August 30, 2010
Overall, I had an outstanding experience interning with Administer Justice. The attorneys are genuinely devoted to using their expertise and experience in such legal fields as family law, tax controversy, landlord-tenant law, consumer rights law, foreclosures, and expungements/clemencies (to name only a few!) in order to serve the communities around Elgin, Illinois. The organization maintains a compressive panel of hundreds of attorneys that are able to work with clients on a pro bono or low bono basis as well. As a law student intern, I was exposed to all of the areas of law practiced by Administer Justice and able to see how different attorneys manage clients and deal with complex legal issues from differing points of view. My responsibilities included assisting with client intakes (starting on day 1), researching and drafting legal memoranda as questions arose, writing engagement letters to clients, communicating with the IRS and Taxpayer Advocate Service, assisting with motions and other court documents for self-representing clients, and preparing legal and informational brochures for clients. All of my work was completed under direct attorney supervision, and all of the attorneys were able to evaluate and provide honest feedback of my work. Feedback is freely provided! Administer Justice attorneys are natural mentors. They would often re-cap the day's legal issues and ask me for my reaction to a client's legal concerns. I truly felt a part of the Administer Justice team rather than just a short-term summer intern. I believe that I am returning to law school having had a significantly better internship than my law school peers. I would strongly recommend Administer Justice as an excellent organization to volunteer and develop your skills and gifts.
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MY ROLE:Volunteer & Summer Law Student Intern.