California’s protection & advocacy system

For legal assistance call 800-776-5746. For all other purposes call 916-504-5800 in Northern CA

or 213-213-8000 in Southern CA. TTY 800-719-5798.

 

Law Clerks - Los Angeles Office

Spring, Summer & Fall
Disability Rights California is a nonprofit public interest law firm which operates under federal mandates to protect the legal, civil and service rights of persons with disabilities. When established in 1978, we served only persons with developmental disabilities, such as mental retardation, autism and other severe disabilities. In 1986, we expanded our services to persons with psychiatric disabilities regarding their rights within the mental health system. Now we service persons with all kinds of disabilities. Over the years, we have been involved in important class actions and individual litigation regarding deinstitutionalization and forced drugging and discrimination issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Students will find working with us a challenging and rewarding experience. Currently we are engaged in a variety of exciting and precedent-setting cases including fair housing litigation and ADA litigation. In addition, we are actively involved with education and outreach to underepresented communities with disabilities.
Law clerks gain experience with:

  • Interviewing clients and consumers.
  • Providing information on self-advocacy.
  • Legal research and writing.
  • Representation at mediation and administrative hearings at school districts, universities, regional centers, Social Security and others.
  • Providing assistance to people with psychiatric disabilities who are incarcerated in psychiatric institutions to ensure the enforcement of their federal, state, constitutional and statutory rights.
  • Assisting clients file charges of discrimination with U.S. Office of Civil Rights for the Department of Education, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • Assisting in the investigation of serious, systemic and potentially life-threatening abuse and neglect in state and private facilities serving people with psychiatric and developmental disabilities.
  • Conducting trainings on the law and multi-cultural outreach.

Although some paid positions are available, preference is given to work study, volunteer and clinical students. In addition, our attorneys are willing to assist students develop grant proposals.
Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, writing sample and list of references to:

Rosa L Alas
Senior Office Manager
350 South Bixel Street Suite 290 Los Angeles CA 90017
Rosa.alas@disabilityrightsca.org