- Money in Politics Legal Fellow (New York City, Boston or Washington D.C.)
- Post-Graduate Legal Fellow
- Deputy Director, Political Affairs and Supporter Strategy (New York, NY)
Money in Politics Legal Fellow
Through a series of misguided rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court has shaped a democracy in which the strength of a citizen’s voice depends upon the size of her wallet. Dēmos seeks a highly-qualified and motivated Legal Fellow to help transform the Court’s approach to money in politics through legal research, doctrinal development, litigation, and public education. The Legal Fellow will support and collaborate with more experienced counsel engaged in Dēmos’ work to curb the role of big money in American politics. The position is full time, funded for a one-year period, and may be based out of any of Dēmos’ three offices.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Engaging in research on case law, jurisprudence, and social science primarily on topics relevant to regulating the role of money in politics but also secondarily on other voting rights issues;
- Supporting Demos’ litigation relating to money in politics and other voting rights issues, including legal research on important cases at the Supreme Court level; verifying citations and sources for litigation documents; and tracking important cases in the lower federal and state courts;
- Supporting research to track state and federal legislative developments and opportunities on money in politics and other voting rights reforms and to provide substantive input to policymakers on such reforms, including original research as well as verifying citations and sources;
- When requested, working with other organizations and advocates at the local, state and national levels, and with social scientists, private law firms and attorneys, and others in service of Demos’ goals;
- Engaging in public education and communication on money in politics and other voting rights issues including blog posts, general assistance with communications activities, and support for public appearances by more senior Dēmos staff, with the opportunity for public speaking engagements as approved by more senior staff;
- Engaging in work-related travel as needed;
- Other tasks, as requested.
The successful candidate will have the following skills and qualities:
- A J.D. degree and eligibility for membership in a state bar. The position is funded at a level corresponding to a recent law school graduate or individual who has completed a clerkship.
- Excellent legal research and writing skills, interest in jurisprudential development, and at least some academic or practice-oriented background in money in politics issues or other issues relating to political participation.
- Strong commitment to advancing Dēmos’ mission and demonstrated interest in intellectual issues related to money in politics, voting rights or other relevant jurisprudence, with the ability to quickly master both core values and doctrine in a complex area of law.
- Strong commitment to Demos' goal of racial equity both in our mission and in our working relationships.
- Flexible, generalist approach to work assignments and willingness to embrace work beyond legal research such as blogging and other public education tasks.
- Ability to work independently, meet deadlines, and juggle multiple responsibilities; and also work collaboratively with a team of attorneys and external stakeholders, including persons of diverse backgrounds.
Background and expertise in election law and campaign finance reform is a strong plus.
Salary and Benefits:
The salary for this position is $45,000 for one year. We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 10 paid holidays, 20 vacation days per year, 9 sick days per year, and the opportunity to contribute to a 403b plan.
How to Apply:
Send cover letter and résumé by clicking through the following link: http://demos.hiringthing.com .
Include in the letter how you found out about the position. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
Dēmos is an Equal Opportunity Employer--people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.
Demos is interested in hearing from law students seeking post-graduate fellowships. Post-graduate fellows at Demos work within the legal department under the close supervision of senior attorneys for one year following law school graduation. Fellows assist in litigation, legal strategy, policy analysis and advocacy in the areas of freedom to vote, money in politics, racial equity and/or economic justice.
Students must secure funding for this position. We encourage students to contact their schools regarding potential funding available for post-graduate fellowships at Demos.
Students interested in a post-graduate fellowship at Demos should submit a letter of interest and resume via email to Demos Counsel Jenn Rolnick Borchetta (jborchetta at demos.org).
We assess submissions and select candidates on a case-by-case and rolling basis. Please do not call about this position. We regret that we cannot respond to all inquiries.
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