Spring 2014 Legal Internship-ACLUF Reproductive Freedom Project, New York

November 21, 2013

SPRING 2014 LEGAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
NOTICE TO FIRST AND SECOND YEAR LAW STUDENTS
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Reproductive Freedom Project, NY

For more than 93 years, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU) has been at the forefront of virtually every major battle for civil liberties and equal justice in this country. Principled and nonpartisan, the ACLU has offices in all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico, and brings together the country’s largest team of public interest lawyers, lobbyists, communication strategists, members and activists in the advancement of equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society.

The Reproductive Freedom Project of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks legal interns for the Spring of 2014.

OVERVIEW

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 marginalized 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 and in significant cases in federal and state courts too numerous to count, including challenges to intrusive counseling 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.

INTERNSHIP OVERVIEW 

This internship offers the opportunity to work on a variety of litigation projects, and requires a 10 to 16 week commitment.  The internship may be full-time or part-time, with weekly hours that are negotiable.  Arrangements can be made for work/study or course credit.

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 including:

  • Conducting legal and policy research.
  • Drafting memoranda, affidavits and briefs.
  • Researching prospects for new litigation, including both factual and legal claims.
  • Drafting materials for public education and other research.
     

DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

This Legal Internship is open to law students who possess the following:

  • Excellent research, writing and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and 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, a resume, the names and telephone numbers of three references, an official or unofficial transcript, and a legal writing sample, preferably 10 pages or fewer in length by email to hrjobsRFP@aclu.org - reference [RFP Spring 2014 Legal Internship/ACLU-W] in the subject line

Applications can also be sent  by mail to:

Law Student Intern Program
RE: RFP Spring 2014 Legal Internship/ ACLU-W
American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this internship opportunity.

We strongly encourage applicants to apply by December 15, 2013.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment.  The ACLU reserves the right to change the description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.

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, and veteran status. 

The ACLU undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: HRJobsINCLReq@aclu.org. Correspondence sent to this address that is not related to requests for accommodations will not be reviewed.  Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.

The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “ACLU.”

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