Lambda Law Caucus News
Legal Intern (Winter Semester)
The National Lesbian and Gay Law Association (NLGLA)/National Lesbian and Gay Law Foundation (NLGLF), located in Washington, DC, has an exciting opportunity for second- and third-year law students interested in advancing diversity and promoting justice in and through the legal profession. NLGLA/NLGLF seeks a flexible, energetic legal intern capable of working in a small, fast-paced office environment. The intern will be a valuable part of the NLGLA/NLGLF team, working with staff, volunteers and board members to research important policy and legal issues impacting the organization. This part-time position offers the opportunity to gain exposure to national issues and play a substantive role in helping NLGLA/NLGLF achieve the strategic goals found in its 2008-2012 strategic plan.
This is an unpaid position for the winter semester. Interns are strongly encouraged to seek out and apply for grants from their school and/or funding from other sources. Multiple internships may be filled from this listing. Internships can be conducted virtually; candidates do not need to be local.
- Research public policy statements and legal and legislative issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals
- Assist in the preparation of publications on LGBT legal issues, including amici briefs, law review articles and white papers
- Other duties as assigned based on the needs of NLGLA/NLGLF
Education and Experience Requirements:
- Current second- or third-year law student in excellent academic standing
- Exceptional research and writing skills
- Experience with legislative process and social justice advocacy
- Ability to analyze and synthesize information in a concise, coherent manner
- Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to LGBT issues
- Flexible and able to work in a fast-paced environment
- Ability to work independently and execute assignments with limited supervision within nonprofit organizational structures
NLGLA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. The selected candidate will enjoy a professional work environment, a flexible schedule, and a collegial culture.
To apply, send resume, cover letter, and short writing sample to: Juan Ramon Garcia, Program Associate at Juan@nlgla.org
Click below for a link to Anna Qundlen's article, "The Loving Decision."
Loving v. Virginia looked at Virginia's antimiscegenation law (which made it a felony for a man and woman of different races to marry,) ultimately ruling that it was unconstitutional under the equal-protection clause. Now, the American LGBTQ community waits for a landmark case validating their right to form family relationships.
Snippet below, with link.
"I think the day will come when the lesbian and gay community will have its own Loving v. Virginia,"
says David Buckel, the Marriage Project director for Lambda Legal.
Yes, and then the past will seem as preposterous and mean-spirited as the events leading up to the
Loving decision do today.
Lambda Law Caucus is the University of Louisville School of Law's registered student organization dedicated to the interests of LGBT law students and supporters. If you would like to be added to the Lambda Law e-mail list in order to receive announcements and news of interest, contact Kristen Staley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Representatives of two military branches of JAG, the legal arm of the U.S. military, will be present over the next two weeks recruiting Brandeis law students. As the military continues to discriminate in its hiring policies, the members of Lambda Law Caucus wish to reiterate our continuing opposition to JAG's presence on campus.
According to the bylaws of the Association of American Law Schools, under which this law school is presently certified, our school has an affirmative duty to provide students with equal opportunities to obtain employment without discrimination based upon several criteria, including sexual orientation. The Brandeis School of Law requires every employer recruiting law students on campus to sign the school’s nondiscrimination policy. However, the law school has been forced to make an exception and grant the military access to campus because the United States Congress under the Solomon Amendment threatens to withhold federal funding from the entire University if the law school does not comply.
We stand against the federal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy which prohibits otherwise qualified, willing and patriotic lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people from serving in the armed services if their sexual orientation is ever disclosed. We call upon the United States Congress to repeal both the disgraceful “Solomon Amendment” that forces law schools to abandon their nondiscrimination policies, and the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that forces LGBT servicemembers to either sacrifice their personal integrity by serving their country in silence or forsake their hope for an honorable military career.