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1 Field Study Placement Catalog Information Legal Services 7/27/ Orange County Associate Defender Homicide Unit 07/09 A 600 West Santa Ana Blvd., Suite Santa Ana CA 9270 Ms. Kathleen Sakoguchi Investigator n/a Alternate Contact Nancy Rodriguez at The Orange County Associate Defender Homicide Unit was formed as a third branch of the Public Defender's Office in 997 to specialize in the criminal defense of indigent persons accused of murder where there are special circumstances which place the defendant in jeopardy of the death penalty, and for which the Office of the Public Defender has declared a conflict of interest. In 999 the office expanded its focus to include complicated, or high profile conflict homicide cases where no special circumstances exist. Students' duties will resemble those of a paralegal / investigative assistant and will involve working closely with attorneys and investigators to prepare capital murder cases for trial. Duties may include obtaining discovery, preparing case files, detailing reports and transcripts, briefing the staff on important file issues. Possible research projects will include case law studies and case peculiar issues / trends. Students may occasionally have the opportunity to accompany and observe investigators in the field, providing such fieldwork is of a "no risk nature" and can be accomplished without placing the student at risk of injury. This placement in criminal defense requires a basic understanding of California State Law & Criminal Procedure, along with good research and writing skills. Basic computer skills and attention to details are necessary. Applicants should contact by only and attach a resume for interview an appointment.

2 402 Law Offices of Brown and Dahan 04/09 A 38 Corporate Park 0 Irvine CA Ms. Kathleen Brown Partner Alternate Contact Nancy Dahan or Julie Nguyen We are a small family law firm specializing in divorce, paternity, custody, support, property division, and domestic violence cases. Field study students will draft letters, interact with clients and shadow staff in the managing of cases. Students will help with filing and other clerical and research duties in the course of assisting in the management of a case. Students will be trained on client relationships, preparation of legal document drafts, office procedures and legal file management, as well as other office procedures. Student will understand the inner workings of a family law firm and what the practice of family law entails. Good typing skills, fast learner, good researcher, computer literate. a resume and cover letter explaining why you deserve an internship at a law firm.

3 403 The Law Offices of Bruce C. Bridgman fax 4 0/08 A 7330 Brookhurst Street, Suite 220 Fountain Valley CA Mr. Bruce Bridgman ext Alternate Contact n/a The Law Offices of Bruce C. Bridgman & Associates is a mid size law firm in West Orange County. The firm was founded in 979 and has twenty attorneys. The firm specializes in criminal defense and family law, but handles personal injuries, bankruptcies, immigration and probate also. It is one of the largest law firms in West Orange County and the largest firm handling criminal cases in the County. Additional information about the firm is also available on our website. The intern clerk program consists of being paired with a paralegal in the department of choice. Students will be responsible for assisting in other departments if needed. The intern will have an opportunity to see the day to day operations in handling client cases and will be expected to assist the attorneys and paralegals in a number of capacities. By request, interns may follow the attorneys to court, observe negotiations, litigation, visit inmates, and conduct interviews with clients. Some general office duties such as filing, photocopying, typing correspondence, and marketing to new clientele will also be required. Self confidence, high energy, and a genuine interest in a legal career necessary. No specific legal knowledge is required. Send resume and cover letter.

4 405.3 Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) 2 04/ A 65 E. 7th Street, Suite Santa Ana CA Ms. Elise Froistad Program Manager Alternate Contact n/a CASA is a non profit organization dedicated to providing quality mentoring and advocacy services to abused and neglected children in Orange County. CASA provides training, supervision and on going support to volunteers who work with children in the foster care system. Each volunteer is matched one on one with a child and acts as his/her mentor and advocate. Field Study students work with case supervisors to analyze legal files and determine a child's needs and help with the matching process of a child to a volunteer. observe the court process to help identify the case advocacy needs and monitor cases not yet assigned to a CASA volunteer. Other responsibilities include planning and staffing special events for CASAs and their children, assisting volunteers by updating and evaluating the resource library, and mining legal files to assist the Family Connections Program. Field Study Students also spend time working on gathering information and updating the child waitlist in order to keep the court apprised of progress of matching and to improve CASA/child workers. Students receive at least one hour of supervision per week, typically by a Master's level staff member. Computer skills. Some knowledge of the foster care or legal system is recommended, but not required. Potential interns are advised that court files can contain disturbing information about children and families. Two quarter commitment required. are required to attend the 30 hour advocate training in may attend weekly case supervisor meetings, occasional court hearings, monthly staff meetings, and any other trainings presented. Orientation provided.

