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DOROT Fellowship – Washington, DC

Organization: Alliance for Justice

Job Title: Fellowship

Location: Washington, DC

Hours and Compensation: Full time, $42,500 stipend

Position Dates: September 4th, 2013 – August 31st, 2014

Application Deadline: October 31st, 2012 (but accepted on rolling submission, so send in ASAP)

Posted On: July 24th, 2012

Description

Alliance for Justice is offering a public interest fellowship to a recent law school graduate. The term of the fellowship will be from September 2013 through August 2014.

Alliance for Justice is a national association of more than 100 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy. For more than 30 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 our voice heard when government makes decisions that affect our lives.

The Alliance’s 2013-2014 Dorot Fellow will work primarily for our Judicial Selection Project and for our Corporate Court campaign, but will also work on a variety of other Access to Justice issues.

Through our Judicial Selection Project, Alliance for Justice vets nominees to the federal judiciary, working closely with Senate offices, the White House, and the U.S. Department of Justice. The Judicial Selection Project also educates the public and the press to ensure that only fair, qualified, individuals committed to social justice are confirmed.

Through our Corporate Court Campaign, Alliance for Justice analyzes and comments on 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 rewritten laws in order 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.

Responsibilities

• Monitor federal judicial nominations.
• Conduct research analyzing nominees’ records and draft reports for the press, the public, the Senate, and the White House.
• Attend Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, executive committee sessions, and votes.
• Attend weekly meetings of the Coalition for a Fair and Independent Judiciary.
• Monitor, analyze, and write about Supreme Court and lower federal court cases.
• Review amicus briefs that the Alliance joins in significant Supreme Court cases.
• Draft and advocate for legislation related to access to justice issues.
• Conduct research and analysis related to 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.
• Attend meetings with congressional, Justice Department, and White House 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.

How to Apply

Applications must be received no later than October 31, 2012, but will be considered on a rolling basis. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, transcript, and a list of references online by clicking the “Apply for this position” tab below. Alternatively, applications may also be submitted via email to alliance@afj.org or via mail to Alliance for Justice, Attn: Dorot Fellowship, 11 Dupont Circle NW, Second Floor, Washington, DC 20036.

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