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Pro bono

We receive hundreds of requests for assistance, mostly from incarcerated people and their families, whom we cannot represent. 

We are continuously seeking the pro bono assistance of other lawyers, either to co-counsel with FJI or to take cases on their own.

These cases typically involve Section 1983 civil rights claims, but may also involve medical malpractice, personal injury, or wrongful death claims.

Interested lawyers should visit the Florida Pro Bono Matters website, which lists available pro bono cases, or contact Carlieny using our contact form (under “Pro Bono”) here.

Intern

We welcome applications from law students interested in civil rights litigation and advocacy to serve as interns, both during the school semester and the summer. 

Typically, law students working as interns in the spring and fall attend South Florida-area law schools, but we regularly have applicants from around the country doing externships.

We rely on interns to help us with the real legal work our cases demand. You will participate in all phases of civil rights litigation.

What you will do:

  • Write legal research memoranda
  • Draft discovery requests and other legal pleadings
  • Participate in client interviews
  • Visit clients and witnesses in prison
  • Review and organize discovery
  • Draft letters and public records requests
  • Review and respond to letters from incarcerated people and their families seeking assistance
  • Attend hearings, trials, depositions, mediations, settlement negotiations, and oral arguments.

Required skills:

  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • A desire to work in a collaborative environment
  • Demonstrated interest in social justice and, in particular, representing incarcerated people.

Supervision:

Attorney supervisors at the Florida Justice Institute take great care to see that each student receives challenging assignments, constant supervision, and regular feedback.

Compensation:

FJI may be able to provide compensation, but this is always dependent on FJI’s funding, the applicant’s prior legal experience, the length of the internship, and whether the applicant can work full or part-time.

Applicants are encouraged to seek fellowships from their law schools and other outside sources.

FJI also regularly works with students so they may obtain academic credit and outside funding for their work. FJI has qualified as an extern clinical placement for academic credit with many leading law schools.

Application:

All interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter in one PDF file to Dante Trevisani at dtrevisani@floridajusticeinstitute.org.

  • Applications are accepted year-round on a rolling basis.
  • Specify which time period you are applying for, e.g. summer, fall, spring,
  • State whether you are available to work full or part-time.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to each one. No phone calls please.

Fellowships

The Florida Justice Institute is willing to work with lawyers and law students to obtain funded fellowships to work at FJI on specific projects, or to contribute to FJI’s general civil rights litigation work. Examples include Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Soros Fellowships, and Skadden Fellowships. For more information, please contact Dante P. Trevisani at dtrevisani@floridajusticeinstitute.org.

Volunteer

FJI regularly accepts college student volunteers to help us with our efforts.

Tasks may include:

  • Review and respond to requests for assistance
  • Review, code, and organize documents produced in discovery
  • Review and summarize spreadsheets of information produced in our cases

Compensation:

Occasionally funding is available for students to be paid.

Application:

All interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter in one PDF file to Dante Trevisani at dtrevisani@floridajusticeinstitute.org.

Applications are accepted year-round on a rolling basis. Specify which time period you are applying for, e.g. summer, fall, spring, and whether you are available to work full or part-time.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to each one. No phone calls please.

The Florida Justice Institute is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, and formerly incarcerated persons are particularly encouraged to apply.

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