Internships at LatinoJustice
LatinoJustice PRLDEF is one of the foremost Latino civil rights organizations in the country, serving a pan-Latino constituency. Since 1972, we have been bringing precedent-setting impact litigation that has profoundly improved the way Latinos are treated in our society. Our current areas of focus include immigrants’ rights, voting rights, redistricting, housing, education, employment, job discrimination, the treatment of day laborers, freedom of movement, and all forms of bias that affect Latinos.
Recent historic victories include Lozano v. City of Hazleton, enjoining a Pennsylvania town from enacting its own anti-immigrant ordinance; Doe v. Mamaroneck, stopping local township and police from discriminatorily harassing Latino day laborers; Perez-Santiago v. Volusia County, successful Section 4e voting rights case requiring Florida county to provide bilingual ballots; and Aguilar v. U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, successfully challenging ICE’s home raids practices in NY, resulting in groundbreaking settlement reforming ICE’s national home raids procedures, payment of $1 million dollars in damages and fees and providing immigration relief to plaintiffs facing removal.
LatinoJustice’s NYC office is located at 99 Hudson Street in the Tribeca area of downtown Manhattan, where we organize a Summer Racial Justice series with colleagues from the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF). This NYC summer series provides unique networking opportunities to hear from leading civil rights practitioners in the Metropolitan NY area. Past presentations have included the future of desegregation, emerging issues in immigrants’ rights, school to prison pipeline, and building public interest careers via clerkships and fellowships. LatinoJustice also has a Long Island Satellite Office in Touro Law School’s Public Advocacy Center in Central Islip.
LatinoJustice’ s Southeast Regional Office, located at 523 West Colonial Drive in Orlando, Florida opened in July 2014. The Southeast Regional Office also offers great networking opportunities with local Latino community organizations and Hispanic bar groups.
LatinoJustice interns conduct fact investigations and legal research, draft sections of legal briefs and memos’ of law, participate in client & witness interviews and trial preparation, and accompany staff lawyers to court proceedings and legislative hearings. Law students are included in every stage of planning, developing and prosecuting our impact cases. Recent student work has included research into the First Amendment rights of day laborers, the Fourth Amendment rights of individuals involved in immigration home raids, and the Fourteenth Amendment right to equal protection. Term interns are expected to work 12-15 hrs/week during the semester subject to class schedule availability.
The Summer Program
Each summer, several rising 2L and 3L students from around the country join LatinoJustice for a 10-12 week full-time internship. Past summer interns have on occasion continued to work on LatinoJustice cases upon returning to school, and writing law review articles on substantive issues they worked on.
Please note that LatinoJustice has also sponsored several former term and summer interns for post-graduate public interest fellowships.
We are seeking energetic, motivated law students with a record of commitment to social justice work who have excellent legal, written, research, and communications skills. Bilingual Spanish/English is a plus but not required. We are happy to help students obtain academic course credit through school clinical externship programs and/or satisfy pro bono volunteer requirements at school or for bar admission.
To apply for internships in LatinoJustice’ s NYC office, please submit cover letter and resume to Deputy General Counsel Jose Perez at: firstname.lastname@example.org; for internships in the Southeast Regional Office in Orlando, contact Associate Counsel Kira Romero At: email@example.com.