A New Virtual Opportunity to Connect with Employers! Check Out the Equal Justice Works 2015 Virtual Conference and Career Fair!

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Announcement

Communications Assistant Job Description

Hours Per Week: approximately 6
Hourly Rate: $15 per hour
Duration: Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016. Immediate opening. .
Report to: Director, Center for Public Service Law
About the Center for Public Service Law:

The Center for Public Service Law at UW Law aims to educate, empower and inspire all of our students, graduates and broader law school community to incorporate public service into their lives, regardless of where they work or what kind of position they hold.

The Center works to nurture the culture of a service-oriented legal education, career and community as a key component of the UW Law mission to be Leaders for the Global Common Good. To that end, we provide programming, opportunities and connections to help UW Law students and graduates realize this vision of generous public service.

 Position Overview:

The Center for Public Service Law at the UW School of Law is the hub of public interest and social justice activities and career support at the law school. The communications assistant will provide support to the CPSL with its online outreach and marketing primarily through its blog (commongooduw.org) and weekly online newsletter. The blog provides the latest local, national and international news, announcements, events, job and internships postings related to public service law. It is updated three times per week. The weekly newsletter recaps the last week’s blog postings and directs its over 700+ recipients to the blog.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Organize and queue up prospective blog postings received via email by CPSL Director into Jobs/Internships, Announcements and Events.
  2. Consult with Director which items should be prioritized and included for each blog post prior to publishing.
  3. Using the Word Press blogging platform, post pre-approved Jobs/Internships on Mondays; Announcements on Wednesdays, and Events on Fridays following the pre-determined style, design and template of the blog.
  4. Using Campaign Monitor email marketing platform, compile the blog headlines and links from the last week and send newsletter every Monday to 700+ recipients.
  5. Other job duties as assigned.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience with online marketing including Word Press, Campaign Monitor, LinkedIn and Facebook
  2. Experience with MS Publisher
  3. Interest and/or experience in providing community/ public service
  4. Interest in the law and legal profession
  5. Interest in journalism/communications

Required Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated ability to use MS Office products and email
  2. Comfortable and interested in using and learning new technology
  3. Creative eye for online design and marketing
  4. Strong writing skills
  5. Fast learner
  6. Self-motivated
  7. Good judgment
  8. Professional
  9. Interpersonal skills
  10. Good sense of humor
  11. Ability to meet deadlines in fast paced environment 

Application Instructions:

Please email a resume (no more than one page) and cover letter to Aline Carton-Listfjeld, Director, Center for Public Service Law at acarton@uw.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Open until filled.

A New Virtual Opportunity to Connect with Employers! Equal Justice Works Virtual Conference and Career Fair Taking Place Friday, 10/30, Registration Open Through 10/27

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While our annual Conference and Career Fair has attracted employers and law students from across the country for twenty years, there are some who are unable to attend the in-person event due to time and/or financial constraints. We are excited to pilot the Equal Justice Works 2015 Virtual Conference and Career Fair to connect more students and employers!

The virtual event will take place from 12 – 3 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 30. Registration is free and open through October 27.

Employers are registering now and will continue to register and post positions over the next few weeks. Registered employers include: California Appellate Project, Death Penalty Litigation Clinic, and Public Advocates.

As this is a pilot event, it will have a smaller number of attendees than our in-person Career Fair. We hope to grow the virtual event in the future.

For more information, click here.

Seattle Office for Civil Rights Seeking Civil Rights Investigator, Due Tomorrow!

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Investigate complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and contracting equity filed with the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) under Seattle ordinances, and state and federal statutes.

Under production requirements and with only general supervision, receive and investigate complaints of discrimination; plan case strategy; apply legal theories of discrimination; interview parties and witnesses; conduct fact-finding and resolution conferences; prepare witness statements and affidavits; collect and analyze documentary and other evidence; write findings of fact; negotiate predetermination settlements and conciliation agreements; perform training regarding discrimination laws and policies; maintain case files, and manage a case load.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Inner City Law Center Seeking Staff Attorney for Homelessness Prevention Project, Priority to Applications Received by 10/30

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Inner City Law Center (ICLC) is a non-profit law firm serving the most vulnerable individuals and families in Los Angeles.

ICLC is currently searching for a full-time Staff Attorney in our Homelessness Prevention Project focusing on eviction defense litigation. Staff attorneys for the project defend low-income defendants in eviction cases as part of the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act pilot program. The pilot program is designed to ensure unrepresented parties in certain civil cases affecting housing have meaningful access to justice and to address substantial inequities that result when parties cannot afford the cost of retaining a lawyer.

For more information, click here.

