Summer Opportunity with the MacArthur Justice Center’s Trial Litigation Program (Chicago, IL)
The Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center (RSMJC) is one of the nation’s premier civil rights organizations and champions criminal legal system reform through litigation, in areas that include police misconduct, rights of the accused, issues facing indigent prisoners, the death penalty, and the rights of detainees.
RSMJC is accepting applications from law students for summer trial-level internships in its Chicago office. Internships will be conducted in-person only if state and federal health guidance deems it safe to do so. Otherwise, the internships will be conducted remotely, via telephone, Zoom and other accessible technologies.
Trial Litigation Program: Students will immerse themselves in a fast-paced civil rights trial practice, focusing on issues of police misconduct, mass imprisonment, racial injustice and the criminalization of poverty. Students will draft legal briefs, work with clients and organizations, conduct community outreach, research caselaw, draft discovery, participate in expert discovery, prepare for depositions, and attend court hearings. Cases include:
∙ Systemic challenges to pretrial detention practices, including the use of cash bail and denial of access to counsel;
∙ Wrongful conviction damages suits focusing on police and prosecutorial misconduct and constitutional violations;
∙ Prisoner rights suits, addressing denial of mental health care, sexual abuse and harassment, LGBTQI rights, and ICE/immigration detention;
∙ Excessive force litigation, particularly police shootings, focusing on issues of Fourth Amendment liability and qualified immunity;
∙ Parole revocation reform, seeking due process protections and appointment of counsel in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
We are looking for students who have a commitment to transformational justice. The criminal legal system disproportionally harms people of color, people from low-income communities, the formerly-incarcerated, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals. We strongly encourage students who identify within these and other underrepresented communities to apply. All applicants must have and be committed to the cultural competence required to work with clients and co-workers who come from different backgrounds and experiences.
Students interested in either opportunity should submit a cover letter, resume, a list of references and a writing sample to Anissa Torres at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will reach out to schedule a telephone or video interview prior to making selections.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through January 15, 2021.
Compensation may be available for students who do not receive summer funding from their law schools.