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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 a private practice in entertainment, arts and innovation law. Each participant is provided with a desk, HD phone, high-speed internet access, printer, online research access through CEB, and many other law office amenities. Participant's names are listed on the building directory and on nameplates on the suite's door. A major component of the program is mentorship -- with dozens of entertainment and arts law practitioners assisting participants as they develop their law practice. Please see this link at the American Bar Association for a program descriptionAlso, see CLA's MMIP online application form to begin the application process for for prospective participants. MMIP applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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.



Program Coordinator
(Santa Monica Office)

The Program Coordinator will have significant responsibilities in the operation of two programs – 1) Education; and 2) Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services.


Educational Programming:
The Program Coordinator will be the primary person responsible for planning CLA's artist workshops and MCLE seminars in the Los Angeles / Southern California area.  This role includes the following: 
●    Researching and staying up-to-date on timely legal topics for programs;
●    Recruiting attorneys and other professionals for speaking engagements;
●    Identifying and securing venues for education programs;
●    Marketing and promoting education programs to the arts and legal communities;
●    Participating in outreach activities to support and expand CLA's education programs (e.g. tabling at community events, attending networking receptions etc...);
●    Responding to requests for speakers from outside organizations;
●    Keeping current and complete records about education programs and fulfilling grant requirements; and
●    Working on other special, education-related projects as they arise.  Some past projects have included assisting with an exhibition of attorney-created artwork and administering the continuing education component of a nationally attended conference.

Arbitration, Mediation and Conciliation Services:
The Program Coordinator will work closely with the Associate Director to administer the AAMS program and ensure that participants receive timely and high-quality mediation services.  This role includes the following:
●    Responding to inquiries about the services offered by CLA's AAMS program;
●    Conducting party intake, including gathering and entering data into spreadsheets;
●    Developing and managing mediation and conciliation cases using knowledge of mediation practices and techniques as well as a high level of diplomacy;
●    Coordinating volunteer mediators and arbitrators to conduct mediation and arbitration for developed cases;
●    Training and supervision of program volunteers and interns.

Required Qualifications:
•    J.D.;
•    Completion of at minimum a Basic Mediation Skills Training course that satisfies the Dispute Resolution Program Act (DRPA);
•    Availability to begin work July 1, 2015;
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
•    Strong analytic abilities;
•    Ability to work on multiple tasks;
•    Strong interpersonal skills and customer service oriented attitude;
•    Availability to work some weekends and evenings;
•    Interest in the arts.

Other Desired Skills/Experience:
•    Proficiency in Spanish;
•    Experience with event planning, program development, marketing, media and/or community relations;
•    Familiarity with the Southern California arts and legal communities;
•    Familiarity with non-profit administration, including grants and fundraising.

Reports to:  Associate Director, Executive Director
This is a full time position.  The salary range is $36,000 - $38,000 / year. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, however, the deadline to apply is June 15, 2015.  To be considered for this position, please submit the following materials to - resume, cover letter, three references and a short writing sample (e.g., business letter, legal memo or grant application). No phone calls please. 

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.

See links below for job descriptions and application information for new opportunities in CLA's L.A. office (.pdf files):


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

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