About Transgender Law Center: Transgender Law Center is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to advancing the rights of transgender and gender non-conforming people. We work to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. We envision a future where gender self-determination and authentic expression are seen as basic rights and matters of common human dignity. We pursue a multidisciplinary approach to advocacy, including nationwide impact litigation, policy advocacy, public education, and a legal helpline that serves nearly 2,500 people each year. Our legal and policy work focuses primarily on issues of economic justice and health care access, with a secondary focus on the range of other issues affecting the transgender community including prisons, school safety, and immigration. You can learn more about our work at www.transgenderlawcenter.org.
About the position: We accept applications on a rolling basis for post-graduate legal fellowships with Transgender Law Center, including school-funded bridge fellowships. Fellowships are funded by outside foundations or law schools and applicants will take the lead on applying for funding.
Legal fellowships provide recent law school graduates and new attorneys with a unique opportunity to gain first-hand experience in practicing transgender-rights law. Fellows will gain experience in providing compassionate and culturally competent legal services, legal writing (including internal memos and court documents), policy advocacy, non-litigation advocacy on behalf of clients, movement-centered strategic thinking, and working alongside pro bono co-counsel. In partnership with Transgender Law Center’s other attorneys and legal fellows, they can expect to work on a variety of projects including:
- Provide legal information and self-help materials to helpline callers
- Identify potential clients for impact litigation from the legal helpline
- Conduct legal research and draft memos
- Draft demand letters
- Assist with all aspects of impact litigation
- Organize and supervising legal name and gender change clinics
- Conduct know-your-rights trainings for community members
- Assist in maintaining accuracy of existing “Know Your Rights” materials and practice guides, as well as identifying appropriate topics and creating new publications
- Draft legislation and persuasive materials aimed at decision makers
- Juris Doctor (JD) degree
- Interest in transgender issues & civil rights law
- Commitment to racial & economic justice
- Strong writing and research skills
- Available to work for a minimum of 16 hours per week
Transgender people, people of color and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as folks with the ability to speak additional languages, especially Spanish.
How to Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and a legal writing sample of preferably 10 pages or less, to Legal Director Ilona Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Legal Fellow Position” in subject line.