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Arts and Community Development Program
Program Coordinator
(San Francisco Office)

California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA) is a non-profit, tax-exempt service organization started as Bay Area Lawyers for the Arts in 1974 and as Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts-LA in 1985. CLA's Arts and Community Development Program was founded by CLA in 1993 to provide job training opportunities in the arts for disadvantaged teens and adults. An equal opportunity employer, CLA encourages people of all cultural backgrounds to apply. 

The following position is available until filled:

Arts and Community Development Program
Program Coordinator
(San Francisco Office)

CLA's Arts and Community Development Program develops work readiness skills and career development options for disadvantaged young people through internships, apprenticeship placements and enrichment workshops. More than 700 youth have benefited from this program since its inception in 1993. The Program Coordinator will recruit and match student interns and work sites, develop and lead enrichment workshops and other supplemental activities, such as grant management and periodic reports.

Desired qualifications include youth development experience, knowledge of the San Francisco arts community, excellent written and oral communication skills, strong analytic and problem solving abilities, fundraising and grant management, word processing and data management skills, ability to work on multiple tasks as a member of a team, flexibility and a sense of humor. BA or equivalent degree required. 30 hours/week, including some Saturdays, $2,200 to $2,400/month, DOE, open until filled. The Program Coordinator reports to the Executive Director.

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

Search Committee -- ACD Program Coordinator
California Lawyers for the Arts
C-265 Fort Mason Center
San Francisco, CA 94123
Fax (415) 775-1143

Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in applying for an internship and/or volunteer position with California Lawyers for the Arts. Internships 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 print 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 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 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 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 will gain practical knowledge about how legal disputes and issues are handled in a "real world" setting.  The internship 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 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 who have volunteered for our organization before their internship.

To Apply: Please print 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 may contact Bob Pimm, Chief Learning Officer & Director of Legal Services, (415) 775-7200 ext. 109, or email:


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

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.

Contact C.L.A. about your application now!

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


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