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.

Please check back later in the year for information about the 2019 host organization and internship application process.

 2018 Goldmark Intern and Host Organization

We are excited to announce the 2018 Goldmark Equal Justice Intern, Kate Means. Kate, a second year law student at the University of Seattle, will join the Seattle Community Law Center’s Disabled Homeless Advocacy Program (DHAP) for a 10-week internship.

With DHAP, Kate will assist people living with disabilities who are homeless with their claims for Social Security Benefits (SSI or SSDI). Nearly 44% of people who are homeless in Washington State live in King County, and the rate of severe disabilities among the homeless population is staggering. DHAP works to ensure that people who are disabled and homeless have the support of an advocate to help them gain economic and medical stability.

Kate Means, 2018 Goldmark Intern

Kate has a demonstrated commitment to social justice that makes her a great fit for the Goldmark Equal Justice Internship. She recently completed an internship with the Legal Action Center, a program of Catholic Community Service that helps low-income families facing eviction. Additionally, Kate has volunteered for Be:Seattle’s Tenant Rights Boot Camps and conducted research on the rights of those experiencing homelessness. Kate brings a strong passion for housing justice and disability services, and she views civil legal aid as critical to providing a more even footing for the most vulnerable people within the legal system.


History of the Goldmark Equal Access to Justice Internship

“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

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.

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.