UC Hastings Pilipino American Law Society (PALS)

October 8, 2008, 5:34 pm
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, ALC strives to defend and empower the APA community through a three-pronged strategy of community organizing, direct legal services, and strategic impact litigation.

Program Areas:

Employment & Labor Project: defends the rights of low-wage immigrant workers, and is comprised of three programs:

  • The Nail Salon Project improves worker health and safety in nail salons by providing community education and policy advocacy.
  • The Civil Rights Project 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 legal and non-legal services, including community education, legal representation, impact litigation, and policy advocacy.

The Housing Advocacy and Community Development Project: provides legal assistance to low-income tenants and seniors and seeks to build community infrastructure in low-income neighborhoods.  The Project also represents community constituents in the public planning process.

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

Juvenile Justice and Education Project: provides legal advocacy, education, and policy advocacy to assist youths of color and their families with navigating language and cultural barriers in the juvenile justice system and with curbing school harassment and violence in the K-12 school system.

Racial, Ethnic, and Religious Profiling Project: challenges 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.  The Project uses litigation, policy advocacy, and community education to protect the civil rights and civil liberties of vulnerable communities.

The Law Experience: During the Fall and Spring semesters, law clerks must be available at least 12 hours per week.  During the Summer, law clerks are full-time.  Assignments include conducting client intake interviews, drafting declarations, researching and drafting court filings such as briefs and motions, attending hearings, creating know your rights materials, and drafting letters in support of or opposing pending bills in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

How to Apply:  Please e-mail or fax a cover letter, a resume, a writing sample, and 2-3 references to:

Angela Chan, Staff Attorney

Asian Law Caucus

San Francisco, CA

Phone: (415) 848-7719

Fax:  (415) 896-1702

E-mail:  angelac@asianlawcaucus.org

Website:  www.asianlawcaucus.org

Application Deadlines:

Fall 2008: October 1, 2008 or late applications accepted if space remains available.

Spring 2009: December 22, 2008 or late applications accepted if space remains available.

Summer 2009: February 6, 2008 or late applications accepted if space remains available.


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