The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a state/church watchdog, is accepting applications for 2 legal fellowships starting in September 2017. The positions are to be based in Madison, Wisconsin, where FFRF is headquartered.
FFRF acts on countless violations of separation of state and church on behalf of our membership and the public, successfully correcting many violations through persuasion, education and litigation. FFRF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, whose two purposes are to educate the public about nontheism, and to defend the constitutional principle of separation between state and church. FFRF has more than 25,000 nonreligious members nationwide.
The legal fellows will function as full-time staff attorneys handling an important First Amendment caseload and will report directly to the Managing Staff Attorney. FFRF legal fellows help resolve state/church violations. Some of the legal work includes:
- Handling incoming state/church complaints from members and prospective members
- Educating members on Establishment Clause case law
- Sending letters of complaint to government agencies and officials
- Performing legal research
- Drafting letters, some statements, action alerts or blogs
- Answering questions and sending responses to FFRF members and the general public over First Amendment issues
- Advising on legal strategy for FFRF litigation efforts
- Reviewing motions, briefs and other legal documents with litigation attorneys
It is a one-year fellowship, which FFRF may choose to renew at its discretion for a final second year.
Eligibility and Requirements: Third-year law students and recent law school graduates are eligible to apply. Excellent writing, communication and research skills and an interest in the First Amendment required. Fellows are expected to be licensed to practice law in Wisconsin or to sit for the July 2017 Wisconsin Bar Exam.
How to Apply:
Deadlines: Application materials due Feb. 20, 2017. Qualified applicants will be interviewed in late February/early March.