Fall 2021 Legal Fellowship Sponsorship, Center for Liberty

New York, NY
Full Time
About The Job
The Center for Liberty of the National office in New York, NY seeks applicants to consider for a sponsored fellowship—particularly a school-sponsored fellowship—to begin in the fall of 2021.

The Center for Liberty encompasses the ACLU’s work on reproductive freedom, LGBT rights, women’s rights, freedom of religion and belief, and disability rights. Underlying all of our work is 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, stereotypes, and discrimination.

The Center for Liberty seeks a fellow to address novel and complex legal questions relevant to defending and advancing the rights encompassed by the Center: women’s rights, reproductive freedom, LGBT rights and the rights of people living with HIV, the rights of people with disabilities, and freedom of religion and belief. The fellow will report to the Director of Center for Liberty, and work with attorneys across all Center projects' areas, as the need arises. Projects will focus on emerging religious refusals issues as well as critical issues from across the Center’s projects. Our staff will work with candidates to develop their proposals for submission, helping tailor the proposal to address an important civil liberties issue. Proposed projects often combine litigation and advocacy with community outreach and public education.

  • Conduct legal research and analysis and develop theories to support new litigation project
  • Draft legal memoranda, pleadings, affidavits, motions, and briefs
  • Interview witnesses and potential clients
  • Participate in discovery and trial practice
  • Draft and edit public education and non-litigation advocacy materials
  • Provide support and assistance to ACLU affiliates and cooperating attorneys
  • Help manage summer legal internship program and supervise student interns
  • Engage in public speaking and attend meetings and/or conferences as needed

Minimum Qualifications
  • J.D. or expected to receive a J.D. by the spring of 2021
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law, civil liberties, and the issues on which the Center for Liberty works
  • Willingness to work closely with the Center for Liberty staff through the funding application process
  • Excellent research, writing, and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct complex legal analysis and fact-finding
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work independently as well as within a team
  • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative, manage a variety of tasks and see projects through to completion
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts

Preferred Qualifications
Judicial clerkship

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