Pro Bono Volunteer Opportunities

Spring 2023 Office of Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor, State of Michigan

Description: Lawyers in the Office of Legal Counsel serve as the Governor’s attorneys, providing analysis and advice on all legal and policy issues that involve the Governor.  This includes a wide array of functions, including interpreting federal and state laws, advising the Governor and senior staff on legislation that may impact the powers and authorities of the Governor and the Governor’s office, and serving as the Governor’s lead advocate on litigation involving the Governor’s office and state agencies.

Law clerks may assist attorneys in the Office of Legal Counsel with research, analysis, and writing related to:

  • Pending legislation;
  • Gubernatorial appointments;
  • Clemency and other criminal matters;
  • Executive Orders and Executive Directives;
  • Ethics and compliance; and
  • Tribal-state relations.

Candidates will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Exceptional legal research, writing, and communication skills;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment; and
  • Ability to respond to a variety of legal issues that arise daily, requiring quick research, analysis, and response.

Hours and compensation: Externship credit may be available through your law school. Alternatively, law clerks may be paid for up to 29 hours a week at a rate of $9.65/hour. A commitment of a minimum of 20 hours a week is expected.

Location: Lansing, MI, although remote or a partially remote options are available

Instructions for Applicants:  Clerkship positions are available for spring 2023. Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, transcript, writing sample, and one letter of recommendation by email to the address below.

Deadline: November 18, 2022. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Kristina Gierhart
Office of the Governor, State of Michigan
George W. Romney Building
111 S. Capitol Avenue
Lansing, MI 48909
gierhartk1@michigan.gov