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CLA actively seeks to represent the diversity of the arts community in its staff and board of directors. CLA is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. CLA prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, sex, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. All such discrimination is prohibited by CLA.

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Program Description: Established as a national model program in 1980, AAMS, a program of California Lawyers for the Arts, provides efficient, economical and confidential alternatives to litigation, including mediation, arbitration, meeting facilitation, and phone conciliation.

Time Commitment:  5-10 hours a week (flexible, remote)

Prerequisites: Completion of a mediation course; strong interest in alternative dispute resolution.


  • Initial meeting to train about CLA and AAMS program and services;
  • Provide outreach and education in the Los Angeles area about the AAMS program;
  • Complete and update Google doc sheets;
  • Distribute CLA and AAMS marketing and outreach materials;
  • Attend networking and community events to provide information about CLA and AAMS;
  • Participate in other special events and duties as needed.

To Apply: Please email a letter of interest and resume, or complete our Online Application FormNO phone calls please.

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Program Description: California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA) is a membership-based, non-profit arts service organization that offers legal and technical support to artists and arts organizations. Our membership consists of artists and arts organizations as well as attorneys, mediators, and interested individuals. CLA Sacramento manages three dispute resolution programs: Arts Arbitration and Mediation Services; the Sacramento Mediation Center; and Civil Harassment Court Mediation. Other programs include Art-Law educational Workshops, and Community Outreach. This internship is an opportunity for a person who is interested in the business or legal aspects of the arts, and/or someone with interest in alternative dispute resolution.


  • Assist with case development for mediation including intake and document preparation.
  • Assist in planning and marketing of Educational Workshops
  • Research project
  • Assist with meeting preparation
  • Telephone communication with members, artists, attorneys, clients etc.
  • Some filing and copying
  • Assist with event coordination

Time Commitment: This position is part-time (10 -20 hrs/week). Some flexibility.

Supervision: The Intern/Volunteer will be supervised by the Associate Director of the Sacramento Office. 

Compensation: Unpaid Internship, Extern Class Credit, if available.

Desired Skills: This position requires a person who is intelligent, outgoing, and self reliant, with excellent communication skills. The individual must be capable of performing multiple tasks and comfortable working in a small office. Competencies desired include a familiarity with dispute resolution, and intellectual property issues.

To Apply: Complete our Online Application Form, or email your resume and letter of interest to:

Jody Prunier, Associate Director

2015 J Street, Suite 204

Sacramento, CA 95821

Tel: 916-442-6210

Fax: 916-441-1170

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LRIS Program Coordinator / Full-Time

*Immediate Opening*

California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA) is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization that provides lawyer referral services, educational programs and dispute resolution services for artists and arts organizations. CLA is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.

Duties: The Program Coordinator will work as a member of CLA’s statewide Lawyer Referral Information Services (LRIS) team with responsibility for providing administrative support to the Legal Services Director with attorney referrals and legal education programs. The position is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Please note that the role entails processing sensitive personal and financial information and requires the utmost discretion and strict confidentiality. Essential duties and responsibilities for this position include the following:

●  Conducting client intakes and ensuring timely responses to requests for legal assistance (via inbound and outbound calls and emails from/to individuals and representatives of organizations);

●  Using client database management technology for data entry (including Salesforce and other databases) and generating required reports;

●  Processing financial screening applications and verifying tax-exempt status;

●  Setting up and marketing monthly legal education workshops and quarterly clinics;

●  Coordinating with statewide CLA staff on LRIS-related issues, including panel attorney recruitment and qualification monitoring, and State Bar certification and compliance;

●  Recruiting, training and supervising volunteers, interns and law fellows; and cultivating relationships with law schools and colleges to facilitate internship/externship opportunities for students

●  Receiving, processing and troubleshooting requests from clients and attorney members of the LRIS panel;

●  Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

● Bachelor’s degree; legal knowledge (preferred);

● 2 years+ experience working with clients or customers , preferably in an art/law-related field; and experience supervising volunteers/interns (preferred);

● Advanced computer skills, including database management and/or experience with data processing and data entry and the ability to create, modify and share documents and spreadsheets (i.e., Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat pdfs, Salesforce, and Google Docs and Sheets);

● Excellent organizational, interpersonal and customer service skills, with demonstrated ability to exhibit patience and compassion and to manage competing priorities;

● U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or a foreign national with authorization to work in the United States.

