Externship Category: Government Law
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|Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Regional Counsel |
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.
· Second and third-year students may apply.
· Students must be fingerprinted and submit to a background check.
|Georgia General Assembly House Speaker's Office and Judiciary Committee (or Other Committees) |
Students will have the opportunity to work in the Office of the Speaker of the House and the Majority Caucus generally or in one of several other House Committees during the annual Legislative Session in the Spring. Students will be supervised by the Speaker's Counsel or the Legal Counsel to the Committee that the student is assigned based on the student's interest and expertise. Possible committees include: Judiciary, Ways and Means, Education, and Insurance.
Externs will receive robust exposure to the legislative process, policy development, and legal analysis. Their responsibilities will include reviewing proposed legislation and advising the Speaker's Counsel or Committee Legal Counsel on policy implications of such legislation as well as provide legal analysis and research regarding the same; attend legislative hearings; provide support to member Representatives; and draft preliminary legislation for submission to the Office of Legislative Counsel where the opportunity arises.
Availble spring semester only.
|Office of the Attorney General, State of Georgia |
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.
|Office of the Democratic Leader |
The Office of the Senate Democratic Leader is the central legislative resource for the Democratic Caucus, and serves as the focal point for legislative strategy, press relations, and policy development. Students serving as Deputy Counsel work closely with the Deputy Chief of Staff to provide legal assistance to legislators by analyzing proposed legislation, tracking bills through the committee process, drafting legislation and amendments, researching policy and legal issues, and providing interpretive assistance to non-lawyer legislators. Students in the position pay special attention to the Committee on Rules, which sets the agenda for the following day. Students will work with lawmakers in both the House and Senate, and are encouraged to find and involve themselves in policies of personal interest as related legislation moves through the legislative process.
Available spring semester only.
|Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman |
Externs will research state and federal law related to long-term care; may draft legislation, comments and testimony on legislation, policies, or rules related to long-term care; and will participate with the SLTCO in advocacy including attending meetings with policymakers, stakeholders, and other aging advocates. Students will also participate in local and national conference calls with federal and other government agencies discussing policy issues related to aging.
Under the supervision of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, externs will advocate at the Capitol in Atlanta during the Georgia General Assembly session, including monitoring committee meetings and committee actions, analyzing legislation, and developing strategies related to legislative proposals including drafting amendments to proposed legislation.
Students should arrange their schedules to complete externship hours Monday through Thursday.
|Senate Research Office |
Created in 1975, the Senate Research Office (SRO) is a nonpartisan office which serves all Senators and the Lieutenant Governor, on a confidential basis, by providing quality, specialized, objective information and policy analysis. The SRO responds to research and information requests from Senators on potential and pending legislation, as well as other significant policy issues that affect the state. SRO analysts also provide research assistance for all Senate and Joint interim committees, including study committees, commissions, and task forces.
During Legislative Sessions, SRO prepares analyses of all the bills that pass through the General Assembly, attends all meetings of standing committees, completes committee reports of the meetings, and provides any additional assistance needed by the committee. During the legislative interim, SRO:
During the summer and fall semesters, students will assist SRO policy analysts in research requests, contribute to the interim At Issue newsletter publication, and assist in staffing study committees. During the legislative session, students will attend committee meetings, prepare bill analyses, and provide other research as needed.