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Litigation Support for Humanist Legal Center

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center (AHLC) of the American Humanist Association litigates constitutional cases and defends the rights of atheists, humanists and nonreligious Americans all over the country. The AHLC is seeking applicants for a Litigation Support position to work with our staff attorneys and outside counsel to assist in the handling of litigation and other legal work.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Assist in preparing discovery requests and responses, motions and pleadings.
  2. Assist in organizing litigation files and maintaining litigation calendar.
  3. Track potential lawsuits and amicus brief opportunities and assist in coordinating discussions among those on the legal team to prioritize actions
  4. Assist in all aspects of organizing and filing briefs for trial and appellate courts.
  5. Assist staff, including interns, with legal research and investigations
  6. Maintain communications with pro bono attorneys around the country and work to expand and deepen that resource.
  7. Research, draft, and copyedit public materials for the Center


  1. JD or Paralegal Certificate
  2. Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  3. Knowledge of working of federal courts, including electronic filing
  4. Strong communication skills and developed copyediting abilities
  5. Initiative to discover and take on new projects
  6. Commitment to the organization’s goals

Starting pay is $40-50,000 per year. The American Humanist Association is an
equal opportunity employer. To apply: send resume and cover letter to: jobs@americanhumanist.org

Executive Director, Secular Coalition for America

Established in 2002, the Secular Coalition for America has worked to increase the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all. Located in Washington, D.C., the organization lobbies the U.S. Congress on issues of special concern to its constituency. Its 17 member organizations are established 501(c)(3) nonprofits who serve atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and other nontheistic Americans

The Executive Director serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Secular Coalition for America, a 501(c) (4) organization, and its sister organization, the Secular Coalition for America Education Fund, a 501(c) (3) organization. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is a non-voting member of the Board. The Executive Director is responsible for the organization’s achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The Executive Director oversees the lobbying and public education efforts for the Coalition and its member organizations and serves as the chief spokesperson.

Complete details about the job and the SCA can be found here.

Internship Opportunities

The American Humanist Association has internships available year-round for students, recent grads, and volunteers in Washington, DC. Interns will develop a more comprehensive understanding of how a progressive, national nonprofit organization works, while gaining valuable skills for the future.

An internship at the AHA will provide an opportunity to support the organization's current work: advancing humanist values and progressive issue advocacy, focusing on church-state separation, civil liberties, reproductive freedom, human rights, and equality.

Internships are currently available in following areas:

Communications and Advocacy: The intern will track key issues and specific legislative developments, attend coalition meetings and briefings, draft action alerts, fact sheets, and articles for our membership newsletter, Free Mind, and assist in implementing our organization's media strategy. Specific duties include drafting press releases, letters to the editor, and opinion pieces, along with maintaining a media contact list and communicating AHA's message to the press.   

Editorial: The intern will assist the editorial staff of our national award-winning magazine, the Humanist. Tasks include reviewing submissions, fact-checking manuscripts and magazine articles, proofreading, assisting in managing the online magazine, and potentially writing editorials, book reviews, or articles.

Field: The intern will assist in providing support for the AHA's 120 chapters and affiliates across the U.S., as well as providing support for the Humanist Celebrant program. Specific duties include contacting chapter leaders for updates, preparing mailings and providing other services for chapters, draft articles for Grass Roots News, the local group's newsletter, assisting with content for and mailing of Action Packets and assisting with other tasks as needed for the field.

Legal: The AHA's legal center, the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, is looking to hire legal interns (and externs) for the Summer 2015 and for the Fall 2015 semester. The legal center has offices in Washington, D.C. and in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Our non-profit firm handles constitutional litigation and separation of church and state cases specifically. Our clients range from parents and students to federal inmates. All of our cases are pro bono.

The legal intern is primarily responsible for researching and writing legal memoranda and assisting in litigation under the supervision of the legal center’s attorneys. The intern may also be assigned the task of investigating new complaints, maintaining case files and submitting public records requests. Preference is given to 2nd and 3rd year law students who have completed course work in legal research and writing.

In addition to a resume and cover letter, please send a list of at least two professional references, a writing sample and a transcript (official or unofficial). Also, please specify whether you are interested in a fall or spring internship or both. We are also accepting applications for the Summer 2015. 

Please submit your application materials to mmiller@americanhumanist.org.


Applicants should have a background or strong interest in one or more of the four areas. They should be enthusiastic, organized, self-motivated, and reliable, and have an interest in humanism and progressive issues. Interns' work schedules can range from part-time to full-time. Internships are unpaid.

To Apply

We are currently accepting applications. Please submit a current resume and cover letter, including your area(s) of interest and availability, to intern@americanhumanist.org or fax to 202-238-9003, Attn: Intern Program. (Please see the Legal Intern description above for application information)