Americans United for Separation of Church and State—the nation’s leading church-state advocacy organization—is accepting applications to join our eight-lawyer legal team for a two-year Constitutional Litigation Fellowship starting in September 2021. We have a diverse litigation and amicus curiae practice addressing a wide variety of constitutional questions. We defend the civil rights of women, LGBTQ people, religious minorities, and others against religion-based discrimination and deprivation. We challenge religious activities in public schools, public financing of religious institutions, and government-sponsored prayers and religious displays.
Most of our cases involve novel, cutting-edge First Amendment and other constitutional issues. In just the past few years, for example, we have filed lawsuits and submitted amicus briefs challenging or opposing:
- Religion-based refusals by businesses and government officials to provide services to LGBTQ individuals;
- Trump Administration regulations that permit religious objectors to deprive women of insurance coverage for contraceptives;
- The Trump Administration’s anti-Muslim travel and immigration ban; and
- Requests for exemptions for religious services from COVID-19-related public-health orders.
Fellows participate in all aspects of litigation before trial and appellate courts across the country. Fellows write briefs, draft pleadings and discovery, work with clients and interview witnesses, participate in settlement negotiations, screen incoming complaints, and assist with development of new cases. Fellows may also have opportunities to take and defend depositions, conduct in-court examinations of witnesses, take part in oral arguments, do media interviews, and deliver speeches. Fellows receive intensive training in trial and appellate litigation under the close supervision of our three experienced litigators. Former Fellows have subsequently served as judicial clerks or worked for public-interest organizations, government, academia, or law firms.
Eligibility and Requirements: Recent law-school graduates and third-year law students are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have strong research, writing, and analytical skills and an interest in First Amendment litigation.
Compensation: $62,000-72,000, depending on experience. Excellent medical coverage and other benefits.
How to apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript, writing sample, and the names of three references to email@example.com. The writing sample should be your own work and should not be substantially edited by anyone else.
Deadline: Open until filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply by November 1, 2020.
For more information about Americans United’s legal program, please visit our website at www.au.org.