FVAP is seeking 1-3 part-time law clerks to join our small but exceptional and dynamic team in our Oakland, California office for Fall 2018. We value diverse experiences and backgrounds. FVAP’s clientele is extremely diverse, and we serve individuals and advocates throughout the state, including rural, suburban, and urban populations. The ideal candidate will bring skills and experiences enabling the candidate to serve these diverse populations adeptly in the context of domestic violence and appellate litigation.
Family Violence Appellate Project is the only organization in California dedicated to appealing cases on behalf of survivors of domestic violence. We are committed to social justice and are dedicated to shaping California law to prioritize the safety of survivors and children by representing clients in the California Courts of Appeal, submitting amicus curiae briefs in cases of statewide importance, monitoring unpublished cases daily and requesting publication of important domestic violence cases, and engaging in legislative and systems change advocacy efforts. We are also committed to supporting the statewide network of domestic violence and legal aid service providers by providing trainings, technical assistance, and written informational materials, and by facilitating information exchange among statewide stakeholders supporting survivors. If you are interested in being part of this exciting social justice movement and resource for domestic violence survivors and advocates across California, this is the place for you! You can learn more at www.fvaplaw.org.
Duties may include the following (other duties may be assigned):
- Assisting with an active pipeline of case referrals, including completing an initial case analysis, which involves analyzing the trial court record and the legal issues in the case and making a preliminary recommendation on whether FVAP should accept the case for appeal;
- Conducting legal research and writing;
- Assisting FVAP’s pro bono attorneys in private practice with appeals and amicus curiae briefs;
- Analyzing social science literature in the field of domestic violence; and
- Assisting with some administrative tasks as needed.
Required Qualifications and Experience
- Completion of at least one year of law school (including Civil Procedure) at an accredited university;
- Knowledge of domestic violence law and/or family law strongly preferred, either through course work or work experience;
- Experience working with clients in crisis strongly preferred;
- Litigation or appellate experience preferred but not required;
- Excellent communication and writing skills;
- Strong organizational skills;
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
- Ability to work with low‐income clients;
- Ability to adapt to and work in a fast-paced environment and complete time-sensitive assignments thoroughly and on time;
- Eagerness to help clients in need and gain hands-on experience with trial court records, appellate procedure, and domestic violence issues.
Law clerks are unpaid but may be eligible for funding or course credit through their law school.
To Apply: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and reviewed as received, until the position is filled. Students are encouraged to apply early in the process. To apply, please email or mail a cover letter, resume, writing sample and transcript to:
Jennafer Dorfman Wagner, Director of Programs
Family Violence Appellate Project, 449 15th St. Suite 104, Oakland, CA 94612
Your cover letter should speak to: 1) why you are interested in working at FVAP; 2) how your background or experiences, educational or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our work and perform the required duties and any preferred qualifications, and; 3) how your background or experiences, educational or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to diversity and cultural humility among our team of staff and interns. Feel free to think broadly about your response to these questions, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.
To promote social justice and best serve our clients, FVAP is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to maintaining a diverse staff and providing culturally competent services. Individuals of all races, ethnicities, national origins, religions, ages, sexes, sexual orientations, and gender identities, as well as differently abled persons, survivors of domestic violence, candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities and historically oppressed groups, bilingual and bicultural candidates, and those who are the first in their family to complete college or graduate school, are encouraged to apply.
FVAP is located in Oakland, California. We are convenient to multiple bus lines and are close to both the 12th and 19th Street BART stations.
Thank you for your interest in FVAP!