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Fall 2023 Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellowship, Racial Justice Program

Organization Name: American Civil Liberties Union, Inc
Job Post Date: 28 Jun 2022
Job Terms: Full Time

Job Description

--Job Description--
The ACLU seeks applicants for the?Karpatkin Fellowship, a full-time, now two-year fellowship in the?Racial Justice Program?of the ACLU’s National office in?New York, NY.

The Racial Justice Program (RJP) is part of the ACLU’s Trone Center for Justice and Equality, which works to combat racial discrimination; to ensure that our criminal justice system is fair, and free of racial bias; to advocate for humane and constitutional conditions of confinement; and to abolish the death penalty as a legitimate form of punishment. The Trone Center for Justice and Equality also includes the Criminal Law Reform Project, Capital Punishment Project, and the National Prison Project.

RJP works on a broad range of racial justice issues, particularly in the areas of criminal justice, education and economic justice. In the area of criminal justice, we are dedicated to reducing the unwarranted and disproportionate targeting, arrest and incarceration of people of color, as well as eliminating barriers to reentry after contact with the criminal legal system. Our economic justice work focuses on eliminating barriers to fair borrowing and eliminating policies and practices that criminalize poverty – particularly the jailing of people for their inability to pay court fines and fees. In the area of education, we advocate against the racially disproportionate use of police and school discipline among students of color. Working with colleagues across the ACLU, we work to prevent algorithmic discrimination by both state and private actors. Our robust Indigenous Justice practice advances principles of tribal sovereignty through both litigat ion and advocacy in such issues as land and water rights and education.

During the fellowship, fellows have opportunities to work with colleagues in the ACLU’s 53 affiliates and chapters in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. They are invited to receive mentorship from senior ACLU staff attorneys, to attend specialized trainings focused on improving substantive legal skills and strategic decision-making for legal work, and to collaborate with others across the legal department through internal community building convenings. Past fellows have gone on to play important roles in civil rights and civil liberties work at the ACLU, in other leading social justice organizations, in the judiciary, in academia and in government.

The Karpatkin Fellowship was established by the ACLU Board of Directors in memory of Marvin M. Karpatkin, the late General Counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union, who died in January 1975, at the age of 48. Mr. Karpatkin was one of the ACLU's most active attorneys during the 1960s and early 1970s. He left his special mark in the areas of selective service and military law. His interest in those areas grew out of his own strong opposition to the Vietnam War and his desire to help those who, younger than himself, were faced with performing military service in a war they would not support.

Reporting to the?Deputy Project Director,?the?Karpatkin Fellow?will be a core member of a collaborative, dedicated team working to advance the ACLU’s racial justice work.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until?September 6, 2022.

Conduct legal research and analysis and develop theories to support new litigation
Conduct factual investigation to identify policies and practices that can be challenged through litigation
Draft legal memoranda, pleadings, affidavits, motions, and briefs
Review and analyze documents to support litigation and advocacy
Interview witnesses and potential clients
Participate in discovery and trial practice
Draft and edit public education and non-litigation advocacy materials
Provide support and assistance to ACLU affiliates and cooperating attorneys
Help manage summer legal internship program and supervise student interns
Engage in special projects and other duties as assigned
Center principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging in all work, embedding the values in program development, policy application, and organizational practices?and processes
Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
J.D. degree at time of hire
Demonstrated commitment to public interest law, civil liberties, and racial justice
Excellent research, writing and verbal communication skills
Demonstrated ability to conduct complex legal analysis and fact-finding
Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work independently as well as within a team
Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative, manage a variety of tasks and see projects through to completion
Excellent computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
The ACLU has a litigator scale that determines pay for attorneys in our Legal Department. The range of salaries are the following, based on year of law school graduation (please consult the hiring manager for specific salary details, based on individual circumstances):

0-2 years since law school graduation: $76,320- $87,787
3-5 years since law school graduation: $93,493-$104,553
6-10 years since law school graduation: $107,690- $121,206
11-15 years since law school graduation: $124,843-$140,511
16-20 years since law school graduation: $144,726-$162,891
21-25 years since law school graduation: $167,778-$188,835
26-30+ years since law school graduation: $194,500- $218,912
These salaries are reflective of positions based in New York, NY. The salary will be subject to a locality adjustment (according to a specific city and state), if an authorization is granted to work outside of the location listed in this posting. Note that most of the salaries listed on our job postings reflect New York, NY salaries, where our National offices are headquartered.

The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union – beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.

For over 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBTQ+ community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the ACLU and central to our work to advance liberty, equality, and justice for all. We are a community committed to learning and growth, humility and grace, transparency and accountability. We believe in a collective responsibility to create a culture of belonging for all people within our organization – one that respects and embraces difference; treats everyone equitably; and empowers our colleagues to do the best work possible. We are as committed to anti-oppression and anti-racism internally as we are externally. Because whether we’re in the courts or in the office, we believe ‘We the People’ means all of us.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU 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, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people; women; people with disabilities, protected veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are all strongly encouraged to apply.

The ACLU makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please email . If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

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New York, New York

How to Apply

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Contact: American Civil Liberties Union, Inc
Application Due: Fri, 26 Aug 2022
Job Post Online Expiration: Tue, 09 Aug 2022 05:24pm


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