Organization Name: American Constitution Society
Office Address: 1899 L Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036
Position Title: Fellow
Start Date: Late-July or August 2019
Term Length: One year
Salary: $40,000.00 with generous benefits
Applications Due: Feb. 28, 2019
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) promotes the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law. The abiding principles are reflected in the vision of the Constitution's framers and the wisdom of forward-looking leaders who have shaped our law throughout American history. As a result of their efforts, the Constitution has retained its authority and relevance for each new generation.
In recent years, an activist conservative legal movement has gained influence - eroding these enduring values and presenting the law as a series of sterile abstractions. This new orthodoxy, which threatens to dominate our courts and our laws, does a grave injustice to the American vision.
The American Constitution Society embraces the progress our nation has made toward full embodiment of the Constitution's core values. ACS believes that law can and should be a force for improving the lives of all people. We are revitalizing and transforming legal and policy debates in classrooms, courtrooms, legislatures and the media, and we are building a diverse and dynamic network of progressives committed to justice. Through these efforts, ACS will ensure that the institutions of American law reflect the highest values of our nation and serve the needs of its people.
ACS has a staff of roughly 40 people at our national office in Washington, D.C and around the country. We have lawyer and student chapters across the country that facilitate programming concerning a vast array of legal and policy issues and networking opportunities for progressives. Go to http://www.acslaw.org/chapters to learn more about our network.
ACS Fellows perform a wide variety of substantive and administrative tasks. Fellows work closely with the leadership of our Communications, Network Advancement, Policy Development and Programming, and Strategic Engagement staff to develop exciting speaking programs and written products, communicate the ideas contained in these products and expand and strengthen ACS’s national network of lawyers and law students. Throughout the course of their year-long fellowship, ACS fellows will participate in intimate networking sessions with notably accomplished progressive attorneys from diverse professional backgrounds. They also are responsible for managing national events in Washington, D.C. Evening work is sometimes required for specific events, but weekend work is limited to major conferences once or twice per year.
Incoming fellows are strongly encouraged to attend the ACS National Convention, June 6th – 8th, 2019, prior to the fellowship’s start date of August 2019. The Convention is our largest event of the year, with around 1,000 participants from all over the country. During the Convention, fellows will learn more about our network and participate in some of our most important programming, which features influential judges, policy makers, scholars and attorneys.
Upon completion of their fellowship, ACS fellows have consistently pursued successful careers in law and policy. Fellows have gone on to attend some of our nation’s most prestigious law schools including Harvard, Yale, University of Michigan, University of Virginia and Georgetown. They have also attained positions in the U.S. government and advocacy groups, including the Department of Justice, Congressional and Senate offices, the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Urban League.
For those considering law school, no job in America can better develop an understanding of the legal profession. Nor is there a better way to meet lawyers and law students and learn about their lives in the law.
- A strong commitment to ACS’s mission.
- Self motivation/ability to work independently.
- Ability to manage a number of diverse projects and budget time accordingly.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office.
- Bachelor’s Degree
How to Apply: Those wishing to apply should submit a résumé, cover letter, an official or unofficial transcript and one letter of recommendation (each as a PDF) to Jeran Wiebke, Office Manager & Bookkeeper, at email@example.com. Please make the subject of the email ‘[Your Name] 2019-2020 Fellowship Application.’ Submit your application by Feb. 28, 2019.