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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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AAMS Outreach Intern/Volunteer

Time Commitment:  5-10 hours a week (flexible, remote)

Prerequisites: Completion of a mediation course; strong interest in alternative dispute resolution.

Program Description: Established as a national model program in 1980, AAMS, a program of California Lawyers for the Arts, provides efficient, economical and confidential alternatives to litigation, including mediation, arbitration, meeting facilitation, and phone conciliation.


  • Initial meeting to train about CLA and AAMS program and services;

  • Provide outreach and education in the Los Angeles area about the AAMS program;

  • Complete and update Google doc sheets;

  • Distribute CLA and AAMS marketing and outreach materials;

  • Attend networking and community events to provide information about CLA and AAMS;

  • Participate in other special events and duties as needed.

To Apply: Please send an email of interest and resume to:

NO phone calls please.

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Civil Harassment Court Mediation (CHCM) was initiated in 1990 by the Sacramento Mediation Center, now a program of California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA), 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.

Job duties include:

  • Be on-site for each CH restraining order (CHRO) court calendar (once per week) to mediate cases and to oversee volunteer mediators. These cases are currently heard on Friday am and pm.
  • Ensure that sufficient volunteer mediators are staffed for each civil harassment court calendar.
  • Provide mediators with necessary mediation forms and/or computers, badges, etc. Set up space at the courthouse where mediations can occur.
  • Work with CLA staff to recruit mediators, as necessary, and train them in court procedures, mediation techniques, and assess skill development. New mediators shall co-mediate with experienced mediators until such time that you have seen them perform with adequate mediation skills. Debrief with mediators after court mediations.
  • 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
  • Compile a sign-up sheet for volunteer mediators in order to know the names and number of mediators scheduled for each CHRO court calendar. Record statistics for the CHCM program.
  • Act as liaison between the Civil Harassment Court and CLA and the court. Set up meetings each year with the CLA director and court administrator and/or judge, as needed.
  • Report monthly statistics to Associate Director of CLA due by the first week of the next month.
  • Compile annual statistics with quarterly reports to CLA.
  • Work in the CLA office four hours per week on a schedule to be arranged.
  • Participate in monthly staff meetings, CLA activities such as fundraising events, and mediation trainings. Collaborate with other CLA staff to schedule Mediator Circles throughout the year.
  • Participate in grant proposal writing.

CHCM Program Coordinator is a part-time position of 1.5 days per week; one day in court and one half day in the CLA office downtown. Parking, at the court only, is validated by the court. The salary for this position is $13,500 yearly.

Send an email with your resume and letter of interest to:

Jody Prunier, Associate Director

2015 J Street, Suite 204

Sacramento, CA 95821


Tel: 916-442-6210

Fax: 916-441-1170

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Youth Mediators in Schools (YMS) Coordinator

Time Commitment:  Part time 20 hours per week

Salary:  $14,000 - $16,000

Start Date:  June 2019

Program Description:  

Youth Mediators in Schools (YMS) establishes school based peer mediation programs which provide training, support and coordination for the implementation of peer mediation centers in the Sacramento area middle schools. Students learn a peaceful and productive approach to resolving conflict with others as students develop strong communication, leadership and decision making skills which promote an improved school climate.

Required Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Degree or applied experience in conflict resolution/alternative dispute resolution;
  • Experience working with youth;
  • Detail oriented, organized self-starter, exceptional time-management skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, and computer skills;
  • Confidence in outreach, scheduling, public speaking, and presentation;
  • Ability to collaborate and conduct trainings in varied learning environments;
  • Knowledge of Word and Excel;
  • Mandatory school security clearance, fingerprinting and TB testing;
  • Must have your own vehicle, valid driver’s license, cell phone
  • Additional on the job trainings to be completed include CLA Mediation Skills training and YMS teacher training

Duties:  The YMS Coordinator will identify, outreach, and recruit schools; liaise with school administrators and site coordinators; prepare training materials; lead peer mediation training for students; lead monthly followup sessions in each school; collect monthly program data; build and strengthen positive relationships with students, site coordinators, school staff and administration.

Additional Duties Include: Assistance with marketing efforts related to YMS and all CLA programs, participate in organizational fund raising events.


The YMS Coordinator is supervised directly by Vallene Hardman, the YMS Director, with oversight by Judy Punier, the Associate Director in Sacramento, and Alma Robinson, the Executive Director of CLA.

To Apply:  

Send an email with your resume and letter of interest to:

Vallene Hardman, YMS Director

2015 J Street, Suite 204

Sacramento, CA 95821


Tel: 916.441.7979, ext. 104

Fax: 916.441.1170

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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.

Send an email with your resume and letter of interest to:

Jody Prunier, Associate Director

2015 J Street, Suite 204

Sacramento, CA 95821

Tel: 916-442-6210

Fax: 916-441-1170

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Client Services Program Coordinator (Full-Time) *Immediate Opening

California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA) is a 501(c)3 non profit organization that provides lawyer referral services, educational programs and dispute resolution services for artists and arts organizations.