5 405.5 Law Offices of Adrienne D. Cohen 06/ A 55 North Tustin Avenue, Suite Santa Ana CA Ms. Adrienne Cohen Principal Attorney adcohen.com Alternate Contact n/a The Law Offices of Adrienne D. Cohen is an insurance defense firm that specializes in insurance coverage and defense, including construction defect litigation, writs and appeals and personal injury. We represent a wide range of clients, including contractors, property owners and insurance agencies. The students responsibilities and tasks will include review and analysis of documents, assisting with drafting memoranda and correspondence and various tasks set by attorneys or other legal staff. Students will be supervised by paralegal and support staff and will come into direct contact with attorneys who will review all substantive work. Specific projects may include the review of documents in preparation for discovery or the analysis of discovery documents in preparation for mediation or trial. Students will attend weekly meetings and have the opportunity to observe mediations and court hearings. This is an exciting opportunity for any students interested in a legal or paralegal career. The office is an energetic and dynamic place to learn. Training will include am initial review of responsibilities, as well as case by case introduction and explanation of projects and an evaluation of completed work. Basic writing and computer skills, English proficiency. resume and cover letter.

6 406 Law Office of Dalva & Associates 2 05/06 A 8383 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 50 0 Beverly Hills CA 902 Ms. Vicki Dalva Attorney n/a Alternate Contact n/a The Law Office of Dalva & Associates is a civil litigation law firm. The majority of our cases are personal injury and some business litigation. have the opportunity to observe the day to day activities of a litigation law practice. Tasks vary from day today depending on the firms needs. will talk with clients, organize files, conduct research and help prepare files for trial. will research case law, summarize deposition transcripts and assist in preparing discovery responses. Must be computer literate. Familiarity with MS Office products such as Outlook and Word. introductory information and attach resume. Use the following format for the filename for your resume: FS_Lname_Fname.doc

7 407 Law Offices of Jack M. Earley phone 07/09 A 820 Von Karman Ave., Ste Irvine CA 9262 Mr. Jack Earley Attorney n/a Alternate Contact The Law Offices of Jack M. Earley is a criminal defense firm that handles all criminal defense cases ranging from DUI to death penalty in state and federal courts. Approximately six to eight cases per year go to trial. The attorney and staff work closely with the District Attorneys Office, investigators, experts and probation/parole officers. Under the supervision of the attorney and paralegal, interns have the opportunity to assist the firm in a wide array of tasks including, but not limited to reviewing and summarizing evidence, preparing trial binders, talking with clients, preparing correspondence and simple court documents, listening to audio taped client and witness interviews and comparing them to transcripts of the interviews, filing and/or obtaining documents with the court or the District Attorney's Office, filing. In most cases students will work on one or two cases to obtain an understanding of the process, forms, and preparation for a trial in a criminal defense law firm. If a case goes to trial during the internship, students will have the opportunity to observe in the court room during the trial. Advanced knowledge and skill using Microsoft Word and Outlook. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel. Type 40 WPM. Strong attention to detail and ability to multi task. Students must have reliable transportation to drive to courts and file documents. Submit resume and cover letter via .

8 407.5 Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange Co phone 07/09 A 54 Redhill, Ste. B 0 Tustin CA Ms. Wendy Townsend Program Manager n/a x Alternate Contact The Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County (CRF OC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization. The CRF OC mission is to involve and empower youth to become active, responsible citizens. Established in 98, CRF OC combines a variety of educational formats, outside of the traditional classroom, with hands on experiences and direct contact with the individuals who make our systems of business, justice, and government work. CRF OC provides interactive business and law related programs designed to help Orange County high school students develop skills for mastery of state standards for history and social science. Community partners from the worlds of law, business, government, education and the media participate in and support CRF OC. Each year, over 0,000 young people and volunteers from Orange County s various communities participate in CRF OC programs: Mock Trial, Peer Court, Constitution Day, Law Day, and Business Issues Conferences. The Field Study students will work directly with both the program and fundraising departments of the CRF OC. The internship will vary depending on the timing of the placement. The Program Rotation will consist of shadowing the program coordinator, assisting them in communicating, coordinating, scheduling, and facilitating CRF OC's programs. The Fundraising Rotation will consist of assisting the Development Director to identify new prospective donors and volunteers, and mange the Raiser's Edge database. The student will use the internet and networking skills, to build lists of potential donors; using, Raiser's Edge, the student enters the prospects into the database, develops and assists in developing and sending letters and s that will educate prospects about the mission and vision of CRF OC and cultivate their financial and volunteer support. For all programs, students will be involved in the recruitment and confirmation of volunteers and participants. Students must be self starter and detail oriented with strong verbal, reading, comprehension, organizational, research and time management skills; and must have confidence speaking in person and on the telephone. Additional information is available at the CRF OC website: and all applicants are asked to review this information before scheduling an interview.

