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Externship Category: Employment Law

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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - Litigation Unit

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - Atlanta District Office (EEOC) is the lead enforcement agency in the area of workplace discrimination. The EEOC enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Equal Pay Act. The EEOC investigates charges brought by individuals against employers for allegedly violating these laws. The EEOC also provides oversight and coordination of all federal equal employment opportunity regulations, practices and policies.

All externs will participate in the following: legal research and writing drafts of memoranda; reviewing and analyzing cases to determine whether there is cause to believe that an employer engaged in unlawful discrimination; drafting requests for information; drafting discovery plans; drafting interrogatories and requests for production; sitting in on intake with investigators while they interview charging parties; sitting in on mediations between the charging party and the employer; sitting in on depositions and facilitating deposition preparation; sitting in on meetings between attorneys and investigators; assisting with witness prep; assisting with trial prep; going on on-sites with investigators; and attending court hearings and trials.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Excellent writing and analytical skills
  • Commitment to and passion for Civil Rights Law

Preferences:

  • Second or third-year student
  • Administrative Law and/or Employment Law

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Hearing Unit/Legal Division

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Hearings Unit of the Atlanta District Office (ATLDO) of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission conducts hearings and renders decisions with respect to EEO complaints that are brought by Federal workers. The ATLDO Hearings Unit employs five administrative judges who conduct hearings and render decisions.

The role of the extern in the Hearings Unit is similar to that of a judicial law clerk. The extern conducts legal research on specific topics at the direction of the AJ. The extern writes decisions in conjunction with the AJ. The extern attends hearings. Additionally, the AJs will try to give the extern some exposure to the work that is done in other areas of the ATLDO.

The extern will gain exposure to EEO law, administrative law and civil procedure.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:

  • Employment Law
  • Second and third-year students

Preferences: Third-year students

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

A writing sample is required at the time of interview.

 

Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Regional Counsel

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students will work in the FAA Office of Regional Counsel, Southern Region, where they will address a variety of advisory and litigation legal issues presented by management officials and client offices located in the Regional Office Headquarters in Atlanta, GA as well as officials and divisions located in several surrounding states within the Southern Region and U.S. Caribbean Territories.

The primary areas of focus include employment and labor law, acquisition, real estate, torts, ethics, and release of information. The attorneys in the Office of Regional Counsel litigate cases, evaluate administrative claims, participate in alternative dispute resolution, review legal matters including conduct/discipline, ethics, claims under the Federal Tort claims Act, and procurement and real estate matters involving services and property needed to support the FAA’s mission and the National Airspace System, advise clients, and provide training.

Duties externs can expect include working closely with experienced FAA attorneys in carrying out their assigned legal duties. Advisory duties may include legal research of case law, agency policy and procedures, and participating in legal review of matters indicated above. Litigation duties may include conducting legal research, preparing and reviewing discovery, drafting motions, and preparing witnesses. For cases that go to hearing, externs may have the opportunity to observe local proceedings. Much of the litigation handled by the office entails representing management officials before the Merit Systems Protection Board and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; however, it is not uncommon for FAA attorneys to work with the U.S. Attorney’s Office as cases proceed in federal district court.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

· Second and third-year students may apply.
· Classes in Administrative Law and Employment Law are not required but are beneficial

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

· Students must be fingerprinted and submit to a background check.

Federal Highway Administration, Southeastern Legal Office

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) carries out the Federal highway programs in partnership with the State and local agencies to meet the nation’s transportation needs. Southern Legal Services, a field office of FHWA’s Office of Chief Counsel, provides advice and legal representation to fourteen division offices throughout the Southeast on a wide range of issues including environmental matters, employment law, requests for reasonable accommodations, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, Federal Tort claims, ethics questions, federal land transfers and programmatic applications of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The Agency’s environmental work revolves primarily around issues related to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act. The office’s litigation case load varies but almost always includes 1) environmental lawsuits in U.S. District Courts throughout the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits; and 2) employment suits constituting either Title VII discrimination or retaliation claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or appeals to the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.

