Fair Elections Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity in our work environment and believe it furthers our mission. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
Law Students: Please note that we have completed the application process for summer 2020 internships. We will post information about fall 2020 and spring 2021 internship opportunities as it becomes available.
2020 Legal Fellowship Sponsorship
Position, Duties, & Responsibilities. Fair Elections Center is seeking current law school students or recent graduates with a background or strong interest in civil rights, voting rights, and/or election reform to work on cutting-edge voting rights litigation as a Legal Fellow. This position is open to applicants who can secure self-funding for the position through their schools or other third-party funders.
Fair Elections Center has an aggressive and expanding litigation docket, including pending challenges to the arbitrary felon voting rights restoration scheme in Kentucky and to voting restrictions that impose undue burdens on the right to vote during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Recent cases include a First Amendment challenge to Florida’s arbitrary felon disenfranchisement and re-enfranchisement system which resulted in the first court order striking down a state felon disenfranchisement or re-enfranchisement scheme in over 30 years, and a federal lawsuit in Louisiana which forced the state to repeal a 142-year-old proof of citizenship requirement that discriminated against naturalized voter registration applicants.
The fellow’s duties will include conducting in-depth legal research for pending and future litigation, conducting the necessary factual investigation and plaintiff search to initiate cases, drafting legal memoranda, motions, briefs, and discovery, drafting open records requests, investigating relevant legal, rulemaking, or legislative proceedings for legal violations, and interacting with election reform organizations and key election officials.
Qualifications. The applicant must hold a J.D. by the summer of 2020, take the bar in any state, and be willing to waive into the D.C. bar. Some travel may be required if and when it is deemed safe given COVID-19.
Fellows will be given significant responsibility and, therefore, must possess strong academic credentials, strong research, analytical, and written and verbal communication skills. A passion for the defense of civil rights and voting rights is essential, as is a strong interest in an inclusive democracy. Some familiarity with election and voting laws and/or policy and some knowledge of barriers to the exercise of voting rights and election reform ideas are preferred.
Benefits include generous vacation and health, dental and vision coverage.
Fair Elections Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity in our work environment and believe it furthers our mission. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
About Fair Elections Center:
Fair Elections Center is a national, nonpartisan voting rights and election reform 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to use litigation and advocacy to remove barriers to registration and voting, particularly those disenfranchising underrepresented and marginalized communities, and to improve election administration.
Fair Elections Center’s attorneys and advocates deliver nonpartisan creative solutions to the complex barriers that have been and continue to be erected to prevent citizens from registering to vote and casting a ballot that counts. Working alongside other national and state civil rights and community-based organizations, the Center works to make the processes of voter registration, voting, and election administration as accessible as possible for every American, with a particular focus on underrepresented communities and students.
To these ends, Fair Elections Center litigates cutting-edge voting rights cases in federal and state court and engages in a wide variety of advocacy efforts, including the following: drafting election reform legislation and submitting testimony in support of positive reforms, advocating to defeat restrictive measures, producing reports on election modernization proposals and issues affecting communities of color, talking points and fact sheets, providing state voter guides for all 50 states, conducting trainings and seminars on voting issues for community organizations and their supporters, and working directly with Secretaries of State and local election officials to ensure that the right to vote is protected and expanded.
We provide election law expertise to state-based civic engagement coalitions and direct help to organizations representing various communities that need help accessing the ballot as they plan their programs, encounter problems, or need help engaging elections officials.