The Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center seeks volunteer law student interns for the fall of 2017. Opportunities are also available for the entire academic year. Internships are unpaid. We will assist students with any necessary paperwork or requirements to receive school credit or other funding. Interns work 10-16 hours per week. Several of our interns have returned following graduation as Skadden, Soros, and Equal Justice Works fellows; others have returned as staff attorneys.
What Legal Services Do We Provide?
• Eviction Prevention: Represent individuals with mental illness facing eviction from rent-stabilized, market-rate, private, public, supportive, and supported housing across the five boroughs.
• Criminal Justice Advocacy: Engage in legislative advocacy, community organizing, and impact litigation to fight against the criminalization of mental illness and for the humane treatment of people with mental illness in prison and jails.
• Social Security Disability Advocacy: Provide representation before the Social Security Administration and in federal court in appealing denials, suspensions, reductions, and terminations of benefits and overpayment claims.
• Discharge Planning: Enforce and educate consumers about state and federal laws requiring hospitals, jails, and prisons to provide people with mental illness with crucial social services prior to discharge.
• Guardianship & Life Planning Documents: Represent clients in Article 81 guardianship matters and draft health care proxies, powers of attorney, and simple wills to allow our clients to be active participants in decisions regarding their lives.
• Medicaid Advocacy: Provide information, assistance, and advocacy on Medicaid managed care issues for people with mental illness and substance use disorders.