Typical intern assignments range from researching, analyzing and providing recommendations regarding discrete legal issues to drafting dispositive pretrial motions. Interns participate in meetings with clients, conferences with opposing counsel, mediation and settlement discussions, and conferences with the Assistant U.S. Attorneys assigned to the Agency’s environmental cases. The resulting experience provides exposure to a broad range of legal issues and a better understanding of the work performed by FHWA attorneys. Student preference for either environmental or employment law is considered in assigning projects, but the office case load at the time of the externship ultimately determines the range of available assignments.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

  • Classes in Administrative Law, Environmental Law, and/or Employment Discrimination are helpful.
  • Second or third-year students with excellent writing and analytic skills are encouraged to apply.

 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Externs must be U.S. citizens.
  • Security clearance is required.
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students work in the Legal Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The Legal Department supports all the functions of the Reserve Bank, both as bank regulatory counsel and as in-house corporate counsel. Students may work on a wide variety of matters, including banking regulations, payments system, contracts and commercial law, technology law, intellectual property law, employment law, litigation, and/or other matters. Students will attend meetings, participate in conference calls, and observe the workings of an in-house legal department and a bank regulatory agency. In addition, students will be asked to perform research tasks on current issues, and to write at least one substantial legal memorandum.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS
Prerequisites: None

Preferred: Courses in Banking Law, Corporations, Commercial Paper, Secured Transactions, Employment Discrimination, Taxation, Copyrights and Trademarks, and/or Administrative Law

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

A brief writing sample is required at the time of application.

Office of the Attorney General, State of Georgia

SITE DESCRIPTION

Along with research projects, externs will be encouraged to actively participate in matters being handled by the division to which they are assigned; including opportunities to participate in client meetings, mediation sessions, depositions and court proceedings.

Students will be assigned a mentor who will insure that the student receives training in the practical application of the law, will provide and document frequent feedback about their job performance, and will provide insight into the professional obligations of being an attorney.

The Divisions/Sections/Units available to externs are as follows:

Regulated Industries and Professions Division

This Division includes the following Sections: State Licensing Boards, Consumer Interests and Environmental and Natural Resources. Interns will work for a diverse collection of client agencies, including professional licensing boards, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Division, the Public Service Commission, the Department of Insurance and others. Work in the division consists of working directly with clients and providing advice and representation in litigation. The litigation work in the division is primarily administrative in nature, but includes judicial reviews, proceedings for injunctive relief and other non-jury judicial proceedings. Interns may have the opportunity to attend investigative interviews; research legal issues and prepare memoranda of advice; prepare pleadings and briefs at the trial and appellate levels; assist attorneys in case preparation; attend strategy conferences and other meetings with clients; attend board meetings; and, attend administrative hearings and court proceedings.

Commercial Transactions and Litigation Division

This Division includes the following Sections: Business and Finance, Real Property, Construction, Transportation and Authorities and Tax. Interns will be given substantive work in a wide range of areas, some of which have been the subject of media coverage because of their significance. Interns may have the opportunity to help the assigned attorney prepare for and attend discovery proceedings such as depositions, draft pleadings or briefs and observe proceedings in state and federal trial courts, attend hearings at the Office of State Administrative Hearings and arguments before the Georgia appellate courts. Since there is such a variety of matters handled in the division, students may be attending a routine garnishment hearing one day and a Georgia Supreme Court argument on a multi-million dollar tax dispute the next. In addition to litigation, the division offers the unique opportunity to be exposed to transactional practice, which may include contract drafting or review and the opportunity to be exposed to cutting-edge financing issues such as public private initiatives. Interns will gain an understanding of how the State acquires real property and be exposed to other real property management issues. Students may accompany attorneys as they attend meetings with client agencies and work on advice in response to agency requests. Interns will be exposed to Georgia laws and statutory interpretation principles and gain an understanding of the unique constraints placed upon governmental agencies by the Georgia Constitution, such as the prohibitions against pledging the states credit or the granting of gratuities and will become familiar with governmental defenses such as sovereign immunity.

