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Utility Justice Legal Intern

The Utility Reform Network (TURN) is looking for a motivated and driven part-time Legal Intern to help resolve consumer complaints against utility corporations and provide guidance and assistance to aggrieved consumers in restoring essential utility services. The Legal Intern will also work to elevate the voices of ratepayers in order to promote fair and just laws and policies made by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and state legislature. Read more about TURN at www.turn.org.

TURN works to advance the public interest, e.g., affordable renewable energy, energy efficiency, and low-income discounts for energy and telephone bills, access to basic phone and broadband, consumer protections against shut-offs—and fight policies that promote the corporate interest. One of TURN’s priorities is to increase the participation of under-represented communities in the legal field, and we strongly encourage applicants of Black and Latino Heritage to apply.

The internship is a six-month to one-year advocacy and leadership training program. Working under the direction of a TURN Staff Attorney and the Organizing Director, the Legal Intern will play a key role in helping to restore essential utility service to customers whose service has been disconnected. The Legal Intern will develop expertise on regulatory, legislative, and legal issues affecting California ratepayers on energy and utility issues. Responsibilities will include helping to resolve consumer complaints against investor-owned utility corporations and when needed, educating consumers about the CPUC’s informal and formal complaint process, conducting research on utility tariffs and other legal issues and attending and participating as appropriate in administrative hearings at the CPUC under the supervision of a Staff Attorney.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Conduct interviews, perform assessments and help to resolve consumer complaints against investor-owned utility corporations
  • Educate consumers about the formal complaint process at the CPUC.
  • Conduct research on utility tariffs regarding complaints against utility corporations.
  • Conduct legal and policy research to support TURN’s advocacy work at the California Public Utilities Commission.

Reporting and Supervision

The Legal Intern will report to a TURN Staff Attorney and the Organizing Director.

Qualifications

  1. A current law student, preferably a second- or third-year student or LLM candidate.
  2. A demonstrated commitment to racial justice and progressive social change, preferably with experience working in multiracial and multilingual organizations.
  3. Self-motivated with excellent writing and research skills.
  4. Strong verbal communication skills.
  5. Some experience in using database programs.
  6. Desire to help others, and the ability to relate with diverse populations.
  7. Comfort working in a small non-profit environment.

Compensation and Expected Time Commitment

 The Legal Intern will be paid $20/hour and will be expected to work approximately 20 hours per week. We will also consider work-study students.

Application Process

 Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to: hr@turn.org. Position is open until filled.

The Utility Reform Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to workplace diversity. People who identify as persons of color, women, and/or LBGTQ are encouraged to apply.