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For US Justice Department

US Justice Department

Government Agencies

12 Credit

Poverty Law/Civil Rights Law

Community Advocacy; Counseling; Factual Investigation; Interviewing; Legal Research & Analysis; Oral Advocacy; Policy; Writing for Litigation

Work Description

The Federal Coordination and Compliance Section (FCS) (formerly Coordination and Review Section) is entrusted with enforcing numerous federal laws, regulations, and executive orders, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Safe Streets Act of 1968, and Executive Orders 12250 and 13166, which collectively protect persons seeking to benefit from federally funded programs, activities, and services from discrimination based on race, color, national origin (including language), religion, and sex. FCS investigates and resolves administrative complaints against Department of Justice recipients, including law enforcement agencies, detention facilities and courts, pursuant to Title VI and the Safe Streets Act.

Legal interns assist with legal research and writing projects related to ongoing investigations and litigation, federal agency coordination, and technical assistance. Legal interns may have the opportunity to assist with investigations, including on-site witness interviews, conducting document reviews, writing document requests, and participating in negotiations. They may assist with training presentations for federal agencies and recipients. As part of FCS's coordinating responsibilities, we work closely with the civil rights offices of numerous federal agencies to ensure a uniform application of civil rights laws. Non-legal interns will perform similar duties not including legal research. The specific tasks assigned to any intern will vary according to the needs of the office at the time. FCS attorneys and interns develop close working relationships and interns are assigned an attorney mentor upon their arrival.

The Section is particularly interested in applicants with experience with civil rights issues relating to race or national origin such as language access or environmental justice; familiarity with other federal agencies' Title VI programs or Department of Justice funding recipients, including courts, law enforcement, corrections, and prosecutorial agencies; or experience working with language minority populations.

For the spring and fall semesters, FCS prefers full time interns but will consider applicants able to work for a minimum of 20 hours per week. FCS prefers summer interns to work full time for at least ten weeks.

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