Make the Road New York - Legal Internship Summer 2023

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The Legal Services Department at MRNY provides a range of civil legal services in the areas ofworkplace justice, immigration law, and housing and public benefits. Summer Legal Intern placementsare available in the areas of:❖ Workplace Justice: Students working with the workplace justice team will assist low-wage workers withclaims for unpaid wages, employment discrimination, paid sick leave and other employment-relatedissues. Students may also work on legal support for workplace justice organizing campaigns.❖ Housing: Students working with the housing team will assist in the representation of tenants andtenant associations in cases involving eviction, harassment, repairs, and overcharge. Students may alsowork on cases involving access to government benefits, including city, state and federal benefits.❖ Immigration: Students placed with the immigration team may work on a wide range of casework as wellas legal research and writing, for both affirmative applications for relief and removal defense. Thisincludes working with youth and adults, with survivors of violence, and with clients at risk of enforcementsuch as those with criminal records and prior orders of deportation. Students will also have theopportunity to provide legal support to our organizing team and to our rapid response coordinatorresponding to ICE raids.❖ TGNCIQ Justice: Legal interns are placed with one of our primary practice areas (workplace justice,housing and benefits, and immigration) for training, casework and team building purposes. MRNY’sLegal Department prioritizies providing legal services and policy support to our Trans Immigrant Project(TrIP) and will consider applicants who have demonstrated interest in gender identity and its intersectionwith at least one of our primary practice areas. Prior TGNCIQ Justice interns have supported TrIP ingender-identity-based removal defense and/or employment discrimination cases, policy research, andcommunity workshops.On all teams, under attorney supervision, students' work will include intake interviews, legal research,preparing legal documents (including affidavits, pleadings, motions, briefs and other court filings),communicating with administrative agencies, courts, jails and other attorneys, and assisting with the representation of clients in court and before administrative agencies. Students will also have opportunitiesto engage in research and policy support for organizing campaigns, and will be expected to workcollaboratively with organizers, client-members, and other key staff in the organization.Students should have Spanish language skills sufficient to conduct an intake interview independentlywithout an interpreter. Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred. Students for summer placements will berequired to commit to work for 10 weeks, 40 hours / week. Students may be eligible to apply for a stipendif certain criteria are met.MRNY is an equal opportunity employer. Hiring, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline,termination and all other employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity, age disability, national origin, citizenship/immigration status, veteranstatus or any other protected status. Women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+-identified people areencouraged to apply.Application details: To apply please send a letter of interest and resume as soon as possible tolegalinternships@maketheroadny.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis anduntil positions are filled

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