SPRING 2013 LEGAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
NOTICE TO FIRST AND SECOND YEAR LAW STUDENTS
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION
Reproductive Freedom Project, NY
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU), founded in 1920, is a nationwide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with more than 500,000 members and is dedicated to the principles of liberty and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution. The Reproductive Freedom Project of the ACLU’s National Office in New York City seeks legal interns for the Spring of 2013.
The mission of the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project (RFP) is 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. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, The Project strives to ensure that the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by some become the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by all. In particular, the Project works to ensure access to abortion services, comprehensive sex education, and affordable contraception, and to protect the rights of marginalized women to continue their pregnancies. The ACLU is particularly committed to ensuring that individuals’ reproductive rights are not compromised because of their race, youth, or economic status, and believes that reproductive rights work must be informed by broader racial and social justice considerations.
For more than three decades, RFP has participated in nearly every critical reproductive rights case before the Supreme Court and in significant cases in federal and state courts too numerous to count, including challenges to intrusive counseling laws; laws that defund organizations because they provide or refer for abortion; bans on abortion procedures; laws that restrict teens’ access to abortion; and restrictions on insurance coverage of abortion. The ACLU is also the nation’s leading expert on the intersection between reproductive rights and the religion and free speech clauses of the First Amendment. The Reproductive Freedom Project is part of the ACLU’s Center for Liberty, which is dedicated to the principle that we are all entitled to determine the course of our lives based on who we are and what we believe, free from unreasonable government constraint and baseless stereotypes. The Center for Liberty encompasses the ACLU’s work on reproductive rights, women’s rights, LGBT issues, and freedom of religion and belief.
The Reproductive Freedom Project is unique among reproductive rights organizations in that it works with the ACLU’s nationwide network of affiliates and across the organization with attorneys who specialize in other civil liberties areas, including free speech, race and poverty issues, and lesbian and gay rights.
The Spring 2013 Legal Internship offers interns the opportunity to work on all aspects of litigation. The Internship requires a 10-12 week commitment and is part-time, with weekly hours that are negotiable. Interns are highly encouraged to seek outside funding, as the internship is unpaid. Arrangements can be made with the interns’ school for work/study or course credit.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the RFP team. They will gain experience by :
- Conducting legal and policy research.
- Drafting memoranda, affidavits and briefs
- Assisting with researching prospects for new litigation, including both factual and legal claims.
- Assisting with researching and drafting materials for public education.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
This Legal Internship is open to first and second year law students who possess the following :
- Excellent research, writing and communication skills.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including internet research.
- The initiative to see projects through to completion.
- Demonstrated interest in social justice and legal issues.
- A strong interest and commitment to civil rights and civil liberties issues.
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