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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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LOS ANGELES AREA

AAMS OUTREACH INTERN/VOLUNTEER

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.

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

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

Responsibilities:

  • 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 email a letter of interest and resume, or complete our Online Application FormNO phone calls please.

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SACRAMENTO AREA

INTERN/VOLUNTEER

Program Description: 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. 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. 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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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

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

Supervision: The Intern/Volunteer will be supervised by the Associate Director of the Sacramento Office. 

Compensation: Unpaid Internship, Extern Class Credit, if available.

Desired Skills: 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.

To Apply: Complete our Online Application Form, or email 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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SAN DIEGO AREA

There are no opportunities available at this time.

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SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

SAN FRANCISCO OFFICE

There are no opportunities available at this time.

BERKELEY OFFICE 

MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR (Part Time)

DESCRIPTION
Acts as the liaison between California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA) and its members. Develop membership programs, strategies, and goals in conjunction with other CLA staff.

Typical Tasks

  • Manage membership communications and marketing of events and services to CLA membership, as well as communications that increase the use of CLA’s online resources.

  • Assist in the management of Social Media content cultivation, marketing emails, and other communications strategies geared toward members. This includes maintaining Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds, and developing a working knowledge of platforms such as Hootsuite or other content management systems.

  • Develop successful strategies to build membership and increase consistent member renewals.

  • Develop membership offerings, benefits, and partnerships with organizations who will offer affinity benefits for our members.

  • Maintain membership database as automatically updated by CLA’s website and other membership applications.

  • Respond to member inquiries and update database manually for offline applications.

  • Update member database to ensure accuracy and completeness of member information.

  • Work closely with other CLA  staff to continually inform members of services and benefits of membership; assist with the execution of email and other marketing efforts.

  • Manage membership surveys and develop strategies for better serving member needs and meeting stated grant deliverables with regard to membership.

  • Process member donations including acknowledgement of gifts.

  • Evaluate and report on the effectiveness of all membership and communications efforts.

  • Travel out of town periodically to CLA workshops and events.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in member management; ability to learn a new database if necessary.

  • Ability to think strategically, anticipating future goals and developing strategies accordingly; proactively identify issues and generating recommendations for staff and the Executive Director.

  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and balance competing priorities.

  • Experience in planning multi-step projects and reaching milestones independently.

  • Strong writing and editing skills; effective verbal communication skills.

  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills--Proactive, creative person who can speak in front of groups, and work with teams, as well as work individually.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations

  • Self-reliant, good problem solver, results oriented.

  • Energetic, flexible, and collaborative.

  • Knowledge and understanding of social media platforms, and engagement methods.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to manage and maintain data with accuracy and thoroughness;

  • Direct experience working in membership services for a non-profit organization is highly preferred;

  • Interest in the arts and/or art law;

  • Graphic Design skills.

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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LAWYER REFERRAL & INFORMATION SERVICE [LRIS] INTERN/EXTERN/LAW FELLOW (Ongoing)

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.

ResponsibilitiesInterns 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, please submit via email, your resume, cover letter, and three references 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 by email.

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AAMS LEGAL INTERSHIP/EXTERNSHIP

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.

Responsibilities: 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 email a cover letter and resume to the AAMS SF Program office in Berkeley, or complete our Online Application Form.

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