Engaged Cornell Internship- Ithaca





Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.® (LawNY) is a not-for-profit law firm providing free legal services to eligible clients in civil cases through 7 regional offices covering a 14-county area in Western New York State. LawNY receives funding from the Legal Services Corporation, New York State Office of Court Administration, Interest on Lawyer Accounts (IOLA) Fund of the State of New York, United Way, AmeriCorps, Equal Justice Works, and numerous municipalities, foundations and donors. Our workforce includes approximately 145 attorneys, paralegals and support staff. It is LawNY’s mission to increase access to justice through excellent legal representation, advocacy and service. LawNY seeks to address systemic inequalities and injustices and foster racial, social and economic justice.



We are currently seeking 2 Cornell University students for 10-week internships in our Ithaca office starting June 1, 2020. The interns will provide assistance to low-income clients in reducing barriers to employment, including representation in unemployment insurance benefits cases. The internships offer the opportunity to learn the administrative hearing procedures, study the effects of unemployment and underemployment in the local community, and conduct outreach to area agencies serving disadvantaged members of the community. LawNY will provide supervision and mentorship by an experienced attorney and in-depth training on employment issues and areas of professionalism.



Applicants must be Cornell University students. Preference will be given to Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations and Cornell Law School students. Applicants must have excellent advocacy and writing skills, and must be able to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.



Each intern will be eligible to apply to Cornell University for specified internship funding of $4500 ($15/hour, 30 hours/week for 10 weeks).



Please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to Kim Morrell, Engaged Cornell Project Staff Attorney, by February 28, 2020. 





LawNY encourages applications from diverse candidates. LawNY welcomes applications regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or any other consideration protected by law.



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