Performs moderate to advanced level work as a legal training and technical assistance intern. This position supports continuing legal education training initiatives for defense attorneys representing juveniles and emerging adults. Work involves conducting research on case law and current justice system issues and preparing written legal professional resource materials across platforms in support of the mission and programmatic work of the Lone Star Justice Alliance. This intern works closely with the Director of Training and Technical Assistance.
- Conducts legal research and writing for training materials for justice system practitioners and stakeholders relating to 1) system reform; 2) race equity; 3) disproportionality; 4) human trafficking of juveniles; 5) evidence-based best practices 6) clemency; 7) alternatives to incarceration and front-end diversion; and related topics.
- Assists in expanding LSJA’s social justice literacy initiatives to promote and produce the proposed Reimagine Justice media podcast by researching information about guests for episodes, scheduling interviews, and pre- and post-production support.
- Utilizes computer assisted legal research methods such as Westlaw and/or Lexis-Nexis to update and "shepardize" primary and secondary legal sources as well as searches online platforms, including social media to support training, appellate work ,and technical assistance efforts;
- Assists LSJA in developing curriculum, presentations, and course materials that will promote the effective acquisition of attorney knowledge and skills; and
- May provide litigation and mitigation investigation support to the LSJA legal staff.
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice;
- Accurate, organized, and detail-oriented;
- Strong interpersonal skills (experience interviewing a plus);
- Excellent legal research skills;
- Excellent writing and communication skills;
- Commitment to the continuous improvement of service quality and the organization’s mission.
The applicant should be a 2L or 3L law student with communication, law journal, or other publications experience preferred.