ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR (Los Angeles)
Job Description: The Associate Director will work closely with the Executive Director and other CLA staff to manage Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services (AAMS) for the Southern California area and lead a strong education and outreach program while providing administrative leadership and support for Southern California staff in Los Angeles and San Diego. The Associate Director maintains high quality standards and accurate records for all programs and reports to the Executive Director.
Program Responsibilities Include:
1) Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services (AAMS): The Associate Director will lead the AAMS program including managing program staff, volunteers and interns; coordinating and leading volunteer and mediation trainings, and ensuring that participants receive timely and high-quality mediation services. This role includes using knowledge of mediation practices and high level diplomacy to develop and manage mediation and conciliation cases, including intake and evaluation, coordinating volunteer mediators and arbitrators to conduct mediations and arbitrations; and managing and reporting data for required monthly and annual program reports.
2) Education and Outreach: The Associate Director supervises the education program staff in Los Angeles and San Diego and provides guidance for planning CLA's artist workshops and MCLE seminars in the Southern California area. This role includes developing relationships and recruiting attorneys and law firms to participate in CLA's Lawyer Referral Services, including the California Inventors Assistance Program; organizing and participating in outreach activities to expand CLA's visibility; researching legal topics and trends for programs; responding to requests for speakers from outside organizations; administering required evaluation instruments; ensuring compliance with grant deliverables; maintaining complete program records; and collaborating with other staff to plan and implement other special projects as needed, such as Arts in Corrections conferences, Symposium on Art and Law at the Border, and Artistic License Awards.
Required Qualifications: J.D. Degree; experienced mediator; certificated completion of at least a 25-hour Basic Mediation Skills Training course that satisfies the Dispute Resolution Program Act (DRPA); experience with staff hiring and management; keen interest in the arts, legal and/or entertainment sectors; excellent written and verbal communication skills; facilitative leadership skills; customer service oriented attitude; experience with Google Applications Suite and other cloud-based software applications; flexibility, a sense of humor and ability to work on multiple tasks; and availability to work some weekends and evenings.
Other Desired Skills/Experience: Familiarity with the Southern California arts and legal communities; presenting mediation trainings; volunteer and intern management; proficiency in Spanish; experience with Salesforce; experience with event planning, program development, marketing, social media, community relations, and non-profit management, including grant writing and fundraising.
This is a full-time exempt position. The annual salary range is $55,000 – $65,000.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references email@example.com
Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
No phone calls please.
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.
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.
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.
Jody Prunier, Associate Director
2015 J Street, Suite 204
Sacramento, CA 95821
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LAWYER REFERRAL & INFORMATION SERVICE [LRIS] INTERN/EXTERN/LAW FELLOW (Ongoing)
Time Commitment: Full-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 Description: LRIS is a service that refers clients to members of our attorney panel for consultation on a wide variety of arts and non-arts related matters such as copyright and trademark protection, contract review and negotiation, business partnerships and nonprofit incorporation, etc.
Responsibilities: Interns 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.
Supervision: Interns, Externs, or Law Fellows will be supervised by the Client Services Specialist as well as 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 Interns: Interns 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, and collaborative 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.
To Apply: 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.