9 408 C.S.P. Victim Witness Assistance Programs /09 A 82 East Dyer Road, Suite Santa Ana CA Ms. Christina Beecher Volunteer Coordinator Alternate Contact n/a CSP, Victim Assistance Programs work with law enforcement agencies and the criminal justice system to assist victims and witnesses of crime. The programs address physical, emotional, financial and legal issues through crisis intervention and continuing support services. Their goal is to alleviate the trauma and devastating effects of crime on the lives of victims and their families, and to lessen the concern caused by their participation in the criminal justice system. for this program work in Victim Witness Centers or specialty units. They provide a variety of clerical and referral services to those individuals directly impacted by crime. Most internships involved providing direct assistance to clients, information and referrals to appropriate resources, answering phones, assessing client needs, and general office support. hips available include the following services: Victim/Witness Center : available at the Justice Centers located in Fullerton, Santa Ana, Westminster, and Juvenile Court in Orange; Gang Victim Services located in the Lamoreaux Justice Center in Orange; Domestic Violence Assistance. Previous experience in this area is helpful; must be willing to train for a four month commitment; Sexual Assault Victim Services. SPECIALIZED TRAINING IS REQUIRED FOR ALL SEXUAL ASSAULT INTERNS. Each prospective Sexual Assault Intern must complete a 48 hour state certified training, which covers topics related to sexual assault and the role of the sexual assault counselor. Training is offered two times a year. Students may also choose to volunteer to assist the Demonstrated ability to communicate with empathy and concern. must be patient, nonjudgmental, and able to show sensitivity to cultural/ethnic diversity and be responsive to the needs of special populations. Application process can be lengthy Please apply 2 months prior to your deadline. Send to request application.

10 408.5 Community Service Programs, Inc (CSP)Disput 4 07/09 A 82 E. Dyer Road, Suite 200 or Santa Ana CA Ms. Jennifer Reed Artim Supervisor Alternate Contact n/a CSP Dispute Resolution Services is a mediation service for a variety of small claims, civil and criminal cases. Mediation is a voluntary process that allows people with a dispute to meet with a trained neutral third party, identify options, and develop an agreement. CSP handles cases referred by the court and law enforcement agencies, as well as self referred cases; these include small claims, general community, civil harassment, landlord/tenant disputes, family law, and juvenile probation cases. Students will participate in a wide range of activities, which may include: Intake assessment for new cases; Scheduling mediations and contacting schools to confirm mediation schedules; Assisting with the coordination of volunteer mediators; Information and Referrals; Case management, follow up and documentation; Monitoring Juvenile Agreements; Telephone Conciliations; Observing and co mediating cases. In addition, students may participate in the development of special projects based on interest with the approval of the case coordinator and the supervisor. Some routine clerical and telephone work may be needed as well. Ideally, students will experience the full range of opportunities and duties at the organization to gain a complete understanding of the mediation process. Must be comfortable having direct contact with clients, skilled in public speaking, and able to handle multiple tasks. Genuine interest in alternate dispute resolution also required. This placement is well suited for CLS, PSB and SE majors. Please submit cover letter and resume via or fax. Background check required.

11 409 Office of the Orange County Counsel Probate and Mental Health Section any 07/09 A P.O.Box 4488 Orange CA Mr. Albert Martinez n/a Alternate Contact n/a The Office of the Orange County Counsel represents the County of Orange and is legal adviser to the Board of Supervisors and the County Departments. are needed to work in the Probate and Mental Health section. This section of the County Counsel represents the County in court hearings to determine whether a person's mental condition requires involuntary treatment and placement. The Probate and Mental Health section also handles cases related to elder abuse which may require the County Public Guardian to become Conservator. Mental health information is compiled shortly before the court hearing via telephone interview. Students' primary responsibility will be to conduct these interviews. Students will call mental hospitals and facilities to get current information about the patient's mental status, and write up this information for the attorneys. In addition, students will help to assure that documents are reviewed and filed in a timely fashion. Students will have the opportunity to watch court hearings, and may have occasional opportunity to do some research and participate in case discussion of other cases, such as those involving fiduciary abuse. Good telephone, interview and writing skills helpful. Some understanding of the mental health legal system helpful but not necessary. This placement is appropriate for students in Psychology & Social Behavior and for those in Criminology, Law & Society. E mail cover letter and resume.

