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A Better Balance is using the power of the law to advance justice for workers, so they can care for themselves and their loved ones without jeopardizing their economic security. Our expert team of lawyers, advocates, and other professionals are combatting discrimination and securing new rights for workers through policy work, strategic litigation, direct legal service, and public education. Join us!

The A Better Balance National, Southern, and D.C. offices are recruiting rising third-year law students, judicial clerks, and recent law school graduates interested in applying for an externally funded 1-2 year public interest fellowship starting in September 2023. A National fellow would be based in New York City; a Southern fellow would be based in Nashville, TN; a DC fellow would be based in Washington, DC.

A Better Balance (ABB) is a national legal advocacy organization that uses the power of the law to advance justice for workers, so they can care for themselves and their loved ones without jeopardizing their economic security. Our expert legal team combats discrimination against pregnant workers and caregivers and advances supportive policies like paid sick time, paid family and medical leave, fair scheduling, and accessible, quality childcare and eldercare. When we value the work of providing care, which has long been marginalized due to sexism and racism, our communities and nation are healthier and stronger. We remain steadfast in working to dismantle the intersectional forms of injustice that contribute to the structural inequality working families in this country face, including but not limited to, gender injustice, racial injustice, economic injustice, health injustice, and injustice against immigrants, LGTBQIA communities, and people with disabilities, and are seeking candidates who are committed to this work.

Since our founding, A Better Balance has been working to value the labor of caregiving and to shift the debate over work-family issues from those that center the concerns of white, professional workers to be inclusive of a focus on the needs of low-wage workers and workers of color. We approach our work around the country with these values at the forefront. Ensuring families of color have access to strong work-family policies—especially BIPOC workers who are currently the least likely to have access to these policies due to centuries of institutionalized racism, systemic barriers to economic mobility, and pervasive discrimination—is a core principle of ABB’s work.

The organization has fought for and won new paid leave policies, important pregnancy and caregiver protections, breastfeeding accommodations, inclusive protections for all families, including LGBTQ families, and victories on other economic justice issues throughout the country. Our advocacy work and legal efforts have gained national recognition in dozens of outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. We are dedicated to lifting up the voices of our clients, who are predominantly low-wage working women of color, and those most directly affected by our policy work. Our free and confidential helpline provides legal assistance and information to low-wage workers.

ABB is based in New York City and maintains an office in Washington, D.C., a Southern regional office in Nashville, TN and an office in Denver, CO. 

In New York, where we are headquartered, we have been leaders in many successful campaigns both in the city/state and across the country, including on paid family and medical leave laws, the fight to guarantee earned sick time to millions of workers across the country, pregnant workers fairness laws, which ensure that pregnant workers are not pushed out of their jobs when they need a modest accommodation to stay healthy, caregiver and lactation anti-discrimination laws, and fair workweek laws. Following legislative campaigns, we are working on effective implementation of these laws, creating materials, doing outreach to low-income communities, and prioritizing representation of low-income workers of color who are being denied rights we helped secure.

Our Southern Office focuses on the issues affecting working families in the Southeast United States, where poverty rates for women and families, particularly women and families of color, are among the highest in the country and where legal protections are often scarce. Pregnant workers across the South, especially in low-wage and physically demanding jobs, are forced out of their positions when they need a modest accommodation to keep working. Workers of color are the least likely to have access to paid leave and other critical workplace rights to help them to care for their families without risking their economic security. Our Southern work thus focuses on remedying these legal gaps by enforcement and education as well as working to pass pregnant workers fairness laws, paid family and medical leave, and paid sick days laws across the Southeast and pushing back against policies that harm working families in the region including attacks on progressive local policies.

Our DC Office focuses on translating our legal expertise and uplifting worker voices to promote federal policies that advance justice for working families across the country who are caring for themselves and loved ones and want to maintain their economic security. Our key federal priorities include passage of a comprehensive Paid Family and Medical Leave program; protections for pregnant workers; a national paid sick time law; access to break time and space for breastfeeding workers; addressing the Black maternal health crisis; guaranteeing fair and predictable work schedules as well as enhancing rights of part-time workers; strengthening federal anti-discrimination protections; and more.

