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California Lawyers for the Arts Arts and Community Development Internship

Summer, 2014

California Lawyers for the Arts is a non-profit arts service organization that empowers the creative community by providing education, representation and dispute resolution to artists and arts organizations.

CLA is seeking an enthusiastic Arts and Community Development intern in the San Francisco office to work at least 20 to 30 hours per week with a minimum commitment of two months.

The intern will assist CLA's Arts and Development team as we roll out the 2014 Spotlight on the Arts summer program in San Francisco. This landmark program has provided disadvantaged teens with internships with San Francisco arts organizations and businesses since 1993. The intern will assist with organizing and facilitating enrichment workshops and helping with administrative work associated with the students' internships. Other special projects will include working with the organization's advocacy efforts. This internship is a fantastic opportunity for a college student who is interested in youth development and advocacy.

Responsibilities include:
  • Help prepare for CLA's summer internship program, Spotlight on the Arts;
  • Research topics and speakers for enrichment workshops;
  • Monitor workshops and assist with pre- and post- workshop tasks, including evaluation;
  • Research and outreach as needed for CLA advocacy projects, and
  • Assist with other organizational tasks as needed.
  • Must have completed at least one year of college by the time internship begins;
  • Must be thoughtful, detail-oriented and organized;
  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills and excellent phone skills;
  • Must have a demonstrated interest in the arts;
  • Must possess capacity to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team, and
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills required.

HOW TO APPLY: Please email resume, cover letter, two references and available work hours to:

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:

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.


Development Coordinator (Santa Monica, CA) 

The Development Coordinator will be the primary person responsible for development activities in the Southern California area. Responsibilities include preparing grant applications, reports and invoices and tracking grant performance in consultation with the Executive Director and Associate Director, growing CLA's sponsorship and individual donor solicitation efforts, and organizing CLA's annual awards event in Southern California. The position may also include assistance with Southern California outreach efforts as needed. 

Bachelor's degree required. The ideal candidate will have at least two (2) years of experience working in the non-profit arena and will have a solid understanding of the grant application process and fundraising techniques. Familiarity with the California legal and/or arts communities is a plus. The candidate must have strong communication skills and be comfortable conversing with artists, attorneys and funders. Strong writing skills are also required. 

This is a part time position for 10 to 15 hours/week (flexible) at $18 to $19/hour. A limited number of nights and weekends may be required for events occurring outside of usual business hours.To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and list of three references by email to or by U.S. Mail to California Lawyers for the Arts, 1641 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

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

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.

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