LAV Summer Internship- Ithaca



LawNY Ithaca office


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. 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’s vision is a society where access to justice is not determined by one’s social or economic status, and LawNY seeks to address systemic inequalities and injustices and foster racial, social, and economic justice.



We are currently seeking law students for a Summer 2020 internship in our Ithaca office to provide assistance and support to the Legal Assistance to Victims (“LAV”) Staff Attorney. The LAV grant provides legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The LAV Staff Attorney regularly handles Orders of Protection, divorces, VAWA issues/violations, and other legal issues that directly intersect with domestic violence and/or sexual assault.


Duties may include but are not limited to: providing screening and intake for low-income persons seeking civil legal assistance; assisting staff attorneys in providing legal services to clients; drafting legal memoranda and/or pleadings; legal research; working with community agencies serving low-income populations to strengthen collaborations; providing outreach with partner agencies; and participating in special projects. Interns and volunteers receive in-depth training and ongoing support and supervision. Normal office hours are 9:00AM-5:00PM M-F. We suggest a minimum commitment of 20 hours/week over 10 weeks, starting June 1, 2020.




Applicants must be law students or recent law school graduates. Applicants also must have excellent advocacy and writing skills, and must be able to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.



This is an unpaid internship. LawNY supports student applications for funding from schools and organizations. 



Please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of 3 references to Kelly McGovern, Director of  Pro Bono Affairs, at by March 1, 2020.


LawNY is an equal opportunity employer, and 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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