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Volunteer Opportunities - Legal

Child Support Services

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Support the department’s mission of enhancing the lives and well-being of children and promote family self-sufficiency by establishing and enforcing support orders. Volunteers are legal interns and must be in law school.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Maria Pacheco
(619) 578-6931
_dcsshr@sdcounty.ca.gov

Office of the Public Defender

Legal Internships and Post Bar Clerkships

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Internships are, for the most part, un-paid positions; however, the experience volunteers receive is priceless.   There are many funding resources available for students interested in public interest internships including Federal Work Study, Public Interest Work Study, Public Interest Law Foundation Grants, and other grants or fellowships offered by law schools and private foundations. 

The Post Bar Clerkship affords a select group of students the opportunity to experience the demanding yet highly rewarding practice of a public defender.  Our nationally recognized program is designed to give students not just an understanding of the criminal justice system, but hands-on experience with trial advocacy and representing misdemeanor clients.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Patricia (Patty) Robbins
(619) 338-4865
patricia.robbins@sdcounty.ca.gov

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Legal Internships - Alternate Public Defender

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​Internships are, for the most part, un-paid positions; however, the experience volunteers receive is priceless.   There are many funding resources available for students interested in public interest internships including Federal Work Study, Public Interest Work Study, Public Interest Law Foundation Grants, and other grants or fellowships offered by law schools and private foundations. 

Volunteer Coordinator:
Marissa Oribello
(619) 446-2981
Marissa.Oribello@sdcounty.ca.gov

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Investigative Internships - Primary Public Defender

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Undergraduate and graduate students may participate in our Investigations Internship Program. Our teams of professional defense investigators are critical to the protection of civil liberties for those accused of crimes.  Interns may assist defense investigators in visiting crime scenes, interviewing witnesses, observing court hearings, taking crime scene photographs, and serving subpoenas.

Investigative interns volunteer in both our Adult Criminal Divisions and our Juvenile Delinquency Divisions. 

All Investigative Interns are volunteers who receive invaluable on-the-job training and experience. Some students may receive academic credit for the internship program from their school.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Aron Hershkowitz
(858) 974-5782
Aron.Hershkowitz@sdcounty.ca.gov

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Investigative Internships - Alternate Public Defender

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Investigative Interns are accepted as volunteers while enrolled in college-level coursework in Criminal Justice, Sociology, Psychology or a related field. APD’s volunteer program provides exposure to adult and juvenile criminal cases, as well as providing practical investigation experience.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Pascual Benitez
(619) 446-2962
Pascual.Benitez@sdcounty.ca.gov

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Investigative Internships - Multiple Conflicts Office

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Major Cases (MCO) Investigative Interns are accepted as volunteers while enrolled in college-level coursework in Criminal Justice, Sociology, Psychology, or a closely related field. MCO’s volunteer program provides exposure to adult felony criminal cases, as well as providing practical investigation experience. The MCO office is an independent and ethically separate division of the Department of the Public Defender.

Volunteer Coordinator:
Gabbie Reynolds
(619) 446-2941
Gabriela.Reynolds@sdcounty.ca.gov

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