Potential projects in the NYC office could focus on education and enforcement of laws both in NY and elsewhere across the country, particularly as they impact low-wage workers and communities of color:

  • Pregnancy accommodation laws;
  • Lactation laws;
  • Paid sick time laws;
  • NYC Fair Workweek Law;
  • Caregiver discrimination laws; and/or
  • Paid and unpaid family and medical leave laws.

The NYC fellow could also focus on expanding laws and policies in the following areas:

  • Paid family and medical leave or paid sick time campaigns around the country;
  • Pregnancy accommodation campaigns around the country
  • LGBTQ work-family issues;
  • Quality, affordable, accessible child care;
  • Defending local, progressive laws from state and federal interference (preemption); and/or
  • Other issues related to expanding work/family laws and policies in New York State and/or nationally.

Potential projects in the Southern Office could focus on:

  • Increasing the power and influence of Black women in the South using advocacy tools, Know Your Rights campaigns, legislative reform, and partnering with grassroots organizations;
  • Enforcing new pregnant workers fairness laws in the South including in Tennessee, Louisiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Virginia; educating and empowering low-wage workers and communities of color about those laws;
  • Providing direct services to low-wage workers, especially workers of color, in particular industries or populations with uniquely Southern issues affecting working families;
  • Developing a mobile clinic to serve a particular population, such as an immigrant/refugee population;
  • Public education and enforcement of existing federal legal protections, such as pregnancy discrimination, family and medical leave, and breastfeeding protections for working families in the South; and/or
  • Addressing the needs of working parents who lack quality, affordable, and accessible child care.

Potential projects in the DC Office could focus on federal legislative advocacy in conjunction with direct services work to empower our clients with our NY office on topics including:

  • Pregnancy accommodations
  • Paid family and medical leave
  • Lactation accommodations;
  • Paid sick time;
  • Caregiver discrimination laws; and/or
  • Fair and predictable scheduling.

Qualifications:

  • Law degree required by May 2023, bar admission in NY or TN by Fall 2023 preferred.*
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, work/family law and policy, gender and women’s rights, civil rights, and/or advocacy for low-income populations and ending racial, gender, health, and economic injustice.
  • Commitment to diversity within the office using an approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and socio-economic circumstance.
  • Superior written and oral communication, advocacy, legal research, and analytic skills. Experience writing for legal and non-legal audiences a plus.
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated problem solving, prioritizing, time management, team-building, and organizational skills.
  • Comfort and familiarity with small non-profit environments, ability to use limited resources efficiently and effectively, ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience working with diverse communities, particularly communities of color and individuals with disabilities.
  • Experience with the community you propose to serve a plus.
  • Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Bengali, Haitian Creole, French, Somali, and/or Korean fluency are a plus.

* Selected fellowship candidates will be required to take the NY or TN bar if not already admitted. 

Funding and Benefits

Fellows will be paid a salary of $68,000-72,000, and if the amount of external funding is less than this amount, A Better Balance will make up the difference.

This position requires external funding, meaning it is not paid for by ABB and comes from another source. Some potential sources of external funding include the Skadden Foundation, Equal Justice Works, and Justice Catalyst. Many law schools also offer funding to law graduates in the form of fellowships. If you are selected by ABB as a fellowship candidate, we will then work together to put together a project proposal.

ABB offers a flexible and supportive work environment, with generous vacation, sick, and family leave policies. A Better Balance has an excellent benefits package, including health and dental insurance; 19.5 days of paid vacation time, sick time, and personal time; access to pre-tax retirement contributions, transit benefits, and more. We are committed to “walking our talk” and encourage a healthy work/life balance for all employees.

