Summer 2018 LEGAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
NOTICE TO LAW STUDENTS
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, national origin, record of arrest or conviction.
The Reproductive Freedom Project of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks legal interns for the Summer of 2018. The ACLU provides a $5,000 stipend to law student summer interns who work full-time at the ACLU for 10 weeks. If students receive funding from their law schools in an amount that is less than $5,000 the ACLU will provide a stipend to cover the shortfall in their funding, up to $5,000. Arrangements can also be made with the student’s law school for work/study stipends or course credit.
The mission of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project (RFP) 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. The ACLU is particularly committed to ensuring that individuals’ reproductive rights are not compromised because of their race, youth, economic status or where they live and believes that reproductive rights work must be informed by broader racial and social justice considerations.
While this work is particularly critical now, the ACLU has been a leader in this area for more than three decades. 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, including challenges to abortion bans; TRAP laws; bans on Medicaid coverage of abortion; and mandatory ultrasound and forced delay laws. The ACLU is also a leader in the fight to prevent religion from being used as an excuse to deny reproductive health services and to discriminate against women and LGBT people.
The Reproductive Freedom Project is unique among reproductive rights and justice organizations in that it works with the ACLU’s nationwide network of affiliates as well as other attorneys in the organization who specialize in other areas, including freedom of speech and religion, racial justice, and LGBT 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 and justice, women’s rights, LGBT issues, disability rights, 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 typically 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 at least 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 submit a letter of interest, a resume, the names and telephone numbers of three references, an unofficial transcript, and a legal writing sample of no more than ten pages. If possible, please submit materials as a single PDF, with your first and last name in the file name, and please list all documents enclosed on your cover letter. Email applications to hrjobsRFP@aclu.org, with RFP Summer 2018 Legal Internship in the subject line.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; thus early application is advised. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled, please submit as soon as possible. Please indicate in your cover letter where you found this job posting.
The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction.
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