BORDC seeks a Legal Fellow likely based in Washington, DC, but available to applicants from anywhere in the US for the right candidate.
The Legal Fellow will coordinate our national network of legal professionals, and its efforts to seek and compile information about fusion centers and surveillance by local law enforcement authorities. The Fellow will also write analysis of current events relating to civil liberties and constitutional rights for a public audience, primarily on BORDC’s blog and occasionally for third party outlets. The Fellow’s work will also include grassroots organizing, particularly involving outreach to Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities across the US to connect those communities to local civil rights coalitions that BORDC supports. This may entail occasional travel, as well as speaking engagements before public audiences, such as forums hosted by grassroots coalitions or events organized by student groups.
A full job description is available below.
This is a full time position with benefits, including health insurance and paid vacation. Salary commensurate with experience. Availability of legal fellowships is contingent upon continuation of existing grant funding.
- Policy analysis of proposed federal and local legislation relating to civil liberties and civil rights.
- Writing for public audiences about current events relating to civil liberties and civil rights, primarily for BORDC’s blog and also occasionally for third party outlets. Examples include opinion-editorials, letters-to-the-editor, and fact sheets about key third-party litigation efforts to educate the public about their implications.
- Coordinating a national network of legal professionals and its FOIA efforts to seek and compile information about fusion centers and surveillance by local law enforcement authorities.
- Grassroots organizing, particularly involving outreach to Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities across the US, as well as occasional coordination among organizational allies collaborating through local coalitions.
- Speaking at public events, such as forums hosted by grassroots coalitions or panel discussions organized by student groups.
- Write and edit blog posts for the People’s Blog for the Constitution, stories for BORDC’s monthly newsletter, opinion-editorials, online petitions, and testimony for elected bodies.
- Support organizational presence and engage audiences on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.
- Build and maintain relationships with media contacts.
- Supervise and provide direction to interns and volunteers.
- Assist executive director with project management as necessary.
- Microsoft Office
- Windows XP, Vista, and 7
- Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and other emerging social networks
- Law degree
- Well-developed writing and editing skills
- Familiarity with constitutional rights and civil liberties issues
- Two to five years’ experience in policy advocacy, grassroots organizing, communications, and/or journalism
- Supervisory experience
- Broad cultural fluency
To apply, email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Legal Fellow" in the subject line. Applications will be accepted through Sunday, June 16, 2013. Electronic applications only. No phone calls or snail mail, please.
Electronic applications only. No phone calls or snail mail, please.
About the Bill of Rights Defense Committee
The Bill of Rights Defense Committee is a national non-profit grassroots organization. We defend the rule of law and rights and liberties challenged by overbroad national security and counter-terrorism policies. We support an ideologically, ethnically, geographically, and generationally diverse grassroots movement to protect and restore these principles by encouraging widespread civic participation; educating people about the significance of our rights; and cultivating grassroots networks to convert concern, outrage, and fear into debate and action.
BORDC is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or any other protected status with respect to recruitment, hiring, upgrades, training, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment. Further, BORDC takes affirmative action in support of this policy to employ and advance in employment individuals from under-represented populations.