12 40 Law Offices of Edward M. Rubinstein 2 05/09 a 502 N. Broadway Santa Ana CA Mr. Edward Rubinstein n/a Alternate Contact Edward Rubinstein has over 32 years of legal experience. He specializes in fields of business and employment litigation and government and contract law. The office handles disputes, protests, and claims. Field study will shadow the attorney and learn about the workings of a legal practice. Depending on the attorney's case load students will read cases thoroughly, learn to draft, file and organize various documents and correspondence associated with a legal practice, and take notes during meetings with clients. In addition to observation, students will have the opportunity to discuss cases, decisions and documentation with attorney to learn about all aspects of the practice. Students may have the opportunity to research and present information to the attorney as appropriate. The level of participation will depend on the field study student's knowledge, skills, interests, aptitudes, abilities and initiative. Research and organizational skills. Able and willing to learn about common legal paperwork. Student should have an open mind and be willing to learn. resume and cover information to set up an interview with Mr. Rubinstein.

13 44 Sorkin Law Group APLC 4 07/ A 00 Pacifica, Suite 30 0 Irvine CA 9268 Ms. Alina Sorkin Esquire Owner Alternate Contact Sorkin Law Group APLC specializes in civil litigation, primarily in the personal injury area. We are a "boutique firm" solo practitioner establishment, with a small support staff, and 2 3 attorneys. We also assist clients with dissolutions, estate planning, business disputes, corporations, and all areas of litigation. will assist the attorneys and staff at our office with common legal tasks including filing forms with the court, sitting in on depositions, staff and client meetings, attending court hearings, performing legal research, and legal writing through generating correspondence and representation letters. After a general orientation to the office, students will receive on the job training for each new task With each assignment, students will receive clear, detailed instructions as well as an explanation of how the project's purpose in the overall legal field. Students will have the opportunity to work on projects that allow them to use their creativity and skills to exemplify their strength as a colleague in the office. Familiarity with Microsoft Office and general office equipment recommended, as well as the ability to multi task. These are recommended, but will also be taught, learned and perfected throughout the internship. Please your resume and we will gladly reply back and schedule you an appointment. Please provide a copy of your resume and availability upon arrival.

14 45 Carlson & Jayakumar 08/0 A 2424 SE Bristol Street, Suite Newport Beach CA Ms. Lisa Bettendorf Office Administrator Alternate Contact Carlson and Jayakumar are a full service law firm offering professional legal support to small and large businesses and individuals. We focus on Employment Counseling and Litigation, Healthcare, and Business Litigation matters. Field study students serve as filing clerks supervised by attorneys and office manager. Students will be organizing discovery documents, drafting legal documents, indexing cases, creating spreadsheets and organizing documents for trial. Students will have the opportunity for 'hands on' observation litigation proceedings such as discovery, depositions, mediations, pleadings, and more. General computer skills, organizational skills and strong attention to detail. Send with resume and cover letter attached. No background check required.

15 47 Juvenile Defenders any 07/09 A 600 South Main Street, Suite Orange CA Ms. Kathy Schroeder Manager n/a Alternate Contact n/a We are a court appointed, county contracted agency, for juvenile court. We handle delinquency (minors charged with a crime) and dependency (minors detained by social services for neglect or abuse issues) and do defense for the delinquency of minors and dependency parents. Under the supervision of an attorney, the student will return phone calls, return correspondence, interview clients and fulfill responsibilities of a paralegal/ clerk in the firm. Specific projects may include interviewing clients for the purpose of motions or court hearings, the translation of documents, interviewing Spanish speaking witnesses. Work will be performed at the Orange County Juvenile Courthouse. Must be bilingual in Spanish & English. Must not only have the ability to speak Spanish, but must be able to read and write Spanish fluently. Must have a professional demeanor. Send resume and cover letter.

16 48.7 Knowles & Vacca, Inc. (KVinc) Investigators any 3 03/ A 2333 N. Broadway, Suite 260 Santa Ana CA Ms. Kristen Knowles n/a n/a Alternate Contact Michelle Vacca KVinc is a group of licensed private investigators, providing a wide range of services. KVinc provides information in civil, federal, and criminal court cases; conducts investigations for private citizens and businesses; conducts background, asset, and pre employment searches; prepares and serves summons and subpoenas; and provides complete trial support for attorneys. In addition, KVinc also conducts worker s compensation investigations for insurance companies and employers. Field study students will aid investigators in the development of their cases; work may deal with civil, federal, or criminal court cases, and may include private investigative matters. Students will learn to prepare and serve subpoenas, conduct court research, and coordinate case organization for trial support. Students will work directly with one or more investigators and will receive on the job training; depending on per case need, students may be asked to conduct research on various issues. Some knowledge of the court system; computer (word processing or windows) and bilingual skills beneficial. Students must be reliable and diligent; must have good judgment and common sense; and must be comfortable working alone as well as in a group. Call to schedule an interview. A copy of your resume and class list must be received at least 2 days prior to scheduled interview. No application or background check fees required.