How to Apply

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

To apply, please e-mail the following documents with the subject line “2023 Fellowship – [First Name Last Name]” to: careers@abetterbalance.org:

  • a resume including relevant experience – note, this need not only be paid work or work you did during law school;
  • tailored letter of interest, including your connection to ABB’s work;
  • a short legal writing sample showing legal analysis, including applying facts to the law; and
  • at least two references, including one professor/instructor from law school and one supervisor of legal work – these should be the individuals you plan to ask to write recommendations in support of your fellowship candidacy if selected by ABB.

A Better Balance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and we value diversity, inclusion, and belonging in our workforce. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, family status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, arrest or conviction, or any other factor protected by law.

A Better Balance is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities or other medical needs. If you are an individual with a disability or other medical need and need assistance applying online, please e-mail careers@abetterbalance.org.  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

Job Description:

A Better Balance is recruiting current 2L law students for a 2023 summer internship to support our New York City, Southern, and Colorado offices, as well as an intern to support other federal and state policy work. All of these positions are virtual, and there may be opportunities to work in person depending on the current pandemic conditions. A Better Balance values the health and safety of our staff, interns, and everyone with whom we work.

An NYC intern will support our New York City office, and can be based anywhere; a Southern Office intern will be based in Nashville, TN; a Colorado intern will be based in Denver, CO. A fourth intern will support other work on federal and state policy, and can be based anywhere. Interns who do not have public interest funding available from their law school will be compensated by ABB.

Organization Description:

A Better Balance, a national nonprofit advocacy organization, uses the power of the law to advance justice for workers, so they can care for themselves and their loved ones without jeopardizing their economic security. Through policy work, strategic litigation and direct legal services, and public education, our expert legal team combats discrimination against pregnant workers and caregivers, and advances fair and supportive workplace policies like paid sick time, paid family and medical leave, predictable and flexible scheduling, and more. When we value the work of providing care, which has long been marginalized due to sexism and racism, our communities and our nation are healthier and stronger. Ensuring families of color have access to strong work-family policies—especially BIPOC workers who are currently the least likely to have access to these policies due to centuries of institutionalized racism, systemic barriers to economic mobility, and pervasive discrimination—is a core principle of ABB’s work.

The organization has fought for and won new paid leave policies, important pregnancy and caregiver protections, breastfeeding accommodations, inclusive protections for all families, including LGBTQ families, and victories on other economic justice issues throughout the country. We are also leaders in tackling the COVID-19 health crisis for workers by advancing stronger emergency and permanent policy measures as well as providing critical direct services and Know Your Rights public education. Our advocacy work and legal efforts have gained national recognition in dozens of outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

We are dedicated to lifting up the voices of our clients and those most directly affected by our policy work and we have a particular focus on centering gender and racial justice in our work. Our free and confidential legal helpline provides legal assistance and information to low-wage workers and is a critical component to advancing our mission. The call volume to our helpline has spiked dramatically since the beginning of the COVID-19 public health crisis. We have provided thousands of workers with information about their rights related to sick leave, paid family and medical leave, and workplace accommodations in the midst of this crisis.

Intern Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to work/family law and policy, workers’ rights, 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
  • Conducting intakes with callers to A Better Balance’s free and confidential legal helpline 
  • 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  

 

Compensation:

Interns who do not have public interest funding available from their law school will be compensated by ABB at a rate of $15/hour for up to 10 weeks (full time). Anyone who receives funding from their school equivalent to less than $15/hour may be eligible for supplementary funding from ABB, provided such supplementary funding is consistent with any other applicable funding requirements.

How to Apply:

Please e-mail a resume and cover letter with a subject line as follows “[FIRST NAME] [LAST NAME] 2022 Summer Internship Application” to:

Meghan Racklin, mracklin@abetterbalance.org (New York City);

Kameron Dawson, kdawson@abetterbalance.org (Nashville);

Natalie Petrucci, npetrucci@abetterbalance.org (Colorado); or

Cassandra Gomez, cgomez@abetterbalance.org (Federal/State Policy Work).

