Position Overview

The Bonney Legal Fellowship is a paid summer internship in the Legal Department of the ACLU of Kansas—the civil rights litigation arm of this integrated advocacy organization. Our department uses litigation as a tool to vindicate constitutional rights, critique unacceptable government practices, and support the policy and advocacy efforts of grassroots organizers. The Bonney Fellow will be a critical part of our team, assisting our attorneys with every aspect of their work including investigating potential cases, preparing pleadings and motions, drafting research memoranda, assisting with discovery, and participating in court proceedings and client consultations. This position is designed specifically for law students who want practical, hands-on training in the practice of civil rights litigation. The Bonney Fellow will work out of our offices in Overland Park, Kansas—a suburb of the Kansas City metro area.


Qualifications/Application Procedure

The Bonney Legal Fellowship is open to outstanding 2L students committed to pursuing a career in public interest litigation and enthusiastic about working with a small, dynamic team of attorneys passionate about their work. We expect our fellows to match our strong work ethic and to respond with openness and courage in the face of new challenges, while cultivating an office culture that embraces individuality and informality. Please submit a detailed letter of interest, a current resume, and a legal writing sample of no longer than 10 pages. Email your application to:

Sharon Brett

Legal Director, ACLU of Kansas

[email protected]

Please include “Bonney Summer Fellow” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed beginning the week of September 12, 2022 and will be accepted until the position is filled. No calls or in-person applications, please.


Compensation

Fellows are paid a $4,000 stipend in two installments. The first installment is paid during the first week of the fellowship and the second installment is paid during the fourth week of the fellowship.


About the ACLU of Kansas

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Kansas is a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to preserving and advancing the civil rights and legal freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The ACLU of Kansas works in the state legislature, the courts, and local communities to protect the rights of all people living in Kansas. The organization’s work includes efforts to strengthen and defend First Amendment rights, voting rights, reproductive rights, racial justice, LGBT rights, immigrants’ rights, stopping government surveillance, and reforming the criminal justice system. The ACLU of Kansas often works in broad-based coalitions made up of individuals and organizations from across the political, partisan, and ideological spectrum. The ACLU of Kansas is an affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union, has an annual budget of approximately $2 million, and has more than 20,000 supporters across the state. The headquarters of the ACLU of Kansas is in Overland Park, Kansas, and there is also an office in Wichita. More information about the ACLU of Kansas is available at www.aclukansas.org.