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.
Note: We have completed recruiting for 2021 summer interns and will update this page with information about fall 2021 internship positions when it becomes available.
2021 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 that do not tie funding to a specific project.
Fair Elections Center has an ambitious and expanding litigation docket, including pending challenges 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 clemency-based state felon rights restoration scheme in over 30 years; a lawsuit in Kentucky state court that led to the adoption of emergency election rules for the November 2020 election providing expanded access to vote by mail and early voting; 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 2021, take the bar in any state, and be willing to waive into the D.C. bar. Some travel may be required.
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.