Criminal Legal Advocate Intern

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ORGANIZATION: Tubman

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Apply Now for an August 19th start date at https://www.tubman.org/give-help/volunteerintern/volunteerintern-application.html

Black, Indigenous, and people of color, multilingual speakers, people of all gender identities, people with disabilities, and veterans are all encouraged to apply.

Role Summary

The Criminal Legal Advocate is responsible for attending court in St. Paul and relays information about criminal domestic assault cases to the clients involved.

Impact & Benefits
  • Assist clients in navigating the court process, which can be confusing and intimidating
  • Learn about domestic violence and the criminal court process and, depending on the team needs, the civil court process
  • Provide information and support to clients through other resources and referrals as needed
Position Responsibilities
  • Case preparation for court hearings
  • Attend court hearings and communicate input to the judge/prosecutor handling the cases
  • Talk with clients in court if they are present, or by phone, providing information, support, safety planning and assistance in understanding the court process
  • Document outcomes of the court appearances and complete all necessary follow-up and data entry
  • Depending on need, assist clients with writing OFPs and follow up with the Service Center/Court Administration and Sheriff’s Department to complete the filing process
Position Qualifications
  • Demonstrated interest and understanding of the complex dynamics of domestic violence, the court system and legal terminology preferred
  • Able to work independently and communicate with staff about workload
  • Excellent communication skills, including active listening skills and ability to respond without judgment to client needs, reacting appropriately with empathy and respect
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain appropriate professional boundaries and confidentiality
  • Ability to work with diverse teams and clients to foster a culturally inclusive environment
  • Must have own transportation
  • Must have a smart phone and be able to use Google Voice to call and receive calls from clients
Time Commitment & Availability
  • Two 8 hour days per week required-must be able to start at 7:30 am
  • A minimum of 9 months preferred
  • Weekday, daytime availability required
Supervision & Training
  • Attend Tubman’s five-part Volunteer/Intern Orientation and Training series
  • Supervision provided by the Legal Services Team

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About Tubman

Location:

4432 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407, US

Mission Statement

To advance opportunities for change so that every person can experience safety, hope, and healing.

Description

For more than 45 years, Tubman has helped people of all ages, all genders, and all cultural backgrounds struggling with relationship violence, substance abuse, mental health, and other forms of trauma. Throughout the Twin Cities, Tubman provides safe shelter, legal services, counseling, youth programming, and community education. Last year, we helped about 17,700 people in Hennepin, Ramsey, and Washington counties and the surrounding area, get the support and information they need to experience safety, hope, and healing.

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Community
Justice & Legal
Advocacy & Human Rights, Community, Justice & Legal

WHEN

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WHERE

1725 Monastery WayMaplewood, MN 55109

(44.99389,-92.98743)
 

SKILLS

  • Legal (General)
  • Paralegal
  • Advocacy
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training

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