Alliance for Justice is a national association of more than 130 organizations dedicated to advancing justice and democracy. For over 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 our voices heard when government makes decisions that affect our lives.

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 2022 through August 2023.

Description

Alliance for Justice educates Senate offices, the public, and the press to ensure the most qualified and fair-minded candidates are nominated to the federal bench and to help our justice system reflect America’s diversity. During the Biden administration, AFJ’s Justice Program is working to identify and advocate for the nomination and confirmation of demographically and experientially diverse judges with a demonstrated commitment to equal justice. The Dorot Fellow will assist with this work by vetting potential nominees, attending Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, meeting with coalition members, and preparing reports on nominees’ records. The Dorot Fellow will conduct 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.

The Justice Program also analyzes Supreme Court and lower federal court decisions that roll back hard-won protections and rights of everyday Americans. Under the leadership of Chief Justice John Roberts, the Court has radically interpreted laws to protect corporate interests and threaten the rights of people of color, women, workers, immigrants, and LGBTQ+ people. The Dorot Fellow will track federal court decisions affecting the legal rights of everyday Americans, educate the public on efforts to narrow those rights, and work with our allies to advance legislation that will enhance Americans’ access to justice.

The position reports to the Senior Legislative Counsel.

Responsibilities

  • Monitor federal judicial nominations.
  • Conduct research analyzing nominees’ records and draft reports for the Biden administration, press, the public, and the Senate.
  • Attend Senate Judiciary Committee hearings.
  • Attend coalition meetings.
  • Monitor, analyze, and write about Supreme Court and lower federal court cases.
  • Advocate on 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

The salary is $55,000.  AFJ also offers a comprehensive and generous benefits program: 

Health

We offer medical, dental, vision benefits, as well an employee assistance program for physical and mental well-being. 

Savings 

Save for retirement with our 401K plan with employer matching. Health savings account and flexible spending account. Other insurances include life and disability. 

Time 

We have a generous paid time off policy.

Family

We provide 12 weeks of parental leave and a range of paid and unpaid family leave programs that allow our employees to bond with and care for their children and other dependents.

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. On rare occasions, travel by train and airplane. Ability to 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.  This is a full-time position. Some evening/weekend hours and travel may be required when needed.  

AFJ’s non-management staff members are unionized under the Baltimore-Washington Newspaper Guild.

Racial Equity

Our employees share our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization, integrating justice and equity into the work we do and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture.  

Job Location

Washington, D.C. – Currently working remotely.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants please reference 2022-2023 Dorot Fellowship in your subject line and submit a letter of interest, resume and writing sample to [email protected].

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.