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The Racial Justice Program (RJP) of the ACLU National office in New York City invites applications for the Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellowship, which will begin in September 2016.
The Fellowship was established by the ACLU Board of Directors in memory of Marvin M. Karpatkin, the late General Counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union, who died in January 1975, at the age of 48. Mr. Karpatkin was one of the ACLU’s most active attorneys during the 1960s and early 1970s. He left his special mark in the areas of selective service and military law. His interest in those areas grew out of his own strong opposition to the Vietnam War and his desire to help those who, younger than himself, were faced with performing military service in a war they would not support.
Racial Justice Program (RJP) attorneys and staff work to challenge racial discrimination and related issues that have a disparate impact on communities of color, particularly in the areas of criminal justice, economic justice and education. In the area of criminal justice, we are dedicated to reducing the unwarranted and disproportionate targeting and incarceration of people of color. In the area of education, we seek to ensure that all children have access to quality education, regardless of race or ethnicity, and seek to end the school-to-prison pipeline that funnels children of color out of the education system into the criminal and juvenile justice systems. We have filed civil challenges to the practice of jailing indigent persons because of their inability to pay court fines and are exploring other practices which have the effect of criminalizing poverty; we have also taken steps to challenge racial profiling and are working to counteract the negative effects of discrimination in mortgage lending on communities of color.
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
The Karpatkin Fellow functions as part of the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program’s litigation team. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
Providing legal research and analysis and developing theories to support new litigation projects.
Drafting pleadings, affidavits, motions, and briefs.
Interviewing witnesses and potential plaintiffs.
Participating in discovery and trial practice.
Providing support and assistance to ACLU affiliates and cooperating attorneys.
Public speaking and attending meetings and/or conferences as needed.
Supervising student interns.
EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS
J.D. degree or expectation of receiving degree by the Spring of 2016.
A demonstrated ability to conduct complex legal analysis and fact-finding.
Excellent research, writing and verbal communication skills.
Self-starter with excellent interpersonal skills.
Proven ability to work independently as well as within a team.
Excellent computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
Demonstrated commitment to public interest law.
Commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU.
The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.
HOW TO APPLY Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation and at least one legal writing sample to: hrjobsRJP@aclu.org – reference [LGLF-06 /ACLU-LISTSRV] in the subject line.
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this opportunity.
The application deadline is October 16, 2015.
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