Governor Inslee’s Office Seeks Policy Advisor on Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development, Due 10/31

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This position will focus on economic development issues relating to outdoor recreation which includes performing policy planning, analysis, development, and implementation consistent with the Governor’s priorities. The success of this position will be based on measurable results relating to economic development strategies for increasing the number of new jobs and economic activity related to outdoor recreation. A secondary measure will be increased participation by citizens and visitors in outdoor recreation as well as increases in outdoor recreation opportunities. This position is responsible for working with outdoor recreation related businesses, the recreation industry, state and federal agencies, stakeholders, tribes, legislators and constituents to better understand the political landscape and provide informed counsel to the Governor.

For more information, click here.

Partnership for Public Service Now Accepting Applications for Public Service Fellows Program, Paid Position, Due 10/31

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The Public Service Fellows Program at the Partnership for Public Service is an opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates to participate directly in transforming the way government works while developing valuable professional skills.

Fellows are assigned substantive and meaningful work to support our wide variety of programs, events and projects to help revitalize the federal government. True to the Partnership’s emphasis on people, the fellows program incorporates opportunities for professional and personal growth through workshops and trainings specifically geared toward students and young professionals. We also strive to ensure a quality experience in terms of work and personal relationships throughout the fellowship term.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! Civil Division of the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Seeking Entry-Level Attorney, Due 11/1

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The Civil Division of the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s office seeks an entry-level attorney with at least one year of experience for an opening in its Litigation Unit. Attorneys in this unit review claims for damages, advise the Risk Management Department, and defend the county in lawsuits filed in state and federal courts. Duties include conducting discovery, performing legal research, providing oral and written legal advice, drafting memoranda and legal pleadings, and representing Snohomish County and its officials in litigation. The Civil Division provides significant opportunities for growth, as attorneys will handle cases independently, as well as partner with senior attorneys on higher profile cases.

Applicants should have a strong interest in public sector law; excellent research, writing, analytical, and communication skills; and proficiencies in computer-aided research and word processing. The ability to work with other attorneys, support staff, elected officials, and county personnel is essential. Membership in the Washington State Bar Association is required upon hiring. In accordance with state law, deputy prosecuting attorneys must be United States citizens (and must pass a criminal background check).

The salary depends on qualifications. The position includes a generous benefits and leave package. Snohomish County is an equal opportunity employer. 

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample and references to: Jason Cummings, Chief Civil Deputy, Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Civil Division, 3000 Rockefeller, M/S 504, Everett, WA 98201 or by email at jcummings@co.snohomish.wa.us. The deadline for submittals is November 1, 2015.

Attention Post Grads with 3+ Years Experience! City of Bellevue Seeking Assistant City Attorney, Due 11/3

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The Senior Attorney (Civil Division) in the City Attorney’s Office provides consultation, advice and representation for assigned City departments and may occasionally represent the City in civil litigation. The best candidate for this position must have significant experience in at least one or more areas of law applicable to the City’s operation, such as: municipal, finance, land use, transportation, utilities, employment, telecommunications and administrative law.  An emphasis in employment law and/or land use is highly desirable. Civil litigation experience is helpful.

For more information, click here.

Attention 2Ls and 3Ls! Western Environmental Law Center Seeking 2016 Summer Legal Intern, Due 11/6

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The Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) is accepting applications from law students currently in their second or third year of law school (2L or 3L) for summer 2016 legal internship positions to work with our attorneys in these locations: Helena, Montana, Taos, New Mexico, and Seattle, Washington. We are looking for bright and motivated individuals committed to public interest environmental law.

Under the supervision of a staff attorney in the office location in which they are hired, the selected interns will assist our attorneys with case development and strategy, conduct legal research, and draft pleadings, briefs, and other legal documents. The internships are unfunded positions. We will provide assistance to the selected applicants in seeking outside funding or law school credit, and in finding free or inexpensive housing. We offer a flexible summer work schedule to allow for outdoor recreation and travel.

For more information, click here.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Seeking Spanish Bilingual Immigrant Youth Attorney, Full Consideration to Applicants Who Apply by 11/8

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The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) seeks a Spanish-speaking bilingual attorney to provide community outreach, education and direct representation to individuals eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and to provide other services to immigrant youth and their families.

The staff attorney will work closely with other staff members and community partners in the region in conducting outreach and community education, and providing individual consultations and representation to persons who may be eligible for the DACA program. The attorney will provide legal assistance to community members through: (1) individual consultations; (2) self-help assistance in the form of community workshops and legal clinics; and (3) direct representation in priority cases. The staff attorney may also be assigned work relating to other immigration matters. This position will be based at NWIRP’s Seattle office. The attorney must have a car and driver’s license, and must be willing to travel around the State in order to conduct community education and workshops. The position will involve some evening and weekend work.

