Feminist Jobs & Internships
|Job Title:||RJP Spring 2013 Legal Internship-Racial Justice Program|
|Organization:||American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)|
|Description:||SPRING 2013 LEGAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
NOTICE TO SECOND AND THIRD YEAR LAW STUDENTS
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION
Racial Justice Program, NY
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU), founded in 1920, is a nationwide nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with more than 500,000 members and is dedicated to the principles of liberty and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution. The Racial Justice Program of the ACLU's National Office in New York City seeks legal interns for the Spring of 2013.
The ACLU's Racial Justice Program (RJP) aims to preserve and extend constitutionally guaranteed rights as well as other rights, to segments of the population that historically have been denied those rights on the basis of race, ethnicity or national origin. Interns will work with an experienced team of racial justice attorneys in the ACLU's New York City National Office on a broad range of issues, particularly in the areas of criminal justice and education.
In the area of criminal justice, RJP is dedicated to reducing the unwarranted targeting of people of color and the racially disproportionate imposition of incarceration. It has filed civil challenges to the inadequate provision of defense to adult and juvenile indigents and pre- and post-9/11 racial profiling.
In the area of education, RJP seeks to ensure that all children have access to quality education, regardless of race or ethnicity. It has undertaken advocacy, including public education and community organizing, against the school-to-prison pipeline. The Racial Justice Program has sought to promote school desegregation and affirmative action programs. RJP also has advocated before international human rights bodies on behalf of formerly incarcerated people and people displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
The Racial Justice Program is offering Legal Interns the opportunity to work on all aspects of litigation. The Spring Legal Internship requires a minimum commitment of 12 to 16 hours per week and is part-time. Because this is an unpaid internship, students are highly encouraged to seek support for Public Interest Fellowship stipends. Arrangements can also be made with the student's law school for work/study stipends or course credit.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Legal Intern will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the RJP team. Interns will assist in all aspects of litigation. Interns will gain experience by working on the following:
Conducting factual and legal research.
Drafting pleadings, briefs and other litigation documents.
Researching prospects for new litigation, including factual and legal claims.
Assisting in the preparation of expert and percipient witnesses for courtroom testimony.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
The opportunity is open to all law students who will have completed their first year of law school before the internship commences.
Applicants should possess:
Excellent research, writing, analytical and communication skills.
The initiative to see projects through to completion.
A demonstrated commitment to racial justice issues, civil rights, and civil liberties.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants should send a letter of interest, a resume and two references, an official or unofficial transcript, and a legal writing sample of no more than ten pages in length via email to hrjobsRJP@aclu.org reference RJP Spring 2013 Legal Internship/FEM in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to Racial Justice Program 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
Law Student Intern Program
American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this internship opportunity.
Students are encouraged to submit applications as early as possible, as decisions are made on a rolling basis.
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.
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."