The ACLU of Texas is accepting applications from recent law graduates and graduating third-year law students to be sponsored for third-party fellowship funding sources. The fellow will be an integral part of our team, working closely with attorneys in the Legal Department. The position will provide recent graduates with a unique opportunity to participate in our cutting-edge legal work and gain practical hands-on experience.
The ACLU is the nation’s foremost defender of civil liberties and civil rights, dedicated to defending the Bill of Rights and advocating for marginalized communities through litigation, legislation, and public education. The ACLU of Texas, founded in 1938 and headquartered in Houston, is the seventh-largest ACLU affiliate in the nation. The ACLU of Texas has regional offices in Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, and El Paso.
Whether it’s protecting the rights of immigrants, ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBT community, or preserving the right to vote and reproductive rights, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil rights and liberties cases to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.
Fellows at the ACLU of Texas play a critical leadership role in advancing the ACLU’s mission to uphold constitutional rights. Fellows provide critical assistance and leadership on impact litigation and integrated advocacy. Fellows also work collaboratively with National ACLU legal projects and ACLU of Texas communication, political, and policy departments. Fellows are also responsible for engaging in public speaking and community outreach and education.
- JD with up to three years of experience preferred.
- A judicial clerkship is preferred but not required.
- Broad substantive knowledge of constitutional law and a strong and demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and civil rights.
- Expertise in LGBT, voting, immigration, criminal justice, policing, and/or reproductive rights issues strongly preferred.
- Exceptional analytic, research, writing, and oral advocacy skills.
- Demonstrated experience working in fast-paced environment with keen ability to work on multiple projects at the same time, set priorities, manage work, and meet deadlines.
- Enthusiasm, patience, and cultural competence to work cooperatively on a variety of projects with cooperating attorneys, ACLU and other public interest attorneys; communications, development, outreach and policy/political strategies staff members; and with diverse community organizations and coalitions.
- Experience working and communicating with marginalized or vulnerable communities.
- Ability to effectively communicate legal concepts to a variety of audiences, including judges, community residents, and policymakers.
- Personal enthusiasm, optimism, and a sense of humor.
- A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance.
- Willingness to travel and work long hours, including nights and weekends as needed for litigation, legislative and policy advocacy, conferences, and public speaking.
- Spanish fluency (written and spoken) is preferred.
- Licensed to practice law and a member of the State Bar of Texas (or willingness to secure admission at the next available opportunity).
Salary range is comparable to other public interest law firms in the area, with excellent benefits.
This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU of Texas reserves the right to change the job description and/or posting at any time without advance notice.
The ACLU of Texas is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Texas encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.
The ACLU of Texas undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.