution programs: Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services; the Sacramento Mediation Center; and Civil Harassment Court Mediation. Other programs include Art-Law educational Workshops, and Community Outreach.

• Assist with case development for mediation including intake and document preparation.
• Assist in planning and marketing of Educational Workshops
• Research project
• Assist with meeting preparation
• Telephone communication with members, artists, attorneys, clients etc.
• Some filing and copying
• Assist with event coordination

This position is part-time (10 -20 hrs/week). Some flexibility. 

Unpaid Internship, Class Credit, if available.

This position requires a person who is intelligent, outgoing, and self reliant, with excellent communication skills. The individual must be capable of performing multiple tasks and comfortable working in a small office. Competencies desired include a familiarity with dispute resolution, and intellectual property issues.

This internship is an opportunity for a person who is interested in the business or legal aspects of the arts, and/or someone with interest in alternative dispute resolution.

Email, or send resume and letter of interest to

Ellen Taylor, Associate Director
2015 J Street, Suite 204
Sacramento, CA 95821
Tel: 916-442-6210
Fax: 916-441-1170

Thank you for your interest in working with California Lawyers for the Arts!

CLA.actively seeks to represent the diversity of the arts community in its staff and board of directors. CLA is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. CLA prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, sex, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. All such discrimination is prohibited by CLA.

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