SADO Seeks Interns for the Juvenile Lifer Project

The Michigan State Appellate Defender Office (SADO) represents nearly two-thirds of Michigan’s 360 juvenile lifers currently serving unconstitutional sentences and is responsible for developing mitigation and litigation strategies for resentencing hearings conducted pursuant to MCL 769.25a and Miller v Alabama, 567 US __ (2012). Interns will work with attorneys, investigators, and mitigation specialists; read and summarize trial transcripts and lower court records; and engage in legal research related to life without parole sentences against individuals who committed crimes as juveniles. SADO seeks qualified interns to work collaboratively within the Juvenile Lifer Teams. See full Intern Posting here.

Additional Information:

  • This is an unpaid internship.
  • Internship openings are available immediately. Internship can be taken for credit in conjunction with the 2017 Winter semester.
  • Can work occasionally from home, but office presence is required at least once a week.
  • Must have own laptop and familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Adobe.
  • SADO can provide any documentation necessary in order to facilitate credit or funding from an outside source.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter including office location preference (Detroit or Lansing), resume, writing sample, and a copy of your law school transcripts in a single PDF to: Jessica Zimbelman, Assistant Defender, State Appellate Defender Office, 200 N. Washington, Suite 250, Lansing, MI 48912; Email: