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2020 Local Democracy Summer Fellowship
Application Deadline: 05/18/20 (Accepted on a Rolling Basis)

The Local Solutions Support Center (LSSC) and A Better Balance (ABB) seek a dynamic law student for a Summer 2020 legal fellowship program. Fellows will 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 local policymaking authority and 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. Recently, LSSC has increasingly been helping advocates and local decisionmakers understand the contours of local power in this COVID-19 era. 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 Summer 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:

  • Researching and drafting legal memos on questions related to home rule and local government, including analysis of local authority to enact policies in response to the coronavirus outbreak;
  • Assisting with drafting state and local 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 10-15 hours per week for 4 weeks during the summer of 2020. Compensation for the LSSC Local Democracy Term-Time Fellowship is $15 an hour. Applications will also be accepted from law students with external funding for a summer externship.

Application Instructions: Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (in one combined PDF) with the subject line “[FIRST NAME] [LAST NAME] Summer 2020 Fellowship Application” to Dilini Lankachandra at dlankachandra@abetterbalance.org by May 18, 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.

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 Washington, DC office.

Organization Description:

A Better Balance 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.
Areas of work may include (depending on A Better Balance’s needs at the time of the internship):
•       Conducting legal research and writing to support A Better Balance’s policy advocacy, direct services, and/or litigation work
•       Assisting with drafting legislation and supporting materials
•       Drafting know-your-rights materials to support A Better Balance’s community education efforts and assisting with know-your-rights trainings for workers and/or advocates
•       Participating in legislator education efforts, campaign rallies, and/or public hearings to advance public policies benefiting working families
•       Other tasks as needed to support A Better Balance’s various advocacy efforts

How to Apply:

Please e-mail a resume, cover letter, and list of references with the subject line “[FIRST NAME] [LAST NAME] 2020 Summer Internship Application – DC Office” to Sarah Brafman, sbrafman@abetterbalance.org by April 1, 2020. 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.

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