The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas is a private, nonprofit membership organization, founded in 1969 to preserve America’s original civic values enshrined in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The ACLU of Arkansas is an affiliate to the national ACLU, and both organizations challenge governmental action that poses a threat to the civil liberties or civil rights of a group of persons. These liberties include, among others, free speech, religious freedom, racial and ethnic justice, due process, privacy, LGBT rights, reproductive freedom, voting rights, and students’ rights. The ACLU works in the courts, legislatures, and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.
An extern for the ACLU of Arkansas will: (1) assist with intake of requests for assistance; (2) conduct research and write issue papers; and (3) work with the Staff Attorney to address a variety of civil rights issues, both formally and informally. During the legislative session, an extern also will have the opportunity to research proposed legislation and develop information to be used for legislative committee hearings. The ACLU of Arkansas will interview students recommended for an externship prior to final approval of the placement.