ACLU of Missouri Summer 2018 Legal Internship - ACLU of Maine in United States

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Summer 2018 Legal Internship - ACLU of Maine


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July 25, 2017

he American Civil Liberties Union is the largest and oldest organization in the United States dedicated to protecting the civil liberties of all people in this nation through litigation, public education, advocacy, and organizing. The ACLU litigates impact cases addressing a wide range of constitutional issues, including free speech, religious freedom, police misconduct, post-9/11 issues, reproductive freedom, voting rights, privacy, drug policy, LGBT rights, and the rights of people of color, women, immigrants and prisoners. The ACLU of Maine advances civil liberties through litigation, legislation, and public education. The organization has over 8,000 members statewide. The office is in Portland.

Legal Interns with the ACLU of Maine have a unique opportunity to work on cutting edge civil liberties and civil rights cases. In recent years, legal interns participated in developing cases on voting rights, the rights of the homeless, adoption rights of same-sex couples, education, the right to counsel, and many other issues. In addition to a vibrant and innovative caseload, the ACLU of Maine offers legal interns a rewarding summer experience, including opportunities to attend court hearings, social activities, supervision and mentorship.

Please see our website for more information on our current and past case dockets:


Legal Interns work on many aspects of potential and ongoing cases, such as drafting memoranda addressing the merits of a case, meeting with and interviewing plaintiffs and witnesses, and drafting demand letters, complaints, and briefs. Students may also be asked to analyze the constitutionality of pending legislation or help with discovery.

  • Must have finished second year of law school
  • Very strong research, writing and communication skills
  • A demonstrated commitment to civil liberties and civil rights issues
  • Students who have studied constitutional law are preferred

Legal Interns will be supervised by the legal director, staff attorney, and legal fellows. They may also be asked to assist a cooperating attorney on a pending case or to work with the executive director, communications director or legislative director.


This is a full time position and requires a 10 week commitment.


This is a paid position and includes a $5,000 stipend for the summer.

Application Procedure:

Applications are considered on a rolling basis, so interested students should apply as early as possible, and in any case no later than January 31, 2018. Please email a cover letter, resume and writing sample to:

Zachary Heiden, Legal Director American Civil Liberties Union of Maine Foundation 121 Middle Street, Suite 200 Portland, ME 04101 (207) 774-5444

To learn more about the ACLU, go to or

As an organization committed to civil liberties and civil rights for all people, the ACLU of Maine is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, transgender, bisexual, lesbian and gay persons, and people of all ages to apply.