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Available Disability Rights Clinical Internships


The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc. (DREDF), located in Berkeley, California, offers field placement internships and possible summer positions for law students. Academic term internships generally involve a commitment of 8 to 16 hours per week. Summer internships generally involve a 40-hour per week commitment for at least 5 weeks, and preferably 8-10 weeks. Individuals with disabilities, minority, and women candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

Founded in 1979 by persons with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities, DREDF is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the civil rights of individuals with disabilities through legislation, litigation, informal and formal advocacy, and education & training of lawyers, advocates, and clients with respect to disability issues. Since 1988, DREDF has taught a disability rights course at Bay Area law schools and has operated a clinical legal education program in conjunction with Bay Area law schools.

Interns work on a variety of litigation projects under the supervision of DREDF attorneys, including disability rights class-action and individual cases in the areas of employment, access to government programs and activities, architectural access, housing, and educational entitlements of children with disabilities. Projects include researching legal issues, drafting documents for discovery (e.g. interrogatories, requests for admissions, and requests for production of documents), and drafting legal motions and pleadings. Interns will have direct contact with clients, and the opportunity to observe or participate in meetings, depositions, and court proceedings related to litigation on which they are working.

DREDF attorneys regularly receive requests from lawyers around the country who are seeking advice and assistance on cutting-edge disability rights issues. Interns are often included in the telephone calls and strategy sessions responsive to these requests. With the close supervision of attorneys, interns may also respond to telephone inquiries about disability discrimination or special education issues that callers with disabilities or parents of children with disabilities are facing, and may provide informal advocacy on clients behalf. Interns are also invited and encouraged to join DREDF staff in attending

disability community events and meetings that occur during their period of internship.

Interested candidates may submit cover letter, resume and references Attn: Law Student Internships by mail, e-mail or fax (e-mail preferred if possible). Contact information, DREDF, 3075 Adeline Street, Suite 210, Berkeley, CA 94703; telephone (510) 644-2555 (voice); (510) 841-8645 (facsimile/tty);