The Client Services and Data Specialist will work as a member of the Lawyer Referral Information Services (LRIS) team at CLA with responsibility for providing administrative support to the Statewide Legal Services Director. Essential duties and responsibilities for this position include the following:

  • Data entry (entering information into fillable fields in a database used to perform client-attorney matching services);
  • Conducting client intakes (inbound and outbound calls and emails from/to individuals and representatives of organizations who are seeking legal assistance);
  • Updating spreadsheets and generating reports using computer software to match clients with attorneys;
  • Sending template-based emails and letters by mail to clients and attorneys regarding CLA’s lawyer referral services;
  • Receiving, processing and responding to online submissions and other forms of requests from clients and attorney members of the LRIS panel in connection with attorney-client matching services;
  • Setting, updating, reassigning, and completing tasks through use of a computerized database system;
  • Processing financial screening applications, requesting missing information and conducting preliminary financial screenings;
  • Researching tax-exempt status assertions and verifying other information from third party sources;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • 2 years of college or a 2-year professional certificate or degree;
  • 6 months+ experience with data processing and data entry;
  • 1.5 years+ experience working as a customer service representative or a customer service manager or in a related role in a call center, or equivalent;
  • Advanced computer skills, including the ability to create, modify and share documents and spreadsheets (i.e., Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat pdfs, and documents produced using Google’s suite of office software tools, including Docs and Sheets);
  • Computer and online literacy, including the ability to efficiently access and integrate information from multiple sources;
  • Ability to enter data reasonably quickly and accurately in a fast-paced office marked by competing priorities;
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing in the English language while abiding by the standard rules governing spelling, grammar and syntax;
  • Patience with others and a willingness to exhibit compassion while assisting clients who call in or write, requesting legal or other services (including regular, pro bono and modest means legal services);
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality with respect to all legal and financial matters conveyed at work;
  • Ability to exercise discretion when dealing with sensitive client data and the ability to exhibit professional conduct in a legal services work environment at all times;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and customer service-oriented attitude;
  • Positive team spirit, ability to listen well to others;
  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or a foreign national with authorization to work in the United States

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree

This position is a full-time position, Mon. - Fri. (9:00AM - 5:00PM), $40,000/yr

To Apply:

To be considered for the opening, please submit your resume, cover letter, and three references to the following email address:  and please use the following subject header: Client Services and Data Specialist.  Thank you for your interest. No phone calls please.  Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received.

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Time CommitmentFull-time preferred, but if part-time, then 24 hours over 3 days per week. In order to justify the training investment required to effectively participate in the LRIS program, applicants should expect to commit to a full academic semester (3-5 months).

Program DescriptionLRIS 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.

DutiesInterns interview clients (mostly over the phone) and perform case intakes. Interns draft a fact statement for attorneys that presents the legal issues and relevant facts of each case. Interns locate and select appropriate attorneys for each case.

SupervisionInterns, Externs, or Law Fellows will be supervised by the attorney leading the Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS). As interns become more comfortable with the service, they will be able to work independently.

Benefits to InternsInterns spend most of their time on the phone talking with real clients and attorneys. Interns will learn to spot issues, interview clients and communicate legal issues clearly and succinctly to attorneys.

The LRIS program will help 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 learn about who are the professionals performing services for creative artists throughout California. Interns 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 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:  To be considered for this position, please submit your resume, cover letter, and three references to with the subject “LRIS Law Intern  Application.” To complete your application, please fill out the Online Application Form. It is important that you clearly specify details of the time commitment and desired starting date and end date on the Application Form.

For additional information regarding the Lawyer Referral Service, contact CLA's Berkeley office at 888-775-8995, or email

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AAMS LEGAL INTERSHIP/EXTERNSHIP (Fall 2019 and Onward; Berkeley office)

Time Commitment: At least 10-15 hours, over 2-3 days a week. Minimum 3 month commitment.

Compensation: Unpaid, extern credit available.

Prerequisite: Completion of mediation course, preferred 40-hour conflict resolution training.

Program Description: Established as a national model program in 1980, AAMS provides efficient, economical, and confidential alternatives to litigation, including mediation, arbitration, meeting facilitation, negotiation counseling, and conciliation.

Duties: Acting as a neutral third party, intern will discuss AAMS services, answer questions, and conduct intakes with diverse artists and arts organizations. Intern will be involved in pairing mediators and arbitrators from our panel with cases, scheduling mediation and arbitration sessions, and observing those sessions as appropriate and with consent of the parties. Depending on experience, interns may act as conciliators, acting as a third party neutral “go-between” for the parties to the dispute. If the intern has mediation experience, they may be assigned as co-mediator for an appropriate disputes. Interns will also participate in special projects which may include research, organizing trainings, and writing articles about dispute resolution.

Supervision: Intern will be supervised by the AAMS Program Director.

Benefits to Intern: Working directly with clients, attorneys, and other alternative dispute resolution professionals, intern will gain active listening and negotiation skills, and will learn how legal disputes are settled outside of court. Intern will learn about the issues facing artists and arts organizations and about the professionals in the Bay Area who help resolve those issues. Intern will gain practical knowledge regarding the relative benefits of different types of alternative dispute resolution and litigation in artistic disputes. This internship is also an opportunity to gain real awareness and skills in the rapidly expanding and increasingly relevant field of alternative dispute resolution. Additionally, the intern is able to attend any of the educational programs provided by California Lawyers for the Arts, examples are: Copyright Basics, Collaboration Agreements, and other Intellectual Property issues.

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 underserved, underfunded and often legally unsophisticated population. Recent years have been tough on the arts and entertainment community. More than ever, artists and arts organizations need the help of bright, motivated advocates.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Mattie Robertson at, or complete our Online Application Form.

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