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Jobs, Internships & Law Fellowships

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.

Search (3) Jobs, (2) Internships, and (1) Law Fellowships by location:

LOS ANGELES AREA          SACRAMENTO AREA          SAN DIEGO AREA          SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

LOS ANGELES AREA

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SACRAMENTO AREA

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2. INTERNSHIPS, & EXTERNSHIPS

The Intern/Volunteer will be supervised by the Associate Director and the Executive Director. 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. This internship is for the Sacramento office.

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.

Responsibilities:

  • 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

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

Unpaid Internship, Class Credit, if available.

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.

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.

Send an email with your resume and letter of interest to:

Jody Prunier, Associate Director

2015 J Street, Suite 204

Sacramento, CA 95821

jody.prunier@calawyersforthearts.org

Tel: 916-442-6210

Fax: 916-441-1170


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SAN DIEGO AREA

1. JOBS

LEGAL SERVICES OUTREACH COORDINATOR  (Part Time)

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.

The Legal Services Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for significant outreach in the arts and legal communities in the San Diego area along with development and fundraising responsibilities. This position reports to the Associate Director for Southern California operations. The ideal candidate will possess exceptional multi-tasking abilities and attention to detail, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and be extraordinarily self-directed. This role includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Recruiting attorneys and law firms for CLA’s Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) panel;
  • Marketing and promoting the LRIS and education programs to the arts and legal communities in San Diego;
  • Participating in outreach activities and events to support and expand CLA's education programs (e.g. community events, networking receptions, etc.);
  • Development and fundraising, including coordination of a signature arts and legal education event;
  • Collaboration with the San Diego Education Program Coordinator and Steering Committee;
  • Strengthening and expanding the San Diego Steering Committee;
  • Responding to requests and inquiries from outside organizations;
  • Working on other special projects and events as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor preferred or related bachelor’s degree;
  • Outreach and/or community relations experience in the San Diego area and ability to build a strong presence for CLA;
  • Experience with nonprofit development and event planning;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and professionalism;
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills;
  • Previous experience developing strategy and community building;
  • Availability to work some evenings and occasional weekends;
  • Valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with the San Diego arts and legal communities;
  • Familiarity with non-profit administration, including grants and fundraising.

This position is part time (20 hours per week) at $18-20 per hour.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. To be considered, please submit your resume, cover letter, and three references to losangeles@calawyersforthearts.org subject “Legal Services Outreach Coordinator.” NO phone calls please.

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SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

SAN FRANCISCO OFFICE

1. JOBS

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (75% or full-time)

Job Description: Report to the Executive Director, assisting with resource development, organizational management, program oversight, advocacy initiatives and other assignments as needed. This position will also include community outreach, meeting management, writing grants and reports and board liaison duties.

Required Qualifications: Excellent writing and oral communication skills; strong interpersonal skills and a respectful customer service oriented attitude; high functioning in a collegial atmosphere; and availability to work occasional evenings and weekends; JD or other graduate degree.

Other Desired Skills: Experience with nonprofit organizations; familiarity with art/law and intellectual property; interest or involvement in the arts; experience with project budgets; training and experience with alternative dispute resolution; facilitative leadership skills, and a sense of humor. 

Salary: $45,000 to $55,000 annual salary, depending on experience

Applications: Will be reviewed as they are received. To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter, your resume and three work-related references to: sanfrancisco@calawyersforthearts.org  No phone calls please.

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BERKELEY OFFICE

1. JOBS

LEGAL SERVICES DIRECTOR (full-time)

Job Description: California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA) is a non-profit service organization started as Bay Area Lawyers for the Arts in 1974. The Legal Services Director will be responsible for managing CLA's statewide Lawyer Referral and Information Service, as well as the California Inventors Assistance Program, the Modest Means Incubator Program, and serve as a Staff Attorney for CLA’s non-profit subsidiary corporation providing pro bono legal services. This position reports to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities: The Legal Services Director maintains quality standards and accurate records for all legal services programs in order to assure compliance with State Bar and other regulatory agencies. The ideal candidate will be self-directed, possess exceptional multi-tasking abilities and attention to detail, excellent written and verbal communication and management skills. This role includes recruiting attorneys and law firms for the Referral Panel; recruiting and supervising Law Fellows and legal interns; marketing and promoting CLA’s various programs to legal communities throughout California, and participating in community activities, networking events and social media in order to strengthen CLA's presence and brand awareness. In addition, the Director will be engaged in collaborative fundraising efforts, including solicitation of law firm, foundation and corporate donations that support CLA's legal services, participate in other special projects and events as needed, and work some evenings and weekends.

Required Qualifications: J.D. Degree, active membership in the State Bar of California, with at least three years of legal practice experience, and a valid driver's license.

Desired Skills: The ideal candidate will have exceptional interpersonal, collaboration and networking skills; experience with computerized referral systems and databases; a strong commitment to quality improvement and excellent client service; and experience administering non-profit programs. Other desired attributes include the ability to think strategically and provide input responding to a broad range of internal and external tasks, including requests, inquiries and required reports.

Compensation: This is a full-time exempt position. Salary range is $50,000 to $60,000.

Applications: Will be reviewed as they are received. To be considered, please submit your resume, cover letter, and three references to admin@calawyersforthearts.org. PDF posting for this position here.

2. INTERNSHIPS, & EXTERNSHIPS

LAWYER REFERRAL & INFORMATION SERVICE [LRIS]

Time Commitment:

Full-time preferred, but if part-time, then 24 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 Description:

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

Duties:

Interns 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.

Supervision:

Law Fellows will be supervised by attorneys leading the Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS). As interns become more comfortable with the service, they will be able to work independently.

Benefits to Interns:

Interns 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 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.

We receive a very large number of applications and preference is given to students who have volunteered for our organization before their internship.

To Apply:

Please complete 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 email: lris@calawyersforthearts.org.

3. LAW FELLOWSHIPS

LAWYER REFERRAL & INFORMATION SERVICE [LRIS]

Time Commitment:

Full-time preferred, but if part-time, then 24 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 Description:

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

Duties:

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

Supervision:

Law Fellows will be supervised by attorneys leading the Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS). As Law Fellows become more comfortable with the LRIS, they will be able to "run the desk" on their own. Law Fellows are expected to take a leadership role in the LRIS and will supervise interns and take the lead on major LRIS projects and initiatives.

Benefits to Law Fellows:

Law Fellows spend most of their time on the phone talking with real clients and attorneys. Interns will interview clients and communicate legal issues clearly and succinctly to attorneys. The LRIS program will help Law Fellows 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. Law Fellows gain practical knowledge about how legal disputes and issues are handled in a "real world" setting. Law Fellowships also offer an invaluable networking opportunity in a profession that is extremely relationship-driven.

California Lawyers for the Arts is a relaxed, fun place to work and it gives Law Fellows 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.

We receive a very large number of applications and preference is given to students who have volunteered or interned for our organization before their fellowship.

To Apply:

Please complete 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 email: lris@calawyersforthearts.org. 

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