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Below are descriptions of specific internship opportunities for law students at Pisgah Legal Services during the summer of 2020. To apply for any of these positions, please follow application instructions on this page and submit application by March 31, 2020. We will conduct rolling interviews and offers until all positions are filled.

Medical Legal Partnership Law Clerk, Pisgah Legal Services, Asheville, NC

Pisgah Legal Services invites rising second and third year law students to apply for our ten-week public interest clerkship for Summer 2020. Pisgah Legal Services has multiple Medical Legal Partnerships that collaborate with multiple health systems. Partnerships range from fully imbedded attorneys to streamlined referral sources, providing the law clerk with the opportunity to observe a variety of possible structures for medical legal partnerships.

In addition to the HEALS program, Pisgah Legal has an attorney imbedded with RHA Behavioral Health Inc. and Mission Hospitals on the Resource Intensive Comprehensive Case Management Team helping high utilizers of emergency department services with behavioral health needs; an attorney imbedded with MAHEC providing access to free legal aid in their medical facilities, and a screener/caseworker at Hot Springs Health program.

Summer law clerks will work closely with our staff attorneys to provide legal services to clients in a variety of areas of poverty law. Clerks engage in a wide variety of activities including, conducting intake and client interviews, developing case strategies, conducting legal research and targeting areas for potential policy advocacy, preparing legal documents, working with healthcare partners, and shadowing across four different partnerships.

The clerkship runs from May 18 – July 31, 2020, and includes a calendar of weekly area events with other area law clerks. Clerks will travel to Federal, District, and Tribal Courts to meet judges, engage with local law enforcement, and attend “lunch and learns” throughout the summer.

This position is unpaid; Pisgah Legal Services is happy to assist in completing any documentation necessary to obtain public interest funding.

Rising 2Ls and 3Ls will be considered for this position.

 

Homelessness Prevention Law Clerk, Pisgah Legal Services, Asheville, NC

Pisgah Legal Services invites rising second and third year law students to apply for our ten-week public interest clerkship for Summer 2020. Pisgah Legal Services’ Homelessness Prevention Program provides civil legal aid to prevent eviction and foreclosure, improve substandard housing conditions, obtain or preserve eligibility for housing subsidies, and to help with discrimination and disability accommodations.

The team provides everything from advice to full representation, including attending hearings at the Housing Authority, negotiating with landlords, and appealing cases to District court. Pisgah Legal’s innovative Tenant Eviction Response Program (TERP) provides on-the-spot advice—and sometimes representation—to people facing eviction. Certified Legal Interns encouraged to apply.

Summer law clerks will work closely with our staff attorneys to provide legal services to clients in a variety of areas of poverty law. Clerks engage in a wide variety of activities including, conducting intake and client interviews, developing case strategies, conducting legal research and targeting areas for potential policy advocacy, preparing legal documents, working with community partners, and shadowing across multiple offices and county courthouses.

The clerkship runs from May 18 – July 31, 2020, and includes a calendar of weekly area events with other area law clerks. Clerks will travel to Federal, District, and Tribal Courts to meet judges, engage with local law enforcement, and attend “lunch and learns” throughout the summer.

This position is unpaid; Pisgah Legal Services is happy to assist in completing any documentation necessary to obtain public interest funding.

Rising 2Ls and 3Ls will be considered for this position.

Community Economic Development and Homelessness Prevention Policy Law Clerk, Pisgah Legal Services, Asheville, NC

Pisgah Legal Services invites rising second and third year law students to apply for our ten-week public interest clerkship for Summer 2020. Law clerks will work with both our Community Economic Development Team and our Homelessness Prevention Program to develop an online database of local housing conditions inspections, in a coordinated effort to make existing public records available to the community.

The Community Economic Development (CED) Program is a resource for community-led efforts to alleviate poverty through creating affordable housing and removing barriers to economic opportunity. The CED Program provides technical assistance, legal services, and education for projects, organizations, and public policy initiatives that promote economic inclusivity and equitable development. Through this work, the program promotes healthier and more resilient communities.

Substandard housing disproportionately impacts low income residents of our communities and contributes to disparities in both health and school achievement. Living in substandard housing also increases the chances that a tenant will face eviction, as substandard housing can increase tenants’ costs of living. Local municipalities conduct housing conditions inspections at tenants’ request on a regular basis, but resulting records are difficult to obtain. This clerkship focuses on creation of a tool that will empower current and prospective tenants with information about local rental properties, make information about the state of our local housing stock accessible for stakeholders, and improve our ability to hold landlords accountable.

This project involves becoming familiar with North Carolina public records laws, making FOIA requests, and interacting with local officials to request and obtain records. This project also requires learning local and state law on housing condition issues. Investigating and litigating cases related to substandard housing conditions may be required depending on time.

In addition to the primary project above, the clerk may also assist with a variety of projects across the program’s transactional legal services and policy development on issues related to housing, living wage jobs, and asset development for organizations serving people of low-income.

The clerkship runs from May 18 – July 31, 2020, and includes a calendar of weekly area events with other area law clerks. Clerks will travel to Federal, District, and Tribal Courts to meet judges, engage with local law enforcement, and attend “lunch and learns” throughout the summer.

This position is unpaid; Pisgah Legal Services is happy to assist in completing any documentation necessary to obtain public interest funding.

Rising 2Ls and 3Ls will be considered for this position.

Domestic and Sexual Violence Law Clerk, Pisgah Legal Services, Asheville, NC

Pisgah Legal Services invites rising second and third year law students to apply for our ten-week public interest clerkship for Summer 2020. Pisgah Legal Services’ Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Program has locations in 3 Family Justice Centers throughout its service area, including Buncombe County, Henderson County, and Transylvania County, where Pisgah Legal staff are co-located with other organizations and agencies including domestic violence agencies, law enforcement, social services, medical providers, and other partners. These locations provide holistic services for victims domestic and sexual violence and child maltreatment.

Summer law clerks will work closely with our staff attorneys, both in Pisgah Legal’s offices and at the Family Justice Centers, to provide legal services to clients in a variety of areas of poverty law. Clerks engage in a wide variety of activities including conducting intake and client interviews; developing case strategies in custody, child support, and divorce cases; conducting legal research and targeting areas for potential policy advocacy; preparing legal documents; and working with partner agencies and organizations. Certified Legal Interns may have the opportunity to help clients pursue protection orders (50Bs and 50Cs).

The clerkship runs from May 18 – July 31, 2020, and includes a calendar of weekly area events with other area law clerks. Clerks will travel to Federal, District, and Tribal Courts to meet judges, engage with local law enforcement, and attend “lunch and learns” throughout the summer.

This position is unpaid; Pisgah Legal Services is happy to assist in completing any documentation necessary to obtain public interest funding.

Rising 2Ls and 3Ls will be considered for this position.