Spring 2013 Legal Internship - NY and DC
Brennan Center for Justice - New York, NY

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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. Position: Each semester, the Brennan Center hosts 4-5 law students to work on current and cutting edge legal issues, including national security issues raised by the Patriot Act, expanding voter registration, strengthening campaign finance laws, and improving access to a fair and impartial justice system.

Our research, policy development, and advocacy focus on systemic reform that combats discrimination and inequality and promotes civic participation. Interns assist attorneys with litigation, scholarship, public education, legislative counseling, and advocacy, with an emphasis on legal research and writing. The Brennan Center ’s interns are integral to all aspects of our work, including programmatic and strategic planning. Students receive one-on-one supervision of their legal work by lawyers on our staff.

Legal interns are not compensated by the Brennan Center for their internships, but we can help accommodate coursework requirements upon request. We strive to offer a fun and intellectually-challenging legal intern experience that supports and supplements the vital advocacy offered by the Brennan Center. For more information about the Brennan Center, visit http://www.brennancenter.org. Qualifications: Excellent legal research, analysis, and writing skills; initiative, imagination, and versatility; and a passion for our issues.

This position is only open to current law school students. 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. How to Apply: Interested students should upload, as a single document (where it says quotattach resumequot) (1) a cover letter explaining which particular program or programs they are interested in joining, (2) a current law school transcript, (3) a legal writing sample of up to 10 pages, (4) a current resume, and (5) contact information for three references. You may compile your documents and upload them here, or use the separate buttons for each document.

All follow-up questions should be directed to brennancenterjobs@nyu.edu We accept applications and will fill positions on a rolling basis through January 15, 2013, but priority is given to applications received by December 15, 2012. We encourage students with a strong interest in joining us to apply early. The Center ’s Program Areas Democracy Program 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.

Project areas include 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 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 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).

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