About CAP Internships:
California Appellate Project is committed to cultivating a new generation of criminal defense attorneys. Under the supervision of an experienced post-conviction attorney, interns will help provide documentary support, record collection, investigative review, research, writing, and technical assistance to counsel who are appointed to represent indigent persons incarcerated on California’s death row. We welcome students who can volunteer, receive school credit, or get a public interest program grant to support their work at CAP. We accept internship applications on a rolling basis.
Summer interns at CAP work full-time for at least 10 weeks. During this time CAP provides a week of intense legal training. CAP relies on students to fund their internships with public interest grants or other alternative financial support. We welcome students who can volunteer, receive school credit, or get a public interest program grant to support their work at CAP. Internships may be virtual online or in-person in San Francisco.
Examples of past work assignments that Summer Interns at CAP have completed includes:
• Drafting a habeas claim regarding failure to inform defendant of a plea offer.
• Researching life chronology, family history, and genealogy.
• Analyzing witness lists and trial testimony; create lists of additional witnesses.
• Researching and assessing the validity of expert testimony presented at trial.
• Summarizing the penalty phase of a trial transcript.
• Collecting and organizing litigation resource materials.
• Evaluating crime scene evidence.
• Reviewing trial testimony, witness statements, and police reports for discrepancies.
• Writing an authoritative article on the media gag rule and outsider access to prisoners on death row.
• Assisting in preparing litigation outlines and chronologies.
• Drafting memoranda on admissibility of evidence of gang affiliation.
CAP is committed to cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.
How to apply:
Please send a cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and the names and telephone numbers of two references who are familiar with your skills and experience. Please send this information to us as email@example.com. We ask internship applicants to relate how their life experience, training, and work history have prepared them to understand and work well with the clients we serve and their communities.
Internship Selection Committee
California Appellate Project
345 California Street, Suite 1400
San Francisco, CA 94104
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