UC Hastings Pilipino American Law Society (PALS)


ASIAN LAW CAUCUS FALL 2008 LAW CLERK INTERNSHIPS by Paul Rivera
September 3, 2008, 5:24 am
Filed under: Career Opportunities

The Asian Law Caucus is the nation’s oldest legal and civil rights organization serving low-income Asian Pacific American communities.  Founded in 1972, the Caucus strives to defend and empower the APA community through a three-pronged strategy of community education and organizing, provision of direct legal services, and strategic impact litigation.

Employment & Labor Projects: focuses on defending the rights of some of the most exploited members of the work force: low-wage immigrant workers. The Nail Salon Project confronts health and safety hazards in nail salons by providing community education and policy advocacy.  Our employment project also challenges workplace discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, and religion in a post-9/11 context.  The Taxi Workers Project confronts workplace safety/exploitation and unfair wages in San Francisco’s largely immigrant taxi industry by providing greatly needed legal and non-legal services, including community education, legal representation, impact litigation, and policy advocacy.

Immigrants’ Rights: focuses on litigation, legal services, and organizing/outreach focusing on undocumented communities in the Bay Area around detention; deportation; constitutional and due process claims, including supporting community mobilization and education regarding comprehensive immigration reform.

Housing: The Housing Advocacy and Community Development Project provides legal assistance to individual non-English speaking API tenants and seniors facing homelessness and seeks to build community infrastructure in low-income neighborhoods.  The Project intends to represent community constituents in the public planning process.

Racial, Ethnic, and Religious Profiling:   Our work includes challenges to national security practices that impinge on the civil rights of South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, and Middle Eastern descent, including unfair searches and interrogations of individuals returning to the United States after travels abroad.  We use litigation, policy advocacy, and community education to protect the civil rights and civil liberties of vulnerable communities.

Language Rights: services and community education for immigrants who speak limited or no English and experience unequal access to government services.

Juvenile Justice: provides legal advocacy, education, and policy advocacy for youth of color and their families.  Its two focus areas are Juvenile Justice and School Harassment, Violence and Discrimination.

Being a Law Clerk at the Caucus:  Fall law clerks must be available at least 12 hours / week.     Assignments include meeting with clients to draft declarations, helping to research and draft court filings such as briefs and motions, attending hearings, creating community education bulletins, and drafting letters in support of or opposing pending bills in Sacramento and Washington.

How to Apply:  Send a brief letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and 2-3 references to Sin Yen Ling (e-mail or paper).  Call or e-mail if you have questions:

Asian Law Caucus                                           Phone: (415) 896-1701, ext. 110
939 Market Street, Suite 201                          sinyenL@asianlawcaucus.org
San Francisco, CA 94103                              www.asianlawcaucus.org

Application Deadlines:  September 1, 2008 or late applications accepted if space remains available

Sin Yen Ling
Staff Attorney
Asian Law Caucus
939 Market Street, Ste. 201
San Francisco, California 94103
Phone: 415-896-1701 x 110
Fax: 415-896-1702
Email: sinyenL@asianlawcaucus.org
Website:  www.asianlawcaucus.org

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