Fall 2019 Legal Fellowship Sponsorship, Women’s Rights Project, NY

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.

Published

07/02/2018

Address

New York
New York
United States

Description

Fall 2019 Legal Fellowship Sponsorship, Women’s Rights Project, NY

Office:  Legal Fellowships

Location:  New York

 

June 15, 2018

 

Fall 2019 Legal Fellowship Sponsorship Opportunity 

Notice to Third-Year Law Students and Recent Graduates

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Women’s Rights Project, NY

 

For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation’s guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s protecting the rights of immigrants, ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for women and the LGBT community, advancing racial justice, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties and civil rights cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than one million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, record of arrest or conviction.

The ACLU invites rising third-year law students and recent law graduates to apply for a sponsorship opportunity to work with us as a Legal Fellow. The Women’s Rights Project of the National office in New York seeks applicants to consider for a sponsored fellowship such as Skadden, Equal Justice Works, or other public interest fellowships to begin in the fall of 2019.

 

OVERVIEW

The Women’s Rights Project is part of the ACLU’s Center for Liberty, which is dedicated to the principle that we are all entitled to determine the course of our lives based on who we are and what we believe, free from unreasonable government constraint and baseless stereotypes. The Center for Liberty encompasses the ACLU’s work on women’s rights, reproductive freedom, LGBT rights and the rights of people living with HIV, freedom of religion and belief, and the rights of people with disabilities.

Founded in 1972 by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Women's Rights Project (WRP) has been a leader in the legal battles to ensure women’s full equality in American society. WRP is dedicated to the advancement of the rights and interests of women and works to break down gender stereotypes that limit opportunities for individuals. Through litigation, advocacy, grassroots mobilization, and public education, WRP pushes for change and systemic reform in those institutions that perpetuate discrimination based on gender. WRP has been an active participant in virtually all of the major gender discrimination litigation in the Supreme Court, in advocacy efforts for women’s rights at the state and federal level, and in significant communications efforts on behalf of women and girls.

We are particularly interested in a project addressing either (1) the failure of school districts to prevent and remedy sexual harassment and violence in K-12 education or (2) the failure of employers to prevent and remedy sexual harassment and assault in low-wage occupational sectors, such as hospitality, janitorial, and retail. However, we will also consider proposals for projects addressing other gender justice issues.

Our staff will work with candidates to develop their proposals for submission, helping tailor the proposal to address an important civil liberties issue while satisfying the funding organization’s requirements. Proposed projects often combine litigation and advocacy with community outreach and public education. 

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ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

·        Conduct legal research and analysis and develop theories to support new litigation projects.

·        Draft legal memoranda, pleadings, affidavits, motions, and briefs.

·        Interview witnesses and potential clients.

·        Participate in discovery, brief writing, and trial practice.

·        Draft and edit public education and non-litigation advocacy materials.

·        Provide support and assistance to ACLU affiliates and cooperating attorneys.

·        Help manage summer legal internship program and supervise student interns.

·        Engage in public speaking and attend meetings and/or conferences as needed.

·        Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance.

·        Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.

 

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

·        J.D. or expected to receive a J.D by the spring of 2019.

·        Excellent research, writing, and verbal communication skills.

·        Demonstrated ability to conduct complex legal analysis and fact-finding.

·        Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work independently as well as within a team.

·        Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative, manage a variety of tasks and see projects through to completion.

·        Demonstrated commitment to public interest law, civil liberties, women’s rights, and gender justice.

·        Commitment to the mission of the ACLU.

 

COMPENSATION

The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale, to supplement the external funding.

 

HOW TO APPLY

If you would like to be considered for a sponsorship opportunity, please submit by email to HRJobsWRP@aclu.org, referencing “2019 Legal Fellowship Sponsorship –

Women’s Rights Project” in the subject line:

·        a letter of interest (your letter may, but is not required to, include a description of a project proposal)

·        current resume

·        legal writing sample

·        unofficial law school transcript

·        names and telephone numbers of three references

 

We will review applications on a rolling basis, but priority consideration will be given to those who submit applications by July 6, 2018.

Please indicate where you learned of this job posting.

 

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the job description and or posting at any time without advance notice.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, genetic information, record of arrest or conviction, and veteran status.

The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: HRJobsINCL@aclu.org. Correspondence sent to this address that is not related to accommodations will not be reviewed. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.

The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU.”



Benefits

None

Level of Language Proficiency

None

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

HRJobsWRP@aclu.org
https://www.aclu.org/careers/fall-2019-legal-fellowship-sponsorship-womens-rights-project-ny

If you would like to be considered for a sponsorship opportunity, please submit by email to HRJobsWRP@aclu.org, referencing “2019 Legal Fellowship Sponsorship –

Women’s Rights Project” in the subject line:

·        a letter of interest (your letter may, but is not required to, include a description of a project proposal)

·        current resume

·        legal writing sample

·        unofficial law school transcript

·        names and telephone numbers of three references

 

We will review applications on a rolling basis, but priority consideration will be given to those who submit applications by July 6, 2018. Please indicate where you learned of this job posting.


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