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||IRP-CA Spring 2013 Legal Internship - Immigrants? Rights Project
||American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
||2013 SPRING INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES NOTICE TO LAW STUDENTS AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION FOUNDATION Immigrants? Rights Project, SF
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU), founded in 1920, is a nationwide, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with more than 500,000 members and is dedicated to the principles of liberty and equality embodied in the U.S. Constitution. The Immigrants? Rights Project (IRP) of the ACLU?s National Offices in San Francisco seeks legal interns for the Spring 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 Spring 2013 Legal Internship requires a 10-12 week commitment. The internship is part-time, with weekly hours that are negotiable. This is an unpaid internship. Arrangements can be made with the student?s law school for work/study stipends or course credit.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Interns will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working alongside the IRP team. They will assist in all aspects of litigation, and gain experience by:
Conducting legal and policy research.
Drafting memoranda, affidavits and briefs.
Researching prospects for new litigation, including both factual and legal claims.
Researching and drafting materials for public education.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
The Internship is open to all law students who will have completed their first year of law school before the internship commences. Desired qualifications include:
Excellent research, analytical, writing and communication skills.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and online legal research.
The initiative to see projects through to completion.
A strong interest and commitment to civil rights, social justice and civil liberties issues.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, the names and telephone numbers of three references, an official or unofficial transcript, and a legal writing sample (no more than ten pages in length) to hrjobsIRP@aclu.org, reference ?IRP - CA Spring 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
California Legal Internship Selection Committee
ACLU Immigrants? Rights Project
39 Drumm Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
RE: IRP-CA Spring 2013 Legal Internship/FEM
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. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications by December 31, 2012.
This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.
The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
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?.
||Dec 1 2012 12:00AM
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