For more information, click here.

Attention 3Ls and Recent Grads! Immigrant Justice Corps Fellowship Now Accepting Applications, Due 11/13

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Immigrant Justice Corps is recruiting its next class of Fellows.  We will award 25 two-year Justice Fellowships to recent law graduates from around the country and match them with top immigration non-profits in New York City and surrounding counties.  Justice Corps fellows serve the newcomers who most need legal help, and collectively they expand the quality and quantity of legal representation for under-served immigrants.  We are recruiting people with a demonstrated commitment to immigration law and the intent to remain in the field permanently.

Justice Fellows will be placed in leading non-profit legal services organizations, which will be selected as hosts on a competitive basis.  Fellows, once chosen, will have the opportunity to indicate their preferences for the host organization where they will work.  The goal of the program is to send the best new lawyers to where the need is greatest, and IJC will make final placement decisions.

For more information, click here.

Attention Recent Grads! The Arc of the United States Seeks Criminal Justice Fellow, Due 11/15

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This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic, entrepreneurial and self-motivated person to work for The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability™ (NCCJD) as a Criminal Justice Fellow.

NCCJD is seeking a recent law school graduate to serve as a Criminal Justice Fellow with NCCJD for two years and work closely with the Program Manager for Justice Initiatives to take  NCCJD to the next level.  The objective is to continue NCCJD core programs and services, while developing a vision, resources and a plan to expand the programs and services, as well as advocating for needed system reforms and providing individual advocacy support for individuals with I/DD who are navigating the criminal justice system and their families.

The Fellow should have a passion for supporting the rights of victims, suspects/defendants/offenders, and witnesses with I/DD.  S/he will play a critical role in advancing the goals of NCCJD, working collaboratively with talented professionals in The Arc’s national headquarters with expertise in I/DD, criminal justice, public policy, communications and marketing.

For more information, click here.

Enjoy the summer sun and browsing through these new job opportunities

Due July 1: Attorney Advisers – Social Security Administration

Join the Social Security Administration as an Attorney Adviser and start your career as a member of the largest adjudicatory system in the western world!

Attorney Advisers write complex, legally sufficient decisions issued by our 1,500 Administrative Law Judges. They must be able to identify and research complex policy and legal issues, work independently, and possess excellent organization and writing skills.

We are hiring a large number of attorneys to assist our Administrative Law Judges in our hearings operations at our Richmond, California National Case Assistance Center (NCAC). With a workforce of more than 60,000 employees nationwide, we offer challenging and meaningful work and the opportunity for continued growth and advancement throughout your career. Best of all you will be helping those in need, on a daily basis!

Submit your application package via email to SF.CA.RO.HRC.Details@ssa.gov or fax to 510-970-2677. We will begin reviewing resumes as early as July 1, 2015.

Due July 1: PUBLIC WELFARE FOUNDATION – Program Officer, Criminal Justice

The Public Welfare Foundation, a national foundation with assets of more than $500 million based in Washington, DC, is seeking a Program Officer who will oversee our grantmaking in the area of Criminal Justice.  The position reports to the President.

The Foundation’s Criminal Justice program is concerned that more than two million people are incarcerated in the United States – the largest inmate population in the world.  The number is growing daily, in large part because of harsh sentencing laws that impose excessively long sentences, even for non-violent offenders. The vast majority of prisoners are sentenced and housed in the states. Importantly, 60 percent of the people in prison are racial and ethnic minorities. Locking up increasing numbers of people – disproportionately people of color — at great expense to taxpayers, and later releasing them with little access to rehabilitation and drug treatment services, has not made our streets safe.

For eight years through our Criminal Justice program, the Foundation has worked to end overincarceration of adult offenders in the U.S., also aiming to reduce racial disparity. To advance this goal moving forward, the Program Officer will concentrate our grantmaking primarily on significantly reducing incarceration through sentencing reform. With more than 80 percent of prisoners sentenced and housed in the states, our program will focus largely on a range of reform efforts to reduce lengths of sentences affecting state prisoners.  

The Program Officer will confer with criminal justice policymakers, criminal justice agency leaders, scholars, and advocates to identify and assess opportunities for improvement and advancement which can help shape the grantmaking program and further refine our program guidelines. The Program Officer will engage with current grantees and seek out other potential grantees, work to develop ideas worthy of funding, review and evaluate grant applications, and recommend grant awards. S/he will network continually and develop relationships with knowledgeable experts, other grantmakers, policymakers, and community-based advocates to help support productive, innovative, and promising reform work within the field.

