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CALIFORNIA LAWYERS 

FOR THE ARTS

Serving the Creative Arts Community Since 1974


Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Berkeley

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

Time CommitmentApplicants volunteer for a minimum of 3-5 months, for at least 10 hours per week to full-time.

CompensationExternship credit available, stipends available upon successful completion of three month internships with a minimum of 21 hours per week.

Preferred Applicants: Currently enrolled student at, or graduate from, an accredited law school. Will also consider pre-law students.

Program DescriptionLRIS 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.

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 Program Coordinator 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 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 school graduates, law students, and pre-law prospective 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.

AAMS LEGAL INTERNSHIP/EXTERNSHIP

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

CompensationUnpaid, extern credit available.

PrerequisiteCompletion of mediation course, preferred 40-hour conflict resolution training.

Program DescriptionEstablished 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.

SupervisionIntern will be supervised by the AAMS Program Director.

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

Los Angeles

Special Projects Intern - Summer/Fall 2024 - Los Angeles County

CLA is seeking an enthusiastic Special Projects intern to work 15-20 hours per week from June 2024 through November 2024 for a total of 400 hours to be compensated at the rate of $17.28/hour. The intern will work with our team in planning and promoting our 50th anniversary and will assist in devising and implementing unique fundraising, marketing and outreach initiatives – expanding the visibility of CLA’s presence in Southern California. The intern also will work on designing promotional materials and creating social media and traditional media updates in connection with activities and celebrations surrounding this milestone. 

The ideal candidate will have strong attention to detail, excellent communication and organizational skills, and the ability to complete a variety of tasks on deadlines. This opportunity is ideal for someone interested in pursuing a career in fundraising, development, special events planning, marketing, graphic design, or non-profit administration. The intern need not have legal or law school experience – only a sincere interest in the arts, legal services, and our mission. The ideal candidate will bring a start-up energy to our office – being flexible with their tasks, capable of working collaboratively and independently, and showing initiative and creative thinking. Knowledge of graphic design and social media basics is preferred.

In addition to the work described above, the intern may work with our team in promoting our perennial programs and services by designing promotional materials and creating social media and traditional media updates in connection with upcoming arts/law education programs.

Prerequisites: This internship position is available to undergraduate students who meet the following criteria: (a) have the legal right to work in the United States; (b) reside in or attend college within Los Angeles County; and (c) are currently enrolled in a community college or four-year college/university program. Prospective graduates who will complete their undergraduate degree between May 1, 2024, and December 1, 2024, need not be currently enrolled at the time of the internship.

The following candidates are not eligible to participate in the internship: (a) candidates who have or will have earned a bachelor's degree or its equivalent, or higher degree, on or before April 30, 2024; (b) candidates who have previously served as interns in Los Angeles County's Arts Internship Program; (c) CLA’s current or former staff members, employees, board members, trustees, officers, and/or directors; and (d) relatives of any of CLA's current staff members, employees, board members, trustees, officers, and/or directors. 

To apply, please email resume, cover letter and available work hours to:

losangeles@calawyersforthearts.org

This internship is generously supported by funding from the LA County Department of Arts and Culture.

CLA’s programs, services and hiring practices support principles of equity, diversity, inclusivity and engagement.  CLA is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities to individuals regardless of race, color, religion, gender identity, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation or veteran status. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.


Legal Internship/Externship 

Program Description: 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. The past year has been difficult on the arts and entertainment community. More than ever, artists and arts organizations need the help of dedicated and compassionate advocates.

Time Commitment: 10-20 hours per week; 5-month minimum; remote work

Prerequisites: Must be a currently enrolled student at an accredited law school.

Responsibilities: 

  • Research recent legal decisions and changes in intellectual property, entertainment, and art law for the purposes of CLA’s workshops, seminars, MCLE events and online materials. 
  • Research and contact California attorneys and other arts and entertainment professionals to propose future speaking engagements. 
  • Research legislative issues on a local, regional, state and national level to help inform CLA staff’s advocacy and social justice efforts. 
  • Assist staff in developing training materials for legal education programs and mediation/arbitration programs. 
The ideal candidate must also have a strong interest in outreach – helping our team to maintain strong relationships with the Southern California creative community. The internship is a fantastic part-time opportunity for first-year law students interested in IP, art and entertainment law.

