DRW’s Community Inclusion and Services Program is accepting applications for law student interns for 2019-20, including one paid Summer Diversity Grant position!

DRW’s Community Inclusion and Services Program is seeking legal interns for Summer 2019 to continue through the 2019-2020 academic year. DRW values diversity and lived experience relating to the challenges faced by our constituents, and is seeking candidates who are highly motivated to empower people with disabilities to make informed decisions and pursue their own goals. Over the course of the summer and academic year, DRW legal interns will have a variety of assignments relating to disability and poverty law, including the following:

  • Interns will be responsible for responding to calls from individuals seeking assistance with disability-rights related issues. This requires interviewing callers on the telephone to identify issues, exploring options for resolving these issues, researching answers to inquiries, providing information and referral services, developing information to share with callers, and screening for potential case acceptance.
  • Interns will be able to choose assignments involving investigations, onsite outreach and monitoring in various settings, policy work, and other systemic advocacy or litigation to enforce rights to healthcare and services, due process, and freedom from discrimination and abuse. These assignments may require some or all of the following: research and preparation of written legal memoranda and briefing; preparing arguments and examinations for hearings; assisting in requesting and reviewing discovery for class action or systemic litigation; investigation of abuse or neglect including review of various records; and visits to community settings around the state. Rule 9 eligible interns may have opportunities to provide direct individual representation with attorney supervision.

Disability Rights Washington provides direct supervision from attorneys on a scheduled and as-needed basis. DRW’s summer internship program includes an intensive orientation with an overview of DRW, disability culture, training on relevant rules of professional conduct, and training on subjects of specific relevance to the intern’s responsibilities.

Other Information:
DRW Community Inclusion and Services interns will work fulltime over the summer as a volunteer, extern, or law school grant recipient. One intern will be selected for the DRW Summer Diversity Grant.

How to Apply:

For more information about the DRW Summer Diversity Grant.

Otherwise, individuals interested in working with the Community Inclusion and Services Program should apply through the Northwest Public Service Career Fair. You may also submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of three references to Susan Kas at susank@dr-wa.org by January 31, 2019.

Interested in volunteering as an attorney?

DRW is recognized by the Washington State Bar Association  as a Qualified Legal Services Provider. Contact Susan Kas at susank@dr-wa.org for more information.