ROOT & REBOUND IS HIRING! Seeking a part-time Fall Law Clerk as a wonderful addition to the R&R Team. Please feel free to share widely and with your networks. Find the job announcement here:



About Root & Rebound

Root & Rebound is a Reentry Advocacy Center dedicated to improving the lives of reentering citizens and maximizing their opportunities for success in the community. Root & Rebound provides a range of programs and services for individuals and communities through direct legal and social services, legal education, centralizing reentry resources, and policy advocacy. Founded in October of 2013, Root & Rebound is focused on bringing an innovative and creative approach to solving the current crises in reentry in the Bay Area, in California, and beyond.

Location: Berkeley, CA

Fall Law Clerk

Commitment: Part-time (minimum 10 hours/week) from August – December 2014.

Position Description: The Law Clerk will work under the supervision of Root & Rebound’s two staff attorneys and will be tasked with legal research and writing, assisting with client cases, legal trainings, and helping to build a referral database.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Legal research and writing for Root & Rebound’s “Know Your Rights in California Reentry” manual.
  • Helping staff develop Root & Rebound’s “Know Your Rights” legal trainings in the community and, perhaps, assisting with those trainings.
  • Assisting with direct legal services and client cases, including intakes, legal research and memo writing, and follow-up with clients.
  • Contributing to Root & Rebound’s Bay Area referral database of community-based organizations, government agencies, and partners.
  • Writing blog posts on legal issues in criminal justice and reentry.
  • Researching upcoming relevant criminal justice legislation.
  • Any other necessary duties that fall into Root & Rebound’s legal programs: direct legal services, legal training and education in the community, and policy advocacy.


The successful candidate should possess the following qualifications:

  • Desire to work with reentering citizens and on reentry/ criminal justice issues in a dynamic legal environment.
  • Demonstrated interest in improving the lives of disenfranchised people and communities.
  • Currently in law school or recent law school graduate.
  • Previous experience working directly with clients in a legal clinic setting.
  • Strong research and writing skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and meticulous follow-up.
  • Strong work ethic, positive attitude, sound judgment, and good sense of humor.
  • Eagerness to take initiative, solve intricate problems, work on multiple projects simultaneously, and prioritize and organize in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt well in a changing start-up environment.
  • A high level of dependability and the ability to maintain a consistent schedule.
  • Ability to comfortably and appropriately communicate with a diverse group of stakeholders including formerly incarcerated clients, staff, community partners, board members, and others.

Compensation & Benefits:

The ideal candidate will have access to outside funding or school credit through his/her law school or other fellowship program for nonprofit work. If a strong candidate has no access to funding sources for nonprofit work, other options may be explored.

Application Instructions: 

To apply for this position, please send a resume, cover letter, short sample of legal writing (4 pages max.), and at least two references with contact information in an email to Katherine Katcher (Executive Director) at Resumes without a cover letter, writing sample, and references will not be reviewed. No fax or mail applications and no phone calls, please. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis; applications must be submitted by July 31, 2014.

Root & Rebound is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, people with conviction histories, persons with disabilities, ethnic and religious minorities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender variant individuals.