Alliance for Justice is a national association of more than 100 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy. For over 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 their voices heard when government makes decisions that affect their lives.
Over the course of three 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.
Alliance for Justice’s West Coast office, in Oakland, CA, is seeking law school student applicants for internships within the Bolder Advocacy Initiative for the fall or spring semester. These positions are unpaid, but should be eligible for course credit (depending on the procedures required by each law school).
The Bolder Advocacy Initiative advances and protects the role of nonprofits in influencing public policy. It helps organizations fully understand the legal rules governing advocacy activities, and become assertive in their right to pursue their policy goals. By tracking and responding to legislation that affects nonprofit advocacy, fighting for the rights of nonprofits and foundations to conduct advocacy, and responding to potential threats to nonprofit advocacy, we lay the groundwork for more nonprofit organizations to advocate effectively on behalf of their communities.
Over the course of the semester, the legal interns gain experience working with grassroots organizations; researching nonprofit and foundation legal issues, including the politicization of attacks on nonprofits (for example, ACORN and Planned Parenthood); knowledge of the legal framework governing nonprofit advocacy and lobbying, including campaign finance laws in the post-Citizens United election landscape; and insight into the current political atmosphere and its effect on nonprofit advocacy work in America.
Role and Responsibilities:
- Draft internal memos and publications for a non-legal audience related to federal, state and local laws governing advocacy
- Monitor developments in campaign finance laws, lobbying disclosure laws, and other laws related to advocacy activities of nonprofits
- Conduct research on legal and political issues surrounding nonprofits, including in response to calls from nonprofits around the country
- Work with Communications and Development teams to draft press releases, blog posts, and other web content
- Perform other duties as necessary
- Must be a current law student
- Good research and writing skills
- Ability to analyze and clearly explain concepts of law and public policy
- Motivated, hardworking, and energetic
- Committed to the nonprofit sector and social justice
- Flexible and willing to take on a variety of assignments
- Experience with word processing, Excel, and PowerPoint (social media and blogging experience is a plus)
- Experience with or interest in learning more about nonprofit and grassroots advocacy, and public policy and communications
To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Nayantara Mehta at Nayantara@afj.org. To submit online application, click the button below.