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Current 1L and 2L law students with their own funding are invited to apply for a 2020 summer internship at A Better Balance (ABB) in our New York City office.

Organization Description:

ABB is a national legal advocacy organization that is a leader in the movement to reshape laws and policies to fit the needs of today’s workforce. ABB’s mission is to promote equality and expand choices for men and women at all income levels so they may care for their families without sacrificing their economic security. ABB works on the national and local level employing a wide range of strategies—legislative advocacy, litigation, direct services, grassroots organizing, research and public education—to promote flexible workplace policies, end discrimination against caregivers, and support family caregiving.

Since its founding in 2005, ABB has been at the forefront of a movement to fight for family-friendly laws and policies. We focus on a variety of issues, such as: family leave insurance, paid sick leave, and fairness for working families. We support paid sick leave campaigns at the state and local level around the country, and are at the center of efforts for implementing paid family leave in New York State. Our program to end discrimination against pregnant women, LGBTQ families, and those with caregiving responsibilities focuses on national and local advocacy as well as individual representation. We run a free legal advice and counseling hotline for low-income New Yorkers who face employment law issues because of their caregiving responsibilities or because of a violation of New York City’s Earned Sick Time Act.

ABB pushes for public policy reform on a range of issues, such as ending abusive absence-control policies, supporting predictable scheduling, expanding recognition of diverse families, promoting workplace flexibility for employees across the economic spectrum, and valuing the work of all family caregivers, whether they care for a newborn, a sick child, an aging relative, or a family member with a disability. A Better Balance is also working on the front lines with advocates and elected officials across the country, using the power of the law to defend progressive local policies against state and federal preemption.

Intern Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to work/family law and policy, reproductive justice, women’s rights, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and/or advocacy for low-income individuals.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, advocacy, research, and analytic skills.
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated problem solving, prioritizing, time management, team-building, and organizational skills.

How to Apply:

Please e-mail a resume and cover letter with the subject line “[FIRST NAME] [LAST NAME] 2020 Summer Internship Application – NYC Office” to Marcella Kocolatos at mkocolatos@abetterbalance.org by January 15th, 2020. If you also wish to apply to the Southern Office, please indicate so in your cover letter. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

A Better Balance is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other factors prohibited by law. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Current 1L and 2L law students with their own funding are invited to apply for a 2020 summer internship at A Better Balance (ABB) in our Southern office, based in Nashville TN.

Organization Description:

ABB is a national legal advocacy organization that is a leader in the movement to reshape laws and policies to fit the needs of today’s workforce. ABB’s mission is to promote equality and expand choices for men and women at all income levels so they may care for their families without sacrificing their economic security. ABB works on the national and local level employing a wide range of strategies—legislative advocacy, litigation, direct services, grassroots organizing, research, and public education—to promote flexible workplace policies, end discrimination against caregivers, and support family caregiving.

Since its founding in 2005, ABB has been at the forefront of a movement to fight for family-friendly laws and policies. We focus on a variety of issues, such as: family leave insurance, paid sick leave, and fairness for working families. We support paid sick leave campaigns at the state and local level around the country, and are at the center of efforts to implement paid family leave in New York State. Our program to end discrimination against pregnant women, LGBTQ families, and those with caregiving responsibilities focuses on national and local advocacy as well as individual representation. We run a free legal hotline for low-income workers who face employment law issues because of their caregiving responsibilities. ABB also conducts trainings for low-income workers and their advocates. ABB pushes for public policy reform on a range of issues, such as ending abusive absence-control policies, supporting predictable scheduling, expanding recognition of diverse families, promoting workplace flexibility for employees across the economic spectrum, and valuing the work of all family caregivers, whether they care for a newborn, a sick child, an aging relative, or a family member with a disability. A Better Balance is also working on the front lines with advocates and elected officials across the country, using the power of the law to defend progressive local policies against state and federal preemption.

