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Application Deadline: 1/14/2022 (applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and students are encouraged to apply as early as possible)

The Local Solutions Support Center (LSSC) and A Better Balance (ABB) seek dynamic law students for a Spring 2022 legal fellowship to support local policymaking that promotes economic, social, and health equity. Fellows will work remotely

About LSSC and ABB: 

LSSC works across the country to reframe and respond to the misuse of state interference in local policymaking to promote economic, social, and health equity. LSSC deploys nonpartisan strategies and tactics to educate the public and policymakers about local policymaking authority and the abuse of the state’s preemption authority to limit local regulations. 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 state legislatures, and, where appropriate, proactively affirm and strengthen home rule. Recently, LSSC has increasingly helped 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 Spring Fellowship, and other legal partners 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 Spring Fellows, 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 pandemic;
  • 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.
Work Dates and Compensation: Start and end dates are flexible, and the Fellowship will last 10-12 weeks over the spring semester of 2022. Fellows will work 10-15 hours per week during that time period. Compensation for the LSSC Local Democracy Spring Fellowship is $15 an hour. Applications will also be accepted from law students with external funding.
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 2022 Fellowship Application” to Dilini Lankachandra at dlankachandra@abetterbalance.org by January 14, 2022.
We will consider applications on a rolling basis, and students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
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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