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Economic Justice Fellow

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Colorado seeks applicants for a one-year, full-time, entry-level position dedicated primarily to factual research and analysis of issues involving economic justice. This position, which begins September 15, is an excellent opportunity for a college graduate who is considering going to law school and who has a passion for civil liberties.

Position Overview

The Economic Justice Fellow will work in the ACLU Legal Department under the supervision of the Legal Director and two staff attorneys. The Fellow will have the opportunity to investigate, challenge, and help address an important and emerging civil liberties issue of our time.  The fellowship will primarily entail factual investigation of issues or situations in which persons in Colorado are significantly disadvantaged because of their poverty in a way that violates the Constitution or constitutional values.  A substantial portion of the investigative topics will relate to the inequities poor persons face in the criminal justice system.  The Fellow’s research is intended to provide the basis for litigation, legal advocacy, legislation, and/or public education by the ACLU.  As a recent year-long legal intern stated: “This experience provides an unparalleled opportunity for immersion in the nitty-gritty of civil liberties advocacy; it is challenging, inspiring, and rewarding at once.”

Responsibilities

The Fellow’s work will include:

  • written and oral communication with persons who have requested ACLU legal assistance;
  • drafting, filing, and following up on requests for public documents under the Colorado open records laws;
  • obtaining records of cases in Colorado’s district courts, county courts, and municipal courts;
  • researching issues on the internet;
  • reviewing and analyzing documents; extracting and organizing relevant information;
  • drafting memos analyzing documents and information obtained from other sources;
  • interviews with witnesses and sources, on the telephone or in person;
  • additional responsibilities as assigned by supervisors.

Qualifications

  • B.A. or equivalent ;
  • Excellent organization skills; strong, consistent attention to detail, and organized work style;
  • Superior writing skills;
  • Strong self-motivation and ability to manage multiple deadlines;
  • Proficiency with personal computers, Windows operating system and Microsoft Office software;
  • Commitment to and enthusiasm for civil rights and civil liberties issues;
  • Spanish-language proficiency is a significant plus.

Compensation and Benefits

The Economic Justice Fellow will be paid a modest hourly wage.  Benefits include paid vacation, medical and dental insurance,  life and long-term disability insurance.  Full details on benefits will be provided upon offer of the position.

To Apply
Applications should include a cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and contact information for two references. Send applications to Jessica Howard, ACLU Legal Assistant, at jhoward@aclu-co.org. Applications will be reviewed beginning August 15, 2014.  The position will remain open until filled.

The ACLU of Colorado is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, LGBT individuals, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.