State Legislative Fellow

Job Title: State Legislative Fellow

Department:  US Programs

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity.  Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.  Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 130 diverse professionals.  Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

The Center's game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage.  It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women's rights advocates in more than 55 countries.

To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to

The Role:

The State Legislative Fellow will report directly to a Senior State Legislative Counsel and will work closely with the rest of the U.S. Policy & Advocacy Program.  S/he will be an integral part of the U.S. Policy and Advocacy Program's state policy and advocacy work, which uses legislative and advocacy strategies to defeat attempts to restrict women's access to reproductive health care and to strengthen protections for reproductive health care in the states.

This position is based in New York City.


The State Legislative Fellow's primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Tracking and analyzing reproductive rights legislation in all fifty states;
  • Assisting in providing technical assistance to local advocates;
  • Conducting legal research;
  • Preparing analyses of state legislation;
  • Drafting legislation and developing proactive legislative strategies;
  • Writing public education materials on state legislative trends;
  • Drafting advocacy materials;
  • Speaking about reproductive rights; and
  • Working with the Senior State Legislative Counsel and other U.S. Policy & Advocacy Program staff on additional legislative and advocacy projects.


  • Strong commitment to the Center's mission, purpose, and values
  • J.D. degree
  • 1 to 2 years relevant work experience; judicial clerkship and/or fellowship desirable but not required
  • Capable of analyzing complex legal issues
  • Strong legal research and writing skills
  • Some legislative, coalition, and/or political experience preferred
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Self-motivated and able to work under pressure
  • Knowledge of reproductive rights or other civil rights and justice issues is a strong plus
  • Must be available for some travel
  • Admission to the bar desirable, but not required

Compensation: The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

Duration of Position:  This is a full-time, two-year fellowship beginning in Fall 2019.

How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply.  A cover letter, resume, legal writing sample, and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this position.   Please submit all of your materials as a single PDF under either the cv/resume or cover letter upload option.

 Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.  We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.

Please note that all genuine Center openings must be applied through the Center website.  The Center does not charge a fee at any stage in the recruitment process (application, interviews, or selection). Nor does it request any medical examinations or bank account information as part of this process.  If someone contacts, you on behalf of the Center requesting payment for your application, please notify before taking any further action. 

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