LAC is a non-profit law and policy organization that specializes in fighting discrimination against and protecting the rights of people with substance use disorders, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records.

New York

The Legal Action Center (LAC) – a non-profit law and policy organization that fights discrimination against people with criminal records, alcohol or drug addiction, and HIV/AIDS– seeks a bilingual paralegal to conduct case intake and analysis, client advocacy, training and related duties in our New York City office. Expected start date in June 2015.

ABOUT THE LEGAL ACTION CENTER:     LAC’s staff of lawyers, paralegals and policy experts provides free legal assistance and conducts litigation, legislative advocacy and public policy research to fight discrimination against and protect the privacy of people with criminal records, substance use disorders, and  HIV/AIDS.  LAC seeks to reduce mass incarceration through a public health approach to addiction, sentencing reform, and elimination of discrimination.


  • Conduct client intakes (telephone and in-person)
  • Investigate and analyze cases.
  • Provide information to clients about their rights.
  • Conduct client advocacy with government agencies, employers and others. Make referrals.
  • Help develop educational materials for clients and providers.
  • Conduct trainings for service providers and their clients.
  • Possibly assist with ongoing impact litigation cases.
  • Time permitting, there may be opportunities to participate in public policy advocacy.


  • Bilingual in English and Spanish is an absolute requirement.
  • College graduate with related work experience OR candidates without a college degree who have very significant work experience in a similar position for at least two years.
  • Excellent communication, advocacy, analytic and writing skills required.
  • Experience in a legal services office or social service agency is a plus.
  • Personal experience with the issues LAC addresses (criminal record, substance use disorder or HIV/ AIDS) is highly valued.
  • Paralegal training or certificate not necessary.

Salary commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits.  Please send resume and cover letter (no calls) by email to Please put  “Legal Assistant position” and your name in the subject line. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

The Legal Action Center is an equal opportunity employer.


Legal Internships

The Legal Action Center accepts applications from second- and third-year law students to work part-time during the fall and spring semesters, and full-time throughout the summer. The work involves legal research and writing, litigation assistance, client intake, policy analysis and other activities. Much of the work is done in the areas of disability and other civil rights law, employment discrimination, privacy law, and the administration of the criminal justice system. Excellent research and writing skills are required.

ABOUT THE LEGAL ACTION CENTER: The Center is a non-profit public interest law firm and policy organization that specializes in fighting discrimination against and protecting the rights of people with alcohol or drug problems, HIV/AIDS or criminal records. Among other valuable services, we help individuals obtain employment, housing, and benefits despite past criminal convictions, alcohol/drug histories or HIV status. We do this through impact litigation and a comprehensive range of civil legal services, including assisting our clients to obtain and clean up their New York State rap sheets, seek and obtain certificates of good conduct or relief from disabilities that are often essential to finding jobs or acquiring professional licenses, prepare and file employment discrimination and breach of privacy complaints, and gather evidence of rehabilitation. We also advocate on the local, state and national levels for sound criminal justice, drug and HIV policies, and partner with organizations to encourage policy makers to adopt these policies. We also provide training and technical assistance to a wide variety of health and social service providers, policymakers, employers, workforce development agencies, and others.

JOB DESCRIPTION AND DUTIES: Working with staff at LAC’s New York City office, the intern will assist attorneys with the broad array of work the Center performs, including legal research and writing for public policy advocacy and litigation (cutting edge impact litigation as well as legal services cases), drafting position papers and legislation, conducting client intakes, and writing letters and other advocacy documents on behalf of clients. At times, interns also conduct administrative hearings.

QUALIFICATIONS: Excellent communication, advocacy, analytic and writing skills required. The Legal Action Center is an equal opportunity employer.

TIME COMMITMENT: At least 10-15 hours per week for at least 10 weeks. Full-time positions are also available. If an intern is available to work more hours each week or for more than 10 weeks, there may be more opportunities to increase the level of responsibility and range of work.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to the Legal Action Center, Attention: Legal Intern Coordinator, 225 Varick St., 4th Fl, New York, NY 10014; fax: (212) 675-0286; email:, with subject line “Legal Internship.”

Washington, D.C.

Legal Internships

If you are interested in Interning in our Washington, D.C. office, we periodically have positions available. Through our Washington office, LAC advocates with Congress and agencies within the administration to improve our federal laws and policies to end discrimination against people in recovery or still suffering from addiction; to expand funding and coverage for life-saving alcohol and drug treatment, prevention, and research; and to eliminate barriers that people with criminal records face when reentering the community from incarceration.

JOB DESCRIPTION AND DUTIES: LAC interns research, track, and analyze federal legislation and policy, attend Congressional hearings and briefings, and assist in other ongoing projects related to the federal advocacy work. Excellent research and writing skills are required. Past interns have included law school and other graduate students interested in policy advocacy; some LAC interns have elected to continue their internship beyond the summer semester. While this has traditionally been a paid internship, individuals could instead elect to receive credit for their work. The Legal Action Center is an equal opportunity employer. Members of LAC’s stakeholder populations are strongly urged to apply.

More information about LAC and our National HIRE Network, which focuses on expanding employment opportunities for people with criminal records, can be found on our websites, and, or by contacting Sherie V. Boyd, Office Manager, at

To apply for this internship, please send a cover letter and resume to Ms. Boyd at


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