Center For Reproductive Rights New York , NY 10007
Job Title: Legal Fellow
Department: U.S. Litigation Program
Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 160 diverse professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.
The Center's game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage. It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women's rights advocates in more than 55 countries.
To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to www.reproductiverights.org.
The Role: The Center seeks a Legal Fellow to join the Center's U.S. Litigation Program. The Legal Fellow will be immersed and participate in impact litigation on reproductive rights and justice issues in federal and state courts around the country. The Center's high-profile and fast-paced litigation often involves novel legal claims, and our groundbreaking cases have changed the law and improved the lives of women throughout the U.S.
This position will be based in New York City.
The Legal Fellow will have the opportunity to gain valuable reproductive rights litigation experience, including, but not limited to the following:
Assisting in all stages of litigation (including trial and appellate work);
Legal and factual research on reproductive health and justice issues;
Drafting of analyses for Center publications or articles;
Public speaking; and
Legal analyses of state and federal legislation and regulations.
Strong commitment to the Center's mission, purpose, and values;
J.D. degree required;
One to two years of post-law school experience preferred, but not required;
Applicants must be capable of complex legal analytical work and have the ability to write clearly and effectively;
Knowledge of constitutional law, ideally involving reproductive rights issues or other issues relating to human rights, civil rights, or racial and social justice is a strong plus;
Applicants must be self-motivated with strong inter-personal skills; and
Some travel is required.
Compensation: The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.
How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this role. It is encouraged to include these application materials as attachments.
Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.