Fall 2019 - Reproductive Freedom Project Legal Internship
ACLU - Internships - New York, NY
Full-timeEstimated: $38,000 - $50,000 a year
* Writing Skills
* Legal Drafting
* Analysis Skills
FALL 2019 LEGAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation
Reproductive Freedom Project
New York Office
For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been our nation's guardian of liberty, working in courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it's ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, advancing racial justice, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties and civil rights cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. With more than one million members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU is a nationwide organization that fights tirelessly in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., for the principle that every individual's rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, and record of arrest or conviction.
The Reproductive Freedom Project of the ACLU's National Office in New York seeks applicants for its Fall 2019 Legal Internship. A stipend is available for those students who do not receive outside funding and/or course credit. Arrangements can be made with the student's school for a work/study stipend or course credit.
OVERVIEW OF THE REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM PROJECT
Individuals' right to abortion is facing a threat not seen in more than a generation. For more than four decades, the ACLU has been a leader in the fight to protect the constitutional right to abortion and in the efforts to reduce the policy barriers around abortion to ensure that every person has access to safe, affordable abortion care in their communities.
Today, the ACLU is leading the litigation charge against abortion bans, including those in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and Ohio, and is challenging more than 30 other state level abortion restrictions in states across the country. In addition, the ACLU has multiple ongoing lawsuits against the Trump administration for its efforts to roll back access to abortion and other forms of reproductive health care, including our case brought on behalf of Jane Doe, a young immigrant woman who the Trump Administration tried to prevent her from getting an abortion. In addition to these defensive efforts, the ACLU is litigating a number of cases seeking to expand access to abortion, particularly for people with low-incomes.
The Reproductive Freedom Project strives to secure a world that respects and supports everyone's right to form intimate relationships and to decide whether and when to have a child and where all people have the resources and tools to access the health care they need to effectuate these decisions. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, the ACLU strives to ensure that the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by some become the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by all. The ACLU is particularly committed to ensuring that individuals' reproductive rights are not compromised because of their race, youth, immigration or economic status or where they live, and believes that reproductive rights work must be informed by broader racial and social justice considerations.
The ACLU has participated in nearly every reproductive rights case before the Supreme Court and in hundreds of significant cases in federal and state courts too numerous to count. The ACLU is unique among organizations working in this field in that it works with the ACLU's nationwide network of affiliates as well as attorneys in the organization who specialize in other areas, including freedom of speech and religion, immigrants' rights, racial justice, and LGBT rights.
Interns will have the opportunity to work on a variety of litigation projects and learn about current issues around abortion access and reproductive rights. The internships require a semester-long commitment, and can be a full time position or a part time position with a minimum of 8 hours per week.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the Reproductive Freedom Project team on the following:
* Conducting legal, factual, and policy research.
* Drafting memoranda, affidavits and other legal documents.
* Researching prospects for new litigation, including both factual and legal claims.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
This internship is open to law students who will have completed their first year of school before the internship commences. Interns should possess the following:
* Excellent research, writing, analytical and communication skills.
* The initiative to see projects through to completion.
* A commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and social and racial justice.
* The ability to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.
* A commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
* Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and accepted until the position is filled.
This posting provides a general but not comprehensive list of the opportunities of the internship. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the posting at any time without advance notice.
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