Jobs, Fellowships and Internships

The ACLU of Massachusetts currently has these open positions:

• Legal Administrative Assistant
• Bilingual (English-Spanish) Intern or Volunteer for Spring 2015
• Public Advocacy Intern
• Fellowship for Fall 2015

Legal Administrative Assistant

The ACLU of Massachusetts seeks an experienced Legal Administrative Assistant to provide secretarial and administrative support to its Legal Department.

Under the supervision of the Legal Director, this position requires a high degree of organization and initiative. The successful candidate will have proven legal secretarial skills, a facility with computers and electronic documents, a keen attention to detail and deadlines, an ability to work well with others as part of a team, and a commitment to civil rights and civil liberties.

Principal Responsibilities

• Provide secretarial assistance to the Legal Director and other attorneys in the Legal Department.
• Keep and maintain litigation records, including pleadings, exhibits, depositions, discovery, correspondence, and related documents.
• Prepare correspondence and legal filings.
• Control, manage and improve the Legal Department's filing systems, including paper and electronic record systems.
• Maintain litigation calendar and docketing.
• Handle departmental administrative tasks, such as processing invoices, fulfilling reimbursement requests, scanning and copying documents, arranging for meetings and conference calls, maintaining law library, and providing backup for the office manager.
• Provide support to legal department hiring of law students and interns, and support volunteers who assist with the office's intake of requests for legal assistance.
• Organize out-of-office meetings involving members of the legal department, and occasionally attend and take minutes at evening Board meetings.

Qualifications

• At least three years of experience as a legal assistant or secretary, with litigation experience strongly preferred.
• Excellent word processing skills. Proficiency in MS Office, Excel, databases, Adobe Acrobat Professional and the Internet.
• Strong organizational and management skills to maintain legal department record systems and to initiate improvements in departmental practices in consultation with the Legal Director.
• A demonstrated ability to coordinate concurrent projects, often under tight deadlines.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work well with many different types of people in a friendly work environment.
• A commitment to civil rights and civil liberties.

Compensation
Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include four weeks paid vacation, 100% paid medical insurance for staff members and their dependents and domestic partners, 401(k) long-term disability insurance and twelve paid holidays.

Application
Applicants should submit a resume, list of references, and a cover letter describing the applicant's interest in this position via email to legaladmin@aclum.org. No phone calls or faxes please.

About the ACLU of Massachusetts
The ACLU of Massachusetts (ACLUM) was founded in 1918 and is an affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan membership organization that works to preserve and expand the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Through strategies of litigation, advocacy, public education, and grassroots activism, we strengthen and expand public understanding of racial justice, juvenile justice, LGBTQ rights (including equal marriage), women's rights, criminal justice issues, equal opportunity, free speech and assembly, privacy rights, religious liberty, students' rights, voting rights and reproductive rights.

ACLUM is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages individuals of every race, creed, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity to apply.

Posted 9.15.2014

Fall 2015 Fellowship Initiative

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Massachusetts, an affiliate of the national ACLU, seeks one or more applicants to sponsor for public interest fellowships beginning in the fall of 2015. We will consider applications from third-year law students and attorneys who are seeking funding from outside sources such as Equal Justice Works, the Skadden and Soros Foundations, and school-specific sources such as the Arthur Liman Fellowship.

Founded in 1919, the ACLU of Massachusetts is one of the nation's oldest defenders of civil rights and civil liberties. The ACLU of Massachusetts is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with its main legal office in Boston and a second legal office in Northampton. We focus on freedom of speech, privacy, freedom of religion, police misconduct, racial justice, due process, reproductive rights, criminal justice, equality, and immigrants' and prisoners' rights. For more information, please visit www.aclum.org.

Subject Area of the Fellowship: We welcome fellowship applications on any significant issue involving civil rights or liberties. Areas of interest to the ACLU of Massachusetts in 2015 might include the intersection between liberty and technology, criminal justice, immigrants' rights, gender and racial equality and reproductive freedom.

Job Description: Fellows will work with the ACLU of Massachusetts' legal director and staff attorneys on all aspects of litigation, including trial and appellate work, as well as non-litigation advocacy with staff in other ACLU of Massachusetts departments. Non-litigation advocacy can include public education, legislative work, public speaking, community organizing, and investigation. The fellowship's length will be governed by the funding organization's policy. Application deadlines typically occur in early fall for a fellowship beginning the following fall.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a commitment to civil rights and liberties, be self-motivated, and be able to work well with a wide range of people. Excellent research and writing skills are necessary.

How to Apply: Please email a resume, list of references, and writing sample, along with a cover letter indicating specific interests and possible project proposal, to fellows@aclum.org. Please use the subject line "2015 Legal Fellowship." Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as fellowship program deadlines require.

The ACLU of Massachusetts is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and GLBT persons to apply.

Posted 7.18.14

Bilingual (English-Spanish) Intern or Volunteer for Spring 2015

Do you speak Spanish? Do you love to write? Do you want to work for justice and civil rights in a friendly and exciting environment?

The ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts, a public interest organization that defends civil rights and civil liberties, is seeking a person who is fluent in English and Spanish to help our outreach efforts in the Latino community. The person will write articles for publication on our websites and in media outlets and translate materials. He or she may also present on our issues, communicate with advocates and community members in Spanish, attend community meetings in Spanish and speak one-on-one with Spanish speakers on a variety of issues.

The intern/volunteer will address a variety of the issues the ACLU covers, from immigrant rights to free speech to LGBT issues. Articles will be posted on aclum.org, miaclu.org and/or our social media outlets.

Start/end dates and hours are flexible. It is also possible to work remotely.

The intern/volunteer will be placed in the Field Department and will work primarily with a lawyer in the Field and Legal Departments.

This is an unpaid position.

Qualifications

The applicant should be able to read documents in English and Spanish, communicate fluently in both languages, and write well in Spanish.

Please send a cover letter (in Spanish), a résumé or CV (in English or Spanish), and a writing sample (in Spanish) to the contact below. If you don't already have a writing sample in Spanish, you can write a piece (300 words or less) about a recent news event. Look at miaclu.org for style ideas. Feel free to call if you have any questions.

Laura Rótolo
Staff Counsel
ACLU of Massachusetts
211 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02110
lrotolo@aclum.org
617.482.3170 x 311

Updated 9.24.14

Public Advocacy Undergraduate Internship for Spring 2015

Do you care about civil liberties? Do you love to research and write? Do you want to work for justice and civil rights in a friendly and exciting environment?

The ACLU Foundation of Massachusetts, a public interest organization that defends civil rights and civil liberties, is seeking an undergraduate intern to work in the public advocacy department. The person will support the development and implementation of the ACLU of Massachusetts' public policy/advocacy campaigns. He or she may also represent on our issues, communicate with advocates and community members, and attend community meetings and events on a variety of issues.

The intern/volunteer will address a variety of the issues the ACLU covers, from criminal justice reform to free speech to LGBT issues.

The intern/volunteer will report to the Director of Public Advocacy, but they will work with various staff members

This is an unpaid position.

Qualifications

The applicant should be an undergraduate student with an interest in civil liberties and public policy/advocacy. There is only one position available for the spring semester so please be sure to send all application requirements before the deadline.

Please send a cover letter, a résumé or CV, and a writing sample to the contact below. Application Deadline: December 19, 2014.

Whitney Taylor
Director of Public Advocacy
ACLU of Massachusetts
211 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02110
wtaylor@aclum.org
617.482.3170 x 344

Updated 9.24.14


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The ACLU of Massachusetts is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBT people to apply.