Supervision: Intern will be supervised by CLA’s Southern California Director, Gloria Ruiz Oster, Esq. and other staff.

Benefits to Intern: Working directly with staff attorneys and alternative dispute resolution professionals, intern will gain a basic understanding of the legal and business issues affecting artists. Interns will have the opportunity to interact with arts and entertainment professionals from law firms and entertainment corporations. Interns will gain practical knowledge of different forms of alternative dispute resolution and the benefits of their application in artistic disputes. Additionally, all interns are encouraged to attend the educational and networking programs provided by California Lawyers for the Arts.

To Apply: Please email a letter of interest and resume, or complete our Online Application FormNo 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 conciliation. California Lawyers for the Arts is a relaxed, fun place to work, and it gives interns and volunteers a chance to use their talents to help an underserved, underfunded and often legally unsophisticated population.

Time Commitment:  10-20 hours per week (flexible); hybrid work (must be located in Los Angeles)

Prerequisites: Completion of a mediation course; strong interest in alternative dispute resolution social justice, and issues affecting the arts community.

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;
  • Develop digital outreach materials for promotion of AAMS program to artists;
  • Provide support for case intake, client engagement, and post-mediation follow-up;
  • Attend networking and community events to provide information about CLA and AAMS;
  • Assist staff in developing training materials for mediation/arbitration programs;
  • Participate in other special events and duties as needed.

Supervision: Intern will be supervised by Aaron Larks-Stanford, LA-AAMS Program Director and Arbitration Administrator, and Alexandra Bloedorn, AAMS Program Coordinator.

Benefits to Intern: Working directly with alternative dispute resolution practitioners and clients, intern will gain a basic understanding of the legal and business issues affecting artists. Interns will gain practical knowledge of different forms of alternative dispute resolution and the benefits of their application in artistic disputes. Additionally, all interns are encouraged to attend the educational and networking programs provided by California Lawyers for the Arts.

To Apply: Please email a letter of interest and resume, or complete our Online Application FormNo phone calls please.

Internship/externship credit is available.


Sacramento

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

SPECIAL PROJECTS INTERN


Program Description:

INTERSECTIONS: Art and Law at the Border is a bi-national Symposium presented by California Lawyers for the Arts San Diego. The event especially focuses on issues affecting the geo-political context of Tijuana-San Diego, and the intention of this gathering is to highlight the work of those responding to border issues at the intersection of art, praxis and legal issues. The special projects intern will work directly with the San Diego Program Manager to support the organization, scheduling, and execution of the symposium.


Time Commitment:

At least 5-10 hours, over 2-3 days a week. Minimum 3 month commitment.


Compensation:

Unpaid, extern credit available.


Responsibilities:

• Research potential speakers/panelists, topics and content for symposium programs. Focusing on the local bi-national region and across various border regions in the US and beyond.  

• Bi-lingual marketing & outreach in collaboration with CLA staff to support development of content for website, press releases, social media and other marketing materials;

• Liaise with speakers and artists and work with CLA staff to select and secure speakers, artwork, and  performers;

• Provide event support: recruit and manage volunteers; develop run-of-show with CLA staff;

• Work with members of the San Diego Steering Committee as appropriate;

• Follow up with attendees, speakers, and sponsors, and complete post-event wrap up;

Support with bi-national component of annual symposium including but not limited to coordinating transportation and translation;

Meet weekly with San Diego Program Manager to track special project goals and deliverables. 


Qualifications:

  • Experience with event planning 

  • Experience coordinating programs and services in collaboration with staff, volunteers, and interns;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and professionalism; 

  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills; 

  • Availability to work some evenings and occasional weekends

  • Familiarity with the San Diego/Tijuana arts and legal communities;

  • Border Studies or Major in Arts Discipline or related field 

  • Spanish Language (helpful not required)



For more information and to apply send resume and cover letter to: Diana.Cervera@calawyersforthearts.org

Application Information: https://www.calawyersforthearts.org/jobs-internships-law-fellowships.html#SanDiego

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San Francisco

There are no opportunities available at this time.

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