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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

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SACRAMENTO AREA

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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.

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

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

jody.prunier@calawyersforthearts.org

Tel: 916-442-6210

Fax: 916-441-1170

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SAN DIEGO AREA

1. JOBS

PROGRAM MANAGER (Part Time)

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 Program Manager will be responsible for significant development, fundraising, and outreach in the arts and legal communities in the San Diego area. This position reports to the Associate Director. The ideal candidate will possess exceptional multi-tasking abilities and attention to detail, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and be extraordinarily self-directed. This role includes, but is not limited to, the following:  

  • Recruiting attorneys and law firms for CLA’s Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) panel;

  • Significant development and fundraising, including coordination of a signature arts and legal education event;

  • Marketing and promoting the LRIS and education programs to the arts and legal communities in San Diego;

  • Participating in outreach activities and events to support and expand CLA's education programs (e.g. community events, networking receptions, etc.);

  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation;

  • Ability to think strategically and provide thoughtful input to a broad range of internal and external tasks across all levels of supervision;

  • Management of San Diego staff, independent contractors, and volunteers;

  • Strengthening and expanding the San Diego Steering Committee;

  • Responding to requests and inquiries from outside organizations;

  • Working on other special projects and events as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor;

  • Experience with nonprofit fundraising, development, and event planning;

  • Experience managing programs and services as well as staff, volunteers, and interns;

  • Outreach and legal community relations experience and ability to build a strong  presence for CLA;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and professionalism;

  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills;

  • Previous experience developing strategy and community building;

  • Availability to work some evenings and occasional weekends;

  • Valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with the San Diego arts and legal communities;

  • Familiarity with non-profit administration, including grants and fundraising.

This position is part time (20 hours per week) at $24-26 per hour.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. To be considered, please submit your resume, cover letter, and three references to losangeles@calawyersforthearts.org subject “Program Manager San Diego”.

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.

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SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

SAN FRANCISCO OFFICE

1. JOBS

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (75% or full-time)

Job Description: Report to the Executive Director, assisting with resource development, organizational management, program oversight, advocacy initiatives and other assignments as needed. This position will also include community outreach, meeting management, writing grants and reports and board liaison duties.

Required Qualifications: Excellent writing and oral communication skills; strong interpersonal skills and a respectful customer service oriented attitude; high functioning in a collegial atmosphere; and availability to work occasional evenings and weekends; JD or other graduate degree.

Other Desired Skills: Experience with nonprofit organizations; familiarity with art/law and intellectual property; interest or involvement in the arts; experience with project budgets; training and experience with alternative dispute resolution; facilitative leadership skills, and a sense of humor. 

Salary: $45,000 to $55,000 annual salary, depending on experience

Applications: Will be reviewed as they are received. To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter, your resume and three work-related references to: sanfrancisco@calawyersforthearts.org  No phone calls please.

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ADVOCACY INTERN

California Lawyers for the Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides lawyer referral services, educational programs, and dispute resolution services for artists and arts organizations. CLA is seeking an Advocacy Intern to assist with our Arts in Corrections Initiative and support our mission of promoting the arts as a tool for criminal justice reform. 

A primary responsibility will be to conduct outreach and build relationships with local arts leaders and elected representatives to advocate for state funding for arts programs in California’s county jails. This includes collaborating with agencies who participated in our County Jails Demonstration Project to generate support, coordinate meetings, and strategize about securing sustainable funding. The Advocacy Intern will also assist with planning and outreach for our third Arts in Corrections conference which is scheduled from June 24 through 28, 2019 at Santa Clara University.

The ideal candidate is self-directed, passionate about arts and criminal justice reform issues, and comfortable building and maintaining relationships with community members. This position reports to the Executive Director. More information about the County Jails Project and our Arts in Corrections advocacy work can be found on CLA’s webpage:

https://www.calawyersforthearts.org/arts-in-corrections.html

Responsibilities:

  • Research relevant organizations, legislative bodies, and elected representatives to establish a plan for outreach, participation at legislative hearings, etc.

  • Conduct cold calls and engage with prospective supporters via phone and email, maintaining detailed records of outreach activities and correspondence

  • Schedule and participate in meetings between collaborators and take meeting minutes

  • Attend legislative committee hearings and networking opportunities as a representative of CLA

  • Develop contact lists and support with outreach and evaluation for CLA’s third Arts in Corrections conference

Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Office Suite

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Experience with outreach and community relations

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

To Apply:  To be considered for this position, please submit your resume, cover letter, and three references to aic@calawyersforthearts.org with the subject “Advocacy Intern.”


BERKELEY OFFICE

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LAWYER REFERRAL & INFORMATION SERVICE [LRIS] (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.

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 ApplyPlease complete 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: lris@calawyersforthearts.org.


AAMS LEGAL INTERSHIP/EXTERNSHIP (Fall 2019 and Onward)

Time Commitment: Preferred at least 10-15 hours over 2-3 days a week.

Compensation: Unpaid, school 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 aams@calawyersforthearts.org, or fax to (510) 201-9957, or complete our Online Application Form.

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