Still She Rises, Tulsa is a new community-based defender office located in North Tulsa, Oklahoma that seeks to address the epidemic of criminalization and incarceration of women in Tulsa. Women are the fastest-growing incarcerated population in the United States, and Oklahoma incarcerates a higher percentage of its women than any other state. For many women, incarceration does not just affect their liberty, but can also mean the loss of children and the total destabilization of their family’s lives. Still She Rises, Tulsa is a project of The Bronx Defenders, a holistic public defender organization that has operated in the Bronx, New York since 1997.
Still She Rises has worked to adapt The Bronx Defenders’ model of holistic defense as the first pro bono law office in the country specifically dedicated to the representation of criminal-justice-involved mothers. Advocates at Still She Rises provide indigent women and their families with access to client-centered criminal defense, family defense, civil legal services, and social work support. Looking beyond the immediate case, interdisciplinary teams of attorneys and advocates work to understand the factors driving clients into the criminal justice system and to mitigate the collateral consequences that may uniquely affect them. Still She Rises, Tulsa pioneers a new criminal justice approach with the aim of breaking the devastating cycle of poverty and instability that so often correlates with the incarceration of a mother.
Over a period of 10 weeks, interns at Still She Rises will both receive intensive training in various legal disciplines and play an integral role in the provision of holistic representation to our clients. Interns will receive training about the holistic defense model from practitioners across different disciplines, participate in trial skills training, and have close, ongoing supervision from our senior attorneys and advocates. Legal Interns will also assist Still She Rises attorneys in every aspect of client representation from initial interview through trial. Their responsibilities include but are not limited to preparing for hearings and trial, interviewing clients and witnesses, conducting legal research, writing legal motions, connecting clients with necessary resources and, if currently attending an Oklahoma law school, representing them in court. Interns will also have the opportunity to observe in all venues (ie. Criminal Court, Civil Court, Family Court, Administrative Hearings, etc.) as necessary or desired. Notably, all summer legal interns will have opportunities for extensive client and community interaction, including helping organize summer activities for the community such as the Still She Rises Block Party.
Interns will have the opportunity to work across legal disciplines as part of our holistic team, but can specific their primary interest in criminal defense, family defense or civil generalist practice.
Applicants for all practice areas must demonstrate:
Applicants must be:
The summer internship will begin on May 29, 2018 and end on August 3, 2018.
To apply, please click go to Stillsherises.org and click the Careers tab and upload a cover letter and resume in one document when prompted. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
Applications will be accepted through February 15, 2018. However, applications will be considered on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply early. If you have any further questions, please email Asher Levinthal, Director of Recruiting and Hiring, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Still She Rises, Tulsa: A Project of The Bronx Defenders is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, orientations, experiences and communities to apply.