Legal Fellowship

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315 Guthrie Street
Suite 300
Louisville, KY 40202
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
ACLU of Kentucky
Job type: 
Position Description: 

The ACLU of Kentucky is hiring for a paid, one-year legal fellowship in which it will employ an attorney on a full-time basis. The Legal Fellow will work under the direct supervision of the organization’s Legal Director and will assist in all phases of the ACLU of Kentucky’s legal program, including representing clients in ongoing and future civil rights litigation in Kentucky’s state and federal courts.

The fellowship is open to a licensed attorney who is either a current member in good standing of the Kentucky Bar Association or is eligible for immediate admission without examination consistent with Kentucky Supreme Court rules. The application process is open until January 6, 2017, with the successful applicant starting in February, 2017. More information, including the full job description is available online at

This is a one-year position with a competitive salary. Excellent benefits including health insurance and a 401(k) plan.


• JD. Must be a member of the Kentucky Bar Association or eligible to be immediately admitted into the Kentucky Bar Association pursuant to SCR 2.110 or 2.111.
• A strong understanding of, and demonstrated commitment to, civil liberties, civil rights, and the mission of the ACLU. Experience in non-profit advocacy or other community-based groups is valuable.
• Exceptional writing and analytical skills are required. Judicial clerkships and/or experience litigating federal civil rights and civil liberties cases are a plus.
• Substantive knowledge and understanding of constitutional law and civil liberties issues.
• Demonstrated skills in working independently, jointly, and under pressure.
• Excellent communication skills as to both legal and non-legal audiences.
• Demonstrated skills in legal analysis, research, and strategic thinking.
• Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively on a variety of projects with lawyers, other staff members, and with community organizations and coalitions.
• A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, ability, and socioeconomic circumstance.
• Creative, result-oriented, self-starting, willing to learn, and able to manage an aggressive schedule.
• Proficiency with computers: Windows and Microsoft Office in particular.

To apply: 

Please submit in digital form, via email, a detailed letter of interest, resume, legal writing sample, and contact information for three references by January 6, 2017, to William Sharp at [email protected]. The start date for this one-year position is set for February 13, 2017, but a different start date may be negotiable. In your letter of interest, please indicate when you would be available to begin the fellowship, if selected, and how you learned about the fellowship.

The ACLU of Kentucky is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
Submission deadline: 
Friday, January 6, 2017