The Aviation and Admiralty Litigation office defends and prosecutes lawsuits involving aviation and admiralty torts. A substantial amount of our cases arise from accidents.
Aviation tort lawsuits are brought under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Our primary aviation client agency is the Federal Aviation Administration. After an aircraft crash, the United States might be sued for alleged negligence in the fields of air traffic control, navigational charting, navigational equipment operation, marking of obstacles, aircraft inspection, or operation of its own aircraft. Other major aviation clients include the U.S. military, multiple agencies involved in aerial firefighting, and the Department of Commerce for cases involving weather-related accidents.
In the admiralty practice, we represent the United States in its role as a ship owner and regulator of the nation's coastal and inland waterways. We defend the Coast Guard in search and rescue activities. We defend the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Commerce in navigation aid, obstruction, and charting cases. We represent the U.S. Navy in ship collision and other cases. We bring frequent affirmative claims, such as suing for cargo damage. The United States has a unique role in civil enforcement matters arising from oil spills, and can bring actions under the Clean Water Act, the Oil Pollution Act, and other statutes. Our office took affirmative action for the damages arising out of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and BP oil spill.
The office is comprised of around 35 attorneys and 10 support personnel. The office is a close-knit group, affording opportunities for forging strong professional ties, mentor relationships, and lasting friendships.
Legal research and writing focused on aviation and admiralty matters in federal court. Significant exposure to all aspects of federal court litigation with opportunities to work closely with Department of Justice trial attorneys.
First- or second-year law student at accredited school. Must be US citizen and must be able to work part-time during spring academic semester. School programs that permit academic credit are recognized.
Ideal candidate will be a member of the school's law review or comparable journal with demonstrated legal writing and research skills. No prior experience with aviation or admiralty law necessary.
Extension of internship to summer possible.
Deadline for spring semester internship application is January 18, 2016. Email a cover letter, resume, transcript (unofficial is acceptable) and writing sample to -- email@example.com. Please put in subject line "Law Student Intern Spring 2015" with applicant's name, e.g., "Law Student Intern Spring 2015. Eric Johnson."
Please indicate dates of availability during spring semester. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.