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please be sure to specify in your email and cover letter which location(s) you are applying to (New York City, Nashville, Colorado, or Federal).

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.

Dates: January-May 2023

Location: Nashville, TN (This internship will be primarily remote, with some in-person meetings)

Time Commitment: 8-10 hours per week (We may provide some flexibility, depending on your course requirements)

Overview:

A Better Balance’s regional Southern Office, based in Nashville, TN, is seeking a policy intern for Spring 2023 to assist with our policy advocacy work at the state & local levels across the South. The ideal candidate is a current graduate student studying political science, public policy, sociology, social work, or a related field. A Better Balance will work with the intern to ensure that they receive course credit for completing the internship.

A Better Balance is a national nonprofit advocacy organization that uses the power of the law to advance justice for workers, so they can care for themselves and their loved ones without jeopardizing their economic security. Through policy work, strategic litigation and direct legal services, and public education, our expert team combats discrimination against pregnant workers and caregivers, and advances fair and supportive workplace policies like paid sick time, paid family and medical leave, predictable and flexible scheduling, and more.

When we value the work of providing care, which has long been marginalized due to sexism and racism, our communities and our nation are healthier and stronger. Ensuring families of color have access to strong work-family policies—especially BIPOC workers who are currently the least likely to have access to these policies due to centuries of institutionalized racism, systemic barriers to economic mobility, and pervasive discrimination—is a core principle of ABB’s work.

Our regional Southern Office is based in Nashville, TN, and advocates for stronger policies to support working parents and caregivers across the South, including paid family & medical leave, paid sick days, and workplace pregnancy and lactation protections. 

Intern Qualifications:

  • A current graduate student studying political science, public policy, sociology, social work, or a related field
  • A demonstrated commitment to advancing justice for working families in the South and to improving gender, racial, and economic equity in Southern states
  • A good understanding of the legislative process at the state and local levels.
    • Previous experience with policy advocacy, grassroots organizing, or working with a state or local government—including a state legislature, state agency, governor’s office, city council, county commission, or mayor’s office—is a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communication, research, and organizational skills
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated problem-solving, time management, and team-building skills
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment

Intern responsibilities may include:

  • Helping track relevant legislation across several Southern states and providing regular updates on the progress of these bills
  • Providing support to the Southern Office policy team with drafting fact sheets, talking points, legislative testimony, blog posts, and other written materials
  • Conducting research on specific policy issues and compiling relevant data
  • Attending meetings with ABB staff and external stakeholders, including lawmakers, and taking detailed notes
  • Observing and attending relevant legislative committee hearings on key bills
  • Other tasks as needed to support the Southern Office’s advocacy efforts

Compensation:

ABB will work with you and your school to ensure that you receive course credit for completing this internship.

How to Apply:

Please email a resume and cover letter to Feroza Freeland, Policy Manager of the Southern Office, at ffreeland@abetterbalance.org. The subject line should read: “[FIRST NAME] [LAST NAME] 2023 Spring Internship Application.”

All applications must be received by November 28th.

About A Better Balance:

A Better Balance is a national legal advocacy organization that uses the power of the law to advance justice for workers, so they can care for themselves and their loved ones without jeopardizing their economic security. Our expert legal team combats discrimination against pregnant workers and caregivers and advances supportive policies like paid sick time, paid family and medical leave, and fair and predictable scheduling. We remain steadfast in working to dismantle the intersectional forms of injustice that contribute to the structural inequality working families in this country face, including but not limited to, gender injustice, racial injustice, economic injustice, health injustice, and injustice against immigrants, LGTBQIA communities, and people with disabilities, and are seeking candidates who are committed to this work. Ensuring families of color have access to strong work-family policies—especially BIPOC women workers who are currently the least likely to have access to these policies due to centuries of institutionalized sexism and racism, systemic barriers to economic mobility, and pervasive discrimination—is a core principle of ABB’s work.

