2017 Summer Internship Program
In the 2016-2017 program year, Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (LawNY®) will host over 20 law students for its 2017 Summer Internship Program. These interns come from 13 top law schools nationwide and are recruited to work across LawNY®’s seven offices in four internship programs: (1) Employment Opportunity Legal Corps AmeriCorps JD (2) Elder Justice Legal Corps AmeriCorps JD, (3) Veterans Legal Corps AmeriCorps JD, and (4) Cornell University School of Law Oaklander Unemployment and Labor Law Fellowship.
LawNY® Regional Pro Bono Coordinator, Michaela Azemi, located in the Bath office, partnering with LawNY® Staff Attorney Natalie Knott, located in the Geneva office, has recruited these dedicated, hardworking public-interest minded law students from public service career fairs including the following:
- Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair,
- NYU Public Interest Legal Career Fair
- GW/George Washington Public Service Career Fair
- American University Public Service Recruitment Program
- University of Buffalo Law School Public Interest Career Fair
- Case Western Reserve University OCI Program
LawNY®’s robust Summer Internship Program includes a two-day orientation June 5-6, 2017 with substantive law training from LawNY® staff and supervising attorneys as well as weekly ‘Lunch&Learn’ webinars focusing on law student career development, public service loan forgiveness, poverty cultural competency, and additional substantive law training. The Summer Internship Program features a number of law student intern social events in LawNY®’s service area, including a summer hike in the Finger Lakes region and a Summer Picnic with other legal aid providers in Rochester, New York.
LawNY® strives to obtain a practice order from the Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department for all law student interns during the summer. In addition, the interns will assist in outreach presentations in the community and can expect to interview clients, draft client letters and court pleadings, research relevant legal issues, attend and assist with court hearings, analyze evidence, and end their summer with a quality writing sample. The hands-on legal work of our summer interns truly increases LawNY®’s capacity to better serve our low income clients.