Employment Law Semester In Washington D.C. - Spring 2013
EEOC - OFFICE OF LEGAL COUNSEL
The Office of Legal Counsel, located at EEOC Headquarters in Washington, D.C., is composed of two programs:
The Coordination and Guidance Program, which has three divisions:
The Coordination Division coordinates with other federal agencies regarding equal employment opportunity regulations, guidelines, and policy issuances to ensure consistency and eliminate duplication of enforcement efforts, consistent with Executive Order 12067. This division also drafts guidance to address the intersection of EEOC-enforced laws and other legal requirements.
The Title VII/ADEA/EPA Division and the ADA/GINA Policy Division draft guidance and regulations on legal and policy issues arising under EEOC-enforced laws. They provide technical assistance to Commission offices and the public on how to apply Commission policy. Interns in the Coordination and Guidance Program perform legal research and assist in drafting policy. Interns may have the opportunity to attend public Commission meetings forums covering various employment discrimination topics, and/or coordination meetings with other federal agencies.
The Legal Services Program, which has two divisions:
The Advice and External Litigation Division defends EEOC in all litigation brought by outside parties in which EEOC is a defendant, drafts regulations and guidance on the Commission's charge processing and federal sector functions; provides legal advice on issues including employee ethics, administrative law, fiscal requirements, and procurement. This division does not accept interns.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Program oversees the EEOC's compliance with FOIA legal and reporting requirements, responds to document requests from the public, and maintains the EEOC's FOIA regulations and policy.
Interns in the FOIA Program review and respond to disclosure requests made pursuant to the FOIA or other disclosure authority, research FOIA issues, and update program staff regarding any significant cases or changes in FOIA law.
Internship Program Requirements: The Office of Legal Counsel internship program accepts current law students who possess strong legal research, analysis and writing skills. Successful applicants also have a demonstrated interest in civil rights issues, labor and employment law, or public interest law. Experience with legal writing, such as membership on an academic journal, also is desirable. Internships are unpaid volunteer positions.