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||2013 FALL INTERNSHIP, Immigrants' Rights Project
||2013 FALL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
NOTICE TO LAW STUDENTS
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION Immigrants' Rights Project, SF and NY For more than 92 years, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU), has been at the forefront of virtually every major battle for civil liberties and equal justice in this country. Principled and nonpartisan, the ACLU has offices in all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, and brings together the country's largest team of public interest lawyers, lobbyists, communication strategists, and members and activists in the advancement of equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Immigrants? Rights Project seeks legal interns for the fall of 2013.
The Immigrants' Rights Project is a national project of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation with offices in New York and California. Using targeted impact litigation, advocacy and public outreach, the Project carries on the ACLU?s historic commitment to protecting the civil rights and civil liberties of immigrants. In federal district and appellate courts, including the Supreme Court, the Project conducts the nation?s largest impact litigation program dedicated to defending and expanding the rights of immigrants, enforcing the guarantees of the Constitution, and achieving equal justice under the law.
The Project has focused on challenging laws that deny immigrants access to the judicial system, impose indefinite and mandatory detention, and constitute discrimination on the basis of "alienage" by governmental and private entities. Another critical area of work for the Project is challenging state and local anti-immigrant laws that target immigrants based on immigration status, encourage racial profiling, and divide communities. In addition, the Project has been challenging constitutional abuses that arise from immigration enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels, including litigation against worksite and home raids, and improper enforcement of federal immigration laws by local sheriffs. IRP's efforts in the enforcement arena seek to ensure the constitutional protections of the Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments, combat racial profiling arising from actual or pretextual immigration enforcement that subjects immigrant communities to racism and hostility, and challenge government policies and practices that undermine or deny immigrants? ability to effectuate their existing legal rights.
Through its communications and public education efforts, the Project works to provide information about immigrants' rights to immigrant communities nationwide. The Project works with the English and non-English language media, immigrant advocacy organizations, and ACLU affiliates around the country to raise awareness in immigrant communities about their rights and about current and proposed immigration laws.
The Project is offering Interns the opportunity to work on a variety of litigation projects. The Fall Legal Internship is part-time and requires a time commitment of 12-16 hours per week. This is an unpaid internship. Arrangements can be made with the student's law school for a work/study stipend or course credit where available.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the supervision of one or more staff attorneys, interns will gain experience by working on the following:
- Conducting legal research and factual investigation
- Drafting memoranda, affidavits, and briefs
- Providing assistance and advice to ACLU affiliates, private attorneys, and others who seek our help
- Screening potential cases for litigation
- Researching or drafting materials for public education
- Performing other duties as assigned.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
The Internship is open to all law students who have completed their first year of law school before the internship commences. Desired qualifications include:
- Excellent research, analytical, writing and communication skills.
- Commitment to civil liberties and immigrants? rights and an interest in working toward racial and social justice.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and online legal research.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, a list of three references, and a transcript to hrjobsIRP@aclu.org, with reference "IRP - NY Fall 2013 Legal Internship-FEM" or "IRP - CA Fall 2013 Legal Internship-FEM" in the subject line to indicate the office where the internship placement is desired.
Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to Immigrants' Rights postings. In order to ensure your application is received please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials.
Alternatively, applications can be mailed
Legal Internship Selection Committee
RE: IRP-NY Fall 2013 Legal Internship-FEM ACLU Immigrants? Rights Project
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Legal Internship Selection Committee
RE: IRP-CA Fall 2013 Legal Internship -FEM ACLU Immigrants? Rights Project
39 Drumm Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this internship opportunity.
Students are encouraged to submit application materials as early as possible, since decisions are made on a rolling basis.
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, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status. We encourage applicants who need accommodation in the application process to contact Recruitment@aclu.org. Correspondence sent to the Recruitment@aclu.org address that is not related to accommodations will not be reviewed. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.
The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name "ACLU."
||May 20 2013 12:00AM
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