Spring 2014 Legal Internship-ACLUF Women’s Rights Project, NY
SPRING 2014 LEGAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
NOTICE TO LAW STUDENTS
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Women’s Rights 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 Women’s Rights Project of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks legal interns for the Spring of 2014.
The Women’s Rights 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 women’s rights, reproductive freedom, LGBT rights, and freedom of religion and belief.
Founded in 1972 by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Women’s Rights Project (WRP) has been a leader in the legal battles to ensure women’s full equality in American society. WRP is dedicated to the advancement of the rights and interests of women to lead lives of dignity free from violence and discrimination, including discrimination based on gender stereotypes.
WRP focuses on women’s rights in the following priority areas: education, violence against women and employment. Cutting across these core priorities, WRP seeks to bring an international human rights framework to its litigation and advocacy. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, WRP pushes for change and systemic reform in those institutions that perpetuate discrimination against women.
The Women’s Rights Project has overall responsibility for implementing ACLU policy in the area of gender discrimination. WRP conducts direct litigation, files amicus curiae briefs, provides support for ACLU affiliate litigation, serves as a resource for ACLU legislative work on women’s rights and seeks to advance ACLU policy goals through public education, organizing and coalition advocacy. WRP has been an active participant in virtually all of the major gender discrimination litigation in the Supreme Court, in Congressional efforts to promote gender equality, and in significant communications and public education efforts on behalf of women and girls.
Our Spring 2014 Legal Internship requires a 12-16 week commitment. The internship is part-time, with weekly hours negotiable. Students are strongly encouraged to obtain funding from outside sources. Arrangements can be made for work/study or course credit.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Legal interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Women’s Rights Project team. Interns will work in all aspects of litigation. Interns will gain experience by working on the following:
- Conducting legal and policy research.
- Drafting memoranda, affidavits and briefs.
- Researching prospects for new litigation, including both factual and legal claims.
- Supporting the preparation of expert and fact witnesses for courtroom testimony.
- Supporting research activities and/or drafting materials for public education.
- Other projects as assigned.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
This legal internship is open to law students who have completed their first year of law school.
- Excellent research, writing and communication skills.
- Internet and legal database research skills.
- Demonstrated initiative to see projects through to completion.
- Strong 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 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 in length to hrjobsWRP@aclu.org. Please reference [WRP Spring 2014 Legal Internship/ACLU-W] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU email address. This email address is specific to Women’s’ Rights postings. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials.
Alternatively, applications can be mailed to:
Re: WRP Spring 2014 Legal Internship/ACLU-W
American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; thus early application is advised. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled, and should in any event be submitted no later than December 13, 2013. 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 job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.
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