Criminal Justice Division

This Division includes the following Sections: Healthcare Fraud, Public Safety, Post-Conviction Litigation and Capital Litigation. Interns assist in preparing pleadings in federal and state court in habeas corpus cases, direct appeal briefs in murder cases and civil litigation with respect to public safety/law enforcement clients as it arises. Interns also do research for cases or issues as they arise - whether in relation to legislation or litigation or general client advice. Interns also have the opportunity to attend board meetings and client meetings as well as various types of court proceedings.

General Litigation Division

This Division includes the following Sections: Civil Rights, Tort, and Workers' Compensation. In an active civil litigation practice, interns will draft discovery, motions, briefs and other pleadings in state and federal court as well as before the State Board of Workers' Compensation. Students will assist the attorneys in preparing for depositions, hearings, mediations and trials. Interns may also attend hearings, trials and appellate arguments.

Government Services and Employment Division

This Division includes the following Sections: Education, Elections, Local Government and Judiciary, Labor and Employment and Human Resources. Because the Government Operations Division offers a wide range of different substantive work, from administrative hearings to federal litigation to client advice and appellate litigation, interns are exposed to all of these areas as a part of their experience. Interns work with active, practicing attorneys in readying cases for hearings; preparing and answering discovery; drafting briefs, motions and other pleadings; researching and writing client advice letters or opinions of the Attorney General; and attending witness interviews, board meeting, discovery proceedings, hearings, trials and appellate arguments.

Special Prosecutions Section

This Section is primarily responsible for investigating and prosecuting government corruption cases. Interns in the Special Prosecutions Section are allowed to work under Georgia's third-year prosecutor practice rules. Accordingly, interns are assigned case files to review, prepare indictments, and present to grand juries. Interns may also make court appearances from time to time.

Georgia Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

The MFCU investigates and prosecutes health care providers and conspirators who commit fraud and abuse of the Georgia Medicaid program.  The Unit has criminal teams, which initiate criminal prosecutions based on health care fraud and abuse, and civil teams, which investigate and prosecute civil qui tam whistleblower cases filed all over the country.  MFCU prosecutions are often complex and involve a combination of witness interviews and depositions, data analysis, and information gathering with state and federal partners.  Interns will experience a wide variety of criminal and civil prosecutorial activities, including grand jury appearances and presentation of criminal indictments, drafting of civil complaints, review of medical records, legal briefing and analysis of the Georgia Medicaid Fraud False Claims Act, and settlement negotiations in multi-million dollar cases.  Law students looking to gain experience in healthcare law, criminal practice, or civil procedure need look no further!

Consumer Protection Unit

The “CPU” of the Georgia Attorney General’s Office enforces the Fair Business Practices Act, as well as many of our State's other consumer protection laws.  Under the Attorney General’s authority, we actively work to protect consumers and legitimate businesses from unfair or deceptive acts and practices in the marketplace.  Externs will work closely with the Staff Attorneys in all aspects of the work of CPU’s Legal Division.  Legal research and writing (briefs, memoranda), drafting legal documents (Subpoenas, Investigative Demands, Notices of Contemplated Legal Action), drafting settlement agreements, and consumer contact are just some of the daily tasks and responsibilities.  There’s no typical day, and while our interns work hard, they’re never bored.  Not only will you gain solid, real-world working experience, you’ll be a much more informed consumer at the conclusion of your externship with us!

Solicitor General's Office

The Solicitor General's Office oversees appellate litigation for the Office of the Attorney General and collaborates on all phases of significant litigation with other attorneys in the Department.  Work in the Solicitor General's Office frequently involves constitutional issues, statutory interpretation, and other complex civil litigation.  Interns will work with the Solicitor General and Deputy Solicitors General to perform legal research; draft research memos; draft motions, briefs, and other pleadings; and prepare for court hearings and oral arguments.  Interns may also have the opportunity to attend court hearings.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Students must indicate the Divisions/Sections/Units for which they would like to be considered on their Statement of Interest.
  • At the time of application, students must submit a writing sample.
The Home Depot, Legal Department

