Alliance for Justice is a national association of more than 130 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy. For nearly 40 years we have been leaders in the fight for a more equitable society on behalf of a broad constituency of environmental, consumer, civil and women’s rights, children’s, senior citizens’ and other groups. Alliance for Justice is premised on the belief that all Americans have the right to secure justice in the courts and to have their voices heard when government makes decisions that affect their lives.

Over the course of four decades our vision has remained steadfast—to protect and expand pathways to justice and the democratic process—while our programs and tactics have been nimble and resilient, evolving with changing times and the needs of our members and the progressive community. AFJ is known for identifying and addressing threats to public interest and civil rights organizations, as well as opportunities they can seize. We pool resources and talents, organize campaigns, mobilize constituencies and drive strategies.

The Justice Program of Alliance for Justice is offering a public interest fellowship to a recent law school graduate. The term of the fellowship will be from September 2020 through August 2021.

Description:

The Alliance’s Dorot Fellow will work on our Justice Program, our Supreme Court campaign, and access to justice issues.

Alliance for Justice vets nominees to the federal judiciary. AFJ conducts extensive research on nominees’ records, including issues related to protections for workers, consumers and the environment and critical rights for women, communities of color, LGBTQ Americans, immigrants and persons with disabilities.  AFJ educates Senate offices, the public and the press to fight for only fair, qualified individuals committed to social justice are confirmed.

Through our Supreme Court campaign, Alliance for Justice analyzes Supreme Court decisions that benefit powerful corporate interests at the expense of everyday Americans. Under the leadership of Chief Justice John Roberts, the Court has radically interpreted laws to shield big business from liability, insulate corporate interests from environmental and antitrust regulation, make it easier for companies to discriminate, and enable powerful interests to flood our election process with special interest dollars.
Our access to justice work focuses on reversing the effects of a decades-long campaign that has eviscerated the ability of Americans to have their day in court. AFJ tracks federal court decisions affecting the legal rights of everyday Americans, educates the public on efforts to narrow those rights, and works with our allies to oppose legislation that will erode Americans’ access to justice.

The position reports to the Legal Director.

Responsibilities:

  • Monitor federal judicial nominations.
  • Conduct research analyzing nominees’ records and draft reports for the press, the public, and the Senate.
  • Attend Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, executive sessions, and votes.
  • Attend coalition meetings.
  • Monitor, analyze, and write about Supreme Court and lower federal court cases.
  • Advocate against legislation related to access to justice issues.
  • Conduct research and analysis on a broad array of public interest law issues.
  • Work with communications and development teams to draft press releases, blog posts, web content, and grant proposals as necessary, and participate in press and outreach activities.
  • Attend meetings with congressional staff.
  • Oversee the work of summer associates and volunteer legal researchers.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.

Qualifications:

  • JD degree.
  • Excellent research, writing, and oral communications skills.
  • Ability to analyze and clearly explain concepts of law and public policy.
  • An interest in federal appellate law and the federal judiciary.
  • Experience in advocacy and/or political work.
  • A demonstrated commitment to the public interest.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is $55,000.  AFJ provides a comprehensive benefits package including medical, prescription, optional vision, dental, flexible spending account, and life and disability insurance, as well as commuter benefits and retirement programs.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so.  Ability to travel by train and airplane and work long hours when needed. All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Work Environment:

General office working conditions, the noise level in the office is usually quiet.

Job Location:

Washington, D.C.

How to Apply:

Qualified applicants please reference 2020-2021 Dorot Fellowship in your subject line and submit a letter of interest, resume and writing sample to [email protected] or click below to apply online.

AFJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer. AFJ prohibits discrimination against its employees and applicants for employment based on race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, sero-status and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or income.

Disclaimer:

This description is intended to provide an overview of this position and is not all-inclusive.  The incumbent in this position will be expected to perform other duties as required.  Responsibilities may change over time.  This description is provided for informational purposes only and does not form the basis of a contract.