The ABB Southern Office opened in 2014 and focuses on the plight of working families in the Southeastern United States, where poverty rates are some of the highest in the country and progressive legal protections are scarce. The Southern Office has a particular focus on fairness for pregnant workers and breastfeeding mothers, as well as other uniquely Southern issues affecting families in the workplace.

Intern Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to work/family law and policy, reproductive justice, women’s rights, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and/or advocacy for low-income individuals.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, advocacy, research, and analytic skills.
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated problem solving, prioritizing, time management, team-building, and organizational skills.

How to Apply:

Please e-mail a resume and cover letter with the subject line “[FIRST NAME] [LAST NAME] 2020 Summer Internship Application – Southern Office” to Kameron Dawson at kdawson@abetterbalance.org by January 15th, 2020. If you also wish to apply to the NYC Office, please indicate so in your cover letter. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

A Better Balance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, family status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or any other factor protected by law. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: 01/20/20 (Accepted on a Rolling Basis)

The Local Solutions Support Center (LSSC) and A Better Balance (ABB) seek a dynamic law student for a Spring 2020 legal fellowship program. Applicants may work out of ABB’s New York office or request to work remotely.

About LSSC and ABB:

The Local Solutions Support Center (LSSC) works across the country to reframe and respond to the misuse of state interference in local policy making in order to promote economic, social, and health equity. To meet that goal, LSSC deploys nonpartisan strategies and tactics to educate the public and policymakers about the abuse of state preemption (when states prohibit local regulations around a particular issue area). LSSC also works to repeal existing preemptive laws that stifle local innovation and prevent communities from addressing systemic inequities, support local officials and governments against attacks from the state or federal legislatures, and, where appropriate, proactively affirm and strengthen home rule. LSSC is proud to support ABB’s Defending Local Democracy Project, this Local Democracy Term-Time Fellowship, and other legal partners and experts working to address the abuse of state preemption.

ABB is a national legal advocacy organization that is a leader in the movement to reshape laws and policies to fit the needs of today’s workforce. ABB’s mission is to promote equality and expand choices for workers at all income levels so they may care for their families without sacrificing their economic security. ABB works on the national, state, and local levels and employs a wide range of strategies— legislative advocacy, litigation, direct services, grassroots organizing, research and public education—to promote flexible workplace policies, end discrimination against caregivers, affirm the rights of LGBTQ workers, and support family caregiving. A Better Balance also works on the front lines with advocates and elected officials across the country, using the power of the law to defend progressive local policies against state and federal preemption.

The Fellowship: The LSSC Local Democracy Term-Time Fellow, who will be housed at ABB, will assist LSSC and ABB in all aspects of the organizations’ efforts to defend local democracy from the misuse of state preemption. Areas of work will include:

Research and drafting legal memos on questions related to home rule and local government, including analysis of bills introduced in 2020 that threaten to undermine local democracy;

  • Assisting with drafting state legislation and supporting materials;
  • Drafting fact sheets, talking points, and other materials to support advocates around the country organizing to defeat preemption and protect home rule;
  • Tracking preemptive legislation; and
  • Participating in regular strategy and operations communications.

Qualifications: 

  • Currently enrolled in a J.D. program.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to local democracy, local government, work/family law, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, economic justice, and racial equality.
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated problem solving, prioritizing, time management, team building, and organizational skills.

Compensation: Fellows will work up to 10 hours per week for 10 to 12 weeks during the spring 2020 semester. Compensation for the LSSC Local Democracy Term-Time Fellowship is $15 an hour, with a maximum of 10 hours per week. Applications will also be accepted from law students who seek to participate in an established externship program at their law school that offers credit towards a J.D. degree.

Application Instructions: Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (in one combined PDF) with the subject line “[FIRST NAME] [LAST NAME] Spring 2020 Fellowship Application” to Dilini Lankachandra at dlankachandra@abetterbalance.org by January 20, 2020. We will consider applications on a rolling basis.

A Better Balance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, family status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or any other factor protected by law. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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