Location

Hartford, CT

Department

Legal department

Deadline date

We will accept applications until 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time on October 31, 2021 and begin considering them thereafter.

The ACLU of Connecticut seeks a two-year legal fellow to help litigate our cases, beginning on or about September 1, 2022. The position is full-time and will pay a starting salary of $60,000, with up to an additional $5,000 available to defray the costs of becoming licensed in Connecticut. We are searching now so that candidates currently finishing law school or serving as law clerks may be considered.

Founded in 1948, the ACLU of Connecticut is a nonpartisan, nonprofit membership organization that promotes and preserves individual rights and liberties in courts, the General Assembly, and the state’s towns and cities. We carry out this work from our office in Hartford with a staff of twelve. We are one of fifty-three affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union nationwide.

As a legal fellow with the ACLU of Connecticut, you will join a legal team committed to fighting the toughest civil liberties and civil rights cases to defend all people from government abuse and overreach. We envision a world in which the Constitution’s promises of liberty, justice, and equality are fully realized for all people from all walks of life. We fight for a more perfect union in which America protects the rights of vulnerable people who have not typically held the reins of political power. We seek to end mass incarceration, create police accountability, stop police brutality, achieve freedom for LGBTQ people, establish privacy protections in the digital age, ensure reproductive freedom, dismantle institutional white supremacy and racism, and more. In our seven decades of existence, our legal team has ended the state’s ban on abortion coverage for women enrolled in the state Medicaid program, defended the rights of people illegally searched by police, protected the free speech rights of conscientious objectors, struck down discriminatory jury selection practices, and consistently fought for incarcerated people’s rights.

Responsibilities

The legal fellow will:

  • devise legal theory and strategy
  • perform all aspects of legal research
  • draft filings
  • engage in discovery
  • engage in non-litigation advocacy like public speaking and education
  • write blogs and articles
  • work closely with the ACLU of Connecticut’s staff and volunteers

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will:

  • possess a foundational commitment to civil liberties, civil rights, and the ACLU’s mission
  • be committed to fighting racism, and have a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and socio-economic circumstance
  • be licensed to practice law in Connecticut, or able to be so within six months of hire
  • be able to work cooperatively on a variety of projects, with colleagues and diverse community organizations and coalitions
  • have superior writing and analytical skills.

How to Apply

We will accept applications until 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on October 31, 2021, and begin considering them thereafter. For consideration, email the phrase “I’m in” with your resume attached in PDF format to search@acluct.org. You need not send (and we will not read) a cover letter.

To interrupt perpetuation of the existing power structure within the legal profession, our initial reviews of candidates will be blind: candidates’ identifying information (including schools attended) will be redacted and reviewers will not know who is in the applicant pool. Applicants will be asked to complete 1-2 hiring exercises. At a later stage, candidates may be asked for additional information that will also be considered anonymously. At the final, interview stage of the search, candidates’ identities will be revealed to evaluators, and performance samples and references may be sought.

The ACLU of Connecticut is proud to be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, or record of arrest or conviction. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and to having a workforce that reflects all of Connecticut.