Jobs at AALDEF

AALDEF does precedent-setting litigation, advocacy, and policy work in the areas of economic justice for workers, immigrant rights, anti-trafficking, educational equity and youth rights, voting rights and redistricting, post-9/11 civil liberties issues, housing and environmental justice, and other major civil rights issues affecting Asian American communities.

Please check below for current job, internship, and fellowship openings. General volunteer and internship applications may be sent to AALDEF is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

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AALDEF's Educational Equity Program provides legal assistance to K-12 public school students, parents, and teachers and does policy advocacy on such issues as English Language Learner (ELL) programming, language access, school discipline, racial profiling, anti-Asian harassment, affirmative action in higher education, and juvenile justice.

The Staff Attorney will work with other program staff on the following activities:

1. Develop and conduct policy advocacy and potential litigation on behalf of Asian American and immigrant students in K-12 public education and higher education; 

2. Conduct legal intakes and provide direct representation to students in such matters as school discipline, ELL programming, language access, anti-Asian harassment, and racial discrimination;   

3. Collaborate with Asian American community-based groups across the country on public education and youth-related issues, and participate in local and national education advocacy coalitions; 

4.  Develop youth rights community education trainings and outreach;

5.  Provide technical assistance to community-based organization staff.


  • One to three years of experience in civil rights and public interest law;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, including experience and familiarity with Asian American communities and issues;
  • Strong interest in education policy and youth rights;
  • Detail-oriented, independent, and focused;
  • Strong organizational and communication skills;
  • Bar admission in New York or another state in the Northeast/ Mid-Atlantic Region;
  • Willingness to travel and attend meetings on evenings and weekends, as needed.


  • At least one year litigation experience; 
  • Experience in and familiarity with:
    • Education and/or youth law; 
    • Working directly with youth; 
    • Conducting policy advocacy;
    • Collaborating with community-based organizations; 
    • Ability to speak an Asian language.


Send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to:

Educational Equity Attorney Search

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor
New York, NY 10013-2815
Fax: 212-966-4303

Email: (please put "Education Attorney" in the subject line)

DEADLINE: The position will be filled as soon as possible. Starting date: Fall 2014.

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-Write media releases, print and online newsletters, emails to media professionals, letters to the editor, op-eds, and other documents as needed. 

-Write fact sheets, backgrounders, and position papers on AALDEF campaigns.

-Work closely with the executive director and attorneys in crafting messages for press spokespeople. Recommend and develop new story angles and pitches for the media.

-Manage AALDEF's website and online communications, including social media posts, action alerts, and other vehicles to engage constituencies and key audiences.

-Develop and update media lists; monitor media coverage of AALDEF and Asian American issues.


-2+ years of print/online journalism or communications experience in a nonprofit organization.

-Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills, with attention to details and a commitment to quality control.

-Demonstrated ability to operate in high-pressure situations with quick turnaround for written products.

-Strong understanding of civil rights issues and the Asian American community.

-Experience in managing websites. Knowledge of Movable Type, WordPress, and Photoshop preferred.

-Ability to translate legal concepts into accessible language for press materials. 

-Ability to develop story angles in a creative manner, seize media opportunities, identify media trends, and successfully pitch and place stories. 

-Self-starter, with ability to manage multiple tasks to meet deadlines.


Commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits package, including health and dental benefits and TransitCheks for public transportation.

About the organization:

AALDEF does precedent-setting litigation, advocacy, and community education in the areas of economic justice for workers, immigrants' rights, anti-trafficking, educational equity, voting rights, and post-9/11 civil liberties issues.  Website: Facebook: Twitter: @aaldef

To Apply:

Candidates should submit a letter of interest (including a desired salary range, if any), resume, three unedited writing samples, and three references. The position will be filled as soon as possible. No phone calls. Please send to:

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12F
New York, NY 10013-2815
Attn: J. Weng (please put "Communications job" in the subject line)

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The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a New York-based national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans through litigation, advocacy and community education.  AALDEF has a 17-person staff and is supported by foundations, corporations, individual contributions, and special events. For more information about AALDEF and its voting rights activities, visit our website at


AALDEF's Asian American Democracy Program seeks to promote fairness in the electoral process and invigorate the civic participation of Asian Americans, especially new citizens and persons not yet fluent in English.  By expanding access to the electoral process for Asian Americans, AALDEF improves the quality of democracy for all Americans.

The Voting Rights Organizer is a one-year position and may be extended, subject to available funding. The Organizer will be responsible for mobilizing Asian American community groups for a non-partisan exit poll of Asian American voters and overseeing volunteers for Election Day poll monitoring in several states for the 2014 midterm elections.

The job includes recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers; working with community leaders; supervising the development, translation, and printing of materials; and giving educational presentations.  The Organizer will also oversee post-election follow-up and assist in writing a report about Asian American voter participation in the 2014 elections.


-Highly organized, detail oriented, and able to supervise volunteers and work with a wide variety of community leaders and organizations.  

-Strong knowledge of MS Access and other database systems.

-Bilingual ability in an Asian language is desirable.

-Strong communication skills.

-Experience in community organizing is desirable.

Ability to travel and work on occasional weekends.


Send a cover letter, resume, and three references to:

Voting Rights Organizer Search 
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor
New York, NY 10013-2815
fax: 212-966-4303
Email: (put "voting rights organizer" in the subject line)

DEADLINE:  Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis until filled.  

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