Legal Fellow, Reproductive Rights and Health 

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a Legal Fellow to join the Reproductive Rights and Health team with a focus on abortion access and litigation. The fellow will provide support on state abortion policy, as well as to the Reproductive Rights and Health team’s litigation portfolio. This is a full time, one-year term limited position, with the possibility of renewal. 

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 women of color, LGBTQIA+ people, and low-income women and families. 

For 50 years, we have been on the leading edge of every major legal and policy victory for women. Find out more at NWLC.org. 

Responsibilities 

  • Conduct legal and policy research;  
  • Conduct legal and policy analysis of state legislative and regulatory proposals; 
  • Assess state legislation and regulations for potential legal challenges; 
  • Draft written materials, including legislative testimony, legal memoranda, briefs (including amicus briefs), factsheets, reports, talking points, and blogs; 
  • Participate in coalition meetings and work closely with partners in various progressive coalitions; 
  • Represent the Center at public events, conferences, and meetings, as needed, and; 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications 

  • A law degree and admission to a state bar with ability to waive into the DC Bar if not already admitted; 
  • Outstanding legal research, writing, and analytical skills, including the ability to conduct complex legal analyses and develop creative legal arguments; 
  • A demonstrated ability to write and to speak clearly, effectively, and persuasively; 
  • Ability to communicate and build trust and credibility; 
  • Outstanding time management and organizational skills, with careful attention to detail; 
  • Willingness and ability to travel as it is safe to do so given COVID-19; 
  • A demonstrated ability to perform well independently and with grace under pressure in a fast-paced, multi-tasking environment; 
  • A collaborative and collegial approach to work, an ability and desire to work in a team-based environment, and an orientation to the work that recognizes and values the contributions of all team members; 
  • A commitment to gender and racial equity and centering communities of color in the approach to the work, and; 
  • A commitment to the mission of the Center, including improving abortion access.  

Additional preferred skills and knowledge: 

  • Knowledge of and experience with constitutional law (state or federal); 
  • Knowledge of reproductive rights, health, and justice issues, in particular abortion access and/or refusals to provide care; 
  • Experience working with local and state reproductive rights, health and/or justice organizations; 
  • Knowledge of and experience with policy development and analysis, and; 
  • Experience with complex civil litigation.  

Key Relationships 

The Legal Fellow will report directly to the Director of State Abortion Access and will work closely with the Director of Reproductive Rights and Health Litigation and other staff across the Reproductive Rights and Health Team, as well as with the Campaign and Digital Strategies team and the Research team. The Legal Fellow may have supervisory opportunities with interns. 

Compensation & Benefits 

A minimum salary of $83,000 will be provided to the successful candidate, consistent with the National Women’s Law Center’s compensation framework. 

The Center offers a comprehensive benefits package, and four weeks of annual vacation. 

NWLC is a non-profit organization whose headquarters and staff are based in Washington, D.C., with our office located in historic Dupont Circle. However, due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, all NWLC staff are temporarily working remotely. We continue to monitor public health guidance and keep safety, science, and flexibility top of mind as we evaluate what reopening looks like for our team. 

Classification 

NWLC recognizes a staff bargaining unit, NWLC United, affiliated with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union/IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is included in NWLC’s bargaining unit. Specific employment terms are subject to collective bargaining. 

How to Apply 

To apply for this position, please forward a resume, a cover letter outlining your interests and qualifications, a 5-10 page legal writing sample, and three (3) references. Resumes should include exact start and end dates (month and year) of employment. Please send application materials via e-mail to: [email protected] and include the position title in the subject line. Electronic submissions are preferred. Applications accepted until position is filled. 

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 genders, gender identities and sexual orientations; people of color; and veterans.  

Reasonable Accommodations 

If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email us at [email protected]