Tenant Clinic Coordinator
Volunteer/Internship Position Description
LAW Advocates’ Mission: Provide free civil legal assistance to low income Whatcom County residents. LAW Advocates Tenant Clinic Coordinator will coordinate intake at LAW Advocates’ free weekly drop-in legal advice clinic for tenants at the Whatcom County Courthouse. Volunteers must make a 6 month commitment.
Responsible to: Programs Manager, Staff Attorney Duties:
Set up Tenant Clinic registration desk
Greet clients, ask them to complete intake form, and assist clients with completing the form if needed
Communicate to Staff Attorney and volunteer attorneys when cases are urgent (e.g. client has court same day or a client has other pressing circumstances)
Ensure all necessary data is collected, as this is required by our funders and stakeholders
Enter intake information into LegalServer case management software
Refer clients to other community resources, as appropriate
Clean up all materials and coordinate with Programs Manager to restock materials as needed
Soon after clinic, type attorney notes into LegalServer case management software and file any related documents
Offer feedback to the Programs Manager and Staff Attorney for improving Tenant Clinic
Report volunteer hours to the Programs Manager monthly
Interest in serving LAW Advocates Mission
Ability to give sufficient notice of any upcoming absence
Ability to make a six month commitment
Appreciation for the sensitive nature of the confidential information and ability to maintain confidentiality
Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds and maintain a positive working relationship with staff members and volunteers
Ability to serve as a positive and professional representative of LAW Advocates
Basic computer literacy
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Independent worker not needing close supervision; good judgment
Organized and detail oriented
Gain experience with program coordination for a legal aid organization
Have opportunities to observe attorneys providing legal advice
Help LAW Advocates provide essential legal aid to low-income people in our community
Obtain college credit if offered by your school
Non-Discrimination Policy: No person shall be subjected to discrimination in this organization because of race, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, gender, age, ethnicity, income, veteran status, marital status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. LAW Advocates will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.
Hours: Every Friday 11:45 – 4:00 pm
Start Date: 12/7/18 (we may be able to accommodate students who will be away for winter break– please apply even if you’ll be gone a couple of Fridays in December)
To Apply: Please submit resume and a brief statement (less formal than a cover letter–the body of an email is okay) addressing why you are a good fit for this position by Monday, December 3rd to Nikki D’Onofrio, Programs Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. Call Nikki at 360-671-6079 x10 with any questions.
To learn more about earning academic credit for this internship, please schedule an appointment with Rhonda Leeson, Interim Cooperative Education Coordinator, by calling 360.383.3080.