Interested candidates may apply by submitting a cover letter and resume to Human Resources, Public Welfare Foundation, 1200 U Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009. Applications are to be submitted via email only: hr@publicwelfare.org.

Due July 2: INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF LOS ANGELES – Staff Attorney

Under the supervision of the Immigration Legal Services Division Director, the Staff Attorney will provide high quality immigration legal services to low-income immigrants. Responsibilities include representing immigrants who qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) in immigration court and in various family courts.

  • Providing legal representation to unaccompanied minors in immigration and family court to obtain SIJS.
  • Representing minors in probate court, dependency court or family court to obtain predicate orders supporting SIJS.
  • In-office consultation for clients including asylum, U-visa, T-visa, VAWA, SIJS, detention and removal relief and any other applicable relief.
  • Representing clients in immigration court with asylum, cancellation, adjustment of status or any other applicable remedy.
  • Preparing and filing supporting documentation for court cases.
  • Researching and writing motions and briefs related to court cases.
  • Legal researching and writing for asylum cases.
  • Maintaining client databases, case notes, and files for caseload as determined with the Division Director.
  • Conducting community outreach to clients regarding available remedies under the Immigration Law.
  • Attending meetings and conferences as directed.
  • Keeping accurate records and maintains confidentiality.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

International Institute of Los Angeles (IILA) is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are required to complete an IILA employment application. IILA will not accept resumes in lieu of an employment application. Send resume and application to:

Veronica Leon, International Institute of Los Angeles

3845 Selig Place

Los Angeles, CA 90031

(323) 224-3800

vleon@iilosangeles.org

Due July 6: FINANCIAL INDUSTRY REGULATORY AUTHORITY (FINRA) – Legal Externship

Ombudsman externs assist staff in reviewing issues raised by firms and their employees, public investors or any business or individual that voices concerns about operations, enforcement or other FINRA activities. Externs perform a variety of tasks including research, analyses and writing, document review, preparation for interviews, contributing to case responses, as well as providing assistance in developing reports to other FINRA business areas.

  • Externs in a Legal course of study may be assigned research and analysis focused on securities industry rules and procedures.
  • Externs in a Business course of study may be assigned research and analysis focused on historical Ombudsman case trends, as well as current industry practices.
  • Externs in a Dispute Resolution course of study may be assigned research and analysis pertaining to cases where Dispute Resolution knowledge is valued.

Applicants must apply through the Ombudsman extern posting on http://www.finra.org/AboutFINRA/Careers/index.htm. The cover letter should explain why the applicant is interested in the externship and the qualifications that make him/her an appropriate candidate. A list of references and a writing sample will also be required at the interview stage.

 All successful applicants will be required to pass a drug screening test and a background check prior to starting work.

Due July 10: Partnership for Public Service – Public Service Fellows

The Public Service Fellows Program at the Partnership for Public Service is an opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates to participate directly in transforming the way government works while developing valuable professional skills.

Fellows are assigned substantive and meaningful work to support our wide variety of programs, events and projects to help revitalize the federal government. True to the Partnership’s emphasis on people, the fellows program incorporates opportunities for professional and personal growth through workshops and trainings specifically geared toward students and young professionals. We also strive to ensure a quality experience in terms of work and personal relationships throughout the fellowship term. Fellows also receive the following stipends:

Full-time fellows with an undergraduate or graduate degree receive $1000 per month. Full-time fellows who are currently undergraduate students receive $800 per month. Stipends for part-time fellows will be pro-rated accordingly.
The Partnership strives to be an inclusive organization that fosters learning, collaboration and respect. We actively recruit for diversity in our workplace, believing that a range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences contributes to our mission of revitalizing government. We seek extraordinary undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates with:

  • A commitment to public service
  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Analytical thinking
  • An ability to work well in teams
  • There is no single academic major or background we prefer over another—if you share our passion and are committed to developing your skills while gaining valuable experience, we want to hear from you!

The application for the Fall 2015 term closes on Friday, July 10. Apply today!

Due September 1: CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAW – Fall externship

The Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law is a Los Angeles non-profit organization that works for the civil and human rights of insular minorities, including prisoners in solitary confinement, immigrants, refugees, children, and indigenous peoples.

Currently, we are working on a motion to enforce Flores v. Johnson (Case No. CV 85-4544-DMG (AGRx)), a class action settlement on behalf of children apprehended at the border. We are involved in policy work related to prisoners in solitary confinement and immigration reform. We are developing a report on the need for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the U.S. and also advocating for executive pardon and a parole hearing in the case of Mutulu Shakur.

