The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana seeks a highly motivated individual for a one-year racial justice fellowship position.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The ACLU of Louisiana works on a broad range of civil liberties and civil rights issues, and most of our work has a racial justice focus. The specific aim of this fellowship is on reducing the number of individuals detained pretrial in Louisiana, to help the ACLU combat mass incarceration in our state.

Working closely with the Legal Director, this fellow will assist in all aspects of the legal department’s work, including litigation, policy research and public education. General responsibilities include:

  • Conducting legal research and factual investigation;
  • Drafting memoranda, affidavits, discovery materials, correspondence and briefs;
  • Screening potential cases;
  • Researching and drafting materials for public education; and 
  • Coalition building and community outreach.

Experience and Qualifications:

A successful candidate must be a Louisiana-licensed attorney or registered to sit for the July bar exam. Candidates also should possess:

  • A demonstrated commitment to civil rights, and civil liberties;
  • Initiative and determination to see projects through to completion;
  • Excellent legal research, writing, analytical and communication skills – both written and verbal; and
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people.

How to Apply:

Applicants should e-mail a cover letter, résumé, references and a legal writing sample to with the subject line “Racial Justice Fellowship.”

Applications will be accepted and the position filled on a rolling basis. Materials will not be considered after June 1, 2019.

The ACLU of Louisiana is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community to apply.


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