Posted on June 10, 2020

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center is now accepting applications from recent law school graduates for a Fellowship on NWLC’s Education & Workplace Justice team, supported by the MARGARET Fund. The fellow will work to promote equal opportunities for women and girls in school, with a particular focus on rights and opportunities for pregnant and parenting students, in addition to other projects related to fighting sexual harassment in schools and addressing the needs of girls of color.  This fellowship term is for a term of one year and will begin late summer/early fall 2020.  Recent law school graduates as well as individuals completing judicial clerkships or legal fellowships are welcome to apply.

About the MARGARET Fund – May All Resolve Girls Achieve Real Equity Today

Deborah Slaner Larkin, a longtime NWLC Board member and passionate supporter of the National Women’s Law Center, established the MARGARET Fund in 1992.  The Fund has enabled the Law Center to establish a MARGARET Fund Fellowship for talented attorneys who advance the Law Center’s efforts to ensure that all schools provide nondiscriminatory environments on the basis of sex.  Over the years, the Law Center has used the Fund to expand and confirm the protections of Title IX by winning landmark Supreme Court victories, to secure millions in financial aid for athletes who are women and girls by establishing new standards for athletic scholarships, and to restore legal protections for victims of pay discrimination by leading a coalition effort to pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

The Organization

The National Women’s Law Center fights for gender justice — in the courts, in public policy, and in our society — working across the issues that are central to the lives of women and girls.

We use the law in all its forms to change culture and drive solutions to the gender inequity that shapes our society and to break down the barriers that harm all of us — especially those who face multiple forms of discrimination, including women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families.

For more than 45 years, we have been on the leading edge of every major legal and policy victory for women, and we need you with us to continue this fight.

Responsibilities

The fellow’s work will include a focus on boosting supports for pregnant and parenting students.  Other projects will support NWLC’s work fighting sexual harassment and violence in school and lifting the voices of Black and brown girls to achieve policy change to improve school climate (e.g., ending unnecessary suspensions & expulsions, increasing counselors and other mental health supports, reforming racist & sexist dress codes).

The fellow’s responsibilities may include

  • Authoring a student-informed resource to destigmatize teen pregnancy/young parenthood and inform pregnant and parenting students of their rights in school;
  • Assisting in emergent and ongoing litigation, including taking a first review of documents drafted by co-counsel, drafting portions of briefs, coordinating meetings with co-counsel, and communicating with client, as assigned;
  • Writing fact sheets, blogs and other outreach materials for lawmakers on the needs of girls and gender-expansive youth returning to school post-COVID-19;
  • Public outreach and education, including creation of materials (such as fact sheets, reports and toolkits) to expand awareness of available federal and state legal protections;
  • Local, state and federal administrative and legislative advocacy to establish and strengthen legal protections for girls and women in school, including coalition work;
  • Participating in litigation aimed at enforcing and expanding the rights of girls and women in school;
  • Responding to requests for legal assistance;
  • Other programmatic work as needed.

Qualifications

The candidate must possess:

  • A law degree
  • A minimum of 0-2 years of experience
  • Excellent analytical and oral and written communication skills, including an ability to adjust communication style to suit various legal and non-legal audiences.
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with team members and coalition partners.
  • Ability to be self-directed, work well with competing priorities, meet deadlines, and be creative in legal thinking and approaches.
  • Willingness to ask questions and to receive and learn from feedback.
  • Commitment to and/or experience in gender justice, racial justice, reproductive justice, LGBTQ+ equality, or other progressive issues.
  • Interest or experience in legislative advocacy at the state or federal level.

Additional preferred skills and knowledge:

  • Experience working in a research, advocacy, or policymaking environment;
  • Experience engaging allies and stakeholders across sectors or movements;
  • Experience working in coalition;
  • Experience providing legal assistance or advice to individuals.

Key Relations

The fellow will report to the Director of Educational Equity and will work with members of the Education & Workplace Justice team, including the Vice President for Education & Workplace Justice.    

Compensation & Benefits

The salary for first year fellows is $61,125.

The Center offers a comprehensive benefits package, and four weeks of annual vacation.  NWLC is located on Metro’s Red Line in Dupont Circle.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter outlining your interests and qualifications, resume, three references from supervisors, and a short writing sample, via e-mail to: fellowships@nwlc.org and include the position title in the subject line. Electronic submissions are preferred. Hard copies may be addressed to: Human Resources Department, National Women’s Law Center, 11 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036. Applications accepted until position is filled. No calls please.

The National Women’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and values a diverse workforce.  We strongly encourage and seek applications from people with disabilities; people of all gender identities; people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals; veterans; and LGBTQI individuals.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS

As noted above, NWLC welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email us at humanresources@nwlc.org or you may send the request by mail to:

National Women’s Law Center

ATTN: Human Resources Manager – Talent

11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800

Washington, DC 20036

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