Job

Legal Fellow, Reproductive Rights and Health

Posted on November 17, 2017

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a recent law school graduate or judicial clerk to work as a Legal Fellow on the Reproductive Rights and Health team. This is a one-year fellowship to begin as soon as possible.

 The Organization

For 45 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, with a well-documented track record of leading the way on issues that cut to the core of women’s and girls’ lives on the job, in school, and at home on issues critical to their reproductive rights and health and to their economic security, with special priority given to the needs of low-income women and those who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination.

A 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., with a staff of about 65, NWLC uses the law in all its forms; getting new laws on the books, litigating groundbreaking lawsuits all the way to the Supreme Court, and educating the public about ways to make the law and public policies work for women and their families. Funding comes from foundations, individuals, corporations, unions, and law firms.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

The National Women’s Law Center is seeking a candidate to work on the Center’s Reproductive Rights and Health program on projects related to contraception.  The Legal Fellow will assist in the Center’s legal and policy work to expand access to birth control at the state and federal level and in the Center’s response to attacks on birth control.  Additionally, the Legal Fellow will be responsible for operating, maintaining and analyzing results of the Center’s national hotline on women’s preventive health services, including birth control.

Responsibilities include:

  • Gathering, summarizing, and analyzing research and data from legal and non-legal sources.
  • Analyzing policy proposals at the state and federal levels.
  • Drafting reports, factsheets, blogs, and other written materials.
  • Working with national and state-based coalitions on legislative and regulatory matters.
  • Coordinating with Center staff and pro bono counsel to support litigation on birth control issues.
  • Conducting intake for national hotline, maintaining intake database and recommending database structure changes, as necessary.
  • Responding to hotline inquiries via email and phone, and working with senior attorneys on responses as appropriate.
  • Identifying, tracking, and identifying trends in birth control coverage problems or successes, to the extent needed, but no less frequently than monthly.
  • Assisting in hotline promotion.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A minimum of a Law degree and admission to a state bar with ability to waive into the DC Bar if not already admitted.
  • Strong research, analytical, oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience dealing with the public.
  • Demonstrated experience and judgment working both collaboratively and independently.
  • Knowledge of the Affordable Care Act or private health insurance a plus.
  • A commitment to progressive women’s issues.

Annual salary $50,000.  The Center offers excellent benefits, including pre-tax flexible spending accounts for medical, dependent care, and transportation, and four weeks of annual vacation. Office located on the Red Metro Line in Dupont Circle. NWLC provides an intellectually-stimulating workplace with passionate, dedicated colleagues who work hard to fight for the rights of women and girls in the primary areas of reproductive rights and health, income security, education, and workplace justice.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter describing your qualifications, resume, 5-10 page writing sample, transcript, and three references. Electronic submissions are preferred at legalfellowRRH@nwlc.org. Please 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. 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, women, men, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, veterans, and LGBTQI individuals.