The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (“LCCRSF”) advances, protects and promotes the rights of communities of color, immigrants, and refugees by leveraging the power of the private bar to support direct service, impact litigation, and policy advocacy legal strategies.
LCCRSF is affiliated with the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, begun in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy. Leading members of the San Francisco Bar established the San Francisco office in 1968–shortly after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.–to advance civil rights. Towards this end, the Lawyers’ Committee staff–with the assistance of hundreds of pro bono attorneys–provides free legal assistance and representation to individuals on civil legal matters. In addition, the Lawyers’ Committee handles policy impact cases that focus on important civil rights issues.
Under the supervision of an attorney, the law clerk will prepare legal memoranda, conduct legal research, perform other litigation and non-litigation related legal assignments, and conduct client interviews. Clerks are an integral part of the work of the LCCRSF . Clerks may have the opportunity to participate in direct legal services, impact litigation, and/or policy advocacy. Clerks also participate in legal staff meetings.
- Racial Justice Program: LCCRSF was founded on the belief that advancing racial justice is essential to achieving civil rights for all. The history of racial injustice in this country is long, complex and emotionally charged. Although decades of struggle, determination, litigation and advocacy have removed the most egregious and blatantly racist laws from local, state and federal governments, systemic and structural racism still exists.
- Immigrant Justice Program: LCCRSF is committed to meeting the legal needs of immigrant communities to further its broader mission of civil rights for all. The rapidly increasing population of immigrants in the United States, and more specifically in the Bay Area, has been historically marginalized and continues to face various legal obstacles in an increasingly punitive immigration system. The Immigrant Justice Program aims to empower these immigrants who face significant barriers to fair treatment and civic engagement by challenging particularly unjust systemic processes. The Program’s strategy involves advocating directly for asylum seekers, engaging in impact litigation, and advancing fair and just immigration policies. LCCRSF founded the Immigrant Justice Program to address the unmet legal needs of immigrants and, in doing so, to combat the civil rights issues plaguing the current immigration enforcement system.
- Economic Justice Program: LCCRSF is committed to empowering communities of color and low-income by increasing economic opportunities that will help overcome barriers to advancement and enable individuals to be in control of their livelihoods. We know that a strong economy fuels a community and, without it, the disparities that result can last for generations. Utilizing a multi-pronged approach, we work to advance economic justice and civil rights through our signature direct services program, Legal Services for Entrepreneurs , which works with entrepreneurs who are starting or have existing business. Informed by the challenges and/or obstacles they encounter, we advocate for policies that will favorably impact the diverse local economy. We also partner with community organizations in economically distressed areas throughout the Bay Area in their efforts to sustain and improve the resiliency of small businesses so their communities can flourish.
- GLIDE Unconditional Legal Clinic: The clinic provides free advice, referrals, and, in some cases, limited scope assistance on a wide range of legal matters, with the goal of giving information to anyone in need who walks through the door. We serve over 250 clients a year, over half of whom are homeless, and nearly 75% are from minority communities.
Law clerks have the opportunity to work in one or more of our issue areas. If you have a particular interest in any particular area or current project, please indicate this in your cover letter – there may be an opportunity to work with staff on special projects in these areas.
Summer law clerks are ordinarily expected to work 40 hours per week for 11-12 weeks. During the semester, law clerks are expected to work at least 20 hours per week, but preference may be given to full time semester/quarter clerks. We encourage clerks to seek academic credit or independent funding for their work.
For more information about us, please see our website: www.lccrsf.org
Law clerks at LCCRSF may be considered in the future for post-graduate fellowships at the Lawyers’ Committee, including our Thurgood Marshall Fellowship and sponsorship for the Skadden and Equal Justice Works Fellowships.
To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and three references to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as early as possible as decisions are made on a rolling basis.
Prior public interest experience is preferred. If applicable, please indicate if you are fluent in a foreign language (particularly Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese). Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as early as possible as decisions are made on a rolling basis.
During the Fall of 2020, this will be a remote position.
The Lawyers’ Committee is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. People of color, lesbians, gay men, transgender individuals, persons with disabilities, and people over 55 are encouraged to apply.