Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is the national umbrella organization for the nation’s leading network of women’s health care providers, educators, and advocates, serving women, men, teens and families. Planned Parenthood Action Fund is the advocacy and political arm of PPFA. For over 100 years, Planned Parenthood has done more than any other organization in the United States to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible health care decisions.
The Public Policy Litigation and Law Department of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) seeks 2L and 3L law student externs for its New York and Washington, D.C. offices for full-time or part-time externships during the fall semester of 2020.
PPFA conducts impact litigation in state and federal courts across the country, and has been lead or co-counsel in nearly every reproductive rights case to have reached the Supreme Court over the past 30 years. PPFA also provides strategic legal advice on legislation in Congress and state legislatures and on regulatory issues at the national, state, and local levels.
Our litigation docket includes federal and state court challenges to laws and policies that restrict our patients’ access to abortion, birth control and other comprehensive reproductive health services for women, non-binary patients, and men. The cases we bring are designed to protect our patients’ constitutional and statutory rights and expand their access to reproductive health services and to protect providers of those services from discrimination.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter explaining their interest in the externship, a resume, a legal writing sample, references’ contact information, and an unofficial law school transcript to the link below. The cover letter should also indicate whether the applicant is seeking a full-time or part-time externship, and if part-time, the number of hours per week the applicant will be available. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. This externship will be remote, supplies will be provided.
Candidate can be located in DC or NY
- Legal research and analysis
- Drafting memoranda, pleadings, affidavits, and briefs
- Factual development for ongoing or developing litigation
- Communicating with clients
Knowledge, Skills And Abilities (KSAs)
- Second or third year law student
- Excellent research and writing skills
- Interest in reproductive justice, health law, racial and economic justice, and/or public interest law more generally