The ACLU of North Carolina (ACLU-NC) is the North Carolina state affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU-NC Legal Foundation (ACLU-NCLF) is the 501(c)(3) arm of the ACLU-NC that coordinates and carries out its legal and educational work around civil liberties issues. The North Carolina affiliate of the ACLU was founded in 1965, is based in Raleigh, and has grown to approximately 10,000 members and supporters statewide. Our mission is to preserve and defend the guarantees of individual liberty found in the North Carolina Constitution and the US Constitution, with particular emphasis on freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of religion, equal protection under law for all people, the right to privacy, the right to due process of law, and the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.
The ACLU-NC and its Legal Foundation are governed by all-volunteer Boards of Directors, composed of individuals from many different parts of the state and who work in a variety of professions. Most Board members are elected by the general membership to serve three-year terms and may serve no more than two consecutive terms. The Board sets the agenda for the organization and is charged with governance, oversight and securing the resources necessary for the organization to carry out its mission.
The ACLU-NC and its legal arm maintain seven permanent staff positions: Executive Director, Legal Director, Policy Director, Communications Director, Staff Attorney, Paralegal, and Program Associate. To view a brief bio on our current staff members, please select one of their images below:
NOTE: CHAPTERS CANNOT PROVIDE LEGAL ASSISTANCE TO INDIVIDUALS. If you are seeking legal assistance, please call 919-834-3466 or fill out this online form.
ACLU of Wake County:
- Chapter President: Matthew Quinn.
- Chapter Representative: Josh McIntyre.
- Address: Post Office Box 10491, Raleigh NC 27605
REGULAR MEETING TIME: The second Wednesday of every month at 7:00PM at the Advocates for Justice Building, 1312 Annapolis Drive, Raleigh, NC 27608.
The Wake County ACLU is a local organization dedicated to the advancement of civil liberties. Our goal is to advocate in favor of robust civil liberties, and to educate the public on civil liberties issues. To accomplish these goals the Wake County ACLU holds regular community outreach events, such as award dinners, debates, panel discussions, among other activities. We are an active group, but we wish to be more active -- thus, volunteers are needed and encouraged! Our monthly board meetings are open to the public, so please feel free to attend and learn what we're about and how you can help.
ACLU of Western North Carolina:
- Chapter Website: http://acluwnc.wordpress.com/
ACLU of Charlotte:
- Chapter Website: http://www.aclu-charlotte.org/
ACLU at Charlotte School of Law
ACLU at Duke University Law School:
ACLU at University of North Carolina at Asheville:
ACLU at University of North Carolina Law School
SUMMER 2014 FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY:
The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina (ACLU-NC) seeks to fill one paid Public Policy Fellowship. The ACLU-NC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to preserving and expanding the guarantees of individual liberty found in the U.S. and North Carolina Constitutions and relevant federal and state civil rights laws. For more information, go to www.acluofnc.org.
This fellowship is a fulltime, limited-term, at-will position. The Public Policy Fellow works out of our office in Raleigh under the direction of the Policy Director and is supervised and evaluated by the Policy Director.
- Bill tracking and analysis;
- Research of civil liberties issues and concerns raised by proposed legislation;
- Preparing memos analyzing proposed legislation for the Policy Director;
- Assisting the Policy Director in the preparation of position papers, reports for the public, and board reports, as necessary;
- In collaboration with the Policy Director, assisting in the drafting and preparation of proposed legislation protecting civil liberties;
- Monitoring committee meetings, testifying on pending legislation, and apprising the Policy Director of committee actions;
- Attending coalition meetings on behalf of the Policy Director and keeping the Policy Director apprised of coalition discussions;
- Lobbying members of the legislature and their staff in support of ACLU-NC positions on pending legislation, as directed by the Policy Director;
- Representing the ACLU-NC in a professional manner externally as well as within the organization;
- Performing other related duties as assigned by the Policy Director.
- Commitment to the mission and goals of the ACLU
- J.D. or successful completion of at least two years of law school
- Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills
- Ability to work with groups and individuals from diverse backgrounds, including from across the political spectrum
- Substantive knowledge and understanding of constitutional law and civil liberties issues
- Ability to analyze and articulate legal concepts and other complex issues and to communicate them effectively to a variety of audiences
- Ability to keep organized in a fast-paced environment, to manage several projects simultaneously, and to adjust to frequently changing demands
- Proven ability to work independently as well as to take direction and work collaboratively with a team
- A positive, confident, and professional presentation style
- Flexible hours and willingness to work occasional evening and weekend hours, as directed by the Policy Director
- Must have reliable transportation
· Stipend will be paid at a rate of $500 per week.
· The Public Policy Fellow will be provided with a Blackberry (for ACLU-related use only) and shall be reimbursed for expenses pursuant to this contract, i.e. parking at the legislature, upon presentation of receipts and/or invoices, as well as for any other work-related expenses incurred with prior approval from the Policy Director.
· Employment will commence on May 12, 2014, and is expected to last until sometime between July 18, 2014 and August 1, 2014, at the discretion of the ACLU-NC.
· Paychecks will be issued by check or by direct deposit, at the employee’s choosing, semimonthly on the 15th day and the last day of each month, or the closest preceding workday.
· Nothing in these terms shall be construed to alter the at-will nature of this employment agreement.
How to apply:
Please submit a cover letter, resume, list of at least three academic or professional references, law school transcript, and legal writing sample (preferably no more than five pages) to:
Sarah Preston, Policy Director
P.O. Box 28004
Raleigh, NC 27611-8004
Applications will be reviewed beginning October 28th and will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
The ACLU-NC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We encourage applications from all interested persons, including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons.
LEGAL INTERNS: The ACLU of North Carolina has a number of legal internship opportunities and welcomes applications from law school students for fall, spring or summer semesters. Although our internships are unpaid, we will accommodate students who would like to receive course credit for their program. All internship positions have project responsibilities as well as administrative duties.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Volunteers are the backbone of the ACLU. Volunteers make the ACLU's work to protect and extend civil liberties and civil rights possible. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available and do our best to match your interests and expertise with our current needs. Many of our volunteer opportunities extend beyond out office out into communities throughout North Carolina.
Ways you can volunteer include, but are not limited to:
- Tabling at events
- Hosting a house party
- Local organizing
- Phone banking and
- Being a "community watchdog"!
Please note that we do not accept requests for legal assistance via e-mail. If you are seeking to retain our legal services, please submit a formal intake to our office in Raleigh. Due to the extremely high volume of e-mail we receive, we are not able to guarantee a response to every inquiry, but all formal requests for assistance will receive a response (typically within 4 to 6 weeks).