First Amendment Coalition, California, is seeking applications for a Legal Fellowship role for a duration of one year.

About First Amendment Coalition[FAC], California

FAC is a small but growing organization with a 30+ year history working across California to stand up for free speech, a free press, and public participation in civic affairs. FAC is committed to a diverse and inclusive staff, one that reflects the state and country we serve. Freedom of information, expression, and of the press are universal ideals, but the diversity of life experiences can make a big difference in how FAC identifies and litigates legal issues, serves our varied constituencies, and arrives at policy positions on the rights and ideals we care about. To that end, we deliberately seek applicants who can bring different perspectives and experiences to better inform our work promoting and defending free expression, a free press, and the public’s right to know. 

About the Legal Fellowship opportunity

The First Amendment Coalition (FAC) seeks applicants to join their growing team for a full-time legal fellowship for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.  They seek a highly motivated lawyer with excellent credentials and a demonstrated interest in the relevant areas of law. 

Role and Responsibilities

  • Researching, drafting, submitting, and following up on requests for government records under the California Public Records Act (“CPRA”) or federal Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”); 
  • Identifying, formulating, and helping to bring cases in state or federal courts to protect transparency and First Amendment rights; 
  • Organizing, researching, and drafting amicus briefs and screening amicus briefs that FAC is asked to join; 
  • Helping locate and then assisting pro bono counsel in representing subpoenaed journalists; 
  • Responding to questions by journalists and community members about First Amendment concerns, access to public records and meetings, and other topics; 
  • Other tasks to support FAC’s legal work and mission.

Eligibility for Legal Fellowship

  • J.D. from a U.S. accredited law school and excellent academic credentials;  
  • Demonstrated interest in First Amendment law and/or CPRA, FOIA, or similar access laws. A background in journalism or other work involving similar skills or experience is a plus;
  • Self-starter and detail-oriented, with the ability to work collegially and collaboratively on a small staff; 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including in research, analysis, and legal writing;
  • California bar membership or application to join California bar pending results of recent bar examination;
  • Preference for one or more years of legal experience working in the relevant legal areas, such as in a judicial clerkship, law firm, or non-profit organization.

How to Apply?

Please submit a resume and a cover letter describing your interest in working for the First Amendment Coalition and how your skills and experiences fit the desired qualifications. You should address your cover letter to David Loy, Legal Director.


FAC has offices in San Rafael, California, but this position can be based anywhere in California.


October 15


$75,000-$85,000 depending on experience. Includes health benefits and eligibility for FAC’s 401(k) retirement plan, including a 5% employer match.

Starting date and duration

Late summer/early fall 2023. [1-2 years]

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