Project Based Legal Fellow - ACLU of Alaska

Office:
Legal Fellowships
Location:
Alaska
July 11, 2017

Overview 

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska is looking to host a project-based fellow beginning in September 2018. Rising third-year law students or recent law-school graduates are encouraged to apply. The fellowship will be based in our office in Anchorage, Alaska.

The ACLU of Alaska will work with the selected applicant to develop a proposal to be funded by a foundation—e.g., Equal Justice Works, Soros, or the Skadden Fellowship Foundation—or law school—e.g., Yale’s Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellowship or Chicago’s Postgraduate Public Interest Law Fellowship. We will help tailor a fellowship program to address an important civil liberties issue, to develop the fellow’s skills as a lawyer, and to satisfy the funding organization’s requirements. The ACLU of Alaska cannot offer funding from its own resources.

The ACLU of Alaska is specifically looking to sponsor a fellow interested in developing a project addressing one of the following three areas: (1) prison conditions, specifically healthcare, mental health, and solitary confinement; (2) the constitutional right to privacy; or (3) voting rights, specifically as those rights are affected in rural areas.

Qualifications 

The ideal fellow will think critically, write clearly and accessibly, have policy or litigation experience (such as from a clinic or clerkship), and be passionate about civil liberties, social justice, and the mission of the ACLU of Alaska. The fellow should expect to have earned a J.D. before September 2018 and either be admitted to the Alaska Bar or be willing to qualify for admission.

Application

To apply, please email a cover letter that includes how you learned of this position; an initial project proposal not exceeding two pages; your résumé; a writing sample; your law school transcript; and a list of three references to jobs@acluak.org with “Legal Fellow” in the subject line. All material should be submitted in PDF form. Although email is preferred, you may also mail your application to:

ACLU of Alaska
1057 W. Fireweed Lane, Suite 207
Anchorage, AK 99503

The ACLU of Alaska will review applications on a rolling basis. We expect rising 3Ls or judicial clerks to be ready to start in September 2018. Current lawyers or recent graduates on a more flexible schedule are welcome to start earlier.

The ACLU of Alaska is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

 

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