Apr. 12: Policing Project Legal Fellowships (2020-21)

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The Policing Project at NYU Law is seeking to hire Legal Fellows to join our team for the 2020-2021 academic year.

This unique opportunity is open to current 1Ls and 2Ls. Legal Fellows commit to working approximately 10 hours per week during the Fall and Spring semesters and will receive a stipend for their efforts.

Background on the Policing Project

The Policing Project’s mission is to partner with communities and police across the country to promote public safety through transparency, equity, and democratic engagement. Broadly speaking, our work centers around three focus areas:

  1. Front-End Voice in Policing: We believe that in a democratic society, the public must have a voice in how it is policed. Our work in this area includes working with groups around the country, such as the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability in Chicago, to bring public voice into police policymaking; developing tools for governments and police departments to improve their community engagement efforts; and drafting and supporting legislation that cultivates transparency and public engagement.
  2. Regulation of Policing Technology: We believe that there must be transparency and public debate around the adoption of new policing technologies. To that end, we are conducting independent audits of some of the leading policing technologies, and securing concrete changes to address civil rights and civil liberties concerns. We host diverse sets of policy experts to discuss models for regulation of policing technologies; and we conducted research and drafted the publications of the Axon AI and Policing Technology Ethics Board.
  3. Re-Imagining Public Safety: We believe it is time for a national conversation about what public safety means, and how it is best achieved. We are pursuing this through a variety of research, advocacy, and on-the-ground projects, including partnering with communities across the country to promote the use of cost-benefit analysis in policing and launching a new model of policing in Chicago called the Neighborhood Policing Initiative.

Learn more about our work on our website: PolicingProject.org.

Job Description & Responsibilities

Legal Fellows engage in a wide variety of work depending on the Policing Project’s priorities. This work may range from conducting factual research into particular technologies or civilian oversight bodies; conducting legal research into litigation strategies; drafting public-facing materials following Policing Project conferences; drafting new policies for police departments related to surveillance technologies or use of force; attending our public and closed-door events with opportunities to interact with key stakeholders and experts; and much more.

Legal Fellows will work closely with the Policing Project’s leadership team, including Professor Barry Friedman, and with other members of the Policing Project staff. Our work often requires close collaboration with both community groups advocating for police reform and with active police officials. Legal Fellows should be comfortable with this type of broad engagement.

Application Instructions

To apply to be a Legal Fellow, submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and at least two references to info@policingproject.org. Indicate “Legal Fellow Application” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and are due no later than April 12, 2020.

Alumni of our legal fellow program are available to provide additional information and answer applicant questions. They may be contacted at:

The Policing Project heartily welcomes applicants from diverse background, and is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, citizenship status, color, disability, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.

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