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ACLU of Missouri Fall 2020 Legal Fellowship Sponsorship, Reproductive Freedom Project in New York, New York


The Reproductive Freedom Project of the ACLU’s national office in New York invites third-year law students and recent law graduates to apply for a sponsorship opportunity to work with us as a Legal Fellow to begin in the fall of 2020.

Individuals’ right to abortion is facing a threat not seen in more than a generation. For more than four decades, the ACLU has been a leader in the fight to protect the constitutional right to abortion and in the efforts to reduce the policy barriers around abortion to ensure that every person has access to safe, affordable abortion care in their communities.

Today, the ACLU is leading the litigation charge against abortion bans, including those in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, and Ohio, and is challenging more than 30 other state level abortion restrictions in states across the country. In addition, the ACLU has multiple ongoing lawsuits against the Trump administration for its efforts to roll back access to abortion and other forms of reproductive health care, including our case brought on behalf of Jane Doe, a young immigrant woman who the Trump Administration tried to prevent her from getting an abortion. In addition to these defensive efforts, the ACLU is litigating a number of cases seeking to expand access to abortion, particularly for people with low-incomes.

The Reproductive Freedom Project strives 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 and where all people have the resources and tools to access the health care they need to effectuate these decisions. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, the ACLU strives to ensure that the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by some become the freedoms and opportunities enjoyed by all. The ACLU is particularly committed to ensuring that individuals’ reproductive rights are not compromised because of their race, youth, immigration or economic status or where they live, and believes that reproductive rights work must be informed by broader racial and social justice considerations.

The ACLU has participated in nearly every reproductive rights case before the Supreme Court and in hundreds of significant cases in federal and state courts too numerous to count. The ACLU is unique among organizations working in this field in that it works with the ACLU’s nationwide network of affiliates as well as attorneys in the organization who specialize in other areas, including freedom of speech and religion, immigrants’ rights, racial justice, and LGBT rights.

The fellow will be a core member of a collaborative, dedicated team working at the forefront in a critical moment for the reproductive rights movement.

Our staff will work with candidates to develop their proposals for submission.

  • Conduct legal research and analysis and develop theories to support new litigation projects.
  • Draft legal memoranda, pleadings, declarations, motions, and briefs.
  • Interview potential witnesses and clients.
  • Participate in discovery and trial practice as opportunities arise.
  • 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, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts.
  • J.D. or expected to receive a J.D by the spring of 2020.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law, civil liberties, and reproductive rights.
  • Willingness to work closely with Reproductive Freedom Project through the funding application process.
  • Excellent research, writing, and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct complex legal analysis.
  • 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.
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU

For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, 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 cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.