Do you want to be an NVRDC legal intern? (For students currently enrolled in law school only.)
NVRDC's legal internship program provides law students the opportunity to work on a variety of important issues related to representing DC crime victims in a supportive and engaging work environment. Every semester and summer NVRDC has legal internship positions available for passionate and dedicated law students. Please see below for an overview of intern responsibilities and qualifications.
Potential Intern Responsibilities:
- Conducting client intakes
- Safety planning with clients
- Assisting NVRDC attorneys with case preparation, including drafting opening statements, direct examinations, and closing arguments as well as organizing evidence and preparing exhibits
- Conducting legal research and writing memos on cutting-edge legal issues
- Drafting motions and other pleadings
- Drafting educational and promotional materials
- Accompanying NVRDC attorneys to client meetings and court hearings
- Attending community outreach events
- Other duties as needed
Desired Intern Qualifications:
- Enthusiasm and passion for NVRDC's mission
- Strong legal research and writing skills
- Effective communication with co-workers, clients and community partners
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Ability to take initiative and be pro-active
- Desire to work in a fast-paced work environment
We are currently accepting applications for our fall internship position. To apply please complete and submit the internship application form here. We will stop accepting applications on June 30, 2017 or as soon as the position is filled. Questions regarding NVRDC's legal internships should be directed to Melanie Orhant at email@example.com.
Are you a DC licensed attorney?
If you are a licensed attorney who wants to have a positive impact on a survivor of crime's experience in a judicial system, NVRDC may/can give you the chance to volunteer your time in a supported and secure environment. NVRDC's Pro Bono Program offers opportunities for attorneys to represent survivors of crime in DC in three contexts: Crime Victims' Rights, Civil Protection Order cases, and during a University-based on-campus judicial process administered until Title IX.
Because NVRDC co-counsels every case with our pro bono attorneys, volunteer attorneys determine their level of involvement with the case: whether you want to first-chair a CPO trial or do a single, discrete research project for a CVR issue in a case. As part of this co-counsel model, all attorneys can be confident they will never be left to figure out an arising issue on their own.
NVRDC offers two additional volunteer opportunities for attorneys wanting to provide brief advice to clients rather than full representation. Our office in Takoma hosts legal clinics each second Monday of the month (from 6 – 8 p.m.) to provide one-on-one advice to survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking. We also conduct monthly Know Your Rights presentations and clinics at local universities where volunteers can help present to or advise students about their rights in the criminal and civil judicial systems in DC, as well as their rights in university-based processes.
Our pro bono trainings for volunteer attorneys who are interested in taking cases are offered on a periodic basis at local law firms that generously host us. In the past, our trainings have been held at firms like Arnold & Porter, Steptoe & Johnson, and Sidley Austin, among others.
If you are interested in being contacted about the next training, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you want to volunteer?
NVRDC seeks to empower DC crime victims by providing holistic and comprehensive services and support as they process their experiences and determine how to respond to the crime. As an NVRDC volunteer, you can help join us in working towards that mission.
The volunteer program is currently in transition as our staff grows. If you'd like to be kept up to date on our volunteer opportunities, including when we will be holding the next volunteer orientation and training, please contact Melanie Orhant at email@example.com.