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ABA John J. Curtin Jr. Justice Fund 2009 Summer Legal Internship Program

The Curtin Justice Fund Legal Internship Program is seeking motivated law student interns to apply for stipends available for the Summer 2009 Program. These students should have a position offered, contingent on funding from a qualified organization.

Internship:

The Internship Program is managed jointly by the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty and the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants. The Program will pay a $2,500 stipend to three law students who spend the summer months working for a bar association or legal services program designed to prevent homelessness or assist homeless or indigent clients or their advocates.

Intern Requirements:

The ideal intern will have a demonstrated interest in public interest law and experience working with poor people or on issues affecting them. All law students are eligible and first year law students are encouraged to apply. The intern must commit no less than eight continuous weeks between May 1 and October 1 to the program of his or her choice.

Program requirements:

Qualified organizations include bar association programs, legal services programs and nonprofit organizations which have programs dedicated to meeting the legal needs and concerns of homeless and indigent people and their advocates. To be considered, programs must have been operational for at least one year and must have an attorney o staff or easily available to supervise the intern.

A lawyer in the program (either volunteer or paid) must supervise the intern and the program must assure the ABA that it will give the intern substantive law experiences with clients and with preparing legal documents.

Application Process:

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, application form and a prospective program’s supporting statement. Please be specific about the issues on which you plan to focus and what you hope to accomplish.

All application materials must be submitted to the Curtin Internship Program, American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, 740 15th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005.

All applications must be received by Monday, March 23, 2009.