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Arnold and Porter Law Fellow _ Right to Education

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Advancement Project


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Published 14 days ago

Who we are: 

 Situated at the forefront of the national stage in the racial justice movement, Advancement Project National Office is a cutting edge, no-holds-barred national nonprofit whose team members are dedicated to creating free and safe communities for people of color. From ending the school-to-prison pipeline, to the fight to expand the right to vote, from calling for a complete overhaul of how we view the police and carceral state, to fighting for immigrant justice, Advancement Project National Office team members impact real change from the ground up. This moment demands alignment, sharp strategic thinking and creativity to imagine a more just world in which racism no longer exists and all people of color can be free and safe – and we are excited to bring on new talent to change our world. 

Position Overview: 

 Almost 70 years after Brown v. Board of Education, educational opportunities in the United States remain unequal. Systemic racism and other impediments result in an educational systems where Black and Brown children, as well as other low-income children, often do not have equal access to education opportunities. We are seeking a creative problem solver, strong advocate, and skilled attorney to work from our Washington D.C. office to serve as our inaugural Arnold & Porter Law Fellow in the Opportunity to Learn Program specifically focused on developing litigation and advocacy to establish a Right to Education (k-12). The ideal candidate will have education litigation experience. Through research, analysis, writing, and litigation, the Law Fellow will support to grassroots partners and collaborate with attorneys, law professors and policy experts to do so. The fellowship is a three-year position.  

This position will report to the Program Director for Opportunity to Learn and will be a member of the union with compensation determined by the union compensation structure. 

What you’ll do: 

The Law Fellow is part of a team of attorneys who research and analyze policies, laws, and regulations in support of grassroots partners and Advancement Project’s overall mission. The work will entail the investigation of racial justice issues, including through data, anecdotal, and other factual collection, and analysis. The attorney prepares legal memoranda, amicus briefs, administrative complaints and drafts other associated policy-related and legal documents. This role also conducts investigations and brings litigation, including discovery and motion writing when appropriate. The attorney may also assist with legislative efforts, including analyzing and drafting language for bills.  

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with colleagues, internally and externally to develop and implement 
  • Cultivate external relationships with national and regional organizations, policy experts and  provide guidance to interns on work  
  • Assist with legal and policy work cross-program as needed. 
  • Use a variety of legal, policy, communications, organizing and coalition-building strategies to assist our community partners.

What you need to be considered: 

  • State bar membership (must be willing to become a member of or able to waive into DC Bar
  • A minimum of 2 years of legal experience including litigation experience preferably in the area of education justice
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial justice.
  • Excellent written, verbal, research, analytical, interpersonal, and organizational 
  • Interest in working with grassroots 
  • Willingness to travel and 
  • Fluency in Spanish, organizing experience, and coalition-building experiences are pluses. 

 

PLEASE SUBMIT 2 WRITING SAMPLES AND 3 REFERENCES WITH YOUR COVER LETTER

Who we are: 

 Situated at the forefront of the national stage in the racial justice movement, Advancement Project National Office is a cutting edge, no-holds-barred national nonprofit whose team members are dedicated to creating free and…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule
  • J.D. Required
  • Entry level

Location

On-site
1220 L Street, NW, Suite 850, Washington, DC 20005

How to Apply

PLEASE SUBMIT 2 WRITING SAMPLES AND 3 REFERENCES WITH YOUR COVER LETTER

PLEASE SUBMIT 2 WRITING SAMPLES AND 3 REFERENCES WITH YOUR COVER LETTER

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