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Employment & Internship Opportunities

Paralegal – Full Time

Hiring for this position has been postponed until further notice

CLC is seeking a full-time paralegal to assist its staff attorneys with overseeing and handling CLC’s Direct Representation Program. Specific work may include:

  • Prepare legal documents, including certificates of representation, affidavits, and client summaries for volunteer attorneys, and motions and other pleadings as needed;
  • Prepare and submit requests to courts for review of court files on new case appointments;
  • Receive and route incoming client case reports, pleadings and other case information;
  • Locate, compile and copy documents and records as needed for legal matters;
  • Coordinate and manage all facets of client file management including case opening procedures, Interim Case Reviews, court hearing date reminders, data entry on court hearings, client and volunteer attorney contact information and other matters, case closing procedures, and communications with volunteer lawyers;
  • Maintain and manage client files, both paper and electronic;
  • Accurately track the input and output of data in the Access database;
  • Draft correspondence to volunteer attorneys and other parties in child protection cases;
  • Supervise Legal Assistant who handles CLC clients’ paper and electronic files;
  • Assist with developing resources for staff and volunteer attorneys, including brief banks, research files, and available social services for foster children;
  • Oversee the CLC Paralegal Intern Program;
  • Serve as the primary back-up to the Office Manager in answering incoming calls.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required: degree or certificate in paralegal studies; work experience involving the court and legal system; computer and technology proficiency; ability to work independently and to interface with players in the legal system in a professional manner.

Preferred: excellent communication (both oral and written) skills; strong organizational skills; ability to handle multiple tasks and meet timelines; ability to cope with emotionally difficult client matters; excellent teamwork skills; ability to elicit cooperation from others in a positive, constructive manner.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and references to: Lilia Panteleeva, Esq., Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, 450 N. Syndicate St., Suite 315, St. Paul, MN 55104 or via e-mail to info@clcmn.org.

DEADLINE: Open until position is filled.

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Associate Attorney – Temporary

– Hiring for this position has been postponed until further notice

CLC is seeking a temporary full-time associate attorney for approximately eight to nine months (for the duration of a current staff attorney’s leave of absence) to assist with CLC’s Direct Representation Program. Specific work may include:

  • Working with volunteer attorneys handling CLC client cases;
  • Assisting CLC supervising attorneys and volunteer attorneys with legal strategy, motions, hearings, and trials relating to CHIPS actions and post termination review hearings;
  • Working with CLC social worker and CLC supervising attorneys in identifying issues relating to CLC clients and assist them with identification of plans and proposals for volunteer attorneys in their client representation;
  • Drafting legal pleadings and assisting in developing resources for staff and volunteer attorneys including brief banks, research files on specific topics;
  • Working closely with CLC’s Paralegals and staff to ensure court appearances are provided, assist with managing client files including attorney referrals, file opening sheets, Interim File Reviews, File Closing Questionnaires, and communication with volunteer lawyers;
  • Assisting with the development and preparation of CLC training programs on specific legal issues of importance to volunteer lawyers.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required: admission to the Minnesota State Bar; experience with or understanding of the child protection system and courtroom experience.  Must be available to start on March 8, 2020.

Preferred: juvenile courtroom experience, excellent communication and interpersonal/teamwork skills; strong organizational skills; ability to handle multiple tasks and meet timelines; excellent verbal and written advocacy skills;  ability to develop training materials for lawyers; ability to elicit cooperation from others in a positive, constructive manner.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and references to: Lilia Panteleeva, Executive Director, Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, 450 N. Syndicate St., Suite 315, St. Paul, MN 55104 or via e-mail to info@clcmn.org.

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Undergrad Development Internship

Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 Internship

Description: CLC will be accepts applications from undergraduate students to fill several unpaid intern positions for ten to twenty hours a week. Intern tasks will primarily focus on assisting with marketing/social media, fundraising, and other necessary projects for CLC’s 2020 Benefit, which will take place in early October. After the month of October, tasks will also include administrative projects and social media development. Reduced hours can be negotiated for the months of October, November, and December.

Qualifications: – Ability to assist with special events – Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite – Strong problem solving skills – Willingness to be a team player – Strong written and verbal communication skills – Social media proficiency.

Please send your cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to info@clcmn.org. Please include a description of the length of time for which you would like to intern/volunteer, along with the number of hours per week you are available. If you need internship credit or credit for volunteer hours, be sure to include any requirements from your class or instructor. As applications are reviewed, selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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Law Student Internships

– Hiring for this position has been postponed until further notice

 Part-Time Spring 2020 and Full-Time Summer 2020 internship positions available.

CLC has many internship and volunteer opportunities available for law students throughout the year. Internship/volunteer positions are unpaid. Summer internships and summer law clerk positions may be paid through work-study or fellowships if funding is available. Internships for class credit, or volunteer hours for class credit can be arranged if needed. CLC also accepts Student Law Clerks through the Minnesota Justice Foundation Volunteer Program. If you are a law student in Minnesota interested in volunteering at CLC during the school year through MJF, please visit the MJF Website to learn about available opportunities. You may also contact Children’s Law Center directly at info@clcmn.org.

  • SUMMER INTERNSHIPS: CLC accepts between 1-3 law students for 10-12 week internships in the summer. Summer internships require a commitment of 30-40 hours per week. Applications for these positions are due March 1st of each year. CLC also will help selected intern candidates apply for fellowships and other funding such as P.I.C. or P.I.L.F. funding. Interviews for Summer candidates will take place every year in March and April.
  • FALL & SPRING SEMESTER INTERNSHIPS: CLC typically accepts between 1-2 law students during both the Fall and Spring Semesters. Typically students volunteer for a minimum of 8-15 hours a week for a semester. Interviews for school semester positions usually take place in August and December each year.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letterresume, and two writing samples to info@clcmn.org. Please include a description of the length of time for which you would like to intern/volunteer, along with the number of hours per week you are available. If you need internship credit or credit for volunteer hours, be sure to include any requirements from your class or instructor. Applications are reviewed and selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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Paralegal Internships/Externships

– Hiring for this position has been postponed until further notice

Paralegals, or paralegal students who need to complete an internship or externship as part of their degree are also encouraged to apply for internships or volunteer hours at CLC. For a full internship description please click here.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letterresume, and two writing samples to info@clcmn.org. Please include a description of the length of time for which you would like to intern/volunteer, along with the number of hours per week you are available. If you need internship credit or credit for volunteer hours, be sure to include any requirements from your class or instructor. Applications are reviewed and selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.