Fall 2019 Legal Fellowship Sponsorship Opportunity, Capital Punishment Project, NC

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Raleigh, NC, USA
  • Jul 02, 2018
Full time Law

Job Description

Fall 2019 Legal Fellowship Sponsorship Opportunity, Capital Punishment Project, NC

Office:  Legal Fellowships

Location:  North Carolina

 

June 27, 2018

 

Fall 2019 Legal Fellowship Sponsorship Opportunity 

Notice to Third-Year Law Students and Recent Graduates

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Capital Punishment Project

Durham, North Carolina

 

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 protecting the rights of immigrants, ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for women and 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, record of arrest or conviction.

The ACLU invites rising third-year law students and recent law graduates to apply for a sponsorship opportunity to work with us as a Legal Fellow. The Capital Punishment Project of the National office in Durham, North Carolina seeks applicants to consider for a sponsored fellowship such as Equal Justice Works or other public interest fellowships to begin in the fall of 2019.

 

OVERVIEW

The Capital Punishment Project, part of the ACLU’s Center for Justice, challenges the unfairness and arbitrariness of capital punishment while working toward the ultimate goal of abolishing the death penalty. The Project engages in public advocacy and strategic litigation, including direct representation of capital defendants. The Project’s litigation is conducted throughout the country, with a particular focus on the South. 

Our staff will work with candidates to develop their proposals for submission, helping tailor the proposal to address an important civil liberties issue while satisfying the funding organization’s requirements. Proposed projects often combine litigation and advocacy with community outreach and public education.

The Capital Punishment Project is interested in sponsoring a candidate to work on a project addressing the rise in secrecy surrounding lethal injections and its infringement on public debate or one addressing the pernicious role of race in capital jury selection.  The Project welcomes additional suggestions from prospective Fellow applicants. 

 

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct legal research and analysis and develop theories to support new litigation projects
  • Draft legal memoranda, pleadings, affidavits, motions, and briefs
  • Interview witnesses and potential clients
  • Participate in discovery, brief writing, and trial practice
  • Draft and edit public education and non-litigation advocacy materials
  • Provide support and assistance to ACLU affiliates and cooperating attorneys
  • Help manage summer legal internship program and supervise student interns
  • Engage in public speaking and attend meetings and/or conferences as needed
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts

 

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • D. or expected to receive a J.D by the spring of 2019.
  • Excellent research, writing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct complex legal analysis and fact-finding.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work independently as well as within a team.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative, manage a variety of tasks and see projects through to completion.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law, civil liberties, and criminal justice, including opposition to the death penalty.  
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU.

 

COMPENSATION

The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale, to supplement the external funding.

 

HOW TO APPLY

If you would like to be considered for a sponsorship opportunity, please submit by email to HRJobsCPP@aclu.org, referencing “2019 Legal Fellowship Sponsorship – Capital Punishment Project” in the subject line:

  • a letter of interest (your letter may, but is not required to, include a description of a project proposal)
  • current resume
  • legal writing sample
  • unofficial law school transcript
  • names and telephone numbers of three references

 

We will review applications on a rolling basis, but priority consideration will be given to those who submit applications by July 6, 2018.

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URL

https://www.aclu.org/careers/fall-2019-legal-fellowship-sponsorship-opportunity-capital-punishment-project-nc

Salary

The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.