17 49 Langford & Langford Professional Law Corporation phone /09 A 2468 La Plaza Ste. 220 Dana Point CA Ms. Karin Langford 0 n/a n/a n/a Alternate Contact n/a This is a small, general law practice firm specializing in employment litigation. The firm also accepts corporate, probate, and transactional legal work as well as personal injury matters. Student interns are trained as law clerks and paralegals. Responsibilities will include the preparation of complaints, answers, discovery, deposition summaries, and assistance in trial preparation and legal research. Training will include instruction in legal research, computer use, and the drafting of legal documents. Students should have some basic courses in the law and legal systems, as well as some experience in computer use. Fax or mail cover letter and resume.

18 49.5 Law Offices of the OC Alternate Public Defend phone 5 / A 600 West Santa Ana Blvd., # Santa Ana CA 9270 Ms. Tracy Hohne Paralegal n/a Alternate Contact n/a The role of the Alternate Defender's Office is to provide quality representation to clients in an efficient and costeffective manner. People who cannot afford to hire a lawyer have the right to a court appointed lawyer, which in most cases is the Public Defender with a deputy public defender handling the case. The Alternate Defender is the office that handles cases of the Public Defender is unavailable for appointment (typically if there is a legal conflict of interest). This internship is not for the light hearted, but for students who are intelligent, philanthropic and compassionate. will be assigned to the department's investigative unit and will work with trial attorneys, investigators, paralegals, and secretaries. Areas of law include the defense of all felonies with emphasis on serious or violent felonies, including a high volume of cases involving gang enhancements. Duties include organizing discovery and assembling trial notebooks. will observe client and witness interviews and take part in case strategy discussion. will be exposed to various resources and databases commonly used to locate witnesses and gather background information. may assist in preparing subpoenas for police and other agencies. Computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite and foreign language skills in Spanish or Vietnamese are a plus. Applicants with previous experience working with at risk populations are highly desirable. This internship is not for the light hearted, but Mail cover letter and resume.

19 420 The Legal Aid Society 0 2/09 A 20 N. Tustin Avenue # Santa Ana CA Mr. William Tanner Directing Attorney aid.com Alternate Contact The Legal Aid Society of Orange County is a federally funded, non profit corporation that provides free civil legal services to county residents who are at or below 25% of the federal poverty level. Areas of law include administrative hearings for denial of government benefits, landlord/tenant problems, consumer assistance, and other matters that affect the poverty community. Students conduct initial telephone interviews with prospective clients while entering information into a case management database. As interviewers, students obtain personal, demographic, and financial eligibility information from the callers seeking legal services. Students also gather adequate factual information to make an assessment of the nature of the case and type of services sought by the caller. Students identify those callers with problems requiring advice that must first be reviewed and approved by an attorney and subsequently communicate the advice given by the attorney back to the caller. Students also provide referrals to appropriate and available legal services for callers with emergency problems. In addition, students maintain case notes, record instructions, and document the advice given by the duty attorney. Students are responsible for scheduling in office and clinic appointments. Students also make appropriate referrals to Legal Aid's Lawyer Referral Service, Public Counsel, the Public Law Center, and pertinent social service agencies. By extension, students prepare all of the necessary paperwork for Telephone and data entry experience including typing at 35 wpm. Students must also be able to work in sometimes highly stressful situations requiring immediate action, and able to make quick, informed assessments in a professional and diplomatic manner. Send resume and cover letter along with volunteer application. Volunteer application available at: under "Volunteers".

20 42 Woods Law Group, P.C. 2 0/ A 6520 Bake Parkway Suite 220 Irvine CA 9268 Mr. Briny Woods Attorney, CEO Alternate Contact Clayton Williford, Woods Law Group is a personal injury law firm providing legal services for injured clients. Field work includes file organization, client communication, drafting letters, ordering medical records, and organizing court documents. Depending on case load and calendar, field work students may receive comprehensive training on the process of organizing client files prior to litigation. Field work students will learn how to organize documents for legal services and cases. They will also learn how to effectively communicate with clients who have emotional needs and injuries. Word processing. Good communication skills. resume and cover letter.

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