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The NEA Civil Rights Law Fellow works out of NEA’s Office of General Counsel at NEA’s headquarters in Washington D.C., although as of October 2020, NEA attorneys are working remotely due to COVID-19. The fellowship is for a period of one year (through August 31, 2022), with the option of extending, upon mutual agreement, the fellowship for one additional year. The Civil Rights Law Fellow advances NEA’s work to ensure that students receive the full and equal educational opportunities to which they are entitled under the law. Over the past few years, NEA’s student civil rights advocacy has included all of the following:
Extensive litigation and amicus work, including in the following cases:
Regents of the University of California v Dep’t of Homeland Security. Participating as an amicus in the Supreme Court and lower courts in successful challenge to DACA’s rescission. NEA’s brief focused on the critical void that DACA educators fill in schools, particularly in light of teacher shortages nationwide and a lack of diversity in the teaching force and the harm to students and schools that DACA’s rescission would have caused.
Feminist Majority Foundation v. Univ. of Mary Washington. NEA filed in support of female students who had been subjected to online, anonymous, peer harassment and threats. The NEA amicus discussed the impact that cyber-bullying and harassment has on students and made the points that the trial court holding that schools have no duty to prevent and remedy such harassment is wrong and, if not reversed, would have an incredibly harmful effect on the educational opportunities of girls, LGBTQ students, and students of color.
Doe v. Boyertown Area School District and Parents for Privacy v. Dallas School District. NEA filed in support of trans-inclusive school district policies in these cases in the Third and Ninth Circuits. The NEA brief detailed how trans-inclusive policies both allow transgender students to thrive while also improving the overall school climate for all students.
Smith v. Board of Education of Frederick County, Maryland. NEA and our state affiliate intervened to defend the Frederick County Teachers Association, which had successfully urged their school board to adopt a trans-inclusive student policy only to have that policy challenged in court by right-wing organizations contending that it was unconstitutional.
Contribute to litigation representing NEA, its affiliates and members related to student civil rights, including the drafting of court pleadings and briefs.
Develop legal analysis, advice and counsel, and training on student civil rights and related issues to NEA staff, affiliates and members.
Analyze student civil rights legal developments of interest to NEA and its members and provide regular updates on other developments of interest to NEA lawyers throughout the country.
Contribute to NEA’s strategic legal initiatives related to student civil rights.
Assist with other legal matters (internal and external) as needed.
D. from an accredited law school required.
Judicial clerkships or other post-graduation legal experience of two to five years.
Excellent oral and written advocacy and communication skills.
Demonstrated commitment to civil rights.
Ability to perform complex legal analytical work.
Self-motivated and able to manage a variety of tasks concurrently.
Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as within a team.
A sense of humor.
Company: National Education Association (NEA)
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Location: Washington, DC, US
Application Deadline: N/A