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|Job Title:||Fall 2012 Legal Internship LGBT & AIDS Project NY|
|Organization:||American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)|
Job Type: 4
Organization: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Job Title: Fall 2012 Legal Internship LGBT & AIDS Project NY
Description: The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU), with now more than 500,000 members, was founded in 1920 and is a nationwide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the principles of liberty and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution. The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) & AIDS Project of the ACLU?s National office in New York City seeks law students for the Fall of 2012.
The LGBT & AIDS Project was founded in 1986 and the goal of the Project is to create a society in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and people with HIV enjoy the basic rights of equality, privacy and personal autonomy, and freedom of belief, expression and association. This means an America where there?s the ability to live open and honest lives without fear of discrimination or abuse, where there?s respect for our identities, relationships and families, and where there?s fair treatment in employment, schools, health care, housing and public places and programs.
The Project brings impact lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout the country cases designed to have a significant effect on the lives of LGBT people and those with HIV/AIDS. The Project?s legal strategies are built on the idea that fighting for civil rights means not only persuading judges but also ultimately changing the way people think. As we litigate for change, we implement targeted media, online and outreach campaigns to change public attitudes through education and to give people on the front lines the tools they need to act.
As a part of the ACLU, the Project is in a unique position to work for equality. The ACLU?s national network of affiliates broadens the Project?s reach into every locality and into the federal government. Today, the ACLU brings more LGBT cases and advocacy initiatives than any other national civil rights organization. The Project strives to ensure that the racial and economic diversity of the LGBT community is reflected in its work and continues to explore ways to make its efforts more sensitive to the needs of people of color and people who are economically disadvantaged. The Project?s work as part of the broad civil liberties agenda of the ACLU exemplifies the notion that the LGBT community and the community of those living with HIV/AIDS must work in concert with other social change movements in order to achieve a just society for all.
Our Fall 2012 Legal Internship requires a 10 to 12 week commitment. The internship is part-time, with a requested commitment of 10 - 15 hours per week (exact schedule is negotiable). Interns are highly encouraged to seek alternate funding, as the internship is unpaid. Arrangements can be made for work/study or course credit.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITES
Our Legal Internship program is designed to provide legal interns with the opportunity to learn about public interest law. Legal Interns will work closely with Project staff to help with the litigation and legislative/policy work of the Project. Legal interns will have the opportunity
Conduct Internet and other factual research and collaborate with staff in preparing background memoranda on selected policy issues.
Work with project staff to correspond with clients.
Draft policy and legal memos; assist in drafting pleadings, briefs and other litigation documents.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
The internship is open to students who are currently enrolled in law school, have completed their first year, and who possess the following:
*Familiarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights and liberties, the civil rights and liberties of those living with HIV/AIDS, and other civil liberties issues is desirable; commitment to those issues is essential.
*Excellent research, writing and communications skills.
*Superior analytical ability is required.
*Ability to work independently.
*Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including internet research.
*Applicants should be self-motivated, hard-working, and have the proven ability to work with a wide range of people.
HOW TO APPLY
Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample (preferable 1-2 pages), transcript, and list of references via email to hrjobsLGBTintern@aclu.org Reference [LGBT 2012 Fall Legal Internship] in the subject line - or via mail
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
RE: [LGBT 2012 Fall Legal Internship]
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, New York 10004-2400
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this internship opportunity.
Applications will be accepted until the internship is filled.
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/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
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.