The Staff Writer will write about major Supreme Court decisions and other high-profile courts-related stories for Balls & Strikes, a site for progressive, critical commentary on courts and the legal system. The person in this role will focus on the ongoing threats to democracy and justice posed by the current state of the federal courts and the hyper-politicization of the judicial confirmation process.
The person in this role will need to be:
- A strong, voice-y writer who can distill complicated legal issues for a general audience, with a focus on practical implications for everyday people instead of hypertechnical, legal jargon
- A skilled researcher with an interest in putting key court rulings in their political, social, and historical context
- Responsive to the news cycle, and able to turn assignments around on tight deadlines
- Eager to write with a clear-eyed perspective about the legal system’s failures to promote democracy, protect vulnerable people, and otherwise do something resembling justice.
Substantial knowledge of the law is necessary for this position. A J.D. is not required, but demonstrated experience writing about legal issues and familiarity with the judicial nominations process are major plus factors. Balls & Strikes is a project of Demand Justice Initiative. The person in this role will report to the Editor-in-Chief of Balls & Strikes.
Note: The applications of people who previously applied to the Supreme Court Writing Fellowship role at Demand Justice will be automatically shared with the hiring manager for this position. If you applied for that position, you do not need to submit an additional application here.
Compensation and Benefits
The full-time salary range for this position is $60,000-$70,000, depending on experience, with a generous benefits package.
How to Apply
Email your resume, cover letter, and clips of your writing to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Writer” in the subject line.
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