Reproductive Freedom Project Fellow [RFP-22]
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Reproductive Freedom 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 ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, advancing racial justice, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, preserving the right to vote or ensuring that people can access 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 Reproductive Freedom Project of the ACLU seeks applicants for a one year staff attorney fellow in its New York Office.
The Project’s mission is to secure a world that respects and supports every person’s right to form intimate relationships and to decide whether and when to have a child, and where all people have the resources and tools to access the health care they need to effectuate these decisions. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, the ACLU strives to ensure that the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by some become the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by all. The ACLU is particularly committed to ensuring that individuals’ access to reproductive health care is not compromised because of their race, immigration or economic status, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability or where they live. Further, we recognize that people lead intersectional lives and believe that this work must be informed by broader racial and social justice considerations.
For four decades, the ACLU has been a leader in the efforts to reduce the shame and stigma around abortion and ensure that every person has access to safe, affordable abortion care in their communities. The ACLU has participated in nearly every reproductive rights case before the Supreme Court and in significant cases in federal and state courts too numerous to count. Below are just a few examples of current cases:
- A challenge to the Trump Administration’s policy that bars immigrant minors like our client, Jane Doe, from obtaining abortions;
- A federal constitutional challenge to Kentucky’s efforts to shut down the last abortion clinic in the state;
- State constitutional cases seeking to restore Medicaid coverage for abortion in 2 states;
- Federal constitutional challenges to abortions bans in 3 states;
- Cases seeking to expand the availability and accessibility of abortion care; and
- A federal constitutional challenge to the Trump Administration’s attempt to roll back a rule requiring insurers to cover birth control.
The Reproductive Freedom Project is unique among reproductive rights organizations in that it works with the ACLU’s nationwide network of state affiliates as well as attorneys and advocates in the organization who specialize in areas such as immigrants’ rights, racial justice, LGBT rights, disability rights, and freedom of speech and religion.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Litigate constitutional and statutory cases on a wide range of reproductive rights related issues in state and federal trial and appellate courts.
- Conduct legal research and write legal memoranda.
- Analyze legislation for potential litigation.
- Develop new cases and identify and work with potential plaintiffs and witnesses.
- Work with and advise the ACLU state affiliates on reproductive rights litigation, legislation, and advocacy.
- Work closely with legal and non-legal program staff, particularly legislative, communications, and advocacy staff members to advance reproductive rights and justice.
- Develop relationships, and work in coalitions, with other advocates, lawyers, and potential clients.
- Engage in public speaking, including to the media, at conferences, and other speaking engagements.
- Supervise paralegals, administrative assistants, and law students.
- Travel as required for litigation, conferences, speaking engagements, and client development.
- 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, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
- Commit to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- J.D. degree. At least one year of experience preferred.
- Familiarity with reproductive rights is desirable but not required; commitment to those issues, and to racial, economic, and social justice more broadly, is essential.
- Superior analytical skills and excellent research and writing skills are required.
- Demonstrated ability to write and to speak clearly and persuasively are essential.
- Self-motivated, diligent, and able to meet strict deadlines while under pressure.
- Ability to work with a wide range of people and foster a team environment.
- Commitment to the mission of the ACLU.
The ACLU offers a generous compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within the parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter, resume, a legal writing sample, and three references, to: hrjobsRFP@aclu.org - Reference [RFP-22/ACLU-W] in the subject line.
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