Advertised Summary Job Description: The Knight First Amendment Institute works to preserve and expand the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age through strategic litigation, research, and public education. We aim to be a vibrant community, a generator of new ideas, a distinctive voice for these fundamental freedoms in public discourse, and their effective defender in the courts. Over time, we expect to tackle a wide range of issues including free speech on social media, net neutrality, government surveillance, intermediary liability, the rights of whistleblowers, the right of journalists to protect their sources, the right of citizens to record and broadcast police activity, encryption, machine speech, and government transparency.
The Institute at Columbia University is looking for recent law school graduates to join us for a one-year fellowship. We are looking for creative, motivated, and committed lawyers to join us in the defense of the freedoms of speech and the press. You'll do groundbreaking First Amendment litigation and help us in the early stages of building an exciting new free-speech advocacy and research organization.
The fellowship is a full-time, one-year position, based at Columbia University in New York City and starts in the fall of 2017. (Candidates who could start earlier should so indicate in their cover letters.)
Responsibilities: 1.Work alongside the Institute's attorneys on all aspects of our litigation, including by conducting legal research and analysis; drafting legal pleadings; interviewing potential clients, witnesses, and experts; and participating in discovery and trial practice. 2.Support the Institute's research and public-education projects, including by drafting white papers, op-eds, and blog posts; representing the Institute in the media, as needed; and conceiving of and implementing public programs. 3.Provide input to develop the litigation and research priorities that will guide our work over the next few years.
General Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree required. Minimum four years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Juris Doctor degree, or equivalent. Admission to the New York bar or the ability to gain admission quickly, a demonstrated interest in issues relating to the freedoms of speech and the press, a strong academic record, and superior research, analytical, writing, and interpersonal skills.
Required attachments: 1.Cover letter explaining your interest in the fellowship, including a description of any relevant life or work experience (Applicants who have access to external sources of funding should so indicate in their cover letter) 2.Resume 3.Two or three letters of recommendation 4.Official or unofficial law school transcript 5.One or two writing samples, at least one of which should include legal analysis
Candidates should submit their applications on or before March 24, 2017.
Preferred Qualifications: Familiarity with the complex issues arising at the intersection of free speech and new technology is preferred.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It... seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.