The Goldmark Equal Access to Justice Internship

The Goldmark Equal Access to Justice Internship is a 10-week paid summer internship for 2nd and 3rd year law students. Created in honor of LFW’s second president Charles Goldmark, the Goldmark Internship is a hands-on training program for law students that focuses on research, writing, casework, and client services, and is hosted by a legal aid organization in Washington State. In addition to gaining valuable experience in public interest law, the Goldmark Intern receives an $8,000 stipend. There is little or no cost to the host program.


Apply for the Summer 2018 Internship

Host Organization
LFW’s Board of Trustees holds a competitive process each year to select a legal aid program in Washington State to host the Goldmark Intern during the following summer. The 2018 host program is the Disabled Homeless Advocacy Project (DHAP) a program of the Seattle Community Law Center.  Internship applicants should review the position description and qualifications.

2L and 3L Law Students

Application deadline
Applicant interviews
Winner announced
Summer internship

October 23, 2017
November 17, 2017
early December 2017
June – August 2018

Applicants must submit ALL of the following:

  • Current resume
  • Registrar-provided official transcript reflecting Fall 2017 enrollment (online student accessed print outs not accepted)
  • Cover letter or essay, minimum 500 words, describing your interest in the internship host program.

Send via email to Kristin Parker or by mail to:

Goldmark Internship Committee
1325 4th Avenue #1335
Seattle, WA 98101


History of the Goldmark Equal Access to Justice Internship

The Legal Foundation of Washington’s Board of Trustees created the Goldmark Internships in 1992 with a $50,000 gift from the Charles and Annie Goldmark Family Foundation. The Internship honors second LFW president, Charles A. Goldmark, a revered advocate for equal access to the justice system. The internship was created as a tribute to Chuck and to encourage young lawyers to emulate his ardent commitment to provide civil legal aid to under-served populations.

“Chuck believed that it is the responsibility of each of us, in our own way to try to improve some aspect of our society beyond ourselves. To leave our society just a little bit better than when we found it when we arrived here. He believed that, as a lawyer, he could accomplish this. Chuck practiced what he believed.”
-Kevin F. Kelly, LFW Board President, 1997

Charles Goldmark played a pivotal role in the creation of Washington State’s IOLTA program and is remembered through two LFW programs: the Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award and Luncheon and the Goldmark Equal Justice Internship Program. Since 1993, Goldmark Interns have worked to provide equal access to justice across Washington State.

The 2016 Goldmark Intern Tarra Simmons worked with the Northwest Justice Project’s RISE program in Seattle, WA and the 2017 Goldmark Intern Laura Agudelo-Ferrari will work on immigration cases with King County Bar Association’s Family Law Program in Seattle.