Constitutional Law Fellow

Becket’s Constitutional Law Fellowship gives exceptional recent law clerks or law school graduates immediate, hands-on experience litigating cutting-edge constitutional cases. Under the mentorship of experienced Becket attorneys, fellows will participate in all aspects of trial and appellate litigation, gaining valuable experience in litigation strategy, research, writing, and oral advocacy. The fellowship is also an excellent stepping stone to a judicial clerkship, private practice, academia, or a permanent position with Becket.

Fellowship terms are for one year and offer a competitive salary and benefits. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, transcript, writing sample, and references to Elizabeth Dobak at edobak@becketfund.org. Applications for fellowships starting in the summer of 2018 are accepted between August 1 and December 31, 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with interviews typically conducted in late fall or winter, and offers typically made by January 2018.

Production Assistant

Becket is seeking a creative individual as a part-time Production Assistant to assist our video production team in Washington DC. The Production Assistant will take an active role in telling the stories of our clients, and thus must support the cause of religious liberty, and hold a strongly favorable view of the role of religion in public life.

The Production Assistant will join a small team and have the opportunity to get involved in nearly every part of the production process, from writing scripts to filming and editing. The ideal candidate will be a recent college graduate with an interest in religious freedom and video production, experience in filming and editing, and a desire to grow their skills. They will have proficient knowledge of how to use video to interact in digital and social media channels. They must be capable of finding solutions to feedback or critiques. They will have a fun and creative attitude in the office, with a thirst to learn, create, and progress in their role on our team. Starting compensation is commensurate with experience. Candidates may expect to work 20-30 hours a week, with potential room for growth.

The responsibilities of the Production Assistant are as follows:

  • Assist in the concept development, research, scriptwriting, filming, and editing of news packages, short documentaries, promotional videos, podcasts, and more.
  • Translate legal principles of religious liberty into dramatic or humorous stories that a general audience can understand.
  • Organize project files, media assets, and equipment.
  • Assist in planning and carrying out content distribution.
  • Camera assist and/or grip during film productions.
  • Set up interviews, scout locations, and arrange schedules for film productions.
  • Provide constructive feedback and creative input to enhance the quality of Becket’s video content.

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro
  • Basic knowledge of DSLR filmmaking

Preferred skills:

  • Advanced photography skills are a plus.
  • Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite, particularly After Effects, is a big plus.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Jeff Gasser at media@becketfund.org. In your cover letter, please describe why you are passionate about video production and religious freedom. In your resume, be sure to include links to a website, a reel, or examples of your work.