The Center seeks dynamic law students with a strong commitment to social justice to help the Center advocate for prisoners in solitary confinement, immigrants, refugees, unaccompanied children, and other vulnerable communities.

Law clerks will work closely with the Center’s Director and Staff Attorney in developing legal strategies, conducting legal and policy research, and developing advocacy projects and advocacy materials.

Applicants for Summer and Fall law clerk opportunities should provide a cover letter and a resume. Please send the completed package by email only to: Marta Escobar, Administrator, admin@centerforhumanrights.org.

Public Defender Association – Civil Rights Community Organizer

The Public Defender Association (PDA), a civil rights and justice system reform organization in Seattle, Washington, is launching a grassroots membership organization dedicated to building the power of low-income people affected by the drug war, mass incarceration, and HIV/AIDS to create healthy and just communities. Modeled after VOCAL-NY, the project is a semi-autonomous project of the Public Defender Association.

This position is focused on engaging community members in advocacy and activism. Applicants must be flexible, creative, and willing to start building from the ground up! The structure and method of this project will be closely modeled on VOCAL-NY, and the selected applicant will be expected to work with and receive guidance from VOCAL staff who are consulting on this effort, as well as from PDA staff.

Position Description

PDA seeks a talented individual interested in creating grassroots political power as part of a small, but dynamic, team. The community organizer will support leadership development, community empowerment and civic engagement among low-income people who are impacted by mass incarceration, and promote their participation in planning and policymaking that affects their lives.

Job activities are varied and may include: community outreach; mobilization; leadership development; base-building; event coordination; monitoring the implementation of legislation; data collection and analysis; communications and media outreach; and creating public education and advocacy materials. Some administrative tasks (e.g. phone calls, data entry) are assigned as needed

Please send a cover letter and résumé to Patricia Sully, patricia [dot] sully [at] defender [dot] org. In the subject line, please put “Organizer [Your Name]”. No phone calls please.

The position will remain open until filled.

ACLU – VOTER ENGAGEMENT ADVOCATE (Yakima)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (ACLU-WA) is seeking a Yakima-based Voter Engagement Advocate.

Voting among Latinos in Yakima has been low because the system of voting for the City Council did not provide Latinos an opportunity to elect individuals of their choosing.  As a result of a recent lawsuit brought by the ACLU-WA, the election of Yakima City Council members has been restructured into seven single member districts, two of which are largely Latino.  The ACLU-WA wishes to help the community educate Latino voters about the importance of voting, voter eligibility, and how to register to vote.  The Voter Engagement Advocate is part of the Field Department, and is supervised by the Field Director based in Seattle.  The Voter Engagement Advocate will be responsible for implementing our non-partisan voter education campaign to engage new voters in the upcoming 2015 City of Yakima elections.

Whether it’s ending mass incarceration and police brutality, achieving full equality for LGBT people, protecting privacy in the digital age, preserving the right to vote, or ensuring reproductive freedom, the ACLU is willing to take on tough civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. And we’re successful. In the past year in Washington state, we’ve won a lawsuit for a gay couple who was denied service by their local florist, a major victory for Latino voting rights in Yakima, and a ruling that stops the horrific practice of warehousing mentally ill persons in jails without mental health treatment, and much more. The ACLU stands for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or national origin.

To apply, email a letter of application and resume to Jobs@aclu-wa.org and include in the subject line of the email:  your last name and Voter Engagement Advocate. In your letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, at which time the job announcement will be removed from our website at www.ACLU-WA.org/AboutUs/Jobs.

NARAL PRO-CHOICE NY AND THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH – Fall Legal Externship

The National Institute for Reproductive Health and NARAL Pro-Choice New York are affiliated organizations partner organizations that promote reproductive rights and expand access to reproductive health care in New York and in cities and states across the country. NARAL Pro-Choice New York is the leading pro-choice political and advocacy organization in New York State. The National Institute for Reproductive Health works through a partnership model in cities and states across the U.S. to promote a proactive and unapologetic approach to reproductive health, rights, and justice. Through strategic risk-taking and a focus on long-term change, the National Institute galvanizes public support, changes public policy, and expands access to reproductive health care, with a specific focus on abortion. By building connections between and among partner organizations, developing proactive policy strategies, and providing capacity-building assistance, we are strengthening local and state movements, and thus shifting the culture on the national level.

 The law clerk/legal intern should expect to engage in policy analysis of key pieces of state legislation across the country; perform legal research and draft legal memoranda to advance our policy priorities; and gain experience working in state and national coalitions working to advance reproductive rights.

Please email a resume, cover letter, and legal writing sample to internships@prochoiceny.org with subject line “Legal Intern”. People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.