Job Details

Summer Trial Litigation Program or Supreme Court and Appellate Program **

Company name

Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type

Law Student

Date Last Verified

May 21, 2020

Valid Through

Sep 03, 2020

Posted on

Dec 04, 2019


Chicago, IL, United States

Employment Type



  Employer Sponsored Job (Free to apply to)


Summer Trial Litigation Program or Supreme Court and Appellate Program
The student for Trial Litigation Program will immerse in a fast-paced civil rights trial practice, focusing on issues of police misconduct, mass imprisonment, racial injustice and criminalization of poverty. Will draft legal briefs, research caselaw, draft discovery, participate in expert discovery and deposition preparation, and attend court hearings. Cases include: Systemic challenges to pretrial detention practices, including the use of cash bail. Wrongful conviction damages suits focusing on police and prosecutorial misconduct and constitutional violations. Prisoner rights suits, addressing denial of mental health care, sexual abuse and harassment, LGBTQI rights, and ICE/immigration detention. Excessive force litigation, particularly police shootings, focusing on issues of Fourth Amendment liability and qualified immunity. Parole revocation reform, seeking due process protections and appointment of counsel in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Supreme Court and Appellate Program: Will work principally on appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court, federal circuit courts, or state courts of appeal, which raise important issues related to civil rights and the criminal justice system. Will have the opportunity to make a substantial contribution to the ongoing appellate cases, including performing research and drafting legal analysis for briefs that will be filed in federal court. Will gain exposure to the broader appellate process, which may include participation in client interaction and strategic decision-making, analysis of factual records, and participation in moot oral arguments (depending upon the stage of their assigned matters). Examples of issues raised in MJC appeals include: Unsettled questions of criminal procedure under the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments (search and seizure, privilege against self-incrimination, right to a jury, right to counsel); Issues facing indigent prisoners, including the constitutional rights of prisoners to be free from cruel and unusual treatment by prison officials and access to courts; Constitutional challenges to the use of solitary confinement in the prison system; Police misconduct and qualified immunity. Challenges to certain discriminatory executive actions outside of the criminal justice system, including discriminatory practices of Immigrations and Custom Enforcement and discrimination against Muslim travelers at the border.

Additional info

Send cover letter, resume, transcript and an unedited writing sample.

Company info

Anissa Torres
Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center
777 6th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

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