The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve systems of democracy and justice in the United States. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. The Brennan Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving Constitutional protections in the fight against terrorism. Part think tank, part advocacy group, part cutting edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them – in Congress and the states, in the courts, and in the court of public opinion.
The Brennan Center’s Democracy Program strives to bring the ideal of representative self-government closer to reality, including through work to protect the right to vote and ensure fair redistricting practices. The Democracy Program advances its goals through work on a variety of fronts, including: publishing path-breaking legal, empirical, qualitative, and historical research; litigating cutting-edge issues in courts throughout the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court; guiding legislative reform efforts at the state and federal levels; and shaping public opinion through frequent public presentations and media appearances.
Position: The Brennan Center’s Democracy Program seeks an attorney for a two-year fellowship that will focus on legal strategy, litigation and advocacy to protect the 2020 Census. The position will be based in the Brennan Center’s New York office and will require occasional travel to Washington, D.C. and other locations. The Census Litigation and Advocacy Fellow will report to the Senior Counsel who leads our redistricting and representation team.
The census touches virtually every aspect of American life, including our democratic institutions, our voting rights, and our political voices. A fair and accurate census is vital to ensuring that congressional seats are apportioned properly among the states, that our electoral districts are drawn fairly, and that all people—regardless of their age, race, ethnicity, sex, gender, or national origin—are represented in our federal, state, and local governments. Yet, heading into 2020, the census is in danger, threatened by efforts to politicize the census count, underfunding, and dramatic changes to census format (including moving the census online for the first time). These developments particularly endanger the ability of vulnerable communities, including communities of color, immigrants, and the poor, to participate in the census.
The Brennan Center is working to protect the census through a mix of legal and advocacy initiatives, empirical research, and communications campaigns. The Census Litigation and Advocacy Fellow will help advance the Center’s census efforts in collaboration with the Democracy Program’s senior leadership and members of the Program’s redistricting team.
Qualifications: A J.D. degree or equivalent and admission to the bar is required, as well as a minimum of three years’ legal experience. The ideal candidate will have:
Salary: The salary is competitive in the field and commensurate with experience. A generous benefits package is available as well.
Applications: Applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis and decisions will be made as soon as exemplary candidates are identified. To apply, visit http://brennancenter.applytojob.com/apply/JcqbyFg33w/Fellow-Census-Litigation-And-Advocacy-Democracy-Program. Please upload the following application materials: cover letter (copy and paste where indicated), resume, two writing samples (up to 10 pages each), and contact information for three references. No phone calls or faxes. Please reference where you saw this posting.
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The Brennan Center for Justice is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. To this end, Brennan Center: