October 2009 • Vol. 29 No. 9 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

LACBA Program Provides Attorneys with Externship Opportunities

More than 100 participants connect with 56 organization representatives.

“Thanks so much for doing this!” That’s the gist of responses by both attendees and organizations to the Legal Public Service Corps Symposium held September 11 at LACBA’s Conference Center.

Spearheaded by LACBA’s Litigation Section, the conference provided an opportunity for attorneys, recent law school graduates, and law students—who have either lost their job or are currently unable to find employment in the law in this tough economy—to meet with representatives from the public sector and nonprofit organizations to discuss potential externships.

“We realized our goal of matching government service and nonprofit organizations in desperate need of legal assistance during these challenging economic times,” said Paul Kiesel, immediate past chair of the LACBA Litigation Section, “with the desire of the legal community to perform pro bono services and be meaningfully employed.”

More than 100 attendees interacted with the 56 organizations that participated (both in-person and online), staying for the bulk of the four-hour program, which provided complimentary breakfast, lunch, and parking for all the participants.

Encouraged to have their resumes ready, attendees met one-on-one with representatives. Interview space, if needed, was available for more private discussions. In fact, one organization scheduled interviews with registrants ahead of time but also accommodated walk-ins.

Ranging from law students to senior attorneys, extern candidates can still access the Corps’ Web site (http://www.lacba.org/lpsc) to research each organization and what types of pro bono and externship opportunities are available.

“We are thankful to the organizations that participated and the relevance that LACBA was able to play in the lives of our members,” said Kiesel.

Participating Organizations
Alliance for Children's Rights
Anti-Defamation League
Bet Tzedek Legal Services
CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations)
California Clean Money Campaign
California Common Cause
California Court of Appeal Second Appellate District
California Lawyers for the Arts
California Women's Law Center
Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families
Center for Governmental Studies
Children's Law Center of Los Angeles
Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking
Community Lawyers, Inc.
Desert Manna Ministries, Inc.
Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC)
Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc.
Eviction Defense Network
Greater Hope Foundation for Children, Inc.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles
Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law
House of Ruth
Housing Rights Center
Hunger Action LA
Imagine LA
International Institute of Los Angeles
Jovenes, Inc.
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA)
Levitt and Quinn
Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice
Los Angeles City Attorney
Los Angeles Community College District's (LACCD) Office of General Counsel
Los Angeles County Bar Association Dispute Resolution Services (DRS)
Los Angeles County Bar Association Domestic Violence Project (DVP)
Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
Los Angeles County's Office of the County Counsel
Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center—Legal Services Department
Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc.
National Health Law Program
Office of the Federal Public Defender
Office of the Inspector General, Los Angeles Police Commission
Peace over Violence
Public Counsel
Rainbow Services, Ltd.
Salvation Army
Skid Row Housing Trust
United States District Court, Central District of California
United Way of Greater Los Angeles
University of California Irvine School of Law
Volunteers of America of Greater Los Angeles
Western Center on Law and Poverty
Youth Services Network
YWCA of Glendale Domestic Violence Project

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