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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.

Law Clerks

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.

Deadlines

Fall clerks should submit their materials by September 15th
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.

Internships

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:

  1. Develop more relationships in the communities we are seeking to support
  2. Fundraise
  3. Help with grant research and writing
  4. Table at events to get our message out
  5. Develop content for our website and help us develop our online presence
  6. 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
  • Outreach

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.

Deadlines

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.

Jobs

(Please click on the link above to view the announcements for both positions.)

We are looking for well-rounded activist attorneys who bring hard work, initiative, commitment, and passion for our work, our clients, and the progressive movements we support and defend. The ideal candidates 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. Some travel will be required.

Eugene, Oregon position: We are seeking an associate activist attorney with a minimum of three years of criminal defense experience and environmental/social justice movement orientation to work on activist defense, activist grand jury witness representation, and related cases. Strong trial skills and the ability to work well with diverse teams of activists will be required. 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, and 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. In addition to criminal defense experience, attorneys with experience or interest in litigating civil rights impact cases and SLAPP defense cases are strongly encouraged to apply.

Climate Frontline position: We are seeking an associate activist attorney with a minimum of five years of criminal defense experience and environmental/social justice movement orientation to work on activist defense, activist grand jury witness representation, and related cases from a remote office setting. Strong trial skills and the ability to work well with diverse teams of activists will be required. 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. In addition to criminal defense experience, attorneys with experience or interest in litigating civil rights impact cases and SLAPP defense cases are strongly encouraged to apply. This position will be located in, or near, an underserved climate frontline region—likely in the middle of the U.S. This attorney will work remotely, likely from a home or small office.

Legal Assistant

(Please click on the link above to view the position announcement.)

We are looking for a well-rounded activist legal assistant who brings hard work, 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 working on state and federal civil and criminal cases. This position is located in our Eugene, Oregon office.

We are seeking a full-time legal assistant with a minimum of three years of experience who also has an environmental/ social justice movement orientation to work directly with three to five lawyers on activist criminal defense cases, plaintiff’s civil rights, and activist SLAPP defense cases. Strong organizational skills, trial preparation, and discovery management skills are essential for this position. The legal assistant will report to the Senior Attorney but will support all lawyers by maintaining file systems, drafting documents, assisting with local rule compliance for case filings, including e-filings, assisting with communications, maintaining a legal library, and more. In addition, the legal assistant will be expected to contribute to our Dissent & Democracy program by helping to conduct public education trainings.