Centro Legal de la Raza is currently seeking law student interns for Fall 2010 and Spring 2011.

Centro Legal de la Raza is currently seeking law student interns for Fall 2010 and Spring 2011. Please forward the following announcement to any individuals who might be interested in applying.

The Organization
Founded in 1969 and located in Oakland, California, Centro Legal de la Raza (Centro Legal) is a comprehensive legal services agency focused on strengthening low-income and Latino individuals and families by providing free and low-cost, bilingual, and culturally competent legal representation, education, and advocacy. The mission of Centro Legal is to protect and expand the rights of low-income people, particularly monolingual Spanish-speaking immigrants, throughout the East Bay region of Northern California.

The Internship
Interns will assist staff attorneys with our Tenants’ Rights , Worker Advocacy, and Immigration Projects.

The Tenants’ Rights Project
The Tenants’ Rights Project helps individuals and families to maintain their housing, fight unlawful evictions and rent increases, and obtain relief from uninhabitable living conditions. Project services include:

Assistance and representation of clients before the City of Oakland Rent Adjustment Program;
Legal help for tenants in all aspects of the landlord-tenant relationship from the lease to the return of the deposit;
Legal advice for tenants who receive a 3-day or 30-day eviction notice;
Advocacy for needed repairs and to abate uninhabitable housing conditions;
In Pro Per advice including the preparation of Answers to Unlawful Detainers;
Representation of clients in eviction cases in the Superior Court; and
Housing presentations and workshops to tenants in English and/or Spanish.
Worker Advocacy Project
The Worker Advocacy Project helps low-wage workers fight unlawful working conditions. The project provides assistance in the following areas:

Legal help for wage claims, discrimination, and workers’ compensation;
Employment rights workshops;
In Pro Per advice including preparing workers who appear before the
Office of the Labor Commissioner; and
Representation of clients in wage claim cases before the Office of the Labor Commissioner.
The Immigration Project
The Immigration Project supports and stabilizes low-income immigrant families by providing comprehensive family-based legal representation. The project provides assistance in the following areas:
U-Visa and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions;
Family-based visa petitions;
Consular processing;
Permanent residency;
Citizenship and naturalization;
Deportation and removal defense; and
Asylum and Temporary Protected Status.
Interns must be able to speak and understand Spanish.

If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter, resume, and two references to angelicaguevara@centrolegal.org with “Law Student Intern” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, please call 510-437-1554 ext.118 or visit our website www.centrolegal.org.

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