Lone Star Legal Aid once again invites applications for four volunteer full time summer law clerk positions for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to do legal work with poor people in Texas in our office on Galveston Island. The office has been located approximately 40 miles from Houston in historic downtown Galveston in a building that survived the legendary 1900 Storm, but our office did not survive Hurricane Ike and we moved across the street.
Texas has the 7th highest rate in the US of residents below the poverty guidelines with 15.6%. Before Ike approximately 22.3% of the island?s 57,000 population fell below the federal poverty guidelines.
LSLA is a private, non-profit law firm that works to promote and defend the rights of the poor. We provide high quality legal services and have been successful in establishing important rights for our clients through
administrative advocacy and representation in individual lawsuits and impact litigation. Interested applicants should review the law firm’s web at www.lonestarlegal.org. The Galveston office handles a broad range of cases.
The law clerks will report to the Disaster Relief Team and will participate in advocating the legal and constitutional rights of Katrina, Rita, and Ike survivors. They will be part of a dynamic legal aid program that is the 4th largest in the country and covers East Texas and Southwest Arkansas. The clerks may receive assignments to assist attorneys from other LSLA offices. The successful applicant should possess a sense of outrage at injustice, strong interest in poverty issues and Constitutional law, ability to develop and implement non-litigation strategies, self-motivation and ability to work under pressure.
Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to: Lone Star Legal Aid, Stephen C. McIntyre, Supervising Attorney, Disaster Relief Team, 2200 Market Street, Suite 301, Galveston, Texas.