University of Alaska Southeast

Internship

Company: Office of Public Advocacy
Location: Juneau, AK
Position: Intern - Public Advocacy
Requirements: See internship posting
Summary:

The mission of the Office of Public Advocacy (OPA) is to provide advocacy to vulnerable Alaskans. OPA provides guardian ad litem representation to abused and neglected children; conservatorship and guardianship services for incapacitated adults, and attorney representation for indigent persons, including respondents in guardianship proceedings, juveniles charged in delinquency proceedings, parents in child protection cases, and defendants in criminal cases.  Offices are located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, Juneau, Palmer, and Bethel.

The Juneau Criminal and Parental Representation Unit of the Office of Public Advocacy is looking for a reliable, motivated and dedicated intern for the upcoming fall semester. The Juneau office is located in the Assembly Building in downtown Juneau, with a city bus stop located directly across the street. The internship duration is one semester, and will last from the beginning of September to the end of December or early January (exact dates flexible). Hours and days are flexible, but applicants will need to be available at minimum 25 hours a week, which could be accommodated a variety of ways (five mornings or afternoons/week, a mixture of both, several full days and several half days, etc.) depending on the incumbent’s schedule.  To qualify for this internship, the applicant must be enrolled in college with at least six course credits. Although enrollment in a specific degree field is not mandatory, a preference will be given to those individuals interested in future careers in law enforcement, litigation, legal services, or judicial administration, or enrolled in such degree programs. Staff is willing to work with UAS and students to secure up to 6 credits for the successful candidate.

Over the course of this internship, the student will gain on-the-job experience working in a fast-paced legal office. This is an exciting position that offers an excellent opportunity for applicants who are seeking work experience in a positive, professional environment, and with an interest in furthering their knowledge of the justice system and the legal and paralegal professions. The intern should possess excellent customer service skills, a professional image, and the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of personalities. The incumbent will learn how to process discovery, draft legal documents, and create and maintain case information for criminal and some civil cases. Strong organizational skills are a requirement. OPA is a fast-paced work environment where learning to prioritize workloads and meet competing deadlines is essential.

This internship will provide clerical and administrative support to one (1) high level criminal defense and civil attorney through strong administrative and communication skills combined with a well-developed work ethic. The ability to function independently, prioritize workloads, and make informative decisions with minimal supervision and competing deadlines is essential.

Key Responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Answer, screen, and route all incoming calls. Greet clients and visitors to the office;
  • Draft, type, format, edit, and proofread correspondence and legal documents in a variety of formats (including electronic);
  • Ensure all documents are prepared according to court rules and procedures;
  • Create and maintain case information into a specialized database and run reports as requested;
  • Redact information from discovery documents;
  • Reception duties: open, date-stamp, distribute incoming mail, post outgoing mail, perform daily court run distribution and filing;
  • Organize and file all incoming discovery and documents;
  • Prepare files for archiving;
  • Ability to obtain a Notary Public Bond.

Our ideal candidate will possess all of the following desired strengths:

  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of privileged communications and information and to comply with privacy laws and regulations;
  • Ability to hear graphic discussions and to view evidence of violent crimes in a detached and professional manner;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks with frequent interruptions;
  • Ability to work independently and within a close-knit team environment;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Experience working with databases and Microsoft Office.

Minimum Qualifications:

Currently accepted, enrolled, and attending an accredited college in an undergraduate or associates degree program while maintaining an academic load of at least six credit hours per semester (eight credit hours per quarter) and a G.P.A. of at least 2.0.

AND

Six months of experience performing work that required keyboarding skills, proficiency in the use of office information technology, and oral and written communication skills.

Compensation:

$16-18 hourly DOE; university credit up to 6 credit hours/semester, as previously arranged with academic advisor.

To apply, please send resume and a brief cover letter to doa.opa.jcr.discovery@alaska.gov.

Contact: Laura Steele
Contact at: laura.steele@alaska.gov; 907-465-8237
Closing Date: Open Until Filled