Summer 2013 Legal Internship in DC
Brennan Center for Justice - Washington, DC

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Please read the application instructions below carefully The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from racial justice in criminal law to presidential power in the fight against terrorism. A singular institution – part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group – the Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to win meaningful, measurable change in the public sector. We seek law students to work alongside staff in our New York and Washington offices on the Brennan Center ’s policy advocacy, research, and litigation initiatives.

Activities may include legal and policy analysis; legislative drafting at federal, state, and local levels; administrative and legislative advocacy; public education and scholarship; and litigation in trial and appellate courts. The Brennan Center ’s interns are integral to all aspects of our work, including programmatic and strategic planning. We strive to offer a fun and intellectually-challenging legal intern experience that supports and supplements the vital advocacy offered by the Brennan Center. The internship starts on May 28, 2013 and lasts for 10 weeks.

We may accommodate a limited number of split summers. The Brennan Center is pleased to offer grants of up to $5,000 to students accepted to the internship program in need of summer funding through the James E Johnson Legal Intern Fund. All students who are unable to secure adequate funding from outside sources will be eligible to apply for Johnson fellowships. Qualifications: Excellent legal research, analysis, and writing skills; initiative, imagination, and versatility; and a passion for our issues.

The Brennan Center, an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, is strongly committed to diversity and welcomes applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations, including people who have been previously incarcerated. The Center ’s Program Areas Democracy Program (NY based) The Democracy Program seeks to perfect the ideal of representative self-government by advocating for public policies and institutions that reflect a diverse, engaged, and energetic democracy. The Program collaborates with grassroots groups, advocacy organizations, and reform-minded government officials to promote policies that eliminate barriers to full and equal political participation. Assignments will be drawn from work on voting rights (including the rights of students and people with felony convictions); reform of election administration (including voter registration modernization, ballot design, and defensive work against photo ID and other practices likely to suppress the vote or have a disproportionate impact on communities of color); campaign finance reform at the federal, state, and local level; and protecting the independence, impartiality, and integrity of the courts.

Justice Program (NY based) The Justice Program seeks to bring the ideal of a just society closer to reality. The Program collaborates with grassroots groups, advocacy organizations, and reform-minded government officials to promote equal treatment in our courts. The Justice Program is working to close the “justice gap ” by expanding the types of civil cases in which low-income people have a right to counsel, increasing funding for the federal Legal Services Corporation (LSC), removing onerous restrictions on LSC-funded organizations, and improving language access in the courts. In addition to the expansion of civil legal aid, we are leading a national indigent defense reform movement that is dedicated to strengthening defender services and to securing the promise of Gideon.

Additionally, we are working to ensure that a new generation of “fees and fines ” does not unfairly shift the costs of criminal justice systems onto those least able to shoulder them. Among its activities, the Brennan Center partners with defender programs to research racial disparities in police and prosecution practices, works with defender programs to achieve racial justice reform, and promotes best practices that constitute the Community Oriented Defense model. Liberty and National Security Program (NY or DC) The Brennan Center ’s Liberty and National Security (LNS) Program fights to preserve constitutional values in the post-9/11 world. Our work centers on innovative policy recommendations, litigation, and public advocacy to ensure that our nation ’s commitment to national security comports with the rule of law and our fundamental freedoms.

We are currently focusing on the government°s intelligence collection practices (e.g., how intelligence agents are controlled, what dangers they pose to privacy and the 1st amendment, profiling concerns) and on combating excessive government secrecy (e.g., over classification of documents). There are positions available in NY and DC. Washington, DC Office Interns working in the DC office will have to opportunity to work on all of our policy issues. They can expect their work to have a greater emphasis on advocacy and policy research than on litigation, though they will gain exposure to all facets of our work.

We will be hiring one legal intern to work with our Liberty and National Security Program and one intern to work with the Director of our DC office on a variety of Brennan Center issues. How to Apply: Interested students should upload a single PDF or WORD document containing all of the following: (1) a cover letter explaining which particular programs or projects they are interested in joining: Democracy Program (NY), Justice Program (NY), Liberty " National Security (NY or DC), or DC Office; (2) a current law school transcript (1Ls may send the transcript separately, as soon as it is available); (3) a legal writing sample; (4) a current resume; and (5) contact information for three references. If you upload these items separately, please also paste your cover letter into the appropriate box. We will only accept applications submitted through this website.

If you have any difficulties with the online system, upload just your cover letter and resume and email the remaining documents to brennancenterjobs@nyu.edu with quotSummer Legal Internshipquot in the subject line. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2013, but we encourage students with a strong interest in joining us to apply early.

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