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Home Depot (THD) is the world’s largest home improvement retailer with more than 2,200 stores across North America and approximately 400,000 employees. The student will be placed within THD’s Legal Department and will work with a variety of in-house counsel teams. The extern will have the opportunity to work with THD's transactional attorney teams (Corporate Governance, Privacy & Data Security, Commercial Transactions/IT, Real Estate, Employment/HR, Merchandising, IP, Tax and International/Supply Chain). Students will also be exposed to in-house litigation teams (Employment, General Liability and Commercial Litigation). Students will complete approximately 6 rotations choosing from the before-mentioned practice areas based on the student’s interests.  Students will have the opportunity to experience what it is like to work as in-house counsel for a Fortune 30 corporation. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of legal issues and will work on the day-to-day work of in-house counsel as they provide support for their internal clients. Students may be involved in projects such as providing legal research, drafting, attending client meetings and trial preparation.   Assignments will vary depending on need and student interest.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: Third-year law students

Preferences: None

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Student must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • Student will be required to agree to a background check and drug screening before starting.
U.S. Department of the Interior - Office of the Regional Solicitor

SITE DESCRIPTION

The Department of the Interior is the nation’s principal natural resources management agency. It also has significant responsibilities in American Indian affairs. The Southeast Regional Solicitor’s Office in Atlanta provides legal counsel to Interior agencies and offices in the states located in the southeastern U. S., the U. S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, including in the areas of public land use, Indian treaty and other rights, resource protection policies and park concession contracts, grants and other agreements, Endangered Species Act, water law, oil and gas resources on the Outer Continental Shelf, coal surface mining regulation, matters pertaining to the U. S. territories, procurement, agreements, administrative law, employment law, ethics, intellectual property, FOIA and Privacy Act, water law, NEPA, Clean Water Act, natural resource damages, CERCLA, OPA, and torts. The office also works closely with the Department of Justice and U. S. Attorneys’ offices on litigation involving the Department.

The Regional Solicitor’s Office is located in the Richard B. Russell Federal Building and U. S Courthouse in downtown Atlanta. Externs will be assigned work in the various areas of the regional office’s practice and can expect to draft discovery documents, motions, answers and other pleadings, draft legal memoranda, decisions and opinions, attend meetings with client agencies and agency officials on legal matters pending in the office, attend hearings (administrative and judicial), and attend and participate in witness preparation, negotiations and mediations.

Externs will also be assigned administrative litigation and will be expected to handle all phases of the litigation, including briefing witnesses, pre-hearing conferences and hearings. Externs will work directly with attorneys and their work will be supervised by senior attorneys in the office.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites:
None

Preferences: Second or third-year students are encouraged to apply

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Students must submit a writing sample, transcript, and resume at the time of application.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of the Regional Counsel

SITE DESCRIPTION

Students will work in the Office of Regional Counsel, Region 5, where they will address a variety of legal issues presented by Regional Office officials and the CEOs and staff officials of five (5) VA Medical Centers located within Georgia and South Carolina. The primary areas of focus include employment and labor law, medical malpractice, torts, contracts, collections, ethics, and release of information. The attorneys in the Office of Regional Counsel litigate cases, evaluate administrative claims, participate in alternative dispute resolution, review proposals, advise clients, and provide training as necessary.

Duties externs can expect to perform include conducting legal research, preparing discovery, drafting motions, and preparing witnesses. When the hearing date arrives, externs have the opportunity to observe the proceedings. Much of the litigation handled by the office entails defending client facilities before the Merit Systems Protection Board and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; however, it is not uncommon for VA attorneys to work closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office as cases proceed to federal district court. Additionally, externs will have the opportunity to assist with administrative reviews of tort claims filed by veterans pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act. In conducting an administrative review, VA attorneys evaluate submitted claims and supportive documents, pertinent medical records, and other documents to form a recommendation to the Regional Counsel for denial or authorization of settlement of the claim.  Finally, externs are also exposed to a variety of issues related to hospital administration. These issues may include informed consent, disruptive patients, guardianship, release of information, collections, contracts, and statutory interpretation.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences:

  • Second and third-year students may apply.
  • Classes in Administrative Law and Employment Law are not required but are beneficial.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Students must be fingerprinted and submit to a background check.
  • Students should plan to be at the VA on Wednesday mornings to attend staff meetings.
  • Students should allow an additional 15-20 minutes in commute time (to park in the VA's off-site parking lot and ride the shuttle).