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The Civics Center

Legal fellow

Employment type
Full-Time
Posted
about 1 month ago
Location
Los Angeles
Description

The Civics Center (TCC) is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focused on high school voter registration and civic engagement. Four million Americans turn 18 every year, and the vast majority are eligible to register to vote while they are in high school. Yet no effective infrastructure exists to make sure that every eligible high school student receives encouragement and an equal opportunity to register to vote. 

The Civics Center’s legal team addresses this challenge by, among other means:  taking actions to ensure compliance with laws and policies that require or encourage student voter registration; educating relevant lawmakers, administrators, and teachers about laws and opportunities relating to student voter registration; gathering relevant data through public records requests and other means in order to provide comprehensive and useful reporting concerning the reasons for low youth voter registration; and working with school district boards, administrators, and educators on policies and plans to improve high school civic education and voter registration.

Overview: 
TCC seeks to host a recent law school graduate for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to start in September 2022.  This is an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in democracy, voting rights, law and policy advocacy, community organizing, and youth. Once we have identified a candidate, TCC will work closely with that person to prepare the fellowship proposal, which will be submitted jointly by TCC and the candidate. 

Fellows will participate in one of the following projects:

 

  • Develop state-level legislative strategy for a portfolio of states to support high school voter registration. Research best practices and draft proposed legislation.  Coordinate with state lawmakers and coalition partners. Build on TCC research reports and identification of existing legal landscape and best practices. 
  • Develop and lead strategy for school district policy change that can serve as a nationwide model to encourage school districts to support high school voter registration. Means to achieve this goal may include: obtaining relevant information and data through research and public records requests; meeting with school board members and community stakeholders to promote voter registration and civic engagement policies for school and school district adoption; providing testimony at relevant hearings and meetings; working with students and community to support school district policy reform; and helping to implement new school district policies relating to student voter registration.

 

Qualifications (You will be a good fit if):

  • You are committed to our values. You care about democracy and laws that promote voting rights and access. You embrace nonpartisan civic engagement. You model respect, integrity, hard work, and follow-through. You love to learn, have a growth mindset, welcome constructive feedback and are committed to a respectful work environment with exceptionally high standards. You are a problem solver, and you enjoy sharing your thoughts and opinions and participating in deliberative discussions to innovate with concrete, ambitious goals in mind. You are always honest, open about mistakes, and you enjoy helping others.
  • You have great oral and written communication and legal research skills.  You can communicate with diverse audiences in an engaging way both orally and in writing. You write clearly and persuasively. You have expertise researching legal and policy issues.
  • You are a member of a state bar, or plan to take the bar in Summer 2022.  You may be a third year law student, judicial clerk, or currently working at a law firm but seeking to transition to the public interest law sector.

 

Position Details for Legal Fellowship Position
 
Hours: Full time.
Salary and benefits: Starting pay $75,000 annually; includes medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance benefits.
Location: Flexible.  Must have the ability to travel to attend in-person meetings in project focus location and in our Los Angeles headquarters.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging: 
We are committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, veteran status, age or disability, as protected by law, in all programs and activities and conditions of employment. The Civics Center is especially interested in candidates who will take ownership and responsibility to exceed expectations, contribute to open dialogue, build bridges and foster a climate supporting equity, diversity, and belonging. The Civics Center is an anti-racist organization. All positions will actively promote diversity, belonging and equity through critical and compassionate communication and strategic outreach efforts to colleagues, partners and institutions (e.g., historically under-represented, first-generation, DACA recipients, LGBTQ community). The Civics Center is a project of its fiscal sponsor Community Partners, a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization. More information can be found at thecivicscenter.org.


 

To apply

Please send a resume, writing sample, and law school transcript to [email protected] Please put “Legal Fellow application” followed by your name in the subject line. Please include a cover letter (not more than two pages) or link to a short (not more than two-minute) video describing the following:

  • Why you are interested in this position; 
  • How your experience qualifies you for this work.