FALL 2018 FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY [WRP-16], ACLUF, Women’s Rights Project, New York, NY

Legal Fellowships
New York
June 9, 2017


American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Women’s Rights Project, New York, 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 ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, 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 cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than a 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 or record of arrest or conviction.  

The Women’s Rights Project of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks applicants to consider for sponsorship for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, law school-funded, and other public interest fellowships to begin Fall 2018.


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, the rights of people with disabilities, and freedom of religion and belief. 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 to lead lives of dignity free from violence and discrimination, including discrimination based on gender stereotypes.

WRP focuses on women’s rights in the following priority areas: employment, education, and violence against women. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, WRP pushes for change and systemic reform in those institutions that perpetuate discrimination against women.

WRP conducts direct litigation, files amicus curiae briefs, provides support for ACLU affiliate litigation, serves as a resource for ACLU legislative work on women’s rights and seeks to advance ACLU policy goals through public education, organizing and coalition advocacy. The ACLU has been an active participant in virtually all of the major gender discrimination litigation in the Supreme Court, in Congressional efforts to promote gender equality, and in significant communications and public education efforts on behalf of women and girls.


The Women’s Rights Project seeks applicants to consider for sponsorship for public interest fellowships to begin Fall 2018.

WRP is particularly interested in sponsoring a candidate to work on a project focusing on housing barriers disproportionately experienced by women of color.  The fellow will conduct advocacy and litigation to ensure that women of color are not shut out of housing opportunities due to, for example, unfair eviction screening policies, sexual harassment by housing managers, and local laws penalizing calls for emergency assistance.

The project will combine litigation and advocacy with public education and outreach to key stakeholders. WRP staff will work with the chosen candidate to develop the fellowship proposal that will be submitted to funders. 


  • 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 and trial practice;
  • Draft and edit public education and non-litigation advocacy materials;
  • Provide support to ACLU affiliates;
  • Assist with managing the summer legal internship program and supervise student interns;
  • Engage in public speaking and attend meetings and/or conferences as needed.


  • Must be a law school graduate by Fall 2018.
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills.
  • Skilled at complex legal analytical work.
  • Self‑motivated and able to manage a variety of tasks.
  • Committed to advancing women’s rights.  
  • Knowledge of legal issues involving housing rights, violence against women, and race and gender discrimination is desirable but not required.
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU.


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


Individuals interested in receiving WRP sponsorship should submit a letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the potential project area described above, a resume, an unofficial transcript, the names and telephone numbers of three legal references, and a legal writing sample to hrjobsWRP@aclu.org – Reference [WRP-16] in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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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.

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