Civil Rights Litigation Fellow

Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
May 24, 2018
Closes
Jun 28, 2018
Industry
Law, Nonprofit
Hours
Full Time

Title:               Civil Rights Litigation Fellow

Reports to:     Assistant Director of Legal Advocacy

Term:             1 year, Immediately

Status:            Full time, Exempt Employee, 40 hours/week.

Position Summary:  The Civil Rights Litigation Fellow (“Litigation Fellow”) will be responsible for furthering Advancing Justice-AAJC’s impact litigation and amicus practice. Key areas of recent activity have included immigration, voting rights, census, language access, and affirmative action.  The Litigation Fellow will report directly to the Assistant Director of Legal Advocacy and will also work with senior staff and the executive team to strategically implement and execute Advancing Justice-AAJC’s legal advocacy program.  The Litigation Fellow will also work with counterparts in the Advancing Justice affiliation in the implementation of our legal advocacy strategies.

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated interest in civil and human rights at the national, state, or local level.  An interest in litigation is required. The candidate must have the ability to analyze and make recommendations on immigration, voting rights, census, and other legal issues affecting Asian American communities.  Experience working with diverse coalitions is a plus.  The Litigation Fellow will work closely with a diverse range of constituents, including legal and policy staff at the Advancing Justice affiliates, pro bono counsel, and other local and national groups.  The candidate must have excellent writing and communication skills to bring diverse coalitions together and to ensure alignment with litigation and policy strategies across many interested parties.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Litigation

  • Participate in ongoing litigation.
  • Assist in researching and developing opportunities for impact litigation.
  • Work with local and national partners to develop amicus brief opportunities and strategies; analyze amicus sign-on opportunities and make recommendations for joining briefs.
  • Monitor and track Supreme Court and other impact litigation on emerging cases that affect Asian American communities to identify opportunities for legal advocacy in support of Advancing Justice-AAJC's policy priorities.
  • Help develop litigation capacity of partnering community organizations.
  • Draft summaries, memos, and talking points to alert partners about Advancing Justice-AAJC amicus brief opportunities and handle outreach to signatory groups.
  • Develop and maintain extensive advocacy and coalition relationships with the Asian American and the Washington D.C. legal and non-legal civil rights communities.
  • Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Education and Experience:

  • J.D. degree from accredited law school and member in good standing with a state bar association.
  • One to three years of legal experience.
  • Fluency in a foreign language desired but not required.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Excellent research, writing, and communications skills; the ability to investigate and analyze complex legal and factual issues; and familiarity with policy-based legal arguments.
  • Experience and knowledge in Asian American, immigration, and civil rights issues.
  • Must be able to work independently and successfully complete multiple overlapping projects without day-to-day supervision.
  • Familiarity with litigation in both federal and state court.

Application Process: 

Send resume with references, short writing sample (not more than ten pages) and a cover letter to Hiring Manager at hiring@advancingjustice-aajc.org or by mail.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC is an equal opportunity employer.

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