This is a full-time position (10:00AM - 6:00PM, Monday through Friday) with some flexibility required for occasional evenings and weekends. Salary range: $20 to $22/hour with health benefits.

To Apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter, and three references to the following email address: Please use the following subject header: "LRIS Program Coordinator"

Thank you for your interest. No phone calls please. Applications will be reviewed in the order in which they are received.



Time CommitmentFull-time preferred, but if part-time, then 21 hours over 3 days per week. In order to justify the training investment required to effectively participate in the LRIS program, applicants should expect to commit to a full academic semester (3-5 months).

Program DescriptionLRIS is a service that refers clients to members of our attorney panel for consultation on a wide variety of arts and non-arts related matters such as copyright and trademark protection, contract review and negotiation, business partnerships and nonprofit incorporation, etc.

ResponsibilitiesInterns interview clients (mostly over the phone) and perform case intakes. Interns draft a fact statement for attorneys that presents the legal issues and relevant facts of each case. Interns locate and select appropriate attorneys for each case.

SupervisionInterns, Externs, or Law Fellows will be supervised by the Client Services Specialist as well as the attorney leading the Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS). As interns become more comfortable with the service, they will be able to work independently.

Benefits to InternsInterns spend most of their time on the phone talking with real clients and attorneys. Interns will learn to spot issues, interview clients and communicate legal issues clearly and succinctly to attorneys.

The LRIS program will help law students, paralegals, and pre-law students learn about the practical day-to-day legal issues facing a wide range of creative artists, the "jargon" of the arts and entertainment law practice, and also learn about who are the professionals performing services for creative artists throughout California. Interns gain practical knowledge about how legal disputes and issues are handled in a "real world" setting. The internship is also an invaluable networking opportunity in a profession that is extremely relationship-driven.

California Lawyers for the Arts is a relaxed, fun, and collaborative place to work and it gives law students a chance to use their talents to help an under-served, under-funded and often legally unsophisticated population. Recent years have been tough on the creative arts and entertainment communities. More than ever, artists and arts organizations need the help of bright, motivated advocates.

To Apply:  Please fill out the Online Application Form. It is important that you clearly specify details of the time commitment and desired starting date and end date on the Application Form.

For additional information regarding the Lawyer Referral Service, contact CLA's Berkeley office at 888-775-8995, or by email.

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Time Commitment: At least 10-15 hours, over 2-3 days a week. Minimum 3 month commitment.

Compensation: Unpaid, extern credit available.

Prerequisite: Completion of mediation course, preferred 40-hour conflict resolution training.

Program Description: Established as a national model program in 1980, AAMS provides efficient, economical, and confidential alternatives to litigation, including mediation, arbitration, meeting facilitation, negotiation counseling, and conciliation.

Responsibilities: Acting as a neutral third party, intern will discuss AAMS services, answer questions, and conduct intakes with diverse artists and arts organizations. Intern will be involved in pairing mediators and arbitrators from our panel with cases, scheduling mediation and arbitration sessions, and observing those sessions as appropriate and with consent of the parties. Depending on experience, interns may act as conciliators, acting as a third party neutral “go-between” for the parties to the dispute. If the intern has mediation experience, they may be assigned as co-mediator for an appropriate disputes. Interns will also participate in special projects which may include research, organizing trainings, and writing articles about dispute resolution.

Supervision: Intern will be supervised by the AAMS Program Director.

Benefits to Intern: Working directly with clients, attorneys, and other alternative dispute resolution professionals, intern will gain active listening and negotiation skills, and will learn how legal disputes are settled outside of court. Intern will learn about the issues facing artists and arts organizations and about the professionals in the Bay Area who help resolve those issues. Intern will gain practical knowledge regarding the relative benefits of different types of alternative dispute resolution and litigation in artistic disputes. This internship is also an opportunity to gain real awareness and skills in the rapidly expanding and increasingly relevant field of alternative dispute resolution. Additionally, the intern is able to attend any of the educational programs provided by California Lawyers for the Arts, examples are: Copyright Basics, Collaboration Agreements, and other Intellectual Property issues.

California Lawyers for the Arts is a relaxed, fun place to work and it gives law students a chance to use their talents to help an underserved, underfunded and often legally unsophisticated population. Recent years have been tough on the arts and entertainment community. More than ever, artists and arts organizations need the help of bright, motivated advocates.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to the AAMS SF Program office in Berkeley, or complete our Online Application Form.

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