CONTACT: Rachel Marshall / (415) 416-4468 / Rachel.Marshall@sfgov.org
Director of Communications / Policy Advisor / Assistant District Attorney
SAN FRANCISCO–Today, District Attorney Chesa Boudin announces a deluge of interns and applicants to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney’s Office has had a steady influx of interest from talented and diverse lawyers, paralegals, investigators, victim advocates, and interns since District Attorney Boudin took office in 2020. This year, there has been a historic number of applicants seeking to participate in the District Attorney’s internship program and volunteer with the office.
“We are thrilled by the deluge of applications from students from across the country who want to come to our great city to volunteer this time and learn from the amazing team of attorneys and staff who work to serve the people of San Francisco every day,” said Assistant District Attorney and head of the Community Liaisons program, Cecily Brewster, who also oversees attorney hiring for the District Attorney’s Office.
The Competitive Internship Program
The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office offers internships to law students and undergraduates during Spring, Fall, and Summer in a variety of capacities throughout the office. This internship program has been part of the District Attorney’s Office for decades and is one of the primary sources of attorney and staff hiring.
This year, the District Attorney’s Office received almost 300 intern applications from students not only from the Bay Area but across California and the nation. Of those candidates, almost 200 were law students. Although the District Attorney’s Office is still working on placements, roughly 75 candidates have received, or will receive, offers for the summer program.
Overwhelming Number of Applicants for Attorney Positions
In addition to the high level of competition for internship positions, the District Attorney’s Office is now averaging 35 applications for every opening for positions as Assistant District Attorneys. At a time when other city departments as well as district attorneys in other jurisdictions are facing immense challenges filling positions, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office is an exception. Recent Assistant District Attorney hires include career prosecutors; lawyers from private firms; lateral hires from other district attorney’s offices, as well as new attorneys from the best law schools in the nation.
Victim Services Division Expansion
In addition to the impressive applicants for internships and attorney positions, the Victim Services Division (VSD) has also drawn experienced applicants from a diverse candidate pool. Over 100 applicants have recently applied to work for VSD.
Since District Attorney Boudin took office, he has expanded VSD and has hired more than 20 new victim advocates and staff for VSD–including Chief Kasie Lee. District Attorney Boudin has hired, for the first time in office history, advocates to support property crime victims, as well as clinical social worker advocates; and credible messengers.
District Attorney Boudin’s hiring in VSD has focused largely on increasing language access for crime victims in San Francisco. Recent VSD hires include advocates fluent in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, and Creole, while other advocates in VSD are fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, Khmu, Spanish, Urdu, and Hindi.
“I am proud of the strong and compassionate team of victim advocates at our office, which is better equipped than ever before to support crime survivors in San Francisco,” said Chief of Victim Services Kasie Lee. “I credit our District Attorney, Chesa Boudin, for fighting to expand VSD’s resources at every budget hearing and for consistently pushing to provide better support and language access for underserved and vulnerable victims. Our office will continue to advance new policies that promote justice for survivors–like our recent policy to ensure that all non-native English speakers have interpreters at all court proceedings. We will not stop fighting to ensure that every crime survivor feels supported and safe.”