Thank you for your interest in advocating for farmworkers in Michigan.
Pro Bono / Volunteer
FLS welcomes volunteer attorneys and staff. If you are interested in volunteering, please send your resume and availability to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Volunteer" in the subject line. If you have any questions about volunteering, please email email@example.com.
Full-Time Staff Positions
Legal Assistant (Kalamazoo office), posted Jun 13, 2019
Workers’ Rights Outreach Advocate/Paralegal (Kalamazoo office), posted Jun 13, 2019
Staff Attorney (Kalamazoo office), posted Apr 1, 2019
Summer Positions and Temporary Positions
Every summer, FLS hires law students and outreach staff during the summer outreach season (generally mid-May through early August). FLS may also consider law students and undergraduate interns throughout the year on a rolling basis. Candidates with Spanish or Haitian Creole ability are strongly preferred. Students are always welcome to inquire about possible positions by submitting a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Intern" in the subject line.
Legal interns are considered members of the FLS legal team and perform work that FLS attorneys would normally handle. Legal interns will have the opportunity to complete legal research and writing, assist with discovery, interview clients, analyze cases, and present to community groups. Legal interns may also, under the supervision of an attorney, engage in negotiations, represent clients in administrative proceedings, file immigration applications, and attend hearings in federal or state cases. Legal interns also are expected to go on outreach to meet with clients and provide know-your-rights presentations to workers at migrant labor camps in Michigan and community events.
In the past, FLS has employed law students from, inter alia, the following law schools: University of Illinois, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Northern Kentucky University, Valparaiso University, and Vermont Law School. Since most of our law students come from out of state, we interview applicants via video conference through Skype or Google Hangouts. The interviews will always consist of a few questions in Spanish.
Law students have often been able to find outside funding sources for the summer. Examples are:
-- Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps JD (formerly Summer Corps). Availability of funding depends on EJW's current priority areas.
-- PSJD compiles a list of many summer funding resources.
-- Many law schools have their own summer public interest fellowships.
We occasionally hire exceptionally-qualified undergraduates as summer interns. Recently we have had interns from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, the University of Michigan, and Spring Arbor University.
Summer staff are expected to communicate with clients in English and Spanish orally and in writing and can expect to visit with farmworkers at the migrant labor camps one or two evenings per week.
To read a description of our summer program for both law students and other intern positions, click here.