The Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) does not discriminate with respect to employment, membership, or provision of services on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, disability, socio-economic background, age, sexual orientation, marital status, political affiliation, national origin, ancestry, status with regards to public assistance, or immigration status. The CLDC is committed to diversity in staff, leadership, and membership. Our outreach, recruitment, and hiring practices reflect our commitment to actively developing the skills of a diverse community.
Fall & Spring Semesters: During the academic year, the CLDC offers a variety of pro bono clerkship opportunities. The number of hours required varies depending upon the clerk and our schedules. Clerks provide research and litigation assistance to the CLDC on an assortment of government and police misconduct cases, protestor defense cases, and timely topical and legislative research topics.
Due to our staff size we are able to supervise only two or three clerks per semester. We are willing to consider long distance/electronic clerkships for students attending law schools other than the University of Oregon, but we prefer working with students locally in Eugene, Oregon.
Summer Program: Legal interns perform 200 hours of legal research and/or program work regarding a plethora of civil liberties issues. Law Clerks often “shadow” Lauren Regan (founder, staff attorney and director of CLDC) wherever she goes, including court appearances, action camps, trainings, and protests, as well as depositions and other litigation-based events. You will receive a very hands-on experience at activist legal support. Past interns worked on police misconduct litigation, mass-protest defense in multiple states, including work related to climate justice, animal rights, immigration, labor, anti-SLAPP defense, anti-spying and security culture, and much much more. We will also continue to0 develop and update our brief bank databases for attorneys, websites, activist toolkits, and presentations. Attorney Lauren Regan will supervise this intern position.
We strongly encourage applicants to secure funding through their schools, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), or other public interest funding sources as we cannot guarantee any funding at this time. We willingly cooperate in any way possible to assist students to secure fellowships, stipends, or private grants that can fund their summer work with the CLDC. We are also more than happy to assist clerks attempting to secure academic or other credit through their schools.
We require all summer clerks to work from our Eugene, Oregon office. Diverse applicants with activist backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
Fall clerks should submit their materials by September 1st
Fall term begins on approximately October 1st
Spring clerks should submit their materials by December 1st
Spring term begins on approximately January 15th
Summer clerks should submit their materials by March 15th.
Summer term begins on approximately June 15th
Candidates will be contacted within two weeks of the application deadline to schedule telephone or in-person interviews.
The CLDC offers internship opportunities for undergraduates and other people who are serious about contributing to the program work of our organization. We participate in providing academic credit to a variety of colleges and universities. We select two to four non-law student interns per term. Unfortunately these positions currently are pro bono (unpaid). Interns work with CLDC staff on program research, event organizing, fundraising, outreach, and litigation support. We also offer internships for students looking for nonprofit experience.
Interns can help CLDC:
- Develop more relationships in the communities we are seeking to support
- Help with grant research and writing
- Table at events to get our message out
- Develop content for our website and help us develop our online presence
- Do research for various project we have in the works… and so much more!
Here is a list of skills that would be very helpful to us right now:
- Grant research & writing
- Fundraising & development
- Event planning
- Videography and video editing
- WordPress, website design (including graphic design)
- Social media skills
- Blog writing
- English-Spanish translation
Interns generally provide 8-10 hours of work per week. Depending on the project or assignment, some of this work can be completed outside of the Eugene office.
Fall interns should submit their materials by September 1st
Winter interns should submit their materials by December 1st
Spring interns should submit their materials by March 15th
Summer interns should submit their materials by May 15th
How to Apply
To apply for an Internship or Clerkship please provide us with the following materials in electronic format:
- Cover letter illustrating your public interest background or desires, when you want to commence your internship with us, and any other special needs or considerations we should know about in evaluating your application.
- Your current resume
- Two references, including at least one that can attest to your public interest or activist experience
- You will be required to submit our volunteer application for security screening and confidentiality purposes after you have been interviewed
- Please specify which term you are applying for in your cover letter
Email to info [at] cldc.org with any concerns or questions.
We are seeking an associate activist attorney with a minimum of five years of litigation experience to work on criminal activist defense, activist grand jury witness representation, and related cases. The associate will report to the Senior Attorney and will be expected to work on all aspects of our case work, including intake, drafting motions and briefs, working with legal teams and defendant groups, as well as litigating cases at trial or on appeal. In addition, the associate will be expected to contribute to our Dissent & Democracy program by conducting public education trainings. The associate will also be expected to contribute toward organizational fundraising goals by assisting with grants and other fundraising efforts if needed.
We are looking for well-rounded activist attorneys who bring initiative, commitment, and passion for our work, our clients, and the progressive movements we support and defend. The ideal candidate will have environmental, climate, and/or anti-capitalist and anti-racist movement background as well as experience litigating state and federal criminal cases, and related work.
This position is primarily located in Eugene, Oregon, but our litigation is nationwide and we will consider remote locations—especially underserved climate frontline regions.
More information: https://cldc.org/associate-activist-defense-attorney/