Spring 2018 Legal Internship Opportunity
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Voting 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 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, record of arrest or conviction.
The Voting Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) seeks interns to work on active litigation and other projects in its New York office for the Spring of 2018. Arrangements can also be made with the student’s law school for work/study stipend or course credit.
The Voting Rights Project of the ACLU has been an established and recognized national leader in the field of voting rights for more than 40 years. Its docket includes litigation in more than a dozen states and encompasses issues such as minority voting rights, redistricting, registration, election reform, felon disfranchisement, voter education, and ballot access. Most recently, the Project has been engaged in groundbreaking litigation challenging voter suppression efforts in North Carolina and Wisconsin, and onerous identification and proof of citizenship requirements for voting in various states including Arizona, Kansas, Arkansas, South Carolina, Texas, and Pennsylvania. The Project also conducted litigation to secure and protect the voting rights of Native Americans in North Dakota, Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Montana.
The internship offers the opportunity to work on all aspects of litigation. The internship typically requires a 10-12 week commitment and is part-time.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Voting Rights Project team on:
•All aspects of litigation, including legal research, factual investigation, drafting of memoranda complaints, discovery materials, briefs, pleadings and other litigation documents.
•Screening potential cases.
•Researching or drafting materials for public education.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
•The internship is open to second and third-year law students who possess:
•Excellent research, writing, analytical and communication skills.
•The initiative to see projects through to completion.
•The ability to work with diverse groups.
•An interest in civil rights.
•The ability to work in a cordial and professional manner with staff members and other interns.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants should send a cover letter and a resume describing their interest in voting rights and civil liberties, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during law school to hrjobsVRP@aclu.org and reference [VRP Spring 2018 Legal Internship] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to Voting Rights Project postings. In order to ensure your application is received, please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address.
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this internship opportunity.
Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible as decisions are made on a rolling basis.
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