SUMMER 2017 LEGAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
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, 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 or national origin.
The Reproductive Freedom Project of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks legal interns for the Summer of 2017. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can be made with educational institutions for work/study or course credit.
The ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project’s (RFP) mission is to secure a world that respects and supports everyone’s right to form intimate relationships and to decide whether and when to have a child. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, the Project strives to ensure that the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by some become the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by all. In particular, RFP works to ensure access to abortion services, comprehensive sex education, and affordable contraception, and to protect the rights of all women to continue their pregnancies. The ACLU is particularly committed to ensuring that individuals’ reproductive rights are not compromised because of their race, youth, or economic status, and believes that reproductive rights work must be informed by broader racial and social justice considerations.
For more than three decades, RFP has participated in nearly every critical reproductive rights case before the Supreme Court. It has also participated in significant cases in federal and state courts too numerous to count, including challenges to TRAP (“targeted regulation of abortion providers”) laws; laws that defund organizations because they provide or refer for abortion; bans on abortion procedures; laws that restrict teens’ access to abortion; and restrictions on insurance coverage of abortion. The ACLU is also the nation’s leading expert on the intersection between reproductive rights and the religion and free speech clauses of the First Amendment.
The Reproductive Freedom Project is unique among reproductive rights organizations in that it works with the ACLU’s nationwide network of affiliates and other attorneys in the organization who specialize in other civil liberties areas, including free speech, race and poverty issues, and lesbian and gay rights. In addition, the Reproductive Freedom 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 reproductive rights, women’s rights, LGBT issues, and freedom of religion and belief.
The internship offers the opportunity to work on a variety of litigation projects. The internship is full-time and requires a 10 week commitment.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Reproductive Freedom Project team. Interns will assist in all aspects of litigation, and will gain experience by:
- Conducting legal and policy research.
- Drafting memoranda, affidavits and briefs.
- Researching prospects for new litigation, including both factual and legal claims.
- Supporting research and drafting of materials for public education.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
This legal internship is open to law students who have completed their first year of law school before the internship commences. Interns should possess the following:
- Excellent research, writing and communication skills.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including internet research.
- The initiative to see projects through to completion.
- Demonstrated interest in social justice and legal issues.
- A strong interest and commitment to civil rights and civil liberties issues.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants should send a cover letter describing their interest in reproductive freedom and civil liberties, including any relevant life or work experience gained before or during law school; a resume; the names and telephone numbers of three references; an official or unofficial transcript; and a legal writing sample, preferably 10 pages or less to hrjobsRFP@aclu.org . Please reference [RFP Summer 2017 Legal Internship/ACLU-W] in the subject line. This email address is specific to Reproductive Freedom 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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