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ACLU of Missouri Fall 2021 Legal Fellowship Sponsorship, Racial Justice Program in New York, New York


The ACLU seeks a full-time position of Legal Fellow in the Racial Justice Program *of the ACLU’s National office in *New York, NY.

The Racial Justice Program (RJP) is part of the ACLU’s Trone Center for Justice and Equality, which works to combat racial discrimination; to ensure that our criminal justice system is fair, and free of racial bias; to advocate for humane and constitutional conditions of confinement; and to abolish the death penalty as a legitimate form of punishment. The Trone Center for Justice and Equality also includes the Criminal Law Reform Project, Capital Punishment Project, and the National Prison Project. The RJP challenges racial discrimination and other practices and policies that have a direct or disparate impact on communities of color, including Native American communities. RJP has a particular emphasis on education, criminal justice and economic justice issues. To advance its work RJP, often working with the ACLU's 53 affiliates nationwide, uses litigation, legislative advocacy and public education to challenge unconstitutional court-imposed fines and fees, unequal educational opportunities, policies and practices that push children out of the education system into the juvenile justice and criminal justice systems, unfair lending practices and a range of police and criminal justice system practices that unfairly target communities of color.

The Racial Justice Program seeks to sponsor a Legal Fellow to develop a project that advances our campaign to fight the over criminalization of people of color. Possible projects may include challenges to housing, employment, or credit restrictions based on criminal history or to court fines and fees that disproportionately penalize low-income people of color. We will review applications on a rolling basis, but priority consideration will be given to those who submit applications by July 24, 2020.

  • Conduct legal research and analysis and develop theories to support new litigation
  • Conduct factual investigation to identify policies and practices that can be challenged through litigation, including through court observation, jail interviews, and records request
  • Draft legal memoranda, pleadings, affidavits, motions, and briefs
  • Review and analyze documents to support litigation and advocacy
  • Interview witnesses and potential plaintiffs
  • Participate in discovery and trial practice
  • Draft and edit public education and non-litigation advocacy materials
  • Willingness to work closely with the ACLU through the funding application process
  • Provide support and assistance to ACLU affiliates and cooperating attorneys
  • Help manage summer legal internship program and supervise student interns
  • J.D. degree at time of hire
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law, civil liberties, and racial justice
  • Excellent research, writing and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct complex legal analysis and fact-finding
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
  • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative, manage a variety of tasks and see projects through to completion
  • Excellent computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
  • Demonstrated 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, disability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts

For 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.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. 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 undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, have full opportunities for employment in all positions.

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.