Posted on July 25, 2016

For over 40 years, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) has led the way in expanding possibilities and eliminating barriers for women and girls in the United States.  One of the largest women’s advocacy organizations in the country, NWLC has played a role in nearly every major advance for women and has a documented track record of advancing issues that cut to the core of women’s and girls’ lives on the job, in school, at home, and in their communities. The Center focuses on the needs of women who are low-income and who face multiple forms of discrimination. The Center has a staff of over 55 and an annual budget of approximately $12 million. For more information on the Center, visit www.nwlc.org.

The Center is now recruiting rising third-year law students, judicial clerks, and other recent law school graduates interested in applying for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, or other law fellowships to begin in September 2017, to discuss their interest in basing a fellowship project at the Center.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with priority given to those received earliest.

Description

The fellow will support the Center’s work in one of the following program areas: Income Security & Education (including child care), and Workplace Justice.  Some specific project ideas are described below, but applicants may draft their own project descriptions for consideration.  Responsibilities may include researching and analyzing policy and legal issues; drafting a variety of materials, such as memos, fact sheets, reports, comments on regulations, and legal briefs; and working with national and state-based coalitions.  Excellent benefits, including 4 weeks of vacation.

Qualifications

Law degree required.  Experience working in a research, advocacy, or policymaking environment preferred.  Must have excellent analytical, oral and written communications and organizational skills, attention to detail, and a commitment to women’s issues.

Application Procedure

If you are interested in joining the NWLC team, submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, writing sample, and three references.  Electronic submissions are preferred.   Please send materials to humanresources@nwlc.org and include position title in the subject line.  Hard copies may be addressed to:  Human Resources Department, National Women’s Law Center, 11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036, FAX: 202-588-5185.

The National Women’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, men, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, and LGBTQI individuals.

Project Ideas for 2017

Advancing the Rights of Low-wage Workers with Caregiving Responsibilities 

Women, who continue to do the lion’s share of family caregiving, make up two-thirds of those working in jobs that typically pay $10.50 per hour or less, with women of color particularly over-represented in these jobs. Discrimination and challenging work schedules mean that for many women working in low-wage jobs and caring for children or other family members, meeting both their work and family obligations becomes an impossible juggling act. The purpose of this project is to protect and advance the rights of low-wage workers with caregiving responsibilities, and to leverage existing protections to challenge employer policies and practices that disadvantage caregivers. Fellowship activities would include a combination of: (1) public outreach and education, including creation of materials, to expand awareness of available federal and state legal protections; (2) impact litigation to enforce and expand rights; and (3) local, state and federal administrative and legislative advocacy to establish and strengthen protections against sex discrimination, family responsibilities discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, and abusive scheduling practices.

Supports for Working Families Project

Now more than ever, women and families are struggling to make ends meet.  Although women have made great strides over the past few decades, women are still getting paid less than men for similar work and are at a higher risk of falling into poverty. At the same time, women and families face the pressure from the ever rising costs of economic security. In particular, recent research highlights the difficulty that parents in the low-wage workforce face in paying for the child care they need to work.  The fellow would work with the Center during a critical time in the development and implementation of policies to improve income supports for low-income women and families and improve families’ access to high quality child care and early education.

Specifically, the fellow would (1) develop and advocate for improved federal and state tax policies that support women and families; (2) develop and advocate for child care and early education policies at the state and federal levels that focus on the needs of low-income working families; and (3) develop and advocate for federal and state policies to improve safety net supports for women and families.

The fellow may also work on policies and public education and outreach around tax benefits for victims of domestic violence, same-sex married couples, and immigrant families; and tax benefits for low-income families under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Addressing Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools

This project would focus on sexual harassment and violence in schools, particularly at the K-12 level. Through a combination of legal assistance, administrative advocacy, and public education, the fellow will work to inform students and parents about their legal rights, provide some direct legal representation, provide technical assistance to student and other organizations advocating for improvements in schools, and engage in legislative and administrative efforts to ensure that all students are able to learn in a safe environment.