The Alaska affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union invites law students to apply for a Summer 2021 clerkship in Anchorage or remote. As integral members of the ACLU of Alaska’s legal team, our clerks gain practical experience through defending and expanding Alaskans’ civil rights and civil liberties. Law clerks will work on cutting-edge litigation and may also work on legislative advocacy, policy research, and public education.

Organization Description
Since our founding in 1971, the Alaskan affiliate of the national ACLU has addressed a wide range of constitutional violations and civil liberties issues. Our recent and ongoing cases include:

  • affirming public employees’ free speech rights;
  • protecting the right to vote where voters don’t have to make the untenable choice between their vote and their health during the COVID-19 global pandemic;
  • resisting administrative and legislative attempts to infringe on Alaskan women's reproductive rights;
  • supporting Alaska’s first city ordinance protecting the LGBTQ community from discrimination;
  • investigating religious speech in public schools;
  • challenging jury pool selection procedures that exclude Alaska Natives living in remote villages; 
  • challenging trespass, public intoxication, panhandling, and other laws targeting the homeless population; and
  • advocating for systemic reform of Alaska’s prisons, including concerning conditions of solitary confinement, mental health, and medical treatment.

As an organization, we are particularly concerned about prisoners’ rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ equality, and discrimination against Alaska Natives, immigrants, and other ethnic and racial minorities. We encourage you to review our website and current litigation docket (www.acluak.org) before applying.

Duties
• Conducting legal and legislative/policy research, which may include fact investigations, client and witness interviews, discovery, handling of expert witnesses, and legislative history;
• Drafting legal memoranda, pleadings, and motions;
• Investigating complaints and requests for assistance, and researching new prospects for litigation;
• Assisting with non-litigation advocacy and outreach work;
• Accompanying lawyers on court appearances and before legislative bodies to provide testimony regarding proposed legislation; and
• Assisting and working closely with ACLU-AK lawyers and cooperating attorneys around the state, as well as with attorneys at the national offices of the ACLU in New York and Washington, D.C.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate possesses excellent legal research, writing, and communication skills, and has demonstrated a commitment to civil rights and civil liberties.

Applications

To apply, please email a resume, cover letter, two references (including from someone who can attest to your writing ability), and a brief writing sample to jobs@acluak.org with the subject “Summer 2021 Clerkship.” The ACLU of Alaska will review applications as they come in and will accept them until it fills the position. The ideal candidate would work for 10 weeks between May and September 2021. This is an unpaid internship. Applicants are highly encouraged to seek public interest funding for law students. The ACLU of Alaska can assist in coordinating with the student’s law school for work/study stipends or course credit.

The ACLU of Alaska is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.