Legal Fellow

New York, NY
Full Time
09-20-2018
Job #: 094824
Description:
Advertised Summary Job Description The Knight First Amendment Institute defends the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age through strategic litigation, research, and public education. We aim to promote a system of free expression that is open and inclusive, that broadens and elevates public discourse, and that fosters creativity, accountability, and effective self-government.

Established in 2016, the Institute has an active litigation docket that includes cutting-edge cases relating to government transparency, surveillance, and social media. Through its research program, the Institute has published a series of influential essays focused on emerging threats to the system of free expression. It has also hosted public events on new technology and public discourse, the First Amendment and inequality, and whistleblowers and national-security journalism. Over the next several years, the Institute will tackle a wide range of issues including net neutrality, the free-speech implications of private surveillance, the free-press implications of technology companies' terms of service, intermediary liability, the right of journalists to protect their sources, the right of citizens to record and broadcast police activity, encryption, and machine speech.

The Knight Institute seeks recent law school graduates interested in working with the Institute as legal fellows. The legal fellows will help litigate groundbreaking First Amendment cases and contribute to all aspects of the Institute's work. Fellowships are full-time, one-year positions based at Columbia University in New York City. The Institute anticipates taking on between one and three fellows for a term beginning in the fall of 2019.

Responsibilities
  • Work alongside the Institute's attorneys on all aspects of our litigation, including by conducting legal research and analysis; drafting legal pleadings; interviewing potential clients, witnesses, and experts; and participating in discovery and trial practice.
  • Support the Institute's research and public-education projects, including by drafting white papers, op-eds, and blog posts; representing the Institute in the media, as needed; and conceiving of and implementing public programs.
  • Help determine which litigation and research priorities should guide the Institute's work over the next few years.

Minimum Qualifications for Grade
Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant Juris Doctor degree, or equivalent.


Closing Date: 2nd November, 2018
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