NOTICE TO LAW STUDENTS
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION
Equality Center - Disability Rights Program, San Francisco, CA
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU), founded in 1920 , is a nationwide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with more than 500,000 members dedicated to the principles of liberty and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution. The Equality Center – Disability Rights Program of the ACLU’s National Office San Francisco seeks applicants for a Spring/Summer 2013 Legal Internship .
The ACLU has a long history of defending the rights of people with disabilities. It played a major role in securing passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ACLU has battled discrimination against persons with HIV/AIDS and stood up for the voting rights of persons with disabilities in the ongoing debate over electoral reform. It has fought to obtain adequate health care and access to services for prisoners with disabilities across the country. The ACLU also established the right to treatment for persons with mental illness who are involuntarily committed.
The Internship requires a 10 to 16 week commitment. The internship may be full-time or part-time, with weekly hours that are negotiable. 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 a work/study stipend or course credit.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITES
The Legal Internship program is designed to provide an intern with the opportunity to learn about public interest law, with a disability rights focus. The intern will work closely with the Equality Center Disability Counsel. He/she will be expected to:
Conduct internet and other factual research and collaborate with staff in preparing background memoranda on selected policy issues.
Provide legal research and analysis.
Collect and analyze statistical and social science data for use in litigation and policy presentations.
Assist with outreach to disability organizations.
Assist with the development and maintenance of websites, materials and other public information pieces.
Perform special projects and other duties as assigned.
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:
Excellent research, writing and communications skills.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including internet research.
Ability to work independently.
Experience with disability rights law, legislative lobbying, and personal experience with disability preferred.
Demonstrated commitment to civil rights and civil liberties issues.
The philosopher Socrates once said, "I am that gadfly which God has given the state." While the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) might...