Law and Policy Fellow

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The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative–to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

LDF’s litigation, policy advocacy, organizing, and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system.

The Justice in Public Safety Project. Since its inception, LDF has worked to address police violence and accountability. LDF founder Thurgood Marshall represented the Groveland Four – Black men who were falsely accused of a crime, brutally beaten by sheriff’s deputies, and convicted. In 2015, LDF’s Thurgood Marshall Institute launched a Policing Reform Campaign in the aftermath of the police killings of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, and Natasha McKenna – and public demands for police accountability. After five years of working side-by-side with activists and lawyers across the country, the campaign is now a permanent LDF project known as the Justice in Public Safety Project.

Subject to LDF’s prior approval, this position may have the option to be remote until Friday, December 31, 2021. Beginning Monday, January 3, 2022, any candidate selected should be prepared to report to work in the office location assigned to this position.

Responsibilities include:

·      Assist with identifying, developing and implementing legislative and policy reform strategies at the federal, state, and local levels, consistent with the Justice in Public Safety Project’s goals;

·      Conduct policy and other forms of research in the areas of criminal justice and policing;

·      Participate in and/or organize briefings with policymakers, including federal or state agency officials on the Justice in Public Safety Project’s priorities;

·      Assist with building and/or participating in national, state and grassroots coalitions, partnerships and task forces working to advance policing reforms;

·      Work collaboratively with LDF's attorneys, organizers and multidisciplinary teams to advance national, state and local reforms;

·      Work collaboratively with LDF's attorneys and researchers to write, publish and widely disseminate policy briefs, fact sheets, talking points, infographics, reports, and other documents that will educate legislators, agency officials, stakeholders and the general public about the need for policy changes to address issues and propose solid recommendations for change; and

·      Other duties as requested by the Director of Policy, the Manager of the Justice in Public Safety Project, or other senior management.

Qualifications include:

·      Juris Doctor degree;

·      A minimum of 3 years’ experience in policy reform or advocacy at the federal, state or local level in the area of criminal justice;

·      Excellent research, writing and public speaking skills;

·      A demonstrated commitment to civil rights and the racial justice mission of LDF;

·      A demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strong relationships and partnerships with national and grassroots coalitions of organizations, community members/leaders, and public officials;

·      A demonstrated ability to think and plan strategically, including an ability to lead and manage complex policy reform efforts involving multiple issues and parties;

·      Ability to work independently and on teams; and

·      Ability to travel regularly.

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts or requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. This description does not constitute a contract of employment and LDF may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.

Please note that LDF requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination prior to the commencement of employment, unless they qualify for a reasonable accommodation for bona fide medical or religious reasons.

To Apply:

This position is open until filled.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:

If submitting via email, please include your name (last name, first name) in the email subject line.


Natalie Kim

Human Resources Manager

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

40 Rector Street, 5th floor

New York, New York 10006


The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, medical condition or disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other protected status under federal, state, or local law.

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S…

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  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    J.D. Required


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
Associated Location
Washington, DC, USA

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