2023 Summer Law Clerk Program: Reproductive Health Equity Project - No longer accepting applications

Position

William Lee “Bill” Grimm, Senior Director at the National Center for Youth Law, was a public impact attorney who worked for 43 years transforming and redeeming some of the most troubled child welfare systems in America. To honor him and his powerful legacy, in partnership with his family and friends, we have created the Bill Grimm Memorial Summer Clerk Program. Read more about Bill here.  

NCYL’s Reproductive Health Equity Project 

The Reproductive Health Equity Project (RHEP) is part of the larger NCYL health team. RHEP works in partnership with young people to normalize, support, and promote the bodily autonomy and healthy sexual development of youth. Health, education, child welfare and other systems have failed to reach, engage, and support youth across their sexual and reproductive health journey in a way that meets their needs, circumstances, and goals, particularly for youth from marginalized communities.  

RHEP works to address disparities in sexual and reproductive health access and outcomes by uplifting youth voices, supporting legal and policy change, reforming systems, and piloting innovative programs designed in collaboration with stakeholders and youth to better meet their needs.  The Supreme Court's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson in 2022 has changed the landscape of sexual and reproductive health for everyone but has particular implications for minors. Current projects for RHEP include addressing the implications of the Dobbs v. Jackson decision on marginalized youth – including youth in foster care – as well as production of podcasts related to healthy sexual development for youth in foster care, implementation of recently passed legislation, analysis of newly available reproductive health data and more. 

Position  

NCYL seeks one (1) law student to support its Reproductive Health Equity Project during summer 2023. This position is a remote opportunity. As summer 2023 approaches, NCYL will continue to evaluate whether clerks will have the ability to complete any portion of the program in person. The National Center for Youth Law is committed to hiring clerks who reflect the racial and cultural diversity of our clients. Students of color, those who will increase the diversity of NCYL, and those with personal experience in our practice areas are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Under the mentorship of supervising legal or policy staff, the RHEP summer clerk will work on projects to help RHEP address questions related to the implication of Dobbs on youth. This may include helping to develop and update legal guides for health care providers that address the reproductive and sexual health rights of youth and how to support access to care; creating know your rights materials for young people; working in collaboration with our youth advisory board to develop content; analyzing the implications of recent law changes on access rights for specific subpopulations of youth, such as youth in foster care or youth who identify as LGBTQ; or developing model policy and legislation, among other things. 

Qualifications  

  • Current law student (1Ls must submit law school writing sample in application) 
  • Knowledge and understanding of and commitment to NCYL’s mission 
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • Belief that systemic racism exists 
  • One year of experience with and/or exposure to at least one of the following: communities of color; low-income communities; child- or youth-centered activities 
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and complete multiple projects  
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Ability to commit 37.5 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks between June and August 2023 

Stipend 

NCYL will ensure summer clerks receive $6,000.00 to help with cost-of-living during the summer by supplementing funds clerks raise from their college, university, law school, or other sources. Clerks are expected to secure all funding for which they are eligible. NCYL will not provide supplemental funding for students who are receiving academic credit for their work at NCYL. 

Note to colleges, universities, and law schools: NCYL will not provide supplemental funding to students who fail to receive the same summer public interest funding available to students volunteering, interning, or clerking at institutions that do not provide any summer funding. 

How To Apply 

No longer accepting applications.

 

Applicants with lived experience within any of our practice areas, and Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, are strongly encouraged to apply.  

 It is the policy of NCYL to provide equal employment opportunities to all Applicants (including Employees) regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding, national origin, age, abilities/disabilities, neurotypicality, socioeconomic status, veteran status, marital status, prior convictions, or any other protected classifications under federal, state, or local law.  

Meet the Team

The Reproductive Health Equity Project (RHEP) is part of the larger NCYL health team. RHEP works in partnership with young people to normalize, support, and promote the bodily autonomy and healthy sexual development of youth.