Law Clerks

Law Clerks &
Law Clerks for Public Policy

 

Over the years, Disability Rights California (DRC) has been involved in important class actions and represented individuals in litigation for the rights of individuals with disabilities. Some instances include: the right to live in the community, children’s rights to special education and related services, and the right to consent to one’s own medical treatment.

Law clerks will:

  • Interview clients and consumers
  • Provide information on self-advocacy
  • Conduct legal research and produce legal writing
  • Represent clients in mediations and at administrative hearings
  • Provide assistance to people with psychiatric disabilities who are incarcerated in psychiatric institutions
  • Assist clients in filing charges of discrimination
  • Investigate serious, systemic and potentially life-threatening abuse and neglect
  • Work approximately 12 weeks per term. During the school year, clerks are expected to work a minimum of 10 to 15 hours per week. Summer clerks work full-time, 37.5 hours per week.

Also, volunteer attorneys and post-graduate law clerks are welcome.

Positions are offered in Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Paid, volunteer and clinical positions available at the following offices. To apply, send a resume, cover letter, writing sample and references to:

Bay Area Regional
Bridget Claycomb
Staff Attorney
Disability Rights California
1330 Broadway, Suite 500 
Oakland, CA 94612-2509
bridge.claycomb@disabilityrightsca.org

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

Sacramento Regional Office
Taymour Ravandi 
Law Clerk coordinator 
1831 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95811-4114

San Diego
Ann Menasche
Law Clerk coordinator 
Disability Rights California
1111 Sixth Avenue, Suite 200 
San Diego, CA 9210

 

Law Clerks - Sacramento Legislation and Public Information Unit

Each year we work on many important legislative issues involving the rights of individuals with disabilities – including the right to live and work in the community rather than in institutions, children’s rights to special education and related services, the right to be free from abuse and neglect, the right to appropriate mental health treatment, and the right to benefits, long term services and support and health care. Members of the California legislature, people with disabilities and other advocates look to Disability Rights California for our breadth and depth of knowledge about disability rights.

Law clerks in the Legislation and Public Information unit will carry a diverse workload which will help develop traditional legal skills and skills in working with the legislature and government agencies. Law clerks will also gain substantive knowledge regarding the systems and laws affecting the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Law clerks will have the opportunity to draft:

  • Analyses of legislation
  • Initial position statements and letters on legislation
  • Amendments to legislation
  • Language for sponsored legislation
  • legislative hearing testimony
  •  Comments on proposed regulatory actions

Law clerks will also

  • Conduct legal research
  • Coordinate legislative advocacy with our partners in the community
  • Perform Other duties as assigned

Although some paid positions are available, preference is given to work study, volunteer and clinical/externship students. In addition, our attorneys are willing to assist students develop grant proposals and fellowship applications.

Clerks work approximately 12 weeks per term. Clerks are expected to work 12 to 15 hours per week. To apply, send a resume, writing sample and references to:

Sacramento Legislation and Public Information Unit
Curtis Child 
Legislative Director
1831 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95811-4114