A Better Balance has fought for and won new paid leave laws and policies, important pregnancy and caregiver protections, breastfeeding accommodations, inclusive protections for all families, including LGBTQ families, and victories on other economic justice issues throughout the country. Our advocacy work and legal efforts have gained national recognition in dozens of outlets including The New York TimesWashington Post, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Position Description:

A Better Balance seeks a highly motivated legal fellow to support our paid leave and protecting local democracy (preemption) work through a dynamic blend of legal research and writing, technical assistance, and policy advocacy. This position provides an exciting opportunity to gain expertise in a rapidly growing field of work. While this position will have a dedicated focus on work in Louisiana, the fellow will also provide some legal and technical support for A Better Balance’s work in other states across the South.

This is a two-year fellowship, with a possibility for continuation pending funding.

The position is based in New Orleans, Louisiana and primarily work from home. The position will entail attending in-person meetings in Louisiana and traveling occasionally, for example, to meet with colleagues in Nashville, TN and New York City.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide legal research, writing, and technical assistance on paid leave primarily to state and local level Southern advocates and officials, with a dedicated focus on Louisiana. This will include legal research on specific policy questions, technical assistance on paid leave proposals and efforts, work on post-passage regulations and implementation, and support for occasional litigation work to protect paid leave laws challenged in court.
  • Research and prepare legal memos on questions related to local authority in Louisiana and other Southern states to implement measures to protect workers and caregivers, as well as support for efforts to repeal harmful state preemption that blocks such local protections.
  • Research and write legal memoranda, fact sheets, policy papers, advocacy tools, testimony (written and oral), amicus briefs, and other supporting legal and policy documents related to paid family and medical leave, paid sick time, and preemption.
  • Work collaboratively in coalition with other advocates and stakeholders in Louisiana.
  • Maintain and expand A Better Balance’s strong working relationships with diverse partner organizations throughout Louisiana
  • Empower workers and A Better Balance’s Community Advocates to engage in the policy advocacy process via storytelling, media interviews, legislative testimony, and other methods

Qualifications:

  • 1-3 years of legal experience.
  • Louisiana bar admission preferred, by Fall 2023.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, work/family law and policy, gender and women’s rights, civil rights, LGBTQIA rights, and/or advocacy for low-income populations and ending racial, gender, health, and economic injustice.
  • Superior written and oral communication, advocacy, legal research, and analytic skills. Experience writing for legal and non-legal audiences a plus.
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated problem solving, prioritizing, time management, team-building, and organizational skills.
  • Comfort with small non-profit environments, ability to use limited resources efficiently and effectively, ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, and ability to work collaboratively and coordinate with multiple people remotely.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with varying deadlines simultaneously and to provide high-quality work products in a timely manner
  • Experience working with impacted communities, particularly communities of color and individuals with disabilities.
  • Community ties in New Orleans, LA a plus.
  • A strong understanding of the legislative and administrative process at the state and local levels.
  • Previous experience with policy advocacy, grassroots organizing, or working with a state or local government is a plus.

Funding and Benefits

Fellows will be paid a salary of $68,000-72,000.

ABB offers a flexible and supportive work environment, with generous vacation (19.5 days), sick, and family leave policies. A Better Balance has an excellent benefits package, including health and dental insurance; access to pre-tax retirement contributions, and more. We are committed to “walking our talk” and encourage a healthy work/life balance for all employees.

This is a full-time, at-will employment position.

How to Apply

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

To apply, please e-mail the following documents with the subject line “Fellowship – [First Name Last Name]” to: cgomez@abetterbalance.org:

  • a resume including relevant experience – note, this need not only be paid work;
  • tailored letter of interest, including your connection to ABB’s work; and
  • a short legal writing sample showing legal analysis, including applying facts to the law

A Better Balance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and we value diversity, inclusion, and belonging in our workforce. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, family status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, arrest or conviction, or any other factor protected by law.

 

A Better Balance is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities or other medical needs. If you are an individual with a disability or other medical need and need assistance applying online, please e-mail careers@abetterbalance.org.  If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

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