Externships at CREEC

“Knowing that the attorneys at CREEC have a reputation for doing smart, high-stakes work that improves people’s lives, I applied for a CREEC externship as a way to challenge myself to grow in new areas while doing work I believe in.”

– Allison Crennen-Dunlap, J.D. 2019, Sturm College of Law (Former CREEC Extern)

The Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC) encourages externship applications from law students who are interested in social change and in hands-on, client-centered learning at a legal nonprofit. We welcome extern applications throughout the year for experiences ranging in duration from one to three months.

Legal externs at CREEC have the opportunity to have client contact, to develop legal and factual research, and to support fast-moving and innovative systems-change litigation and individual representation. CREEC has been a proud host of law student externs for many years and we are dedicated to offering strong mentorship as part of our externship program. We highly value the talents and contributions of law student externs and seek to be diverse and inclusive.

CREEC was established in 2013 to conduct impact litigation and engage in outreach, education, and proactive investigation. Through large-scale class action lawsuits and individual cases, as well as education efforts, CREEC works to ensure that everyone can fully and independently participate in our nation’s civic life without discrimination based on race, gender, disability, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. CREEC’s education and enforcement work and nearly all our current cases fall under the Immigration Detention Accountability Project (IDAP) or under the Accessibility Project.

Immigration Detention Accountability Project

We believe that immigration detention – in which people alleged to have violated civil statutes are confined in prison-like settings – is inherently constitutionally suspect and should be abolished. However, while detention is sanctioned by the courts and Congress, CREEC’s Immigration Detention Accountability Project will fight to ensure that people held in ICE custody are held in constitutionally adequate conditions, receive constitutionally adequate care, and are not discriminated against on the basis of disability. We undertake this work at the individual, facility-specific, and system-wide level, in the form of direct representation, class action litigation, and serving as resources and educators for the disability rights and immigration communities

CREEC is a national leader at the intersection of immigration and disability. We provide important support to detained people and their advocates and community through individual advocacy and legal representation, technical assistance, and systemic change litigation targeting ICE’s treatment of people in its detention system. We are regularly invited to speak at national conferences, law schools, and to stakeholders.

Please email a resume to CREEC’s Director of the Immigration Accountability Detention Project, Elizabeth Jordan, if you are interested in applying to be an IDAP extern.

Accessibility Project

The Accessibility Project fights with urgency to make real the promises of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – that people with disabilities must have equal access. CREEC educates businesses, government entities, the disability community, and their allies about the legal protections guaranteed by the ADA and similar laws. We also engage in negotiation and individual and impact litigation when necessary to address disability rights violations.

CREEC is nationally recognized for our education and enforcement work to increase accessibility and end discrimination and are currently working on the following priority areas:

  • Physical accessibility – including accessible curb ramps; hotel transportation; stadiums and entertainment venues; and jails and prisons.
  • Equal and effective communication – removing communications barriers for Deaf and hard of hearing individuals in medical, law enforcement, and other settings.
  • Fair housing – including reasonable accommodations in policies; reasonable physical modifications in apartments and condos; and effective communication.

Please email a resume to CREEC’s Director of the Accessibility Project, Martie Lafferty, if you are interested in applying to be an extern for the Accessibility Project.